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Drinking Water
About Priest River

Priest River Campground is situated on the banks of Priest River, shaded by firs, cedars and pines, just upstream from the confluence of the Pend Oreille River.


Water activities are popular at the campground including kayaking, fishing and swimming. The day-use area includes a picnic shelter, playground, softball field, swim beach, boat ramp and a large grassy area for family fun . Adjacent to the campground is the Priest River Wildlife area, offering excellent fishing as well as birding. Wildlife in the area includes bald eagles, osprey, a wide variety of birds, and deer.


Priest River Campground offers 20 campsites with amenities such as flush toilets and hot showers. Priest River also has a unique bike camping area designed and built by an eagle scout for cross country bicyclists.

Natural Features

Albeni Falls Dam was built in 1955 for flood control and power production on the Pend Oreille River. Today, the popular lake has the added benefit of providing visitors with countless year-round recreational activities.

Lake Pend Oreille is surrounded by scenic mountains and is one of the largest and deepest natural lakes in the western United States, plunging to depths of more than 1,200 ft. in some areas.

Behind the dam, the Pend Oreille River stretches 65 miles through a glacial-carved valley that separates three mountain ranges.

Nearby Attractions

The Albeni Falls Visitor Center features exhibits on the history of the dam and the natural features of the area. Tours of the dam are given daily during the summer.

The nearby town of Priest River, Idaho, offers gas and grocery services.

ADA Access: N

$10.00 - $70.00
US Army Corps of Engineers
Drive In
Walk In
Boat In
ADA Accessible
Drinking Water
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Sanitary Dump
Trash Available
Priest River is located in Idaho
48.1792 N
-116.8922 W
Get Directions
Priest River Recreation Area is 1 mile east of the town of Priest River on Highway 2. After the river it will be the first road on the right. The park is also known as the "Mudhole."
2 Reviews of Priest River
Cozy little campground where the Priest and the Pend Oreille rivers meet

This small campground is perfect for fishing/boating being right where the priest  river and the Pend Oreille river meet. It has 20 well spaced campsites nestled in the trees. Each site is drive in and has a picnic table with fire pit. There is access to potable water and flush bathrooms with showers. 

 Next to the campground is the day use facilities which include nice restrooms, a large amount of parking, soccer/baseball field, play equipment/swings, and a small beach with boat launch. I really enjoyed the picnic tables with the old truss bridge in view, very picturesque.

 It seemed like a little known place with some local traffic as the campground was empty but a soccer team of kids were practicing in the field. Overall for the price of $21 I will be coming back and would recommend it to any Dyrt users in the area!

First to Review
Weekend Getaway

Small campsite ⛺ on the edge of town. Perfect for a few nights relaxation. Hot showers 🚿make for a relaxing night after a day on the river ⛵. While there is no hiking here, it is close to nearby forests 🌲. With it's own boat dock ⚓ you can spend the night fishing before sitting around the 🔥. Great for someone who wants a simple campground.