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I been through the area a couple times on quick trips,I always wanted to return and explore the area without knowing much about it and the people were very helpful. Yes they told us how to get to Ross Creek Cedars and Kootenai falls (go early), absolutely stunning! I also found Libby Dam, we sat on the tailgate eating lunch and watched eagles soaring and fishing on the bottom side of the dam. The trail down to the river was great, the boys had a blast riding their bikes on it. The only downside was being right next to the highway but that also made it nice for getting out and exploring too.
Just a pit toilet and small campsites punctuate this FF jewel. In late July 2020 I arrived about noon and quickly rinsed off in the surprisingly clear bottom of the falls. About 5pm a large group of locals converged at the pool and proceeded to have a party. When they departed, they didn’t leave a scrap of litter. Nonetheless, it was an experience I’ll never forget because of the horizontal rock falls. No water, no trash, pit toilet
Bonner County Fairgrounds, Sandpoint, ID
Nice little campground on the side of the fairgrounds. There’s a block showerhouse , that I did not go into and a nice picnic pavilion in the middle of the campground. Basic sites, sorta seems like an afterthought or good use of space. Grass and a few trees, but otherwise wide open. Close to Sandpoint , ID which has some awesome shopping and hiking trails, plus water sports.
This campground sits on the Bull River as it enters the Cabinet Gorge Reservoir. We were there in mid-September 2019. The fresh water spigot was still on and no one else camped there. We were in site #17 with a water view near the loop turn around. It is, iirc, a short loop so a truck/trailer may not make it. The campground also has at least one vault toilet and is standard issue USFS. It also provided bear proof garbage and aluminum can recycling. We could hear the truck traffic on 200 and also the trains on the Montana Rail Line train tracks nearby so Bad Medicine up highway 56 on Bull Lake may be a better choice.
We stayed here mid-September, 2020. It is close to the Ross Cedars just up the narrow road. This is a wooded campground where not much light gets in. But, it feels woodsy, no claustrophobic. We were worried about grizzlies but the camp hostess said there weren’t any there. This is a USFS campground so your Senior Pass cuts the $16 camping fee in half. I would imagine Bull Lake to be beautiful but the smoke from fires obscured it in a haze.
There were vault toilets and water spigots. I have found that USFS campgrounds in this area of NW Montana to have some of the best tasting water. It is quiet being far enough off a little traveled highway.
At first we were a little taken aback by all the train noises (the puppy wasn’t too excited about it) but they didn’t run too late into the night. Close to town and when we stayed (early October) there were plenty of open RV sites. It almost felt like we had the place to ourselves. The facilities were well maintained and included laundry, bathrooms, and pay showers.
Pulled into this campground in our RV in late September and only encountered one other party in the campground. Loved the remote setting. We were able to snag a spot close to the river, so we slept to the sound of rushing water. I’d estimate that half the primitive spots could fit a medium sized RV, the others are car/tent sites.
This is a small campground just a few minutes outside of Bonner’s Ferry. Probably 6 spaces, all big enough for a car or van but not suitable for large RV’s. Vault toilets and the ubiquitous green campground pumps/drinking fountain for potable water.
You can’t see Smith Lake from the campground, but it is just a few minute walk through the trees. The lake itself looks decent for swimming.
Although definitely in bear country, there were no food boxes. We were motorcycling camping so made sure to put everything away. That close to Bonner’s Ferry perhaps risk of bears not as great, but hard to know.
The campground is adjacent to private land that has been logged, and there was logging activity while we were there. It didn’t bother us, but the proximity to town coupled with how close it is to homes and other private property makes it not a destination campground in any respect and hardly far enough out of town to constitute getting away. But, it made a good stop for the night on our way to Montana and points beyond.
We were there mid-week in the off-season and pretty much had the place to ourselves. The sites are close together, but that obviously didn't affect us.
Pretty lake. Good cell service even though its tucked away from the main road. The owner was very nice and helpful.
I wish we were staying longer and we would have rented one of their boats and done some fishing.
Restroom is just an outhouse up the hill a bit, but it was clean.
Picnic table and fire ring, but a burn ban was in effect while we were there. Owner provided a 120 VAC adapter plug for us to connect to 220 service.
Nice stay. Would definitely stop over again sometime.