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Places to Camp near Kaniksu National Forest

Kaniksu National Forest, ID is a great camping destination for adventurers of all types. There's so much to see and do, from exhilarating hikes or bike rides to exploring the local dining and shopping. Search nearby campsites and find top-rated spots from other campers.

Best Camping Sites Near Kaniksu National Forest, ID (194)

    Camper-submitted photo from Riley Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Riley Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Riley Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Riley Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Riley Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Riley Creek Campground

    1.

    Riley Creek Campground

    19 Reviews
    84 Photos
    169 Saves
    Cocolalla, Idaho

    Overview

    Riley Creek Recreation Area, situated on the banks of the Pend Oreille River, is the largest recreation area for the Albeni Falls Project, but still offers visitors peace and quiet and plenty of space to enjoy the scenic surroundings.

    Recreation

    Water sports are the most common activity at the lake, and boat ramps are provided at the campground. Visitors enjoy kayaking, canoeing, swimming, fishing, water skiing and jet skiing. Campers are likely to spot wildlife in the area, with bald eagles, osprey, bears and most commonly, deer. A biking and hiking trail is available, giving campers a chance to enjoy the wildlife and greenery. Fishing piers, horseshoe pits, a beach volleyball court, basketball court and more make this campground an ideal place for family trips or groups of friends. A hiking and biking trail is accessible from the campground.

    Facilities

    Water sports are the most common activity at the lake, and boat ramps are provided at the campground. Visitors enjoy kayaking, canoeing, swimming, fishing, water skiing and jet skiing. Campers are likely to spot wildlife in the area, with bald eagles, osprey, bears and most commonly, deer. A biking and hiking trail is available, giving campers a chance to enjoy the wildlife and greenery. Fishing piers, horseshoe pits, a beach volleyball court, basketball court and more make this campground an ideal place for family trips or groups of friends. A hiking and biking trail is accessible from the campground.

    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 Laclede, Idaho offers gas and grocery services.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $70 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Green Bay Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Green Bay Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Green Bay Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Green Bay Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Green Bay Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Green Bay Campground

    2.

    Green Bay Campground

    12 Reviews
    28 Photos
    408 Saves
    Kaniksu National Forest, Idaho

    Green Bay Campground features 11 designated sites with picnic tables and fire rings, vault toilets, and a swimming beach.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Picnic Table
    • Toilets
    Camper-submitted photo from Sam Owen Camnpground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sam Owen Camnpground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sam Owen Camnpground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sam Owen Camnpground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sam Owen Camnpground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sam Owen Camnpground

    3.

    Sam Owen Camnpground

    14 Reviews
    33 Photos
    124 Saves
    Hope, Idaho

    Overview

    Sam Owen Campground is nestled on the banks of Lake Pend Oreille in a densely wooded forest of pine and cedar. Popular activities include hiking, canoeing, swimming and boating in summer, and skiing in winter.

    Recreation

    A beach draws crowds of sunbathers and swimmers. Visitors also like to hike the half-mile, accessible Sam Owen Trail #4. The trail reaches a beautiful vista of Owens Bay, where hikers can rest on benches and take in the astonishing view.Anglers take pleasure in catching kamloops, Dolly Varden, northern pike, trout and catfish. A boat ramp and dock are located on-site.

    Facilities

    A beach draws crowds of sunbathers and swimmers. Visitors also like to hike the half-mile, accessible Sam Owen Trail #4. The trail reaches a beautiful vista of Owens Bay, where hikers can rest on benches and take in the astonishing view.Anglers take pleasure in catching kamloops, Dolly Varden, northern pike, trout and catfish. A boat ramp and dock are located on-site.

    Natural Features

    Sam Owen Campground is situated on a peninsula on the east side of Lake Pend Oreille in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest, at an elevation of 2,000 feet. The lake spans 82,088 acres and has 125 miles of shoreline. The well-loved campground shares a peninsula with the Sam Owen Game Preserve, which provides plenty of opportunities to see wildlife up close. Deer are very easy to spot, and watching for unique birds is a rewarding activity.

    Nearby Attractions

    The Pend Oreille Scenic Byway is well worth exploring.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $94 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Round Lake State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Round Lake State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Round Lake State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Round Lake State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Round Lake State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Round Lake State Park Campground

    4.

