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Best Tent Camping Sites Near Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, ID (120)

    Camper-submitted photo from Wilderness Gateway
    Camper-submitted photo from Wilderness Gateway
    Camper-submitted photo from Wilderness Gateway
    Camper-submitted photo from Wilderness Gateway
    Camper-submitted photo from Wilderness Gateway
    Camper-submitted photo from Wilderness Gateway

    1.

    Wilderness Gateway

    7 Reviews
    29 Photos
    58 Saves
    Weippe, Idaho

    Overview

    Wilderness Gateway Campground provides direct access to the Wild and Scenic Lochsa River. Visitors enjoy a variety of recreational opportunities, including world famous whitewater rafting. Hiking and horseback riding trails abound in the nearby Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness area, which is the 3rd-largest in the lower 48 United States. This large and unique campground offers respite for a variety of campers, including those with horses, horse trailers and RVs.

    Recreation

    The Lochsa River is world famous for its exciting whitewater rafting opportunities. Visitors do not need a permit to float the Lochsa, but technical expertise is a must. The river is also a destination fly fishing experience for cutthroat and rainbow trout, chinook salmon and steelhead. There are a number of river access points near the campground, along Highway 12. Highway 12, also known as the Lewis and Clark Highway, winds along the narrow river canyon through evergreen trees and large rock outcroppings. Visitors to the area enjoy the scenic drive and historic sites along the way. Elk, deer, moose, bear, cougar and mountain goats make the steep canyon country their home, as well as other wildlife. A variety of birds are also active in the area. Boulder Creek cascades down into the campground on its descent from the neighboring 1.5-million acre Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness area. Several trails head into the wilderness from the campground, including the 15-mile Lochsa Peak Trail and the 27-mile Boulder Creek Trail. A 1-mile birding trail loops around the campground and the half-mile Downriver Trail leads to a scenic river overlook. All trails are open to hiking and the wilderness trails are also open to horseback riding. The Lochsa Historical Ranger Station, a living history visitor center, is located one mile southwest of the campground.

    Facilities

    The Lochsa River is world famous for its exciting whitewater rafting opportunities. Visitors do not need a permit to float the Lochsa, but technical expertise is a must. The river is also a destination fly fishing experience for cutthroat and rainbow trout, chinook salmon and steelhead. There are a number of river access points near the campground, along Highway 12. Highway 12, also known as the Lewis and Clark Highway, winds along the narrow river canyon through evergreen trees and large rock outcroppings. Visitors to the area enjoy the scenic drive and historic sites along the way. Elk, deer, moose, bear, cougar and mountain goats make the steep canyon country their home, as well as other wildlife. A variety of birds are also active in the area. Boulder Creek cascades down into the campground on its descent from the neighboring 1.5-million acre Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness area. Several trails head into the wilderness from the campground, including the 15-mile Lochsa Peak Trail and the 27-mile Boulder Creek Trail. A 1-mile birding trail loops around the campground and the half-mile Downriver Trail leads to a scenic river overlook. All trails are open to hiking and the wilderness trails are also open to horseback riding. The Lochsa Historical Ranger Station, a living history visitor center, is located one mile southwest of the campground.

    Natural Features

    The campground is located in heavily wooded forest in north-central Idaho at an elevation of 2,100 feet. It is adjacent to the Lochsa River. Lochsa is a Nez Perce word meaning "rough water." The 70-mile river and its tributaries have no dams and flow is unregulated from its headwaters near the Powell Ranger Station in the Bitterroots, to Lowell, where it joins the Selway River to form the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River. The Lochsa is one of the world's best for continuous whitewater.

    contact_info

    For facility specific information, please call (208) 942-3113.

    Nearby Attractions

    *1 hour from access to the National Historic Lolo Trail Corridor *1 mile from the Lochsa Historical Ranger Station and Visitor Center

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Equestrian

    $14 - $280 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Deyo Reservoir
    Camper-submitted photo from Deyo Reservoir
    Camper-submitted photo from Deyo Reservoir
    Camper-submitted photo from Deyo Reservoir
    Camper-submitted photo from Deyo Reservoir
    Camper-submitted photo from Deyo Reservoir

    2.

