Are you ready to head outdoors, but still looking for ways to be away from crowds? Idaho has some amazing hidden RVing and camping gems. The Bretz RV and Marine team has put together a list of six low-key, less populated Idaho camping spots for you to enjoy
Hidden Idaho Camping Sweetspots
Residents of the northwest might typically go to Oregon, Washington or Montana for the premier parks and recreation spots. But, it is Idaho that actually has some of the best camping grounds out of all of them. They are just lesser known than their neighboring counterparts. We’re here to shine a spotlight on some of Idaho’s secret sweetspots!
The campground is situated on the western shore of Lake Cascade and on the banks of French Creek. A forest of mixed conifers covers the campground, providing ample shade. Thimbleberry and huckleberry plants are abundant throughout the upper reaches of the campground. A wide variety of wildlife makes its home around the lake. Waterfowl and songbirds are abundant, as well as pelicans and bald eagles.
The site features 21 campsites in the towering pines. The best spots to pitch your tent are sites 1-8, which are on the lake side of the road and along the namesake creek. If you reserve a site early enough, you can snag one that is along the creek —sites 1, 3, 5, 7 and 8. No. 1 is the most private — you’ll nearly feel alone there. You can view the campsite on recreation.gov or by clicking the following link.
Driving Directions: From Boise, Idaho, travel north on Highway 55 for 85 miles to Cascade. Turn west on Old State Highway and go a half-mile to Lakeshore Drive. Turn south and travel 3 miles to West Mountain Road. Turn west and follow the road 5 miles to the campground.
The Huckleberry Campground has 33 campsites; 30 sites have a maximum capacity of four vehicles and 15 people, and three group sites that have a maximum capacity of six vehicles and 25 people. Sites 1-30 each have paved parking, potable water, electricity, picnic table, and a campfire ring. The group sites (31-33) each have a gravel parking site, three potable water and electric hook ups, two picnic tables, and two fire rings. The campground has six concrete outhouses, an undeveloped boat ramp, and an RV waste dump station.
This site is great for RV camping with the family as it has all the RV amenities you’ll need and plenty of space. Plus it is right along the St. Joe River, which makes it incredibly convenient for fishing. You can reserve a spot here.
Driving Directions: From St. Maries, ID go south on Highway 3 for a half mile then turn right (east) onto the St. Joe River Road. Once on the St. Joe River Road travel for approximately 29 miles.
If you are unsure of what you want to do while you are camping, Farragut State Park is a great choice. This campground has everything! From camping and picnic areas to some amazing recreation areas for Disc Golf and even a Tree to Tree adventure course, Farragut State Park has it all.
For the RVing family, the campsite also sports electricity for RV hookups and a dump station. Fishing enthusiasts will find the lake full of mackinaw, trout and bass. If you want to adventure out from the park, Silverwood Theme Park is not far away, along with some top-tier places to take your ATV. You can view the campsite by clicking the following link.
Address: 13550 East Highway 54, Athol, ID 83801
Alturas Creek runs through the campground, where summer wildflowers are plentiful and a mixed-growth conifer forest provides partial shade. Temperatures are cool, with an average summer high of 78 degrees and a low of 40 degrees.
This site is part of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, where outdoor activities abound. Alturas Lake offers excellent boating, water skiing, canoeing, kayaking and fishing for bull trout and Kokanee salmon. The 10-mile round trip Alpine Meadows Trail begins nearby, with spectacular canyon, meadow and alpine lake views. The trail is also a popular area for bird watching. You can view the campsite on recreation.gov or by clicking the following link.
Driving Directions: From Highway 75, turn onto Forest Road 205/Alturas Lake Road. Travel approximately 3 miles to the campground.
Outlet campground is located on the southwest shore of Priest Lake at the headwaters of the Priest River. Campers come to Outlet for sunshine, fishing, boating, kayaking, and the breathtaking views of the rugged Selkird Mountains of the Idaho Panhandle National Forests.
Visitors enjoy kayaking, canoeing, and power boating on Priest Lake and up the 3.5 mile thoroughfare that leads to the Upper Priest Lake Scenic Area. The upper lake cannot be accessed by car. Fishing, swimming, bird and wildlife viewing are popular activities, as well. Beach Trail #48 runs through Outlet campground and stretches northward along an 8-mile scenic part of Priest Lake. Off-highway vehicle enthusiasts will find authorized trails like the Peewee Trail, Steep Creek Trail, and John Wayne Trail. Hike the Chipmunk Rapids Trail that traverses along the Kaniksu Marsh, Priest River, and Chipmunk Rapids. You can view the campsite on recreation.gov or by clicking the following link.
Driving Directions: Physical Address: Priest River, ID 83856 From I-90; Turn at Post Falls Highway 41 north to Newport, WA. Take Highway 2 east to Priest River. At the junction of Highway 57 and Highway 2, turn left. Drive 26 miles to Outlet Bay Road. Turn right for approximately 0.5 mile. Turn left on Lake Shore Road. Proceed 0.5 mile to Outlet Campground on the right.
Falls Campground is located next to the Snake River in beautiful Swan Valley at an elevation of 5,100 feet. Idaho Falls, Idaho is just 45 miles west. Visitors enjoy fishing and canoeing on the Snake and viewing local wildlife.
The campground is situated alongside the Snake River among cottonwood trees, which provide partial shade. Grassy meadows and summer wildflowers dot the landscape. Wildlife is plentiful in the river bottom. Eagles, osprey, moose and deer are frequently spotted. Fall Creek Falls is less than 1/4 mile from the campground. This scenic cascade drops 60 feet over a travertine outcropping on the river’s edge. It is visible from some parts of the campground. You can view the campsite on recreation.gov or by clicking the following link.
Driving Directions: From Idaho Falls, travel 45 miles east on Highway 26. Turn off right before the Snake River Bridge and continue 3.5 miles on a gravel road to the campground.
These are just a few of the Bretz RV & Marine’s favorite Idaho hidden sweet spots to camp and RV. If you have any hidden camping gems that you would like to share with us, use the hashtag #BretzRVandMarine on Facebook or Instagram to let us know!
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