We camped at Bumblebee in July so we could have easy access to the North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River. The campground is managed by the US Forest Service with a camp host and has 23 campsites and a large group campsite that would accommodate up to 100 people. The amenities include paved/chip sealed roads and campsite parking, vault toilets and potable water spigots. The campsites are wooded and a stream runs past the campground. There were blue Forget-Me-Nots growing all along the stream. The campground provides nearby river access for fishing and floating.
This campground is operated by the US Forest Service and it is hosted from May to Sept. During thoes months it is $10 a night. HOWEVER, it is open year round wether and road closures considered. There are 18 campsites and the roads and site parking is paved. Other amenities include vault toilets, potable water spicgots and picnic tbles. And that is all, excepted for magnificent views. This is the Bull River Valley of western Montana after all. More to the point, just down the road a few miles is an Ancient Cedar Forest and there is a boat launch and dock nearby for Bull Lake access.
Drawbacks are the possibility that wildfires might limit access in late summer. Mosquitoes and the fact that the nearest camp store with ice, gasoline and provisions is 25 miles away in Troy. But seriously, an Ancient Cedar Forest…
We stayed here in early October. The days were short and cold and we were tent camping, but there was spectacular lake access for our canoe.
I've camped at every group camp site at Farragut with a group of 50+ women mountain bikers. Farragut State Park does group camping the best. My favorite group camps are Thimbleberry (horse friendly) and Locust Grove (lake views). But there are 7 group camps to choose from. Facilities vary, but all have flush toilets Camping areas are wooded Boreal Forest areas. Park amenities include lake access, miles of hiking, horse and mountain bike trails, a frisbee golf course and a new tree to tree ropes course ($$). There are mountain goats viewable by binoculars across the lake. The little town of Bayview is five minutes away if you get tired of camp cooking and want to sit down and have a meal served to you.
SO! you get to this campground via boat only. There is a thoroughfare between upper and lower Priest Lake. Once when I camped there, we were in an overloaded canoe in a thunderstorm. I would not advise that route of access :) That trip included an amazing experience though. After the storm blew through, camp had been established and dinner was over, we set out in the canoe. It was Wednesday, in early summer. No other campsites were occupied on Upper Priest, we were the only ones there. As dusk deepened, the stars came out and the lake was so calm is was a perfect mirror. The stars were visible in the lake. Down became up and up was down and all was well in the world for a time that evening on Upper Priest!
Camping at Green Bay is rugged but beautiful. The amenities include a pit toilet and picnic tables :) So this is not the place for RV campers! The beach is granite rock and the view is AMAZING.
My family and I go camping every July at Priest Lake. Luby Bay is our favorite because we have boats, RVs, tent and hammock campers. There is a white sand beach (unusual for N ID) and we can tie up our boats there for easy access. The campgrounds are safe for kids, well maintained and supervised by camp hosts. The toilets have running water and are clean. THE LAKE is amazing. Boating to the islands for the day is so much fun. In N Idaho we work hard so we can camp.