Stanley Idaho camping at Stanley Lake Campground is composed of 19 campsites including 1 double-site situated above beautiful Stanley Lake at the foot of the Sawtooth Mountains
The campground is situated on a hillside above the lake in a thick grove of lodgepole pines, at an elevation of 6,500 feet. Most campsites have partial shade and views of the Stanley Lake and McGowan Peak which is at an elevation of 9,860 feet. Stanley Lake offers excellent boating, waterskiing, canoeing, kayaking and fishing for rainbow, cutthroat, brook and bull trout. A boat ramp is located just outside the campground. A scenic overlook is located next to sites 3 and 4, with outstanding views of McGowan Peak and Stanley Lake. Know for is beautiful scenery, painters and photographers frequent the overlook to capture the views.
One of our luckiest experiences on scoring a walk up site. We just planned to take a peek at the campground and then move along as we never though we would get a spot in a popular reservation campground on a weekend in July! But as we were pulling up to the entrance of the campground the host was at the sign flipping it from Full to Vacancy…. say what??? A last minute cancellation, sad for someone, but good luck for us….. we scored a prime lakefront site! Our site was site#5 and I do not think it could have been much better. Solar charging was great in these lightly forested sites. Minimal bugs, which is a positive in my book. Water access to the shoreline was a little steep, but worth it for the private lakeside spot. No cell service! There was construction going on, and by 2019-2020 there will be several more sites at this campground, could make the shoreline and lake a little too busy in years to come? Glad we experienced it when we did!
Recent renovations and strong maintenance make this a great stop. Easy access to the northern Sawtooths. Great lake views and easy, well maintained road access.
What a beautiful setting on Stanley Lake. Nice sites. A few minutes into the town of Stanley. Good fishing.
Stanley Lake is a beautiful and amazing place..Campsite are close to lake.our site was listed as double but it was qyute bug enough fir 2 trailers sude by side..However we made it work by angling them.Great scenery!
Nice campground but they are allowing tree harvesting in the campground. We were there for 5 days and left early because all we heard all day were commercial tree harvesting with load chainsaws and tree moving equipment. Pretty much ruined the atmosphere of the campground
Excellent as always.
If you’re looking to stay away from the crowds of Redfish Lake, grab a spot at Inlet campground! While this isn’t always the easiest—no reservations, first come, first serve—it always ends up being my favorite place to camp in the Stanley area. Sites right on the water with incredible views over the glassy lake, looking up at McGown peak.
This is by far one of my favorite places to camp. Smaller than the Redfish Lake and a lot less traffic. Great small lake for fishing and lake kayaking. LOTS of hiking in the Sawtooth Mtn area. Town of Stanley is near but not too close. Love the beauty of the area.
Loved this campspot. It's definitely possible to get some privacy with these sites, plus the nearby hikes are fantastic! Beautiful scenery, plus many other activities to do on the water. Definitely a good spot.
The campground is pretty, lots of trees. The sites were fairly spaced out, neighbors weren't too close. The vault toilets were pretty clean. The host was really nice and really looked after the place. The lake is fantastic! So clear and blue! The scenery is amazing.. Perfect for kayaking, paddle boarding, and swimming. We also hiked to bridal vail falls, 8 miles round trip from the Stanley Lake trailhead.