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.
Lick creek campground has 3 spots. One large one with stock holding. A CTX toilet and fire rings. Lick lake is a 3 mile hike into the wilderness and is gorgeous! No fee.
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.
This is probably one of the busiest campgrounds in Idaho. And for a reason. Access to trails and water is unbeatable. The grounds are gorgeous. And you can stay in the woods or toodle into town and get some coffee or ice cream.
If you pick your site well, you can have the convenience of a campground but feel a bit more secluded. We usually boondock but we'll come into civilization for this place.
Make sure you reserve 9 months in advance. This place fills up. We come every year and love it!
SISCRA is open to all, but primarily attended by 55 and over campers. There is a monthly option, and many retired folks have established this great summer community. The U.S. Mail even delivers there. Thursday nights have bingo, Saturday nights live entertainment and various dinners in the REC hall. Members get a discount on camping, money well-spent to maintain the grounds. Both tent and electrical sites are available, 3 other nearby reservation sites were full. I had thought the campground was right on the water, but is not. There's a walking trail with some great views. My only complaint is that from 7:30 am until late afternoon, there are non-stop golf carts and ATVs doing circles around the campground. A front-loader went past my campsite repeatedly, I stopped counting at 16 times. I left a day early because at 6:30 a.m. the neighboring rancher shot a shotgun VERY close to where I was camping. It is not hunting season, I believe he either shot a cow, a predator, or both. I may return another time, it is nice that showers are included. Very close to a favorite hot springs, and just a few minutes from nearest town.
This campground costs $10 a night, for a tent spot. Nice creek running by the campground. Plenty of spots to choose from. Does not get heavily used.
There is great hiking from the campground. Close to McCall!
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!
It is a nice place and there is a lot to do if you have a boat. There isn’t anything around so take what you need and just enjoy the simple life while you’re there. The road is dirt for some 10 miles to get you there, and it was washboard at times. The campground is clean and the hosts are really nice. We went when the caterpillars were hatching so they were everywhere but it wasn’t a big deal. We had a really quiet spot. All sites were big.
The sites are on a paved area with fire rings and picnic tables. You can access the creek from the sites and have access to a nice biking trail that follows the creek.
Campground was clean and well maintained! Isolated with fantastic views! Many hiking trails make for an adventurous day. Lake is close by for recreation with canoes, kayaks, canoes and swimming. If you search, you may find rope swings in trees! The area is secluded and not crowded which makes for quiet and restful evenings. The stars are absolutely amazing! If you are a stargazer, this is the place!
Great places to hike, kayak, swim, or go boating. After 6pm motorized boats are not allowed on the water. It has cabins as well as tent sites. Not very secluded, to many people for my liking so if you dont want neighbors try another place. It does haave a little store which is nice.
Great place to kayak and fish. Most camp spots are near the water. Camp spots are a bit to close to eachother for my liking, but great for family camping. Area has multipul outhouses. Lots of waterfowl and beautiful flower first come first serve. Campsites fillup fast
Once you turn off Hywy 95 on to Lost Valley Reservoir Road (about 16 miles North of Council), you will reach a Y in the well kept gravel road. If you turn left, you will come to Cold Spring Campground. There are RV/trailer and tent sites available for a small daily fee. There are campfire sites, hiking trails, toilets and water from a hand pump. You will need to pack out your own garbage as there are no dumpsters. Not a bad place but you are still about 1/2 mile away from the Lost Valley Reservoir.
If you return to the Lost Valley Reservoir road, you can continue on to the Reservoir. After about 1/2 mile, you will see the lake off to your right. There are camp sites all along this stretch of the lake with direct access to the lake. A few sites have a common outhouse with no running water. Along this side of the lake there is also a boat launch area, but I believe this is a 'No Wake Lake'. Check local burn bans, and pack your garbage out.
The road continues along the lake edge and over a small dam. There are several small, dirt access roads that lead to the lakes edge with camping sites at the end of each. Several roads are VERY rough and have deep ruts in them, and I personally wouldn't risk driving them without a vehicle that has plenty of clearance.
The lake is small and as the summer progresses and water is drained from the reservoir, it shrinks. I prefer camping here until about the 1st or 2nd week of August. After this, the water levels drop drastically and green algae begins to accumulate around the lakes edge. There are small perch for fishing, but I did not catch any big enough to keep. We camped here in mid-July this year and had a campfire each night.
Beautiful views, great hiking, refreshing water, and several families had ATV's. Huckleberries are usually ripe 1st/2nd weeks of August. Very relaxing. Enjoy.
I stayed one night, I took a cabin instead of a campsite because of the nearby fires. The area was very clean and well maintained. The pool was wonderful to soak in. I arrived there on a Sunday afternoon, there was A LOT of traffic going down the mountain as I was going up, obviously it had been quite crowded on the weekend! However, it was nice and quiet for the rest of my stay.
The campground leaves a lot to be desired.
The squirrels are out of control aggressive, worst I’ve had to contend with - ever. Make sure everything is secure in a bear canister &/or hung up off the ground, don’t even turn your back on your food! Seriously, they would climb up on opposite side of the picnic table just out of reach to try to get the food! somehow my plastIc cup went missing - I blame them!
The road surface through the campground is deep and very soft/fine dusty soil, any vehicle kicks up incredible amount of dust even at 2 mph.
The campsite itself was nice and clean, I was the only camper here on a weeknight. There were a lot of people coming in to camp to use the toilet in the late evening - likely dispersed campers from the area… they didn’t disturb me other than with the dust mentioned. The pit toilets were clean, but in not so great condition.
The hike to the nearby springs is about a 1/3 to half mile one way, steep descent down to the creek. But DEFINITELY worth the hike to the springs! (I only went to Penny Springs, I looked at the trail down to New Penny Springs and decided it was too steep!)
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.
We tent camped here in July 2018. Sugarloaf is off by itself at the end of the lake, so it’s a little more laid back there. Our group simply set our in the morning and camped out on the beach with our gear. we had paddle boards, a canoe, and a floatie and spent the entire day out there. there was some nice sand for the kids to build with. We also went fishing in a different spot and watched the most beautiful sunset. The birds we saw here wwre absolutely amazing. we saw multiple ospreys, pelicans, and mountain bludbirds. I would go back to camp here any time.