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Top Tent Camping near Payette National Forest

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Best Tent Camping Sites Near Payette National Forest, ID (148)

    Camper-submitted photo from Peninsula Campground — Ponderosa State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Peninsula Campground — Ponderosa State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Peninsula Campground — Ponderosa State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Peninsula Campground — Ponderosa State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Peninsula Campground — Ponderosa State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Peninsula Campground — Ponderosa State Park

    1.

    Peninsula Campground — Ponderosa State Park

    36 Reviews
    59 Photos
    183 Saves
    McCall, Idaho

    Ponderosa State Park offers every kind of overnight experience imaginable with a variety of standard and serviced campsites, or cabins for small or large groups, amid a beyond-scenic mountain setting next to Payette Lake. There’s always more to explore! Learn more about all that Ponderosa State Park offers.

    Beautiful Payette Lake surrounds the Peninsula Unit and is the shoreline of the North Beach Unit of the park, located in the heart of one of Idaho’s most popular year-round destinations. Hike and bike on your own or with a guide, listen to a park naturalist in the evening at the amphitheater or walk with them on one of the trails. Children can participate in the Junior Ranger Program in the summer months. Visitors can meander the North Fork of the Payette River in a canoe or kayak (rentals available), Nordic ski on groomed trails, snowshoe on designated trails, or simply sit on the front porch of a park cabin and enjoy the spectacular view.

    Whether you enjoy cooking in a Dutch oven at a primitive camp site or an indoor stove in the comfort of a deluxe, lakeview cabin, Ponderosa State Park presents plentiful overnight experiences with a variety of standard and serviced campsites, or cabins.

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

    $15 - $40 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Last Chance Campground-OPEN
    Camper-submitted photo from Last Chance Campground-OPEN
    Camper-submitted photo from Last Chance Campground-OPEN
    Camper-submitted photo from Last Chance Campground-OPEN
    Camper-submitted photo from Last Chance Campground-OPEN
    Camper-submitted photo from Last Chance Campground-OPEN

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    Last Chance Campground-OPEN

    12 Reviews
    40 Photos
    140 Saves
    New Meadows, Idaho

    Overview

    At Last Chance Campground, there are 20 single and three double sites situated along Goose Creek in a mature Ponderosa Pine and Douglas Fir forest. This location is available on a first-come, first-served basis only. Visitors are required to physically arrive at the campground to purchase and claim a site. Once on-site, you may be able to pay for your campsite(s) by scanning a QR code using the Recreation.gov mobile app, and the Scan and Pay feature.__ If this option is available, you will need to first download the free Recreation.gov mobile app https://www.recreation.gov/mobile-app prior to your arrival as some remote areas have limited or no cellular service.

    Recreation

    This campground boasts many opportunities for recreation. Goose Lake is a short distance away, which features a picnic area, restrooms, and fishing piers. There is excellent fishing in the reservoir, or try your luck in Goose Creek, next to the campground. Popular Goose Creek Trail #533 begins at the campground and leads to Goose Creek Falls and onto Brundage Reservoir. Hiking to Goose Creek Falls is a family-friendly hike that everyone is sure to enjoy. A special treat is to go huckleberry picking in late summer along the trail!__

    Facilities

    This campground boasts many opportunities for recreation. Goose Lake is a short distance away, which features a picnic area, restrooms, and fishing piers. There is excellent fishing in the reservoir, or try your luck in Goose Creek, next to the campground. Popular Goose Creek Trail #533 begins at the campground and leads to Goose Creek Falls and onto Brundage Reservoir. Hiking to Goose Creek Falls is a family-friendly hike that everyone is sure to enjoy. A special treat is to go huckleberry picking in late summer along the trail!__

    Natural Features

    Last Chance Campground is situated among large ponderosa pine and Douglas fir trees, which offer a charming forested setting. The campground is situated along Goose Creek, at approximately 4,653 feet.

