Sawtooth National Forest, IDAHO
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Right on the water

Blacktop drive and parking pads with a few pull through sites. You can fish from your camp site. No hookups but water is available. Plenty of space between sites. Fire rings and picnic tables were provided. Firewood was for sale. Bring your bug spray for late afternoon and evening. We needed it in early July.

Beautiful wooded camping

Camping in the forest in Sawtooth. Pull through sites were available. Fire rings and picnic tables were at every site. Situated next to stream. Resident moose was sited one morning, and we saw bear claw markings on a tree behind a camp site. Campground hosts were very friendly and helpful. We bought wood and the host split up kindling for us. No hookups but water was available at a few areas.

Quiet and Beautiful

Plenty of paths down to Salmon river level to fish or nap. 

Limited unlocked bathrooms toilet paper in early spring.

Goose poop and ants everywhere around camp sites. 

Deer Carcasses

Deer carcasses and no toilet. The campground is used by hunters in RVs/trailers. The place was rancid, we did not stay here.

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Hunters/Fisherman/ATVs “Resort”

The whole area around the Anderson Ranch Reservoir is mostly used by hunters and fisherman. We needed a spot to camp after Craters of the Moon and this was not exactly what we were looking for. All of the accessible spots around the dam were taken so we took a spot at this “Resort.” The Fall Creek campground had some water access spots that were all “reserved” so we opted for the hillside with cramped picnic tables and fire rings. There were a couple trailers that looked like they just set up for a few weeks and come and go. There is also a full bar with pool tables at the campground (?!). There may have been other facilities but we only used the vault toilet near the closest boat ramp. It’s a beautiful area and if you’re lucky to snag a spot along the water, it would be enjoyable. However, keep in mind that there are lots of ATVs and UTVs and the scene is deer hunters, not really our thing.

Great group site

Not sure if this site is even open currently due to fire damage in recent years. When open it has a nice group camping feel. Creek runs along side campground for great swimming with kids. It is close to highway so you need to watch your small kids. Does have toilets. Even though you reserve entire area people tend to pull in and ask if the can still stay in campground with you. The big positive though is that it’s a group space.

Nice camping

Good area that doesn’t require a reservation. Along the river for great swimming and fishing. Sites are pretty decent. Had a good amount of trees to keep out of the hot sun.

Beautiful setting

What a beautiful setting on Stanley Lake. Nice sites. A few minutes into the town of Stanley. Good fishing.

Never anywhere else

I will stay here a million times over it’s so beautiful I could live there! I just would want plumbing personally

Quiet, easy camping right on Redfish Lake.

Lovely little campground with many amenities close to Redfish Lake Lodge. Each campsite has a dedicated level pad for tents, a picnic table, a bear box, and fire ring. The sites are a bit open, so privacy can be a bit lacking if that's a concern. This campsite is also walk-in, so you will need to use provided wagons to bring your stuff to your site and park your car in the provided parking lot. There are also bathrooms which had flushing toilets and running water and are well maintained. We loved that Point Campground is within walking distance to Redfish Lake Lodge, which has a bunch of different activities: horseback riding, kayaking, a dog beach, mountain biking, fishing, etc. This campground is great when camping with children, especially with the bathrooms & lack of car traffic on the tent-only side. We will be returning!

Nice little campground. Small sites.

Bad Bear is a nice little campsite outside of Idaho City. The sites are good size with adequate privacy. There is lots of tree cover for shade during those warm summer days, and a babbling brook at the back of the campground. Each site had a picnic table, fire ring, and there is a well for water and a vault toilet. We enjoyed our stay here, mostly because there wasn't anyone else camping in the campground when we were there in mid-July! Score! We grabbed the big site, but the other sites seemed a bit small. Would recommend for a easy campsite close to Idaho City and just a quick little jaunt from Boise.

Clean, Shaded, and Great for Groups.

Trap Creek Campground was great for our group. There are 3 separate fire rings, each with a picnic table, a clean vault toilet, and an amazing view of the adjacent meadow with the Sawtooths. There was plenty of room for large family tents and plenty of shade to let the kids run around and play. It is RIGHT off the highway, so if noise from traffic isn't your favorite, you'll want to choose another campground. There were also quite a few cars that stopped off the highway to use the toilet. Other than that, it was great for our group of families with dogs and kids.

Sockeye #24

The campsite has a great location between two beaches along Redfish Lake. All of the campsites were in great condition with a picnic table and fire ring. We thought the price of $20/night was a little much as they charge the same amount for tents/campers. We were one of two campers using a tent the two nights we were there. The campground is well maintained and is just a short drive from the lodge and minutes away from hiking trails. The campground is first come first serve and was full both days by 10am when we were there at the beginning of July. Our recommendation is the hike to Bench Lakes (8 mi round trip) which starts at the Redfish TH.

