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Wild and scenic

The Selway is one of the most beautiful places in Idaho, and this campground is a good place to stay on your visit! There are plenty of sites (32) to stay at, however it can tend to get crowded, so I recommend reserving a spot ahead of time. The crowds are really the only downside to this site (if you prefer more quiet and privacy) but fortunately there are other sites along the river that are also great spots to camp. This campsites has plenty of amenities and many of the sites are pretty accessible. This is a great place for families, people with limited mobility, and the elderly to visit. There are vault toilets, potable water, and bear-proof dumpsters that serve the whole camp. Individual sites should all have tent spots, picnic tables, and a fire ring. The loop around the campsite is paved. Kids and families often ride their bikes around the loop. Like much of central Idaho, the wildlife includes black bears and rattlesnakes, so remember to be cautious and aware of our wilder friends! The area offers a great variety of recreation opportunities. Slower areas of the river offer great swimming, and the Lower Selway makes a great day trip on kayaks or rafts. There is lots of biking, hiking, and horseback riding along the river and through the mountains. Selway Falls are beautiful and a really fun stop.

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The camp hosts were informative and friendly. The sites and toilets were very clean. Sites on the river or just off. Easy trails to the river to relax and enjoy.

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Worse camp site ever!

Good thing we brought our own toliet paper! We arrived on a Wednesday, and it didn't get filled until Friday. By the time we left, the outhouse was pretty ripe. You could tell it hadn't been cleaned in awhile, because of the cob webs. Camp site wasn't level. Fire rings were coming out from the bottom. Sorry Selway, not happy campers this weekend. We'll stick with the Northfork 😀🤗

Family Fun

My family has been camping here for years. There is plenty of room to explore and have a good time. It is also just a few miles away from Fenn pond for the more leisure fisherman.

Great river access

This campground directly borders the river with many sites sitting just feet from it. There are some pools built from river rock that allow for the water to warm to a comfortable temperature before the rest of the river does, making swimming much more feasible. The river is wide here, with a relatively slower current. If you're here to float the river, this is a perfect pull out/put in spot.

Beautiful place

Work outing so a great place for a large group with multiple options for tent camping. Great fishing and hiking.

Small but beautiful

Grandad campground is kind of small. I have seen a few camp trailers here, but there are no hookups, no electricity, more primitive camping with a men's and women's pit toilet. There is boat access which can give great access to the Little North Fork and North Fork Clearwater River. Gets kind of crowded around the summer holidays. Also provides a great place to access forest land for hunting.

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Montana is such a beautiful place to visit. We come every summer but try and hit a new spot in Montana every time. We like experiencing new places, new hikes and new campgrounds! This place was great, definitely met all our needs!! The campground was super clean! We didn’t spot any garbage anywhere when we came! We saw some other reviews that said it was a little dirty, but we didn’t think so! The campsites were decently big, fit our RV perfectly! We stayed 3 nights and loved it. We hiked in the morning nearby, and all were amazing! The hiking in Montana never disappoints. The views are spectacular. We also saw so many deer coming in and out of the campground which we love! This seems to always happen when we stay in Montana :). Lots of chipmunks, birds and deer! We love it. There was a really yummy burger joint down the road that we stopped by on the way to the campground and on our way home! Super good burgers, fries and milkshakes!! The campground has many trees which was great for hanging our hammocks. We hiked in the morning and hung out in the campground in the evening reading in our hammocks. It was pretty relaxing!!

Great place for families and dogs

What a great place to spend time with your family! Clean bathrooms, easy hook ups, and a warm Visitor’s Center all made our cold, damp camping trip a success. This place has easy to access bike paths, beach/lake access, and is only a few minutes from town.

Camping by the river

9 great sites along the river, fire rings, CTX toilets and down the road from Yellowpine where you can get a beer and use WiFi.

Wilderness Convinience

Big Creek Canpground is small but fire rings, firewood and picnic tables are provided. Confinement area for pilots and for those wanting to hike into the FCRNRW which is 2 miles down the road. Portable water available and a CTX toilet.

Very nice!

Beautiful campground with hot showers and flush toilets. Hookups for RV's and trailers. Tent camping. Nice lake close by with boat, wave runner, pontoon boat rentals. Reserve in advance!

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Quiet solitude with views

Dispersed camping in the Boise National Forest is top notch camping, for free. There are easy and well maintained roads to access the forest and camping, and in this campground, there were excellent stone fire rings. Several were already loaded with a free batch of locally felled firewood!

Perfect campground next to painted rock reservoir.

Perfect campground located next to painted rocks reservoir. Can be hot, there isnt alot of shade trees.

Brook Trout

Exceptional camp sites and fishing. Slate creek is fairly small, be prepared to get your feet wet. There are ample hiking/biking/four wheeling trails in the area.


Good for families camping together who want to be close so the littles can play. Not great if you’re seeking quiet. Sites are in extremely tight proximity to each other and it’s right off a very busy highway. Facilities were clean and playground was well maintained. The traffic noise chased us away early.

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nice clean cg

I stayed here one night. It was a weeknight and very quiet - only one other site was occupied. The pit toilets were clean. There were no squirrels or other critters to try to steal my food! There is no water available there, so either bring your own or a filter.

great camp along the rive

great place to visit to avoid big crowds at least when I was there it wasn't busy very scenic

4 site camp

kinda small but great place to set up a base camp for exploring the wilderness next to the camp

Awesome place to stop and rest on your travels on hwy 12

This place has huge spaces that will fit your 40 ft RV or just a small tent river access and much more

Another awesome camp along the lochsa

Such beautiful area lots of trees and river fun at this camp

Another great camp along hwy 12 and the lochsa

This has a bunch of great camp sites with tables and firepits

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Located along hwy 12 beside the lochsa

Great camp for everyone. It has many sites and lots of recreation available

Great place with plenty of space

Llocated along the selway river you won't be disapointed with this camp

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Great camp just above the falls

Camp has a bunch of sites and very spacious wish I had a camera when I was there great experience

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Great place to camp with your boat

Awesome camp for taking your boat out on the lake to ski fish or just a cruise on the lake

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5 slot campground at river access. Take-out point for boaters.

Only 2 slots available seasonally for overnighters with 3 available for boaters, It is up against the highway with minimal sheltering from the road noise but the river is noisier, not a complaint. Site 3 is the best for overnighters with rv's or tents, site 2 is the other overnight spot but up against the hwy. The campground is sheltered with tall fir, cedar and decidiuous growth. It is not a boatramp site but rough access to the river for rafts and kayaks. There is a his/her pit toilet and his/her changing areas. Each site appears to have a good fire pit with cooking grate.

Almost perfect isolation

It’s a very beautiful campground surrounded by lots of green. green trees green grass.There’s a creek that runs just a short walk away. The only downside is and the only reason it didn’t get a five star rating, is because the bathrooms need repaired. I would be more than happy to camp there again.

Perfect views

If your a good walker Montana is for you, the water amazes me at how clear it is but very cold, if your lucky you'll find a hot spring.