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Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, IDAHO

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Most Recent Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Camping Reviews
You need good brakes!!

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.

Great dry camping

We spent a week here this last summer. Awesome place for hikes and hot springs. Also dog friendly Everywhere we went. Beautiful area wit tons of trees.

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.

Good area attractions

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!

A gem spot

I've hiked to Jerry Johnson hot springs plenty of times, and finally decided to check out the campground! The site was really clean, the outhouses were immaculate! Honestly the nicest outhouse I have ever seen. I went during early October and the larches and deciduous trees were showing great fall colors. The campsite is a little close to the highway, but it was not very loud at night. In the fall, there is a reasonable amount of traffic, but I would assume it gets a little heavier in the summer.

Priest Lake Living

Wonderful campground with private spots. Each one has a picnic table and fire pit. Room for campers and/or multiple tents. Group space is large enough to accommodate multiple tents with a central fire pit. Also has camping in the forest near the creek. There is a boat put-in, too, for those with larger watercraft. Not far from Elkin’s Resort if you need a happy hour or warm meal. Enjoy!

Airplane camping

Great backcountry airstrip.  Easy to catch cutthroat and solitude.

Great group site.

We enjoyed the group site. It was on an outside corner. Good access to the streams as well as the restroom. 3 tables and lots of room. Beautiful campground with cedar trees and the kids enjoyed picking huckleberries.

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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 😀🤗

Perfect Fly Fishing Stay

Perfect spot along the Madison. The hosts were very friendly too and keep the grounds in tip top shape! Highly recommend. It can be very windy- just a heads up!