Washington: New Free Campgrounds/Updates
Beginning July 1, 2011 you will need to have a Discover Pass to camp at any Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Campground. See passes and permits for details.
Beckler River Road Update
Following the Beckler River Road past the Rapid River Road, Forest Service Road 6530, take a right onto Forest Service Rd. 6550. There are 2 creekside sites on the right side of the road then crossing a bridge you'll fine 4 other dispersed sites on the left. These are pretty nice size camps with rock fire rings only.
At the junction with Forest Service Roads 65 and 63, continue on 65 towards Troublesome creek and San Juan fee campgrounds. There are a few nice dispersed sites on the left side of the road and on the creek.
Baker Lake Area
From Sedro Woolley, travel east on State Highway 20 for about 15 miles and take left onto the Baker Lake Rd. Continue on for about 23 miles and go left onto Forest Service Rd. 1152, which is across from the Shannon Creek Campground. Continue on road 1152 for about .5 miles and take a left onto a gravel road. A short distance down this road is a dispersed site with a rock fire ring and set on a small creek. This site looks to be more suitable for a camper van or truck with a camper although a tent would work.
Forest Service Road 23, Dispersed
From the town of Darrington, travel towards the Mountain Loop Highway and just before the pavement ends take a left onto Forest Service Road 23. Follow this road for about 1/4 mile and take a left onto a dirt road and keep going another 1/4 mile to a parking area. Here you'll find a large dispersed site close to the White Chuck River. There's a rock fire ring but no table or bathroom. There is only one site here so if you're lucky enough to get there first, it's all yours.
White Chuck Campsite
From the town of Darrington, travel towards the Mountain Loop Highway and just before the pavement ends take a left onto Forest Service Road 23. Follow this road for about 5.5 miles. After crossing a bridge you'll see a vault toilet on the left. Here there are 2 sites with rock fire rings. One site is very close to the bathroom and the other is further down the parking area. On the right side of the road there is another site by itself. Here there is also a rock fire ring and a path leading to the river.
NORTH CENTRAL REGION
Keeps Mill Camp Now No Fee
Keeps Mill Camp now receives little attention from the Forest Service and is again offered at no charge.
From Maupin, travel west on Highway 216 for about 33 miles to Forest Service Road 2120 and take a right. Follow this road for about 5 miles to the camp.
There are 5 sites with tables and vault toilet available. This is a very remote camp set on the White River in a beautiful forest. The road to this camp is very rough and high clearance vehicles are recommended. No Trailers!
Bonney Meadows Camp
Bonney Meadows Camp is another that now receives little attention from the Forest Service and is again offered at no charge.
From Maupin, travel west on Highway 216 for about 33 miles to Forest Service Road 2130 and take a right. Follow this road for about 6.5 miles where you'll come to Forest Service Road 43. Take a right here and continue about 3 miles and then take another right onto Forest Service Road 48. Follow this road for about 6 miles and take a left onto Forest Service Road 4880, signed for Boulder Lake. Continue on this road for about 2 miles and go right onto Forest Service Road 4891. From here it's another 8 or so miles to camp.
Bonney Meadows is a small, quiet campground with corrals. The camp is adjacent to beautiful meadows. The Bonney Meadows Trail starts here and is used by hikers, bikers and horseback riders. Located on a high ridge near a lush meadow, the road in is recommeded for high clearance vehicles.
The Cove, page 82, is now day use only.
Cyrus Horse Camp
From Prineville, travel north on Highway 26 for about 16 miles and take a left onto Forest Service Road 96. Follow this road for about 2 miles and take another left onto Forest Service Road 500,(at the corrals), then make a quick Right on to Hagman Road, Forest Service Road 5760 and proceed about 1.5 miles. Cyrus Horse Camp will be on the Left.Cyrus Horse Camp offers 5 sites with tables, fire rings and vault toilets. This high desert horse camp was built in 1992 with volunteer help. Orchard trees and remnants of an old homestead site are found in the camp area. Horses can be penned in the corrals after a day of riding around Grey Butte. Camping, picnicking, wildlife viewing, as well as, hiking and horseback trails, including the Prineville Ridgerider Trail. 2900 feet elevation.
