Big Hank Campground is located along the North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River in Idaho Panhandle National Forest. Shore fishing is a large draw, along with local hiking and biking trails. The campground also provides an excellent base camp for hunters during season.
Wildlife like mule deer, moose, osprey and calliope hummingbirds are often spotted.
Tubing on the river is a popular summertime activity, as is cutthroat fishing.
Whitewater rafting enthusiasts enjoy the class I-III rapids down the river.
Hiking, biking and horseback riding trails are a short drive away. Highlights include trails to Centennial Falls, Shadow Falls and Settler's Grove of Ancient Cedars.
Big Hank Campground offers about 30 spacious campsites for tent camping. Drinking water from hand pumps, vault toilets, picnic tables and established fire rings are among the conveniences offered. Roads and campsite parking spurs are paved.
Big Hank is in a heavily wooded area on the banks of the Couer D' Alene River and Big Hank Creek. At 2,800 feet elevation, the campground sits on the Big Hank Meadow.
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Very quiet and right along the Coeur d’Alene river. Good for fishing
The campsites in this campground are all private. There are lots of big trees between campgrounds so you have plenty of privacy from your neighbors. Some of the sites, however, were quite small so it made finding a nice place to set up the tent a little tricky. The host/camp manager was very friendly, and the bathrooms were cleaned regularly. We had a very nice stay and would definitely go back.
I was visiting on a busy summer weekend where almost every campsite and pullout in the forest between the highway and campground was full, with the exception of Big Hank Meadow. The meadow is across the street from the actual campground and is entirely free. In order to make it to the meadow you must drive through 8ish inches of water for about 25 feet. Once across the water there is a dirt parking area next to about a 5 acre field. The field has a nice path along the river with tall grass all around. I was able to set my tent down about 30 feet from the river and had complete solitude for my night out there. If you need a restroom then the actual campground is right across the street. Overall, it was a wonderful place to get away from the sound of cars driving into the forest on a busy summer weekend.
Big Hank is the last camp site up the north fork of the Coeur d alene river with a camp host. Well kept, hosts do regular rounds, sell fire wood, good nearby fishing gear, catch and releass.