    Deyo Reservoir

    5 Reviews
    33 Photos
    12 Saves
    Weippe, Idaho

    n 1922, the Schmidt Brothers Mill constructed a sawmill and logging operation to take advantage of the wealth of timber in the area. This multi acre site incorporated homes for roughly 20 families, a mill office, a post office, cook shack, bunk house for single men, gas pump house, public well house and other small buildings, besides large lumber drying area. The mill ran continuously on this site for 50 years. For the past 40 years, it has remained as wetland and pasture land until the Mary Lou Deyo Family generously donated this land. The Deyo Dam was finished in 2011, creating the 55 acre reservoir, and the campground was finished in 2013.

    Deyo Campground is closed for the 2022 camping season. It will be open for reservations starting April 1, 2023 for the camping season starting May 1, 2023 !

    Deyo Reservoir and Campground – 803 Schmidt Mill Rd Weippe, ID Family Friendly Fishing: Trout, Bluegill, Largemouth Bass Wheel chair accessible docks. ADA Vault Bathrooms. West Camp Ground includes Water/Electric -$20.00/night East Camp Ground No Hookups- $10.00/night 1 Trailer and 1 tent (for children) per site, additional are $10 per tent/trailer

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    Please call the Deyo Campground at 208-435-4406 M-F 10am – 5pm to mark your date for the Deyo Pavilion.

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

    $10 - $20 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Dent Acres
    Camper-submitted photo from Dent Acres
    Camper-submitted photo from Dent Acres
    Camper-submitted photo from Dent Acres
    Camper-submitted photo from Dent Acres
    Camper-submitted photo from Dent Acres

    3.

    Dent Acres

    10 Reviews
    58 Photos
    47 Saves
    Ahsahka, Idaho

    Overview

    Located in northern Idaho's beautiful Clearwater Valley, Dent acres Campground on Dworshak Lake is surrounded by forests and abundant wildlife. Dworshak Lake is 54 miles long, hosts kokanee salmon, rainbow trout and small mouth bass fishing. It has excellent boating, water skiing and hunting opportunities.

    Recreation

    Dent Acres is an excellent location for boaters, fishermen, hunters, hikers, wildlife watching, as well as quiet relaxation. There is a boat ramp for access to the reservoir, multiple trails for hiking, and thousands of surrounding acres of public lands for the hunter.

    Facilities

    Dent Acres is an excellent location for boaters, fishermen, hunters, hikers, wildlife watching, as well as quiet relaxation. There is a boat ramp for access to the reservoir, multiple trails for hiking, and thousands of surrounding acres of public lands for the hunter.

    Natural Features

    Dworshak Reservoir is surrounded by steep forested, mountainous country. Numerous small creeks feed the reservoir.

    Nearby Attractions

    -Dent Bridge, which spans Dworshak Reservoir, is approximately one mile east of Dent Acres and is the largest cable suspension bridge in the state of Idaho. -Dworshak Dam and Visitor Center -Dworshak Hatchery -Clearwater National Forest -Clearwater Historical Society and Museum - Weippe Discovery Center -Canoe Camp -Nez Perce (National Park site at Spalding) -Orofino Chamber of Commerce

    contact_info

    For facility specific information, please call (208) 476-1255.

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

    $40 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Knife Edge Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Knife Edge Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Knife Edge Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Knife Edge Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Knife Edge Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Knife Edge Campground

    4.

    Knife Edge Campground

    4 Reviews
    7 Photos
    27 Saves
    Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, Idaho

    Located along the breathtaking Wild and Scenic Lochsa River, about fifteen minutes east of Lowell, ID, families, campers, anglers, kayakers, floaters and boaters may enjoy this five unit, two acre, free-use campground and Lochsa river/boat access site. A changing room and a single vault restroom is also provided. The Campground will accomodate 40-ft. RV's.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Trash
    • Picnic Table
    Camper-submitted photo from Campbells Pond Access Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Campbells Pond Access Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Campbells Pond Access Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Campbells Pond Access Area

    5.