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

    $15 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Sugarloaf Campground — Lake Cascade State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Sugarloaf Campground — Lake Cascade State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Sugarloaf Campground — Lake Cascade State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Sugarloaf Campground — Lake Cascade State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Sugarloaf Campground — Lake Cascade State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Sugarloaf Campground — Lake Cascade State Park

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    Sugarloaf Campground — Lake Cascade State Park

    20 Reviews
    70 Photos
    114 Saves
    Cascade, Idaho

    45 sites, no hook-ups. Central drinking water. Nice tent living pads. Vault restrooms. Boat Ramp with handling docks. Great birding area. Secluded campground.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    Camper-submitted photo from Ponderosa Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Ponderosa Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Ponderosa Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Ponderosa Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Ponderosa Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Ponderosa Campground

    4.

    Ponderosa Campground

    5 Reviews
    11 Photos
    34 Saves
    Warren, Idaho

    Overview

    This campground is located adjacent to the Secesh River and offers beautiful river views. There are eleven camp sites. This location is available on a first-come, first-served basis only. Visitors are required to physically arrive at the campground to purchase and claim a site. Once on-site, you may be able to pay for your campsite(s) by scanning a QR code using the Recreation.gov mobile app, and the Scan and Pay feature.__ If this option is available, you will need to first download the free Recreation.gov mobile app ht tps://www.recreation.gov/mobile-app prior to your arrival as some remote areas have limited or no cellular service.

    Recreation

    There is fishing and trail access.__

    Facilities

    There is fishing and trail access.__

    Nearby Attractions

    The South Fork of the Salmon River is a highly popular area of the Forest and is one of the earlier areas to be snow-free in the spring. Several campgrounds and dispersed campsites can be found along the South Fork Road (FS Rd #674). The southern-most 7 miles of the South Fork Road are on the Boise National Forest.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Drinking Water

    $10 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Black Bear RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Black Bear RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Black Bear RV Park

    5.

    Black Bear RV Park

    5 Reviews
    3 Photos
    30 Saves
    McCall, Idaho

    Experience all that McCall has to offer with clean mountain air, fantastic outdoor activities, and, of course, great people. Enjoy nearby boating, fishing, kayaking, white water rafting, hunting, canoeing, zip lining, and three challenging golf courses. ATVs, UTVs, and SUPs are always welcome...bring the fun!

    For the fisherman, there are over 200 lakes within 30 miles, with everything from shore fishing to fly fishing excursions. Hikers and backpackers of all levels love the well-groomed forest trails, and bikers appreciate the miles and miles of bike trails. Rock climbers rave about McCall. If you are an ATV / UTV enthusiast or four-wheeler, you will love McCall. Motorcyclists, come and discover some of the most beautiful countries you have ever ridden through!

    Downtown McCall offers a diverse mix of shops, restaurants, and entertainment. The Manchester Ice Center offers a year-round venue for figure skating, hockey, curling, and more. In addition to festivals and events throughout the year, thousands flock downtown to see the towering snow sculptures, live music, food, and art at the annual McCall Winter Carnival. This quaint and beautiful mountain resort is one of the few remaining treasures of the historical past.

    We are a family operated RV park and campground located 2 minutes from downtown McCall, the marina and Payette Lake.

    RV sites include 45' pull-throughs on concrete pads with water and electric hookups and plenty of shade trees. On-site dump station. Free pump-out service for stays longer than 7 days.

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

    $39 - $54 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Upper Payette Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Upper Payette Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Upper Payette Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Upper Payette Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Upper Payette Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Upper Payette Lake Campground

    6.

    Upper Payette Lake Campground

    6 Reviews
    13 Photos
    64 Saves
    McCall, Idaho

    Overview

    Upper Payette Lake Campground is located 16 miles from McCall, Idaho, on the shores of beautiful Upper Payette Lake. Visitors enjoy fishing, canoeing and exploring local trails. Once on-site, you may be able to pay for your campsite(s) by scanning a QR code using the Recreation.gov mobile app, and the Scan and Pay feature. If this option is available, you will need to first download the free Recreation.gov mobile app https://www.recreation.gov/mobile-app prior to your arrival as some remote areas have limited or no cellular service.

