It is not the easiest to get to, and the road is a test for your engine and brakes, but once you arrive it is a quiet peaceful park with great water access. We originally had a reservation for a view site with no hook ups, but upon arrival they had a hookup site(#104) available, and the temps were nearly 100 degrees, so we took it! The park is large and thus the areas seem nicely spaced apart, never felt crowded, even though there are over 100 sites. There is lots of shoreline and plenty of water for everyone. We launched the kayaks and enjoyed the water ourselves- paddled to the opposite shore and found a remote unoccupied camp.
This is a pretty decent place to camp. There are other sites in the area that might be a little quieter and less expensive, but I would bump this site up on the list in terms of how easily it is to get to some of the attractions in the area! The giant cedars and Elk River Falls are a must stop if you head this way. It can be crowded, and a little noisy. Interesting plants and mushrooms to see, depending on time of year!
This is a great place to take your dog for a walk. The trail is a nice loop through the woods, and there is a nice picnic area, swings, and volleyball court. There are two sides to this park, one is easier to access than the other. The drive out to the park is easily accessed on paved roads.
This was our first experience with a full service resort glamping. We just got a pop up trailer and got some free nights.. the park was beautiful the bathrooms were just remodeled. You were not super close to your neighbors. It as very quiet and there was a walking/ biking path along the river. Hells canyon is right up the road for tours going thru the rapids. We had a really good time.
I spent a night at the guard station in Aug 2019, and it was great. The guard station itself is nothing too special, but the view is incredible. I'm not a huge fan of the Umatilla area, but I like the isolation of staying at the forest service stations. This place would be better if it had a locking outhouse. Even though the guard station and outhouse are off the main road, several people stopped to look at the guard station and use the outhouse. Apparently it's a popular area for atvs, cuz some jagoff on a quad or dirt bike was using the outhouse every hour. FYI, if you want to view a forest service cabin or lookout and it's occupied, don't disturb the people, take a quick photo and be on your way. And definitely don't use their outhouse.
This is our second visit to this park! Susan is so flexible and has wonderful customer service! We also love Ruby who runs the office as well and she is always helpful, and has great customer service as well! We love fishing from the docks and the breathtaking views of the river are really something! A stay here is always wonderful!
Had a wonderful stay here back in June for a week. Enjoyed the quiet of the park as it is tucked away behind Costco with no busy roads around it. Beautiful riverfront spots. Great biking trails and was able to easily bike to and from work. Definitely would recommend.
Overall, a nice state park campground, but a little too close to the city. The bathrooms were decent, with free showers. We arrived around 6pm and the weather was weird, light rain then hail, but it stopped after about an hour. We started to settle in and then a group of maybe 30 teenage boys with a handful of “leaders” arrived around dark taking up 4 spots near us. The kids were rowdy throwing firecrackers until midnight. The leaders did absolutely nothing to stop them and neither did the campground. Luckily they slept and then all took off early around 8am after morning prayers. In hindsight, nothing against the campground other than close proximity to each other and the city and the camp host didn’t break up the “fun”
We dreaded dealing with crowds over the 4th of July weekend and back in March, this was one of the few state parks where I could get reservations in this area. Keep in mind that "this area" is about 40 minutes from Clarkston, the nearest town so make sure you stock up and don't count on cell service (except for the top of Puffer Butte!) The campground is small - only 20 sites but even on July 3, there were still a handful of empty sites. It was very quiet. Some sites are pull through and some are larger than others (mostly the ones on the outside of the loop) Site 16 was large and could accommodate several vehicles and tents. One restroom that was very clean with my three necessities: soap, hand dryers, and garbage. Coin-operated shower but make sure you have quarters because there is not always a staff person to give you change. Firewood is on the honor system at $5 per bundle. There is an actual spring that the park is named for but it was still turned off (didn't know you could turn a spring on/off?) There are teepees, cabins, and shelters and it appears to be a popular place in the winter for cross country skiing and tubing. The 2+ mile roundtrip hike to the Puffer Butte is a must as the three state view (WA, ID, OR) is sweeping and gorgeous. Other than that, we enjoyed a quiet two nights at this state park
We spent a few days here and had a great time. Tucked back off main roads which allowed for nice quiet sleep! Runs along side the river and has a great walking/biking trail. The owners have fun with the residents… “Sweet Saturday” with homemade goodies in the office and then Sunday Sundaes for $1 you can have an ice cream sundae with toppings in the office! The kids LOVED it! Overall GREAT park!
The campground has only has 5 sites, but we were the only campers. We camped the first week of June, so days were warm and it got cool enough at night to sit close the campfire. There are plenty of logging trails to hike within walking distance, and more a short drive away. The drive to Midway is beautiful, worth it even if you don't plan to stay overnight. There is one very clean vault toilet on site. No water, so bring your own.