    Campbells Pond Access Area

    3 Reviews
    4 Photos
    18 Saves
    Weippe, Idaho
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Picnic Table
    Camper-submitted photo from Rocky Ridge
    Camper-submitted photo from Rocky Ridge
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    Camper-submitted photo from Weitas Butte Lookout
    Camper-submitted photo from Weitas Butte Lookout

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    Weitas Butte Lookout

    1 Review
    2 Photos
    2 Saves
    Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, Idaho

    Sleeping up to four guests, equipped with woodstove and propane heater, this historic lookout was originally constructed in 1931, and the timbered structure visitors see today was constructed in 1953. Weitas Butte Lookout is positioned along the the famous and historic Lolo Motorway just 3 miles north of Rocky Ridge Lake. It's remote and peaceful location along the Nez Perce and Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail and its sweeping vistas of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness makes this lookout an ideal location to spend a unique night or two.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Tents
    • Equestrian
    • Picnic Table
    • Toilets
    Camper-submitted photo from Freeman Creek Campground — Dworshak State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Freeman Creek Campground — Dworshak State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Freeman Creek Campground — Dworshak State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Freeman Creek Campground — Dworshak State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Freeman Creek Campground — Dworshak State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Freeman Creek Campground — Dworshak State Park

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    Freeman Creek Campground — Dworshak State Park

    9 Reviews
    13 Photos
    52 Saves
    Ahsahka, Idaho

    Freeman Creek Campground is a camper’s paradise with standard and serviced campsites, camper cabins, tent campsites overlooking the reservoir, reservable boat slips, and small group camps. Some of the recreational activities include archery, a playground, volleyball courts, and horseshoes.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Ohara Bar Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Ohara Bar Campground
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    Camper-submitted photo from Ohara Bar Campground

    9.

    Ohara Bar Campground

    5 Reviews
    7 Photos
    45 Saves
    Elk City, Idaho

    Overview

    O'Hara Campground sits along the Selway River amid lush vegetation and old cedar trees. This is the largest campground on the Selway, with 32 sites, and makes a great base for exploring all the recreational activities and attractions in the area. *Water is currently unavailable at this campground as it is under maintenence for the 2024 season. Water and dump station can be found at Cedar Flats, 1.5 miles from campground on Selway Road.

    Recreation

    The Selway River is a destination fly fishing experience for cutthroat and rainbow trout and is also well-known for whitewater rafting. Several trailheads for hiking and biking can be accessed from Selway River Road and lead into the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness area.

    Facilities

    The Selway River is a destination fly fishing experience for cutthroat and rainbow trout and is also well-known for whitewater rafting. Several trailheads for hiking and biking can be accessed from Selway River Road and lead into the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness area.

    Natural Features

    In the heart of north central Idaho, rugged peaks, deep canyons, dense forests and remote wilderness comprise the Nez Perce National Forest. Due in large part to dramatic elevational differences, the forest supports a wide variety of vegetation, from cedar groves to desert ecosystems. O'Hara is located in the Selway Wild and Scenic River Corridor, an area known for its rugged natural beauty and wildlife.

    Nearby Attractions

    An 11 mile sightseeing drive from Lowell to Selway Falls offers visitors opportunities to appreciate the pristine beauty of the Selway Wild and Scenic River and picturesque Selway Falls. O'Hara is near the Fenn Ranger Station, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Trash
    • Drinking Water
    • Toilets

    $14 - $34 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Liz Butte Cabin
    Camper-submitted photo from Liz Butte Cabin
    Camper-submitted photo from Liz Butte Cabin
    Camper-submitted photo from Liz Butte Cabin
    Camper-submitted photo from Liz Butte Cabin
    Camper-submitted photo from Liz Butte Cabin

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    Liz Butte Cabin

    1 Review
    4 Photos
    2 Saves
    Weippe, Idaho

    Overview

    This facility is no longer reservable.

    Recreation

    Facilities

    Natural Features

    Nearby Attractions

    • Tents
    • Equestrian
    • Toilets
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