In my opinion, this is not 'camping' but Glamping. But is okay and works for a overnighter pass through. There's a passcode to enter the bathroom which was an issue for me since we stopped here late at night just to spend the night somewhere. The office was closed, so we couldn't get the code.
My boyfriend and I stopped here on a pass through overnighter on our way to Montana. The campsite is slightly confusing, as road the takes you into the small campground, but also takes you out, to basically nowhere… so don't follow the road to far. Blink, and you'll pass the 5 campsites that are here. Mosquitoes are bad. Having an outhouse is nice, though there was no toilet paper stocked. There is a boat ramp for early morning fishing if need be. This place was sketchy because there was people driving by all night… not sure what that was about.
Sites are intermixed with RV and tents, but I’d say your best bet is trailer or RV or even renting one of the cabins there as the sites are within earshot of the highway. The Sagebrush cabin has a gorgeous view of the river and is close to the bathrooms which were clean and had showers as well. The cabin had a futon as well as a bunk bed; it had electricity and was very clean, but you do have to walk to the bathrooms. Since it’s a state park, you will have to pay an access fee but it’s not bad. There is a great disc golf course here as well and the state park has some neat historical points nearby to include Register Rock. Must visit!
While the staff seemed great and the restrooms and shower facilities were awesome, if you camp in the upper section, be prepared to hear trains roll through right beside you all night long. Not to mention the constant freeway noise of semis driving by at all hours. Also if you are up in that section you are essentially paying $35 to pitch a tent in a parking lot. It looks nothing like the pictures. I would not recommend this site unless you really just need an awesome shower!
The people that run it are super nice. If your spot is open no matter what time you get there they will let you in it.
They have always gone above and beyond for us for what ever we needed.
This is the place you want to land your RV.
We did not stay at the KOA, but right up the road at a Sportsman Access area. Camped right next to the river at no cost. We were able to get a large cleared out spot, not very many neighbors, 1 vaulted toilet on sight. Now there is no potable water in this area and not much shade. But great, no cost, quite, river access and only 3 miles from center of Lava Hot Springs where we went tubbing.
We stayed on site #3, nice and shady, perfect walking distance to clean vault toilets, water spigot not far, and off the road so you feel tucked away. Nice sturdy picnic tables, latern stand, and great fire ring with attached grill, and an additional freestanding grill available. Loved that spot!
With the pool/water slides across the river, and the shuttle stop for tubing the river across the street and down the road. This campground is the perfect place to enjoy all the water offerings during the summer at Lava Hot Springs. If you are going to rent tubes to ride the river rent through the front desk at the KOA. It is 15% off the price of renting at the tube pickup location.
Went here in the middle of the summer on a weekend which made it a little busy but all around a great, newly renovated campground. There are a few spots right by the entrance that don’t get much shade in the middle of the day but if you continue past them there are many more sites back in the woods. Only issue we had was people driving too fast on the dirt road.
We camped here the beginning of June. The weather was beautiful, cool nights and gorgeous days. The camp sites were very clean and fire pits and camp tables present at each camp site. The restrooms and showers were very well maintained. We stayed in the lower loop, which I would highly recommend as it is closest to the river with beautiful views. The only downside was that it was right off the high way and you could hear traffic, but only if you were really listening for it. If you are there to fish Ineould recommend a boat. We tried fishing off shore and did not catch anything, but the people in boats were having great luck catching small mouth bass.
My daughter and son-in-law were visiting from out of state and wanted to go camping and bring the boats. We chose Lake Walcott mostly because of the campsites that were right on the lake. There is a dock although we didn't use it as we had the canoes and kayaks with us which we were able to just tie up at the campsite. The toilets were within walking distance and was clean and stocked. I noticed there were rental cabins as well but we were in tents. The only downside was a very rowdy group of teenagers that decided to camp right next door to us. Great lake for the boats. We had a blast!
this place is actually private land, however a very kind individual who owns this land allows people to use this land to have fun and snow mobile on. There is a warming hut that is open to the public along with two pit toilets, the warming hut has some basic furniture and a stove to keep you warm. In the winter there is always great people coming in and out of the hut. This place is very well maintained and the people as well as multiple clubs care for the grounds so it is always in a great condition
One of the best things about this national forest is its close proximity to Pocatello, so if you are from around the area it is a great place to day trip or camp for a weekend, Many of the spots are forest service spots, and are free for up to 14 days, PLEASE PACK IN PACK OUT!!! sadly there is so much trash scattered throughout the forest its sad that people take advantage of our private lands