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One of the least populated states in America, Idaho is the third state that makes up the Pacific Northwest—besides Oregon and Washington. This is a large and wild state, spanning two time zones and stretching from the Canadian border all the way south to Utah and Nevada. Its vast tracts of old-growth forests, various subranges of the Rocky Mountains and Hells Canyon, America’s deepest canyon, make camping in Idaho an essential thing to do during any visit.

Idaho’s wide variety in landscapes and biotopes, from arid plains to towering mountains, from pristine forests to river canyons, attract an equally varied array of visitors. Fishermen are drawn to the state’s abundant and exceptional fish species. It’s the West’s only inland state where you can catch blue-ribbon trout as well as king salmon and steelhead. Mountain bikers, rock climbers, and boaters find delight camping in Idaho’s wildernesses.

Hiking and camping in Idaho is, however, arguably the state’s most popular outdoor pursuit. And it’s available all across the state. A particularly great destination is the Boise National Forest, the location of the awesome Red Mountain Trail. Other fantastic places to go backpacking and camping in Idaho include Craters of the Moon National Monument, the remarkable Bruneau Dunes State Park and iconic Yellowstone National Park, a sliver of which lies in the state’s southeastern corner.

In the middle of southern Idaho lies Shoshone Falls, a series of huge cascades on the Snake River sometimes referred to as the “Niagara of the West”. The Snake River meanders its way further west, making up the northern part of the Oregon and Idaho border, and flows through massive Hells Canyon. Ten miles wide and almost 8,000 feet deep, this is the deepest river canyon in North America, an absolutely natural gem to explore when camping in Idaho.

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Balance Rock

I love getting away with the family here. No phone service.. I plan a trip here 2-3 times a year just for that reason. Nothing better than to put the distractions away for a couple days. One of the most beautiful and quiet places I have ever stayed. Little stream for kayaking or fishing. No power sites but the sites all have a grill and fire pit. Bathrooms but no showers.

Lots of shade and fun hiking area

My husband and I love this campground. There are no services available and the drive in is very long on a dirt road that is dry and bumpy, but the camp ground is worth it. You are nestled in the trees with a river below - you can wade in the water and enjoy fishing as well.

Clean, simple and decent priced sites

Tent sites and rv sites available!

Tent sites are on a nice large green patch of grass. Park right next to your tent.

The bathrooms are locked for paying campers only and have a sink, shower and toilet. Very clean and nice.

There is also a locked washroom for paying campers to use as well.

The owners live on site and are very friendly and are happy to help with questions!

Very decently priced when all you need is somewhere to set up your tent for the night and get up and go in the morning. Would also be great for staying longer!

Located in the town of Glenn’s ferry but still far enough away from public so you don’t feel like you’re camping in town.

Restuarants, gas stations and a few convenience stores within a 10 minute drive of the campground.

Interesting history is available to see close to the campground as well. Learn about the Oregon trail!

Little North Fork offers great fishing

Not many places to camp, but great fishing for cutthroats and rainbows. Takes a while to drive in, but well worth it once you are there!

Beautiful place

Work outing so a great place for a large group with multiple options for tent camping. Great fishing and hiking.

Great place for a group

A lot of opportunity for camping; single sites, group, even trailer or RV sites, but no hookups. Nice place for a family that may have different likes. Fishing and hiking and wildlife viewing. Hunting access in the fall.

I love this place

This campsite offers access to great fishing, hiking, camping, hunting, and wildlife viewing.

My favorite place to camp and fish in Idaho

I love camping along the North Fork Clearwater River! Great fishing and many sites to choose from along the river. I have camped a several sites here and will continue to come back time and time again. Great wildlife viewing, access for fishing and hunting. I love driving up to the top of the Isabella Creek road for viewing Mountain Goats! Bring a really good pair of binoculars or a spotting scope though, they are on the other side of the canyon, but well worth the wait. Best viewing times are at sunrise and sunset. Remember that Bull Trout are listed on the Endangered Species List as threatened, so they are catch and release ONLY! Cutthroats are great. Cool to see the Kokanee spawn in the fall.

Small but pretty

I only camped here one night. The tent sites are well cared for. Pit toilets are clean. It is quiet and pretty, but kind of a small area.

Small but beautiful

Grandad campground is kind of small. I have seen a few camp trailers here, but there are no hookups, no electricity, more primitive camping with a men's and women's pit toilet. There is boat access which can give great access to the Little North Fork and North Fork Clearwater River. Gets kind of crowded around the summer holidays. Also provides a great place to access forest land for hunting.

A little bit of everything!

