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Smith Lake Campground

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National Forest

Smith Lake Campground features 7 camp units, potable water, vault toilets, a boat ramp, and a day use area with 3 picnic units.

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Location

Smith Lake Campground is located in Washington

Detail location of campground

Directions

Travel north on US 95 from Bonners Ferry, Idaho to its' junction with US 2. Continue north on US 95 for 2.2 miles then turn east on the Smith Lake Road (County Road #36) for 2.3 miles to the lake and campground.

Coordinates

48.77878 N
116.264 W

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Access

  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site

Stay Connected

  • WiFi
    Unknown
  • Verizon
    Unknown
  • AT&T
    Poor
  • T-Mobile
    Fair

Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)

Features

For Campers

  • Trash
  • Phone Service
  • Drinking Water
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol

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6 Reviews

R
Reviewed May. 28, 2023

Peaceful

Smith lake campground is so peaceful and relaxing. Birds chirping and squirrels chittering make a beautiful addition to mother nature's wild music.

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Month of VisitMay
Ann W.
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2021

Little Paradise

Nice campground with a small beautiful lake. Very quite and about 6 to seven sites. All sites are fist come. Sites would not accommodate a large RV or trailer. Vaulted toilet. Lake is refreshing to swim in.

Month of VisitSeptember
R
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2021

Great Lake

Great camping!

Todd M.
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2020

Small Campground close to Bonner’s Ferry

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.

  • Review photo of Smith Lake Campground by Todd M., October 3, 2020
  • Review photo of Smith Lake Campground by Todd M., October 3, 2020
  • Review photo of Smith Lake Campground by Todd M., October 3, 2020
Alex P.
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2020

Love this place

Such a nice campground. Access to the lake is very close, there is a day use area with toilets, benches and fire pits right near the lake and the campsites are just a bit further off the lake. Toilets are nicely kept and there are water pumps with potable water. We confirmed with someone from forestry who was doing a monthly test on the water to make sure it was good to drink. Lovely weather at the end of August. There are lots of squirrels and birds to listen to/watch in the trees. There are bear warnings of course, and although we didn’t see any, we heard from a few different people that grizzlies and other wildlife were common in the area.

  • Review photo of Smith Lake Campground by Alex P., August 25, 2020
  • Review photo of Smith Lake Campground by Alex P., August 25, 2020
  • Review photo of Smith Lake Campground by Alex P., August 25, 2020
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Christopher R.
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2018

great lake camp

no running water but overall a great place to camp. beautiful area with plenty to keep you from being bored

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Smith Lake Campground have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Smith Lake Campground does not have wifi.

Is there cell phone reception at Smith Lake Campground?

According to campers on TheDyrt.com, Verizon signal is unknown, AT&T is poor, and T-Mobile is fair.