    Round Lake State Park Campground

    13 Reviews
    44 Photos
    115 Saves
    Cocolalla, Idaho
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $12 - $29 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Gilmore Campground — Farragut State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Gilmore Campground — Farragut State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Gilmore Campground — Farragut State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Gilmore Campground — Farragut State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Gilmore Campground — Farragut State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Gilmore Campground — Farragut State Park

    5.

    Gilmore Campground — Farragut State Park

    15 Reviews
    32 Photos
    77 Saves
    Bayview, Idaho
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $31 - $33 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Whitetail Campground — Farragut State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Whitetail Campground — Farragut State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Whitetail Campground — Farragut State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Whitetail Campground — Farragut State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Whitetail Campground — Farragut State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Whitetail Campground — Farragut State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Springy Point
    Camper-submitted photo from Springy Point
    Camper-submitted photo from Springy Point
    Camper-submitted photo from Springy Point
    Camper-submitted photo from Springy Point
    Camper-submitted photo from Springy Point

    7.

    Springy Point

    10 Reviews
    30 Photos
    141 Saves
    Dover, Idaho

    Overview

    Springy Point Campground is situated amid firs, cedars and pines overlooking the Pend Oreille River with views of the Cabinet and Selkirk Mountains. The city of Sandpoint is just a short trip across the water and offers a marina, parks, shopping and plenty of sightseeing opportunities.

    Recreation

    Water sports are the most popular activity at Springy Point, and with a boat ramp located on-site, kayaking, canoeing, water skiing, jet skiing and fishing are never far out of reach. A large swimming area provides visitors with comfortable access to the river's clear, clean waters. Visitors may also enjoy biking or hiking across the Long Bridge into the town of Sandpoint for a change of scenery or stroll around town. For the bird watchers or moose watchers, a short trip up to the Pack River Area to watch wildlife provides a great day trip.

    Facilities

    Water sports are the most popular activity at Springy Point, and with a boat ramp located on-site, kayaking, canoeing, water skiing, jet skiing and fishing are never far out of reach. A large swimming area provides visitors with comfortable access to the river's clear, clean waters. Visitors may also enjoy biking or hiking across the Long Bridge into the town of Sandpoint for a change of scenery or stroll around town. For the bird watchers or moose watchers, a short trip up to the Pack River Area to watch wildlife provides a great day trip.

    Natural Features

    Lake Pend Oreille is a glacier-carved lake surrounded by scenic mountains in the northern Idaho Panhandle. It is one of the largest and deepest natural lakes in the western United States with depths plunging more than 1,200 ft., in some areas. The area around the Lake is the traditional home of the Kalispell Indians. French settlers named the area "Pend Oreille," which means "ear pendant," after observing the large shell earrings worn by the Kalispell people.

    Nearby Attractions

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

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $50 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Camp Coeur d'Alene
    Camper-submitted photo from Camp Coeur d'Alene
    Camper-submitted photo from Camp Coeur d'Alene
    Camper-submitted photo from Camp Coeur d'Alene
    Camper-submitted photo from Camp Coeur d'Alene
    Camper-submitted photo from Camp Coeur d'Alene

    8.

    Camp Coeur d'Alene

    38 Reviews
    85 Photos
    229 Saves
    Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

    Camp Coeur d’Alene is a destination campground with water access to Lake Coeur d’Alene. Wild and remote, yet only 15 minutes from the heart of Downtown Coeur d’Alene. Resident wildlife sets the scene with the lake and mountain for a backdrop. We have cabins, RV spaces, or tent spaces for your stay.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $39 - $83 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Bonner County Fairgrounds
    Camper-submitted photo from Bonner County Fairgrounds
    Camper-submitted photo from Bonner County Fairgrounds
    Camper-submitted photo from Bonner County Fairgrounds
    Camper-submitted photo from Bonner County Fairgrounds
    Camper-submitted photo from Bonner County Fairgrounds

    9.

    Bonner County Fairgrounds

    7 Reviews
    25 Photos
    13 Saves
    Ponderay, Idaho
    • Pets
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • RVs
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    Camper-submitted photo from Priest River
    Camper-submitted photo from Priest River
    Camper-submitted photo from Priest River
    Camper-submitted photo from Priest River
    Camper-submitted photo from Priest River
    Camper-submitted photo from Priest River

    10.

    Priest River

    11 Reviews
    52 Photos
    61 Saves
    Newport, Washington

    Overview

    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.

    Recreation

    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.

    Facilities

    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.

    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.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $35 / night

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