Peters Creek Campground

Hungry Horse, Montana

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Signs at both ends of the town of Hungry Horse read “The Best Dam Town in the West,” and you will certainly find some friendly people here. The town is named after—of all things—a couple of hungry horses. It’s true. Tex and Jerry were hungry after wandering off during a tough winter in 1900. They both survived, and the town was named in their honor. Weird, eh? Hungry Horse Dam, built across the South Fork of the Flathead River in 1953, is just 15 miles from the west entrance to Glacier National Park, but it doesn’t get as much use as you might think. Many visitors just rush right by, not even knowing it’s here.
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by Jan and Christina Nesset (Menasha Ridge Press)

Signs at both ends of the town of Hungry Horse read “The Best Dam Town in the West,” and you will certainly find some friendly people here. The town is named after—of all things—a couple of hungry horses. It’s true. Tex and Jerry were hungry after wandering off during a tough winter in 1900.

They both survived, and the town was named in their honor. Weird, eh? Hungry Horse Dam, built across the South Fork of the Flathead River in 1953, is just 15 miles from the west entrance to Glacier National Park, but it doesn’t get as much use as you might think. Many visitors just rush right by, not even knowing it’s here.

© 2017 Jan and Christina Nesset/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Hungry Horse
Campsites: 6 Sites
Season: May 15-November 30
Additional Use: Hiking, Camping
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Flathead National Forest. 406-387-3800, www.fs.usda.gov/flathead
Fees per Night: None
Facilities: Vault toilets but no water.
Driving Directions: Directions to Peters Creek Campground

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