High in the Caribou–Targhee National Forest, 90 miles northeast of Idaho Falls, Henrys Lake is a stone’s throw from the Continental Divide and the western boundary of Yellowstone National Park. Situated in a wide, flat basin, and surrounded by 10,000-foot peaks, this shallow alpine lake is as popular with migrating birds as it is with local sport fishers. The small state park at Henrys Lake is a great spot for spending a few days fishing, lounging and wildlife watching, or for exploring some of the area’s other attractions, including Yellowstone, Harriman State Park, Mesa Falls, and various hiking, horseback, and ATV trails.
Campers visiting Henrys Lake State Park will find more than 80 tent and RV sites situated near the lake’s eastern shore. Sites are equipped with electrical and water hookups, picnic tables, and fire pits with cooking grills. Some sites are ADA accessible. Campground amenities include flush restrooms, showers, picnic areas. A dump station is located onsite. The park also has a few camping cabins for rent. Dogs are permitted in the park, but must remain leashed. Camping is available from mid-May through mid-October. Sites are $20–$31/night; cabins are $50–$55/night; reservations are accepted.
For fishing on the lake, the park has a boat ramp and fish cleaning station. Yellowstone cutthroat is the most common at Henrys Lake, but there is also a significant number of cutthroat-rainbow (cut-bow) hybrids. Paddlers can launch from the beach area; kayak rentals are available. Wildlife watching from the park’s 3 miles of hiking and biking trails—as well as the lake’s shoreline–can be exceptional. Besides the prolific number of migrating birds, including waterfowl, eagles and hawks, there are frequent sightings of deer, moose, and antelope. The park also hosts seasonal nature programs.
Nice campground right on a lake and close to the west entrance to Yellowstone Smallish state park (44 sites plus several cabins) right on Henry’s Lake. Located 16 miles from West Yellowstone, MT (and the west entrance to Yellowstone NP), it is a nice quiet place to camp but with easy access to the park. We camped here for three nights and our site (35) had a view of the water but in my opinion, Site 33 is the best as you have an unobstructed view of the lake. We reserved our site in March for July and are glad we did as the campground was full. Sites are either electric and water or electric with access to water. The bath/shower house in the Blue Dun Loop was new and immaculate (I dropped my soap in the shower and had no qualms about picking it up and using!) However, they are still working out the kinks and there was a sign warning that there may not be hot water; I had one hot shower and one cold one! I saw single kayaks near the dock which I assume were available for rentals although we did not inquire further. I highly recommend a day trip to Upper Mesa Falls (your camping tag will give you access with no additional fee) and/or Earthquake Lake. We did both in one day. Lots of families with kids and apart from the rude campers next to us who arrived at 1:00 am running their diesel engine for 45 minutes while they set up, it was very quiet after dark. I would give this campground 5 stars except for lack of privacy between sites and not a lot of shade and it was HOT in July.
It’s a pretty huge campground. We didn’t even realize it until we wandered through for an evening walk and saw the entire other section of the campground. Most sites had fire pits, and they’re pretty well spaced out so you’re not on top of your neighbor. My kids loved riding their bikes around the campsites and there are some really cool trails. Paved if your of that speed, but it looked like there was a pretty rigorous hike up along a ridge. We used it as a basecamp for day trips into Yellowstone and it was reasonable. There were a lot of signs for fishing on The lake, but we were not really there for that.
Beautiful setting in a mountain meadow covered in wildflowers, along a high mountain lake, surrounded by mountains! There is very little shade, but there is a steady breeze during the day that keeps things comfortable. Mosquitos in the evening! Water and electric sites, with a dump station. A few pull thru sites. Very nice and relaxing Just 15 miles from Yellowstone
The scenery is stunning. The campground is clean and well maintained. It had everything we needed, nothing we didn’t. The free Kayak rentals are a plus also. We also saw a moose swim across the lake, get up on shore and run through the campground. So awesome! Be advised that the winds can be very strong there, so make sure you stake your tents well. They also had an issue with the water heater while we were there so the showers were cold, but I’m sure they will get that taken care of.
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.
The full service spots are a nice size with a great view of the lake. It does get windy at times. A true gem.
Beautiful lake setting, surounded by snow capped mountains even in July, great fishing, boating, hiking and nature walking. We chose it rather than Yellowstones crowded campgrounds, and were pleasantly surprised it was a nice place to stay on its own merit. Be prepared for wind in your campsite though, allthough beautiful, the mountains all around make for a strong wind tunnel, make sure all is staked down ,lol
Make reservations if possible. Fills up fast. GREAT fishing from shore or boat. There is one grassy area for tents and smaller rv’s and a new section that will accommodate all sizes. New restrooms with showers. Close to Yellowstone National Park.
This was a nice park and the bathrooms were well maintained. The spaces seemed a little close together but wasn't too bad!
Upon our arrival at this campsite we were met with the most spectacular sunsets. The views of three mountain passes and the haze and cloud cover from a forest fire in the distance provided great views. It was windy at times so that limited the cooking we were able to do over an open fire like we typically would. One of the things that we did was purchase a new grill which the boys put together soon after our arrival. L did a bunch of the work and did a great job following the instructions. The campsite had an older section and a newer section. We didn't know this when we booked the site and was fortunate enough to get in the "new" section where the sites and driveway was paved and had new showers and restrooms. Had it not been for the windy conditions this might have been the perfect campsite.
There was a boat launch at the campsite and the lake offers boat rentals from a neighboring marina. The rivers provided better fishing due to the high winds but the views didn't disappoint. On a positive note, the winds kept the bugs away. When the winds died down, the bugs made an appearance and were in plentiful supply.
I am in favor of returning again, it was 15 miles from the West Yellowstone entrance in Montana. So you had easy access to grocery stores, gas stations, as well as one of the most beautiful National Parks in the country.
The view above is of the restroom/shower area. If you look closely, you'll see L near the building. On the roof of the building was a Peregrine Falcon! That happens to be the first one he's seen in the wild up close. He's seen them flying but much further in the distance. He was so incredibly happy that he was able to observe this bird of prey up close.