Best Places to Camp in Idaho
There are many people who like to get away from the office and get down with nature. Are you wanting to be a happy camper? Here are some of the best places to settle down and relax under the stars.
Redfish Lake - This lodge rests at an elevation of 6,550 feet above sea level near Stanley, Idaho. The water is crystal clear, and the beaches are fun to travel along. The lodge also thrives off of the northern shore of Redfish Lake, which is in the center of the Sawtooth Mountain Range. Before choosing a spot to settle, check for weather updates and the conditions of the area on the Sawtooth National Recreation Area/Stanley homepage. Reservations can be made for eligible campgrounds which are incredibly popular around the summer months. These reservations are strongly recommended for this very reason, so book a spot soon! If you'd like a guided tour of the grounds, visit Adventure Vacation to learn about whitewater rafting, canoeing, hiking, horseback riding, and more!
Basin Creek Campgrounds - This area, which is also found in Stanley, Idaho, is most known as being one of the most beautiful places in the state. Surrounded by the Salmon River and the Sawtooth Mountains, it gives people a chance to get away from it all. This camping ground even includes multiple hiking trails that you can explore! Some spaces in this area can be reserved, but others can't, so make sure to do your research. All spots that can't be reserved are first come, first served. There are 23 separate camping grounds in this particular area, which includes the previous area on this list. RVs are welcome on any of the sites as well.
Coeur d'Alene Area - This area is located about 30 miles away from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho (as the name states) and is known for being another great campsite. There is a resort in the center of the area, which includes a large hotel and a convention center on the lake. With only six camping areas, this may seem like a small place to set up camp. However, it is the beauty and the wildlife that brings in the people from all over. These campgrounds are: Farragut State Park, Mokins Bay, Honeysuckle, Beauty Creek, Bell's Bay, and Heyburn State Park. As you can see, there are many opportunities for a night under the stars, especially near the lake!
Sun Valley Area - This camping area is best known for being the greatest recreational spot in Idaho, mainly for its skiing areas, but also for its summer activities as well. Many visitors come to this area, however, the campgrounds are outside of the populated areas and surrounded by five different mountain ranges. You can often enjoy elk and mule deer in these parts, and, if you really pay attention, you might even find a moose or mountain goat! There are fees for parking at the head of certain trails. Just like the Basin Creek Campgrounds, some areas can be reserved, but others cannot. There are also 11 different campsites to choose from, so have fun and explore each of them!
Boise Basin Area - This area is located in the Boise River Basin which runs along the Boise River. There is also a little community called Placerville that is worth a visit; just follow the gravel road. If you pass massive piles of rocks on the side of the road, these are the remnants of mining in the area. Most of the Boise Basin is taken care of by the Boise National Forest, and the campgrounds are some of the most popular in the Boise area. There are eight campgrounds to choose from, one of which is the Black Rock Campground. This spot is about 20 miles outside of Idaho City and is a great place for fishing, swimming, and exploring down the trails. Each of the campsites are only open between the months of May and October, so get there early to get a great spot!
Fremont Area - In this area of Idaho near Island Park, you can check out beautiful scenic views from the mountains to the forests, as well as many lakes spread throughout the area. With this area being so close to Yellowstone, it is easy to miss any of the other sights, such as the state park of Harriman. Sadly, there is no camping here, however, you can discover the wildlife refuge. Henry's Lake State Park is also located in this area, which includes one of the best fishing spots in Idaho, as well as nature trails for hiking, biking, wildlife watching, and wildflower watching! The majority of this area is in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. Unlike most of the other national forests in Idaho, this is the only one that has a sixteen-day limit on stays, rather than the normal fourteen days. If you are planning to hike north of the campground, you need a special permit since some of the trails lead into Yellowstone. Go ahead and try any of the thirteen campsites!
Lowman Area - Located in Lowman, Idaho, and off the Banks-Lowman Road, is this area of campgrounds. The Payette River runs through it, and there are a number of vacation homes available near the riverbank. This river is also popular for rafting, kayaking, and fishing. Almost all of the area is national forest, which makes for an excellent hiking trip. In this region of Idaho, there are also a good amount of hot springs that you can relax in. There are eleven campsites in total, three are group sites, and the rest are single sites. Come and enjoy the warmth of the springs and the scenic views.
There are many other sites to choose from, but these options are sure to give you the outdoor experience of a lifetime. For more information on any of these campsites, or to make reservations, check out their individual websites. Be sure to visit the other sites that weren't mentioned on the list as well for even more adventure!