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION
Campbell Lake, page 146, now charges $6.00 per night
Cottonwood Recreation Area, page 150, now charges $6.00 per night
French Camp, page 205, is now day-use only
Idaho: New Free Campgrounds/Updates
McCroskey State Park
From Moscow, travel north for 26 miles near the Latah-Benewah county line, and turn west on Skyline Drive.
McCroskey State Park's highlight is an 18-mile skyline drive through the park on unimproved roads provides spectacular views of the rolling Palouse country and access to 32 miles of multi-purpose trails. Facilities include a group day use shelter, primitive camping areas and picnic areas along the road. The road is not recommended for large RVs and may be too rough for your family car. Five developed campsites available at the fireplace area and four at Iron Mountain, suitable for tents and pickup campers. Large motor homes and trailers would have a difficult time on the road.
Cedar Creek Campground
From St. Maries, Idaho travel 28 miles south and 3 miles north of Clarkia, on State Highway 3. The campground is accessed directly off of Highway 3.Cedar Creek Campground features 3 camp units, and vault toilets. There is no developed water so bring your own. Please observe Pack it In Pack it Out for your refuse. Attractions include fishing on the St. Maries River.
From Avery, Idaho, travel 6 miles east and take a left onto the St. Joe Road, Forest Service Road 456. continue on another mile or so and turn south onto the Old Moon Pass Road. Follow this road to the camp. Telichpah Campground features 5 camp units and vault toilets. Please observe the Pack it In, Pack it Out refuse policy. There is no developed water. Trailers are not recommended. Attractions include fishing on the North Fork St. Joe River and nearby streams. Trailhead to Nelson Peak National Recreation Trail System.
24 miles east of Clarkia, Idaho. From State Highway 3 at Clarkia, take Forest Road 301 east for 24 miles.
Orphan Point Saddle
About 26 miles east of Clarkia, Idaho. From Highway 3 at Clarkia, travel Forest Road 301 east for 26 miles. This is the third primitive backcountry camp site along Forest Road 301 on the south side of Grandmother Mountain WSA and serves as the trailhead for the Lookout Mountain and Delaney Creek Trails. There is a vault toilet, fire grates and tables. Camp sets in a nice forested area. All three of the above camps have a use season of July through September.
Glover Campground and Rackliff Campgrounds, on the Selway River now charge $5.00 per night. Almost free!
Weitas Meadows Campground
From the town of Pierce, travel northeast on Forest Road 250 48 miles. Head north,staying on FR 250 and go 18 miles to campground.There are 5 campsites with toilet, tables and fire grates. on the North Fork of the Clearwater River and Long Creek. A loop of the Idaho Centennial trail passes by the campground, and other hiking/horse riding trails are nearby. Fishing for trout in the river. no trailers. 3800-foot elevation.
French Gulch Campground
From Elk City, travel west 7 miles to junction with Red River-Dixie Road # 222, then left on #222 for 11 miles to site.There are 2 large sites with fire rings and a toilet. French Gulch campground provides a good "base camp" for day trips to other areas of the Red River Ranger District. This is a roomy area, with plenty of parking available. It provides public fishing access on nearby Red River. French Gulch Creek flows through the campground.
From Elk City, travel west 7 miles to junction with Red River-Dixie Road # 222, then left on #222 and continue past the Red River Ranger Station (now closed), through Dixie Town, past the Dixie Guard Station and to the Salmon River (approximately 44 miles south of the Red River Ranger Station). Turn left and continue approximately 0.5 mile to the campground.Resting near the north bank of the mighty Salmon River, Mackay Bar campground offers three campsites, tables and fire grates. Parking is limited. Access to this campground is via a very rough, winding road with many tight switchbacks. Low-range, 4-wheel drive is recommended, with no trailers. Note: Be considerate of adjacent private ownership. Be Aware of rattlesnakes and poison ivy!
From Elk City, travel west 7 miles to junction with Red River-Dixie Road # 222, then left on #222 Follow Road #222 past Red River Ranger Station (now closed) and continue approximately 4 miles to the camp area on the right.The Trapper Creek camp area provides one camp pad located in tall timber next to South Fork Red River, a toilet, fire ring and information board. The parking area serves as a snow park in the winter for on/off loading snowmobiles to access groomed snowmobile trails.