Freeman Creek at Dworshak State park has great opportunity for all levels of camping. Tent sites, RV/Trailer sites, or a few small primitive cabins (no bathrooms or kitchens in the cabins). There is also access to the reservoir for boating, fishing or to mini-camp sites all along the reservoir. Kokanee fishing is great from March to about late July. The spawn begins in August, so the fish move up the reservoir as the season progresses. Smallmouth bass fishing is great! The Idaho state Smallmouth record was caught in this lake. Day use parking is available for a small fee. For Idaho residents with the State Parks pass reduces the fee. A lot of wildlife viewing too! If you are lucky you may see a black bear feeding on blackberries, deer are numerous, elk frequent the lake, and one of my favorites is to watch Osprey dive in the lake for fish.

I have been at this park in every month of the calendar, but only camped from April thru October.

Great location

Moose Creek Reservoir is a great place for a little peace and quiet. Nice bass fishing for a smaller reservoir. Campsites are well cared for. Beautiful location and a lot of scenery.

No privacy but awesome location

Camping at Craters of the moon is like camping… on the moon

Amazing hiking

This is large camp. Great for hiking nearby can be skied or hiked to in winter and driven to in summer. Hiking table rock nearby is an awesome hike.

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Nice but busy

Kelly island is a beautiful campground on the snake river. Great hiking and fishing nearby. In summer time very busy but spread out.

Relaxing

Midweek RV stay in April was quiet and relaxing. Not all stalls are RV friendly, my friend had to move due to her trailer would not level. Park hosts extremely nice to work with. Dog friendly park. Pool is older but the water was toasty warm to soak in especially in cold weather. Changing room was clean. I will be back as I noticed there is a dock to go kayaking.

Great ID Power Campground

Great dry campground. Pads are fairly level. No water, power or sewer. Dump Station right there at the dam though. Idaho Power and Owyhee County Sheriff patrolling multiple times during the day this past weekend (4/5/19-4/7/19). Idaho Power does a great job of maintaining the grounds and keeping them clean. Just wish the people visiting there thought the same and would pick up after their fur babies. Dog poop all over the common area grass.

All in all a great place to spend a couple of days!

Fantastic and Quiet

Beautiful views of waterfalls, creeks, canyon walls, massive rock slides and more. Free sites dispersed and easy to drive up too. Fantastic hiking, fishing and kayaking.

Camped here since I was a kid

Great location in McCall. Close to trails and the lake. Beautiful drives right from the camp ground.

Camping + Hot water = Awesome!

Great hot spring camp site. They have different pools of varying temperatures, alligators, trees and plenty of room for each site. I stop by every time I swing through Idaho.

Relaxation at its best

It has the option to either spend time out on the Snake River with kayaks or one could enjoy the natural hot springs. They also have a neighboring hot springs which is can be used if one is looking to soak a little more.

Gorgeous views

Friendly host, spacious sites, clean and gorgeous views. Hiking and river nearby

Quiet gorgeous setting

State run Site. Save money with the Idaho State Parks Pass.

RV and tent camping fishing and boating. I have stayed here numerous times. Cell service spotty but can be achieved. Wildlife can be viewed from inside RV. As stated before can get windy at times.

Very close to other places to visit; Yellowstone NP, Mesa Falls, Harriman State Park, Earthquake Lake, Big Spring, really to many to list.

My favorite campground!

Beautiful campground! Lots of hiking & fishing opportunities!

Free camping with power wifi and everything nearby.

It's a free campground ran by a disabled vet. He can't and won't charge anyone, though lately has been allowing donations to pay it forward and help with things like recovering the power installation etc. Come make a friend, share a beer, hang as long as you want as long as you're not a jerk. Dogs are welcome and the place is named after one.

Great camping for all!

My family of five camped for a few nights and loved it all. There is hiking close by either good for kids up to challenging for adults. It’s right by a river, several good shaded sites and even large ones for horses. It’s close to natural hot springs too.

Right by N fork of Boise and lots of solitude

This campground lies near a beautiful stream and has seclusion all around you! The area is best explored by motorized vehicles as theres not many hiking trails. This is one of the areas where we haul wood from so it's great for fallen and standing dead timber

Great spot with seclusion most of the time

A great spot to camp if 5 points if full and you dont have horses to take up to the horse camp north of here. Theres hotsprings nearby to the east and a little outpost at the 5 points branching. If you have an ATV you can cross the creek to the north which has a pretty washed out roadbut leads to old mines and beautiful views

Great campground just in the foothills

WWith this campground you'll get solitude most weekends as most people heading into the Sawtooths go to the Sun Valley Area. Since it is so remote you can also ride around on ATVs pretty much anywhere. A good escape if you dont feel like going a little deeper

Beautiful but busy

Rredfish Lake is absolutely gorgeous but with that beauty draws pretty big crowds. Be sure to reserve or arrive very early to get a walk in spot anywhere around the lake. There are many hikes nearby and some decent fishing but not as nearly as many salmon as when the lake earned its name.