This spot was easy to find but we were looking for more of an adventure, and continued down this road to look at as many spots as possible before deciding.
There were places to have a fire but I did not see any restrooms. If you are looking for a pack it all in type of trip, this works well without having to haul all the camping gear too far. There is good tree coverage and it’s suitable for both ground and hang style camping.
This area is only accessible for the warm months. Be very careful as you navigate these roads because we made a wrong turn and it took a while to get reoriented.
You could show shoe up here but it’s a far distance to the campsite and you would need to be good at navigation when everything looks so similar at that time of year.
This campground is dispersed in nature and has no facilities which is why it’s free. We crossed a small stream of water so you can filter out some liquids in the warm months.
We boated around and actually bought some fish! I guess that’s what happens when you go with people who have the right equipment and frequent this area often.
This is an all season spot so if you are getting stir crazy indoors, this is an area you can adventure to.
Lots of parking areas to handle larger groups.
We saw lots of developed structures from cabins overlooking the waterfront to gazebos.
Big thick beautiful trees provide shade in the summer. And amazing sunsets.
The camp hosts were very friendly and informative. They really made the space look nice with developed landscapes and lush grass.
We tried to get a AirBnb in this area but it was crazy expensive.
We made an overnight reservation for this spot and it was great to get our precaming game going.
They were kinda expensive but it totally beat paying the local costs for lodging. And it’s a huge bonus to be outside and enjoying greasy air.
The grounds were very close to the highway and easy to access.
My only complaint is we felt Awkward hiking around in case we were accidentally crossing into private land, when exploring the Lolo National Forest.
This area would be great for hunting.
This is my favorite lookout that I have been to so far. The price was very cheep for what you get and they stay open late into the fall season, however you have to be equipped to handle snow. we only saw some deer which were still fun to observe.
When we went it was a winter retreat for us and we had to pay someone to take us up there by snowmobile as we did not feel like renting snowshoes and getting there ourselves, but this is a feasible route to get here to see the winter wonderland.
It was for sure a romantic getaway to remember.
When there is no running water at cites, I like to filter my own.
There’s no water areas like the cam grounds west to this along the river, so bring plenty of extra liquids especially when it’s hot.
As an avid star gazer, I found the levels of light pollution to be low. Not quite as good as the sawtooth mountains but you could see a lot more stars at this spot compared to others I’ve been to.
This area does close down mid fall season, so don’t expect to do any winter camping here.
When we backpacked this area we did not bring enough water to be happy mostly because I hoped to find some water somewhere and carrying the water is tiresome.
There are no restroom which makes sense and did not bother me.
We visited this lookout on a wilderness Excursion.
While we did not stay here we had a great time.
We always make it a point to visit the lookouts in any areas where we are visiting. The lookout was originally built to be a lookout tower for wildfires.
As such the building is very high and has stunning views.
I visited but did not stay here because I could not hang my hammock at the sites.
Overall I found the area to be nice, especially the day use areas. I would plan a bbq here in the future and plan to return if they are still open when I’m done with my backpacking years. It looked very accommodating for people who don’t get around so well.
My favorite price for a camp site is free. After buying all my camping gear (including winter gear) I have preferred to get out and rough it.
There’s a doc on a small pond that’s great for fishing or drinking a few in some camping chairs.
This place is open in the winter. I want to come back and have my try at ice fishing but I’m waiting to buy a nice pair of snow shoes to be able to get in during mid-winter.
This is a bit from Orofino but it’s far enough away to where you really feel like your out there in nature.
We come to this area every summer around the time of logging sport competitions, and we opted to stay here after a few years of staying closer to town with a not so great camping experience.
They had fire circles, and restrooms as well as tables. There’s a nice little creek nearby which really makes this spot a cute and comfy area for a campground.
We checked this area while scouting spots for our logging sports team.
There were very few tent site cams but a lot of RV areas.
When we scouted it out, it was totally full. Because there’s so few spots for what we wanted we decided our chances of getting a spot elsewhere on the first show was more likely.
I came here to hang out during a logging sports event and I really enjoyed the doc area where I sat with my feet in the water. We did not swim (except my dog), but we enjoyed the landscape and the lush green grass they were growing.
I do want to camp in this park but we were camping at another location with the logger sports team.
This spot is killer! A tad pricey but it’s really oriented towards RV camping so it’s not that surprising.
These are free campgrounds and are accessible as long as the roads are clear and the camp site before it is open.
But I only recommend this area for young and able bodied people in shape as the terrain gets tougher and tougher the farther out this way you go.
We hiked up this area without gear in a scouting weekend, and while we liked the area, it’s a lot to get there. It take more than an hour after you start of the gravel and dirt roads to arrive at this location as traveling is very slow and it’s more than 15 miles out on these roads.
After exploring we prefer to go to some of the earlier campground about 30 mins down this road (Boyd’s and the dispersed areas near there)
When my partner and I came to this campground while exploring how far the roads went, we found a camp site that was just right to the road. The roads are not busy but it is a bumpy long drive to this area with 45 mins on gravel roads.
To the left of the campground entrance there is a small hill and then a flat small field where we lounged and are apples and cheese while sucking up the sun. The ranger here is in a motorcycle and stops by the formal campgrounds (like this one and Boyd campground) frequently. But he does leave the dispersed camping all around unattended.
We ran into him 3 times and chatted while we explored all what this area had to offer. They are well versed about both the campsites and the dispersed areas so if you come and it is full, like when I went, flag him down as he can likely point you to somewhere you can find a spot.
There was cover in the later campsites, but the campground is seasonal and when it does close you can’t access the remainder of the road from this point.
On the way here there’s a rocky show like pullout that I’ve frequently seen RVs parked at. It has two sites leading up to the campground with fire pits.
Both the spot just before the campgrounds at the trail head. All the sites appeared to be free but for certain the RV spots by the river are.
While this is a nice area it’s about an hour drive down a gravel road that is often pretty rough driving.
Lots of people go in this area to ride ATV’s and shoot guns.
If you make a right over the bridge there is a campground with more services but is also a long drive on a somewhat rocky road with potholes.
It’s like a pothole mine field where at times, there’s so many it’s Impossible to miss them.
25 mile bar was full when we went to Boyd campground. But we stoped in to check it out.
Some camp sites are on the river and some are by the road. I talked to the forest service guy who rides around on a motor cycle here and he said that one is free and was open as it’s not a formal campground.
There is a vault toilet here too so that’s pretty fancy for a free place. It seams like a popular place.
There’s lots of shooting here so be prepared for that if you have a dog.
Sometimes it’s hard to find sites where you can have a person in a wheelchair move around okay. These sites are good for that according to my cousin who has camped with out family in this area.
There is a lot of gravel on the roads though so it’s not as nice as having paved areas but we camped close to the restroom and managed (he’s young and did not mind a slight struggle).
My family’s site had a lot of packed soil making most of the traveling simple as we only stayed on the site for one night ti watch the stars.