Amidst the rolling hills of farmland and open spaces emerges this deeply forested reservoir. Wonderful fishing, trout, bass, catfish, and even tiger musky. This isn't a great lake for swimming, as it's loaded with thick algae. It is great for boating a small boat or getting lost in the thick pines around it.
This a a great site with all the amenities. It provides a boat launch and nice sized RV lotes. It is kid friendly and is a 2 minute drive from Lower Granite Dam if you want to take a tour. It is also a 10 minute drive from Illia Dunes for a day trip.
I'm not sure what the other reviewer is talking about regarding a lake, as this ridge is at 6000' above sea level and there's no lake there. Granted, it's been a few years since I've camped here, but there's no lake.
We camped here for a free a few times. The Forest Service added some improvements and tacked on an $8 per night fee - still a bargain. The campground is on a road, but the road gets very little use at night.
We've hiked in the area, and it's a real treat. There are springs, and there is nothing better on a hot day than the cold water coming out of a spring. During one visit, The Hubs brought his telescope & spent a chilly night stargazing. The southern end of the camping area has an unobstructed 240(ish) degree view of the sky, facing south. The nearest town is too far & too small to create any loom, so on a moonless night it's incredibly dark here.
Expect this campground to be very busy during hunting season.
Dent Acres has a lot of campsites maintained by the US Army Corps of Engineers. There is lake access, a nice pavilion for large picnics. There is day use boat trailer parking and an upper lot of those camping overnight. A nice fish cleaning station, bathrooms, and abundant wildlife viewing. There is a nice group campsite just down the road that is part of this campground.
Freeman Creek at Dworshak State park has great opportunity for all levels of camping. Tent sites, RV/Trailer sites, or a few small primitive cabins (no bathrooms or kitchens in the cabins). There is also access to the reservoir for boating, fishing or to mini-camp sites all along the reservoir. Kokanee fishing is great from March to about late July. The spawn begins in August, so the fish move up the reservoir as the season progresses. Smallmouth bass fishing is great! The Idaho state Smallmouth record was caught in this lake. Day use parking is available for a small fee. For Idaho residents with the State Parks pass reduces the fee. A lot of wildlife viewing too! If you are lucky you may see a black bear feeding on blackberries, deer are numerous, elk frequent the lake, and one of my favorites is to watch Osprey dive in the lake for fish.
I have been at this park in every month of the calendar, but only camped from April thru October.
We have stayed at Chief Thimothy quite a few times. It doesn’t seem as well kept as other parks we like! The grass is blotchy, so if there’s rain, there’s mud…no rain,lots of dust and dirt! Easy access to the river with little docks along the shore. Swimming area available,too! Bathrooms, laundry, and full hookups all available. Dog friendly!
We went for a family reunion. We had a good time. It was very crowded. If you dont mind campsites that are open and no tree blocking and your neighbors are right next to you. However we did have access to water from our campsite. That is always a bonus.
Only reason for 4 stars is not being able to reserve a spot. Very quiet, cozy location. Stayed here twice; both times was an overnight stay while waiting to pick my Scouts up from summer camp. The sites are very spacious and vault restrooms are located all through the grounds. I’ve never made it to swim; however, the area is quite large.
Chief Timothy is a great campground not far from clarkston that provides all he ammenties any camper would want. They have rv and tent sites available. Great atmosphere very well kept grounds makes this a great place to take your family! Pull thru sites for rvs makes it easy to come and go as you please. They have a designated swimming area and a boat launch if you have a boat. My family always loves camping here.
We pulled in here a few nights ago and are LOVING it!!! This place is very clean, well maintained, the office gals are so friendly and full of information. The banquet room, game room, pool, laundry and bathrooms are clean and beautiful. It is close to town but on the outskirts away from the hustle and bustle. It is nestled near the marina and has gorgeous views of the river! Definitely a top notch park in our books!
We pulled in late over Fourth of July weekend they allowed us to stay for a week the office assistants were the sweetest people ever. Great park, with great helpful neighbors. The manager does NOT allow kids although this is not advertised or posted anywhere! We were lucky to have only made contact with the assistants which were great but the manager not so much!! She even left a sticky note on our ticket that said, “Do not allow kids to stay any longer!” For having two older children who mind there own business and are very well behaved we were put off a bit by this.
We pulled our 40ft RV up here and had a great time! Not full hookups but lots of fishing we caught: blue gill, trout, bass, crappie, perch, cat fish and had a small Tiger Muskie on the line but lost it. We were there for two weeks and they did have electricity and water hookups just no dump so we showered and used the bathroom facilities which were very well kept! So we didn’t mind. There is a dump station just in town at the gas station there. Overall great experience and nice to be off the grid for a bit!
Nice area to go in the spring because it’s generally 10 degrees warmer than Spokane - nice boat launches- docks and mooring- full hook ups - showers- restaurant and store,