Great hot springs... but

Great place for a day trip. Close to town, Boise, about an hour and half out. Springs are awesome and there are several. We stayed the over night and it became a little rowdy and a bit of nudity in one of the hot springs… my sons will always remember this place! All in all it is really a good place to visit and stay over night, just be ready for it.

Clean, quiet, convenient

When I couldn’t get into the campgrounds at Stanley lake or Redfish Lake this was the next best option and it worked out well. It was easy to access both of those recreational areas as well as access the services in town. The campground is along the Salmon River so you hear it in the background, which was beautiful. This was a clean and well run campground. The views of the sawtooth peaks were amazing.

Beautiful and Quiet

We stayed here for four nights the weekend prior to July 4th weekend. Our expectations were that it would be full and would be a bit difficult to find a site as it is first come, but we were wrong. When we arrived on Thursday morning the campground was almost completely empty. We easily found a great site that gave a view of Redfish Lake and the long stretch of lodgepoles behind us. Sockeye Campground was below us on the lake but you won’t even know from our site. The vault toilets were clean and maintained. There was a campground host on site who were friendly and provide firewood for $7 a bundle which was significantly better than in town at the Stanley market. There are several trailheads that are an easy walk through woods to find in Sockeye and trails that go around the lake with beautiful views. We will definitely be returning for another long weekend.

Amazing views on Sawtooths

So this site was absolutely beautiful at Redfish Lake in ID. We were in site 40 which still had amazing views of the Sawtooth range from up on a bit of a hill. I will say the reason this one falls short of 5 stars is that it is a pretty busy campground in June, but we were lucky in that our neighbors did not show up which kept everything nice and quiet. However there is a tent pad that’s big enough for two 4 person tents as well as a fire ring and picnic table. Not a bad stay during the weekdays.

Great, but...

The camp ground is well cared for and the site managers do a good job. The hot springs are incredible. There are multiple springs throughout the camp ground and along the river.
The camp ground gets crowded and not everyone respects the rules while there. Late nights and a bit of nudity kept my wife and I on edge with our young boys around.
We will come back but only for a day trip.

Felt like kids at Camp!

What a nice campground!  We had very low expectations staying at a campground that is almost always booked solid (we figured it would be crowded and loud) and is in one of the most popular parts of Idaho. However, the camping spots are large and are nicely spaced.  Even though almost every spot was taken, the campground was quiet and peaceful.  We prefer dry camping, so liked the spots not having hook-ups and drains. Paved roads made for fun riding of bikes, the flushing toilets in the clean bathrooms were a plus, the fresh drinking water was clean and tasted great, there were trash bins close by and our host "Wally" was so kind. With a short walk, you are on the North shore or Dog Beach and a little further is Redfish Lodge, beach and restaurants.  The food was so good and priced well, next time I will likely take less camping food and just eat at the lodge!  (Easy!)  The water in the lake is the cleanest you'll ever see….LET'S KEEP IT THAT WAY PEOPLE!  Unfortunately, this campground is booked out almost the entire summer, so while we want to go back - it may have to wait until next year.


Huge private spots with perfect tent spots with views of Sawtooth mountains and Redfish Lake

Very nice

Clean, large sites

Close to lake

Clean sites in lodge pole forest on Redfish Lake

Beautiful location

Sites are clean in lodge pine forest

Awesome Getaway!

My in-laws would go here every year and the took me after I married into the family. There’s so much to do here! You’re close to a lake, you c an fish the river, (we also panned for gold,) and there’s even a town close by if you forgot any essentials!


Awesome campground! Clean quite yet close to town! River runs right behind it! Sites are far enough apart that neighbors won’t bug you! Plenty of trees and shade. Fees range from $10-$20 a night

Cute campground!

Cute campground! Hosts are really nice! Firewood for sale. No cell service. Host said it can flood during high water seasons.

One of the best run camp grounds!

This camp ground is first come first serve so get there early in the day and early in the week! When you do it won’t disappoint with stunning lakeside views and picturesque sights of The sawtooth mountains! Easy access to a sandy beach and boat ramp it’s the perfect place for an RV getaway!

Great little spot

As the other reviewers mentioned, it is right on the road, so you're likely to hear cars driving past. Because it was so dusty, we decided to stay in our car rather than pitching the tent. Overall though we really enjoyed this great little spot for our night in the Sun Valley area!

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Clean but traffic...

Camp ground was clean and nice! River runs close and plenty of shade! The only complaint is it is right next to a busy road so you get to listen to semi trucks drive by all night.

Beautiful site next to river

Went in early June. Pretty cold but very beautiful.