Rocky Bluff Campground
From Riggins, travel north on Highway 95 for about 22 miles and take a right onto the Slate Creek Road. It comes up quick so beware. In about .5 miles you’ll come to a junction with the Nut Basin Road and you want to bear left. Keep going for a mile or so and then take a hard right onto Forest Service Road 354. This road is easy to miss, so if you find yourself back on the highway, just turn around and you’ll see the sign on the left this time. Follow this road for about 19 miles up Slate Creek Road #354 from its junction with Highway 95 to its junction with the Grangeville Salmon Road #221. Take a right here and go about one mile to the campground access at the bridge crossing Slate Creek.This camp offers 4 campsites with picnic tables, fireplaces and toilet. Site has units with parking. Campground area does not offer adequate room to maneuver towed trailers much longer than 15 feet but pickup campers and mini-motor homes would have little difficulty.
From McCall, travel north on Forest Road 21 for about 35 miles, turns gravel at about 20 miles, then east on Forest Road 340 for another 15 or so miles to the site just past the South Fork Guard Station. You will travel through the town of Secesh and Warren Idaho. Warren is a great place to stop and see old past historic mining houses and sites. Plan on 2-3 hours to get to Shiefer CG from McCall. This Undeveloped campground on the Salmon River offers 5 sites with tables, fire grates and vault toilets with views of the South Fork canyon country all around. Trails lead along the river into the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. A shorter trail leads to Pilot Peak lookout. Please pack out your trash. This campground takes several hours to reach by car from McCall and is not serviced on a regular basis. Other activities are fishing, scenic driving, picnicing, and wildlife watching. Elevation 3050 feet.
From McCall, Travel 5 miles northwest on Highway 55 to Goose Lake Road and take a right. Continue on this road for 9 miles and turn right at the fork that heads to Brundage Reservoir. Campsites are located along the reservoir edge. Brundage Reservoir offers several dispersed campsites suitable for tent or small RV camping. Fishing is great at the reservoir so bring your fishing pole. Small motor boats are allowed on the reservoir. No tables available, but there are several fire rings and a restroom. Open Season: July 4th - September 30th.
Granite Lake Camping Area
From McCall, follow Highway 55 and take a right at the turn-off to Brundage Mountain Resort. Continue on this road past the ski area and at the "y" at Grundage reservoir bear left onto Forest Service Road 257. Continue on past Grouse Campground, fee, to the campsites along Goose Lake and Goose Lake Road.A group of dispersed camping spots located along Goose Lake and Goose Lake road. Sites are not developed, nor are they designed for large RVs. Several fire rings and outhouses are located along this section of camp sites.
Banner Creek and Bench Creek Campgrounds, page 85, now charge $5.00 per night.
Flat Rock Campground, page 87, now charges $10.00 per night.
Blind Creek Campground, page 87, now charges $5.00 per night
Pioneer Campground, page 108, is now a fee campground.
Mosquito Flat Reservoir
From Challis, travel 13 miles west on Forest Road 070 then 4 miles north on FR 080 to the site.This camp offers 11 campsites,including 2 double sites. There are views of the water and surrounding mountains adjacent to Mosquito Flat reservoir. There are also 3 picnic sites on the shore of the reservoir. Yankee Fork Trail (#147) provides hiking/horse riding access to the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness which is about 2 miles west of the reservoir. Canoeing, fishing, and boating on the lake. Scenic driving on the Custer Motorway, picnicing, and wildlife watching. 7000-foot elevation.
From Challis, travel 17 miles north on US 93 to Ellis then 10 miles southeast on Farm to Market Road and take a left onto The Morse Creek Road, Forest Road 094. Continue on another 6 miles to the camp.There are 3 campsites on Morse Creek. Fishing for trout in the creek, and an interpretive nature trail from the campground. Longer trails go to the northeast and northwest along creeks. Mountain biking, hiking, and horse riding. 6500-foot elevation.
From Challis, travel 17 miles north on US 93 to Ellis then 28 miles south on Farm to Market Road and take a left onto Forest Road 097. From there it's about 4 miles to the site.Here there are 3 campsites at the confluence of the North and South Forks of Big Creek. Trails from the campground follow each creek for several miles. Activities include fishing, hiking, horse riding, and mountain biking. 6600-foot elevation.
Bald Mountain Campground
From Idaho City, travel 1 mile north on Idaho State Highway 21, and take a right onto Forest Service road 304. Continue on for 6 miles and go right onto Forest Service Road 203 and in 1 more mile arrive at the site.This camp offers 4 campsites with tables, fire rings and a vault toilet in a secluded and forested area. A trail from the campground goes east to the Middle Fork of the Boise River. Another Trail from the fire lookout south of the campground follows Cottonwood Creek south. Hiking and mountain biking. 6000-foot elevation.