    Recreation

    Upper Payette Lake is a no-wake lake that offers great fishing, canoeing and kayaking opportunities. The paved, mile-long Shoreline Trail begins in the campground and several additional hiking and biking trails begin just across the road from the entrance.

    Facilities

    Upper Payette Lake is a no-wake lake that offers great fishing, canoeing and kayaking opportunities. The paved, mile-long Shoreline Trail begins in the campground and several additional hiking and biking trails begin just across the road from the entrance.

    Natural Features

    The lake is situated at the foot of the Salmon River Mountains at an approximate elevation of 5,900 feet. Engelmann spruce and lodgepole pine forest the site, providing partial shade. Summer wildflowers are abundant. Summer days are typically warm and nights are cool.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Standard (Tent/RV)

    $15 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Boise National Forest Warm Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Boise National Forest Warm Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Boise National Forest Warm Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Boise National Forest Warm Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Boise National Forest Warm Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Boise National Forest Warm Lake Campground

    7.

    Boise National Forest Warm Lake Campground

    9 Reviews
    27 Photos
    26 Saves
    Cascade, Idaho

    Overview

    Warm Lake Campground is near the eastern shore of beautiful Warm Lake, at an elevation of 5,300 feet. Visitors enjoy boating, fishing, swimming, hiking and viewing local wildlife.

    Recreation

    Warm Lake offers great fishing opportunities for cutthroat, rainbow, lake and bull trout. Boating, canoeing and swimming are popular activities. A developed swim beach is available less than a quarter-mile away, at Warm Lake Lodge. Billy Rice Swim Beach is just over a mile from the campground, on the north side of the lake. The area offers a day-use site for picnicking and swimming. A boat ramp is located at nearby Shoreline Campground. The surrounding area offers great hiking, mountain biking, horseback and off-road vehicle riding, and hunting. The WeWuKiye (Wa Wu Kia) Trail No. 252 was recently built and can be accessed at Shoreline Campground. It is popular for hiking and mountain biking. For off-road vehicle enthusiasts, Telephone Ridge Trail No. 112 offers 20 miles of trails for all riding levels, with staging areas within the campground and up the road at Shoreline Campground.

    Facilities

    Warm Lake offers great fishing opportunities for cutthroat, rainbow, lake and bull trout. Boating, canoeing and swimming are popular activities. A developed swim beach is available less than a quarter-mile away, at Warm Lake Lodge. Billy Rice Swim Beach is just over a mile from the campground, on the north side of the lake. The area offers a day-use site for picnicking and swimming. A boat ramp is located at nearby Shoreline Campground. The surrounding area offers great hiking, mountain biking, horseback and off-road vehicle riding, and hunting. The WeWuKiye (Wa Wu Kia) Trail No. 252 was recently built and can be accessed at Shoreline Campground. It is popular for hiking and mountain biking. For off-road vehicle enthusiasts, Telephone Ridge Trail No. 112 offers 20 miles of trails for all riding levels, with staging areas within the campground and up the road at Shoreline Campground.

    Natural Features

    The campground is situated in a scenic forest of towering, old-growth ponderosa pine, which provides partial shade in the campground. Chipmunk Creek runs alongside the campground. Summer wildflowers are abundant. A variety of wildlife including bears, deer, elk, fox, grouse, eagles, osprey, grosbeaks, whooping cranes and otters, lives around the lake.

    Nearby Attractions

    Warm Lake Lodge is located across the road from the campground and has a restaurant and small store with camping and fishing essentials.

