Standard (tent/RV)
Dispersed
Group
Tent Sites
No Fires
No Pets
Water Unknown
About Summit Lake Campground

Overview: 

Summit Lake Campground is a quiet retreat and a short distance from Warm Lake.

The campground offers 3 campsites and the small but lovely Summit Lake is a treat.  Visitors enjoy hiking around the lake in hopes of spotting the variety of wildlife including bears, deer, elk, fox, grouse, eagles, osprey, grosbeaks, and whooping cranes that live in the area.

Natural Features:

The campground is situated in a scenic pine forest, which provides partial shade in the campground. Lunch Creek runs alongside the campground and summer wildflowers are abundant.

Recreation:

The campground is near Johnson Creek and offering great fishing opportunities for cutthroat, rainbow, lake and bull trout.

Billy Rice Swim Beach is a short drive from the campground toward Warm Lake. It is on the north side of the lake and is a fun place to go for an afternoon picnic and swim.

The surrounding area near Warm Lake offers great hiking, mountain biking, horseback and off-road vehicle riding, and hunting. Check on the Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) of the Cascade District for specific riding areas.

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.

 

Operator
National Forest
Access
Drive In
Features
Alcohol Allowed
No Electric Hookups
No Fires
No Pets
Picnic Table
Not Reservable
No Sewer Hookups
No Showers
Toilets
No Water Hookups
Location
Summit Lake Campground is located in Idaho
Latitude
44.645 N
Longitude
-115.5856 W
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Directions
From Boise, Idaho, travel north on State Highway 55 approximately 80 miles to Cascade, Idaho. From Cascade, Idaho, travel north on State Highway 55 only a short distance to the turnoff at the (Warm Lake road) Forest Highway 22.  Proceed along Forest Highway 22 northeast approximately 25 miles. When you arrive at the Warm Lake area, Forest Highway 22 will become Forest Service (FS) Road 579.  Continue east along FS Road 579, approximately 8 miles to Summit Lake Campground.
1 Review of Summit Lake Campground
Quiet spot

This is a pretty quiet place! It about an hour drive/17 miles from Cascade on a paved road. True to it's name, the lake and campsite are right on a summit! The lake is pretty small and a little muddy, but a fun dip nevertheless. It's about a 5 minute hike from the campsites. There are 3 campsites at the campground and they are all first come first serve! Dispersed camping is allowed in the area as well. Managed to find 2 empty spots here on Labor Day weekend, which was a real treat! The sites all have fire rings and picnic tables and share a vault toilet. The sites are well spaced and there little noise carries around the area. The campground is a little close the to highway (Warm Lake Rd) but traffic at night is pretty low, so the noise isn't bad. There is a wilderness airstrip not too far off, so some plane noise as well! Otherwise, a nice spot with some great views of the night sky.