Johnson Creek Campground
From Idaho City, travel 18 miles Idaho State Highway 21 and take a right onto Forest Service Road 384. Continue on this road for 3.5 miles and bear left onto Forest Service Road 312. Follow this road for 27.5 miles and into camp. Note: Forest Service Road 312 requires a high-clearance, four-wheel drive vehicle. Johnson Creek Campground is set near the Graham Guard Station. There are 3 campsites with tables, fire rings and a vault toilet. This camp sets on the North Fork of the Boise River.There is fishing in the river for whitefish, rainbow trout, and cutthroat trout. A trailhead at the campground accesses an extensive trail system, part of which enters the Sawtooth Wilderness. Trails outside the wilderness, including the one that borders the boundary, are open to mountain bikes and two wheeled ATVs as well as to horses and hikers. 5600-foot elevation.
From Mountain Home, travel north on State Highway 20 for about 25 and take a left onto the Anderson Dam road. The site is located on the west shore of Anderson Ranch Reservoir situated near the spillway by the dam. There are 3 campsites with tables, fire rings and a vault toilet. Fishing and picnicing. Other lake activities include boating, fishing, waterskiing, swimming, and canoeing. 4200ft elevation.
Skeleton Creek Campground
From Fairfield, travel north for 18 miles on Forest Service Road 094 then take a right onto Forest Service Road 227 and continue on about 16 miles to the site.Skeleton Creek Campground offers 5 campsites with tables, fire rings and a toilet, on the South Fork of the Boise River. A trail to the north, along Skeleton Creek, accesses a massive network of trails which can be explored in loop trips of varying length. 5300-foot elevation.
Copper Creek Campground
From Bellevue, take the Muldoon Canyon Road east for about 25 miles and then north on Forest Service Road 134 for about 10 miles to site.Copper Creek Campground offers 5 sites with tables, fire grates and a vault toilet. The campsites set in a canyon carved by Copper Creek. This area is accessible for a season that varies between May through October. Fishing is available in area streams and there is a trailhead located at the end of Forest Road #130. This trail extends north into the Challis National Forest. 6,400-foot elevation.
Bear Gulch Campground
From Twin Falls, travel US Highway 93 west and then south 27 miles to Foothills Road and take a left. Continue on this road for about 8 miles and take another left on forest Service Road 500. Follow this road another 9 miles to Forest Service Road 513 and go left to the site. Bear Gulch Campground offers 8 individual sites and 1 group site with tables, toilets and fire rings. The area is suitable for trailer and tent camping. A short trail from the campground goes to the Shoshone Wildlife Pond which is fenced to provide habitat for bird and wildlife species. Fishing is available in the creek and pond. For equestrians, there is a barrier-free stock loading ramp and corral near the campground. This is a winter play area from December to March for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. At 5,960-foot elevation, this area is accessible for a season that varies usually with between May and October.
Birch Glen Picnic and Campground
From Hansen, which is a little south and east of Twin Falls, travel south on 3800 E. for about ten miles where it turns into forest road 515. From here it's about 8.5 miles. Birch Glen Picnic and Campground is composed of 3 individual units and it is best suited for day use. It is a non-fee, non-reservation campground. The area is suitable for tents and there is limited space for motor homes and trailers. The area is accessible for a season that varies usually between June and October. Amenities include handicapped accessible toilets, however no water is available.
Third Fork Trailhead Picnic and Campground
From From Hansen, which is a little south and east of Twin Falls, travel south on 3800 E. for about ten miles where it turns into forest road 515. From here it's about 13.5 miles. Third Fork Trailhead Picnic and Campground area offers 5 primitive sites with fire rings and an accessible vault toilet. This area is suitable for motor homes and trailers and best suited for day use. There is a barrier free stock loading ramp and corral. Two trails lead south from here, one along Rock Creek and one through Wahlstrom Hollow. 5200-foot elevation.
