Porcupine Campground is situated on St. Charles Creek in a scenic canyon in the rolling Idaho forests. The campground is also close to Bear Lake State Park and North Beach, offering visitors countless recreational opportunities in a serene forest setting.
Nearby, the North Fork Trail and its associated trails access the Highline Trail #316. The Highline Trail is part of the National Trail System and is the Montpelier Ranger District's premier trail. It stretches 55 miles along the backbone of the Wasatch Mountains and is open to hikers, mountain bikers, horseback riders and motorcyclists, attracting trail users from around the world.
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game manages the river fisheries, providing excellent fishing most of the year, including in St. Charles Creek. In-season big game hunting is also a popular activity.
The campground offers six family sites, as well as one group site that can accommodate up to 20 people. Flush toilets and drinking water are provided. Roads to and within the campground are paved.
The Caribou-Targhee National Forest occupies more than 3 million acres and stretches across southeastern Idaho, from the Montana, Utah and Wyoming borders. The forest is also home to the Curlew National Grassland, and on the northern end of the forest the massive profile of the Teton Range can be seen.
Pines and aspens forest the area, providing partial shade, and summer wildflowers dot the landscape. St. Charles Creek flows gently past the campground.
Minnetonka Cave, one of only two developed caves in the Forest Service, is 2 miles from the campground. Guided cave tours are scheduled every 30 minutes daily from approximately early June until Labor Day.
The Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge is just north of Bear Lake, offering excellent bird watching.
Bear Lake's Raspberry Days Festival occurs the first weekend in August every year, with a parade, fireworks, craft booths and a rodeo.
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Another great little spot along the St Charles Creek. This one however has pavement pretty much all the way throughout and all of the parking for rvs and cars is paved. There is also a cute little bridge at the entrance that crosses the creek. Most of the sites have little staircases that you can access from the road. Nearby is the beautiful Minnetonka caves and Bear Lake
The most important thing to know is that you will get lost, or at least confused, if you use the information listed on even the official website. This campground is NOT in the Caribou-Targhee NF, it is in the Cache NF. And the road is not marked as St.Charles Canyon Road; it is labeled as Minnetonka Cave Road. We wasted an unnecessary amount of time finding the campground because of this misinformation. We also had to wait for cattle that graze the area to move off the road.
This is a pleasant enough campground, with views of rock formations, a flowing creek, and plenty of wildflowers. There is good drinking water available, and the vault toilets were clean.