    • Fires
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Market

    $34 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from McCall RV Resort - Northfolk Lodge
    Camper-submitted photo from McCall RV Resort - Northfolk Lodge
    Camper-submitted photo from McCall RV Resort - Northfolk Lodge
    Camper-submitted photo from McCall RV Resort - Northfolk Lodge
    Camper-submitted photo from McCall RV Resort - Northfolk Lodge
    Camper-submitted photo from McCall RV Resort - Northfolk Lodge

    8.

    McCall RV Resort - Northfolk Lodge

    4 Reviews
    13 Photos
    29 Saves
    McCall, Idaho
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $42 - $52 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Poverty Flat
    Camper-submitted photo from Poverty Flat
    Camper-submitted photo from Poverty Flat
    Camper-submitted photo from Poverty Flat
    Camper-submitted photo from Poverty Flat
    Camper-submitted photo from Poverty Flat

    9.

    Poverty Flat

    3 Reviews
    18 Photos
    77 Saves
    Yellow Pine, Idaho

    Overview

    Located along side the South Fork Salmon River, this paved campground offers 10 campsites, including 4 walk in tent sites.__ This location is available on a first-come, first-served basis only. Visitors are required to physically arrive at the campground to purchase and claim a site. Once on-site, you may be able to pay for your campsite(s) by scanning a QR code using the Recreation.gov mobile app, and the Scan and Pay feature.__ If this option is available, you will need to first download the free Recreation.gov mobile app https://www.recreation.gov/mobile-app prior to your arrival as some remote areas have limited or no cellular service.

    Recreation

    __The campground serves as take-out for those floating the South Fork of the Salmon River from Goat Creek. Serves as the trailhead for an extensive trail system. Many loop hikes are possible from here, of varying lengths and difficulties. Open to those on foot, horses, mountain bikes, and trail bikes. Fishing in the river.__

    Facilities

    __The campground serves as take-out for those floating the South Fork of the Salmon River from Goat Creek. Serves as the trailhead for an extensive trail system. Many loop hikes are possible from here, of varying lengths and difficulties. Open to those on foot, horses, mountain bikes, and trail bikes. Fishing in the river.__

    Nearby Attractions

    The South Fork of the Salmon River is a highly popular area of the Forest and is one of the earlier areas to be snow-free in the spring. Several campgrounds and dispersed campsites can be found along the South Fork Road (FS Rd #674). The southern-most 7 miles of the South Fork Road are on the Boise National Forest.

    • Pets
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Drinking Water

    $10 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Grouse Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Grouse Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Grouse Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Grouse Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Grouse Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Grouse Campground

    10.

    Grouse Campground

    4 Reviews
    11 Photos
    58 Saves
    New Meadows, Idaho

    Overview

    Grouse Campground is located just 16 miles from McCall, Idaho, on the shores of Goose Lake. Visitors enjoy canoeing, fishing and horseback riding. Once on-site, you may be able to pay for your campsite(s) by scanning a QR code using the Recreation.gov mobile app, and the Scan and Pay feature. If this option is available, you will need to first download the free Recreation.gov mobile app https://www.recreation.gov/mobile-app prior to your arrival as some remote areas have limited or no cellular service.

    Recreation

    Goose Lake is a no-wake lake offering rainbow and brook trout fishing, canoeing and kayaking. Numerous hiking, horseback riding and dirt bike trails are in the vicinity, including Granite Mountain Lookout and Goose Creek Falls.

    Facilities

    Goose Lake is a no-wake lake offering rainbow and brook trout fishing, canoeing and kayaking. Numerous hiking, horseback riding and dirt bike trails are in the vicinity, including Granite Mountain Lookout and Goose Creek Falls.

    Natural Features

    Goose Lake is situated in the beautiful Salmon River Mountain range at an elevation of 6,500 feet. A forest of Engelmann spruce and lodgepole pines provides partial shade in the campground, which is a short, three-minute walk from the shoreline. Summer wildflowers are abundant.

    Nearby Attractions

    Brundage Mountain Resort, located nearby, offers scenic chairlift rides and excellent lift-served mountain biking and hiking.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)

    $10 / night

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