Black Lake Campground
From Council, travel northwest on the Hornet Creek Road Forest Service Road 002. Continue north on this road for about 20 miles past Lafferty Campground then another 5 or so miles to the Community of Bear. After passing through Bear continue north on Forest Service Road 105 (gravel road suitable for passenger cars) and watch for the split in the road. Stay right on Forest Service Road 105, do not enter the Bear Work Center. Continue on Forest Service Road 105 for about .5 miles to the intersection with Forest Service Road 112. From here take Forest Service Road 112 heading north/northwest past Smith Mountain Lookout to the end of this road at Black Lake Campground. The access road to the campground is steep and rough, and is not recommended for RVs, trailers or low clearance vehicles.Black Lake Campground offers 4 designated tent sites with tables, fire rings and toilets. Located on the edge of Black Lake and adjacent to the Hells Canyon Wilderness, the site is popular for visitors wanting an truly 'off-the-beaten-path' recreational experience.
Marijuana Flat Campground
From Preston, ID, head south on US-91 for 4.7 miles. Turn left at E Cub River Rd for 4 miles. Marijuana Flat Campground has 10 single units and toilets are provided.
Pine Bar Campground
From Soda Springs, travel 44 miles north on ID 34 to the camp on the right.Pine Bar Campground is set on Tincup Creek. There are 5 single units, 1 double site with tables, fire grates, restrooms, and a day use picnic area. This campground is in the midst of an extensive trail system. The area is known for its historic mining activity, although few traces remain. 6300-foot elevation.
From Soda Springs travel 51 miles north on ID 34. This site has 5 single units with toilets, tables and fire grates set on Tincup Creek. The campground is located in the midst of an extensive trail system. There is a hiking trail from the campground along Haderlie Creek, which can be done as a loop, or as a longer adventure to Caribou City. 5800-foot elevation.
Bennett Springs Campground
From Malta, travel west and north on State Highway 77 for 11 miles then 5 miles west on Forest Service Road 549.Bennett Springs Campground offers 6 sites with table and chemical toilets. This is a primitive, non-fee campground located in the Albion Mountains. Fishing is available in the springs. Sites are handicapped accessible. The campground is well suited for tent camping. Picnicing and scenic driving in the area. At 7500-feet elevation, this area is accessible for a season that varies usually between June through October.
Howell Canyon Campground
From Malta, travel west and north on State Highway 77 for 11 miles then 5.1 miles west on Forest Service Road 549.Howell Canyon Campground/sno-park has 2 campsites in the Albion Mountains with tables and toilet. You can fish in Howell Creek. There is also a winter shelter and warming hut for snowmobilers and hunters. Hiking and snowmobiling trail goes from the warming hut to Mt. Harrison Lookout. 7,000-feet elevation.
Mill Flat Campground
From Twin Falls, travel about 35 miles east on Interstate Highway 84 and at the junction with Interstate 86, continue on highway 84. Keep going another 8 miles or so and take exit 228 and go east on Yale Road. Continue on for about 5 miles and go right onto the Haigler Canyon Road. Follow this road to where the pavement ends and bear to the left onto the North Haigler Canyon Road, Forest Service Road 565. Continue on for another 7 miles to the site.Mill Flat Campground has 7 campsites with tables, fire grates and toilets set within a canyon of the Sublett Range. The campground is well suited for trailer and tent camping. Visitors can fish for trout in the stream and explore the mountains canyon by canyon on the extensive trail system. Sites are in an open area near a creek in North Heglar Canyon. This range has a few stands of Douglas fir and lots of wide-open meadows. Trails and old logging roads are open to hiking, horse riding and mountain biking. Enjoy scenic driving, watching for various big game wildlife, or picnicing. The area is also used in the winter by snowmobilers. At 5500-foot elevation, this area is accessible for a season that varies usually between June through October.
From From Twin Falls, travel about 35 miles east on Interstate Highway 84 and at the junction with Interstate 86, continue on highway 84. Continue on this highway for another 25 miles and take exit 245 and travel east 13 miles on the Sublett Road around the north end of Sublett Reservoir. Sublett Campground is located two miles from Sublett Reservoir. Sublett Campground has 9 individual sites on Sublett Creek with tables, fire grates and toilets. The campground is well suited for tent and trailer camping. There is access to Sublett Reservoir from the north shore. You can explore the Sublette Range via the forest roads and trails by hiking or horse riding. A boat ramp provides access to the river and lake for motorized and non-motorized boating. This area is accessible for a season that varies usually between June through November. 5500-foot elevation.