Chinook Bay Campground is composed of 13 campsites on the north side of Little Redfish Lake on Little Redfish Creek and is situated in a lodgepole pine overstory. All sites are first-come, first-serve. Kayaking, canoeing, wading, hiking, biking, and floating are popular activities. Redfish Lake offers interpretive trails, a visitor center, interpretive programs, equestrian stables, boat rentals, and a dump station. Several trailheads are in the surrounding area including Alpine Way and Redfish trail which lead into the Sawtooth Wilderness, and Boundary Creek trail which leads into the White Clouds Wilderness. Photography of the beautiful Sawtooth and White Clouds Wilderness areas and surrounding lakes and mountains is very popular here. Motorized watercraft are not allowed on Little Redfish Lake.
This campground is one of the first ones you come to as you enter Redfish Lake. It is also one of the smallest campgrounds in the park, and it is on its own lake, so it fills fast. I snagged site 13, which was just ok as it wasn’t really on the lake or the creek, but it also wasn’t in the middle of the loop and it wasn’t next to the bathroom (with flush toilets and cold water). It looked like the best sites were #4-6 as they were on the creek coming out of the lake and #7-9 as they were on the lake with lake access. A short walk away was a neat wooden bridge over the creek that lead to a trailhead. If you want a shower, drive up into the park and go to the public service area at the horse corrals for public pay showers. I will warn you that those are the only showers for all of the campgrounds in the park, but they were never busy when I was there. You can bring your own non-motorized boat (kayaks and paddle boards were popular) or you can rent one from the lodge to take for a spin on this pretty little lake. This is a good jumping off point for some great hikes as well.