Meadow Lake Campground is located on the Leadore Ranger District of the Salmon-Challis National Forest. This high alpine campground sits at an elevation of 9,160 feet in the Lemhi Mountain Range, 22 miles from Leadore, Idaho.
There's no lack of recreational opportunities around Meadow Lake Campground. The lake is stocked twice a year so the fish are always biting. Fish from the bank or carry your boat down to the lake and try from the water, as there is no boat ramp or boat dock at the lake.
Hiking opportunities are available right out of the campground and include trail # 342 which provides a gentle loop around the backside of the campground. Try trail # 057 which takes you up to the steep ridge above the campground (the trail to Meadow Lake Peak is not maintained by the Forest Service).
If a slower pace is appealing, pull up a chair and soak-up the incredible views from the campground.
Meadow Lake Campground consists of 17 campsites and a day use area with picnic tables, fire rings and barbecue pedestals. The campground offers 2 vault toilets, drinking water and day use parking. 4 double campsites are available for larger groups with each site including 2 picnic tables, 2 tent pads, a campfire ring, a prep table, and expanded parking for 2 vehicles. The campground also offer 13 single campsites each with a picnic table, tent pad, campfire ring, prep table, and parking for 1 vehicle.
Meadow Lake Campground is located at the base of the 10,720-foot Meadow Lake Peak and along the banks of the 13.3-acre Meadow Lake. The high elevation campground is dotted with lodge pole pine and white bark pine trees and is frequented by deer and mountain goats.
There are plenty of other attractions in the vicinity of Meadow Lake including the Gilmore Ghost Town and a number of other Forest Service recreation sites and trails. Stop at the Leadore Ranger Station and pick up a visitor map for more information.
Charges & Cancellations
A $8.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.
ADA Access: N
This is a very nice and clean campground situated within a small cirque of mountain summits. The campground is adjacent to a small lake with fishing and small boat opportunities. There is a small trail system with a trailhead at each end of the campground, a 3/4 mile loop between the two through subalpine forest, and two other trails off of that loop that go higher up to a small pond and eventually up to the 10,200 ft Lemhi Pass with views to mountain ranges to the west.
There are two latrines that are well maintained and drinking water is available during the warm season.
There is great fishing and hiking right at the campground. No need to drive once you park your car. Only two sites can be reserved before hand and all of the other are first come first serve. Clean campsites and bathrooms are always a plus. The views from the campsite is worth the drive.