Top 5 Places to Go Camping in Northeastern Idaho


Camping is a big part of Idaho culture, there is no doubt about that. However, for how big a part of Idaho culture it may happen to be, a lot of people don't really know where the best places to camp in Idaho are. A lot of people have their one or two favorite places to camp, but don't know where other great camping spots are. So, today, we are going to try and expand your horizons when it comes to camping in the Great State of Idaho. This is the 6th part of our 7 part series called "best places to camp in Idaho" that covers the best places to camp in all 7 of the different regions of Idaho. Today, we are going over the best places to camp in Northeastern Idaho. As usual, we will talk about the location, the type of camping you can do there, the activities available at the campground, and the amenities you can expect.

Before we dive into these campgrounds though, let's talk about what constitutes Northeastern Idaho. Northeastern Idaho is made up of 7 counties in the northern half of eastern Idaho. The 7 counties are Bonneville, Butte, Clark, Fremont, Jefferson, Madison, and Teton counties. Major cities in these counties include Idaho Falls, Rexburg, Arco, and Atomic City. This part of Idaho also includes part of Yellowstone National Park which has its own awesome camping spots; we won't be talking about those here though.

Buffalo Campground

Located just off of Highway 20 outside of Island Park is the Buffalo Campground. This awesome campground is situated near the Island Park Reservoir and one of it's tributaries.

Type of Camping

There is space for both tent and camper/ RV camping at Buffalo Campground. Some of the camping spots even have electrical hook-ups for your rig.

Activities

There are two activities that most visitors to Buffalo Campground tend to enjoy the most. One of them is spending time out on the Island Park Reservoir. On the reservoir you can enjoy boating, swimming, wading, fishing, and so much more. The other main attraction for campers at Buffalo Campground would have to be Yellowstone National Park. Since it is only a few miles south of West Yellowstone, Buffalo Campground is a great place to stay the night for a decent price if you are on your way to the nation's first National Park.

Amenities

When it comes to amenities, there are flush and vault toilets, as well as drinking water, and trash receptacles.

Stoddard Creek Campground

Located just outside of Debois, Idaho is this small, yet charming campground of Stoddard Creek. It is established amongst the beautiful fir trees that line the Idaho and Montana border. It is a beautiful campground that will definitely make for a fun weekend stay.

Type of Camping

There seems to be close to 20 individual sites at Stoddard Creek Campground. They have room for tents and possibly some small trailers, campers, and RVs (check with the campground managers when you book your reservation to make sure your rig will fit).

Activities

There are lots of awesome activities to enjoy at this campground. Many people like to watch and take pictures of the local plants and animals while others like to go fishing in the river, cycle up the trails, and so on and so forth.

Amenities

The amenities at Stoddard Creek Campground include potable water and vault toilets.

Mud Lake Wildlife Management Area

Mud Lake is an interesting part of Idaho. It is a lake that once was only a mud hole and swamp that was not very attractive to campers. Now, however, the clear and shallow water make it a great place to camp and explore.

Type of Camping

From what we can tell, this area is best for tent camping, however, there may be spots for campers and RVs. Be sure to get a hold of someone at Fish and Game before you head out to camp though as camping at Mud Lake does not have much information online so our information may be incorrect.

Activities

Going out and viewing the wildlife is a very popular activity for visitors to Mud Lake, so be sure to pack your camera before you head out!

Amenities

There aren't many amenities at Mud Lake, and what is available depends on the campsite you end up choosing. Not to mention, the lake isn't too far from a few different towns that will most likely have the amenities that you might need.

Egin Lake Campground

More officially called 'St. Anthony Sand Dunes-Egin Lakes Campground' this camping and activity area is perfect for the fun-loving adventurer in all of us.

Type of Camping

At this camping spot, there is room for tents, RVs, and campers too. So, no matter how you like to camp, you can enjoy your time here at Egin Lake!

Activities

Playing on the sand dunes is the main attraction for those who visit this area. However, there is also the lake nearby that allows for some great waterside fun!

Amenities

There are several amenities at this campground that you can take advantage of, including 'The Pit Stop' located at the center of the campground that has food, restrooms, and souvenirs.

Calamity Campground

Calamity Campground is one of the most gorgeous camping spaces in this part of Idaho. It is situated on the shore of an extension of the Palisades Reservoir amongst green trees and beautiful mountains.

Type of Camping

Tents, campers, and RVs are ok at this campground, however, there are no trailers and RVs allowed on loop c.

Activities

This campground is great if you enjoy fishing, water activities, picnics, and so on and so forth.

Amenities

At Calamity Campground, you can find vault toilets and potable water.

Camping can be one of the most fun and exciting pass times out there, but it really comes down to where you go. So, be sure to keep your eyes open for new places to pitch your tent or park your camper. Hopefully the places we listed here today will help you enjoy your time in Northeastern Idaho, and give you a few new places to go camping next time you want to get out into the great outdoors.