10 Popular Idaho RV Camping Spots

It is easy to understand why Idaho is known as the “Gem State”. The state is full of real gemstones such as garnets, opals, topaz and more. But the true treasures in Idaho just might be the lakes, mountains and forests that fill its borders. Idaho has become a top vacation destination for nature-loving RVers. With year-round activities for every age and interest, there is always something to do. This list is a small sampling of some of the popular Idaho RV camping spots.

Idaho RV Camping Spots

Bear Lake State Park – St. Charles

The RV park and campgrounds perch on the edge of the brilliant blue Bear Lake. It is the perfect getaway for water lovers and stargazers alike. This smaller state park hides a lot of natural beauty — in clear water and even clearer skies. Being off the beaten path makes for a quiet and peaceful experience. Plenty of trails allow you to wander the area and take in the sights.

From tent camping to the largest of rigs, there is a site available. While there are no full hookups, the upper site does have 30 amp service for power. There is also a dump station on the site. The various pads and gravel areas are level with most including a fire ring and picnic table.

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Boise Riverside RV Park – Boise

Located on the Boise River in Treasure Valley, this is a favorite Idaho RV camping spot. Outdoor sports and activities take center stage outside of Idaho’s capital of Boise. Whitewater rafting, skiing and world-class golf are just a few choices. Hikers and nature-lovers are never disappointed in this beautiful area.

Graveled campsites are available right on the river’s edge, along with paved sites further up. Any size or configuration of rigs can be easily parked. Full amenities include laundry and shower facilities. There are common social areas and propane is available on site. All family members including the furry ones will feel welcome at this lovely RV park.

Photo of Boise River by Jesse Bridgewater for NextRV.co
10 Popular Idaho RV Camping Spots
Boise River by Jesse Bridgewater

Bruneau Dunes State Park – Mountain Home

Bruneau Dunes State Park is about 20 miles away from Mountain Home. Boredom is not allowed here though. Slide down sand dunes on sleds your first day. View the planets up close and personal in the observatory later that night. Spend the next day catching your limit at the lake or flying a kite high over the dunes. Bird watching is another popular activity.

Depending on the time of the year, you may have this park to yourself. It is open year-round with power available at all times. Water is unavailable in the fall/winter. No sewer hookups, but a dump station is on site. Bigger rigs can drive right into one of the pull-through sites. Many of the areas have shade from large trees with many younger trees coming up fast.

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Craters Of The Moon/Arco KOA – Arco

Mount Borah — the tallest mountain in Idaho, presides over this campground. It is quite close to the Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve. Enjoy magnificent sunsets after you explore the lava fields and stark landscapes. Go hiking or ride your ATV on the many designated trails. Be sure to keep your eyes open for plenty of wildlife living in the area.

The campground offers pull-through sites that accommodate total lengths up to 75 feet. Full hookups and all the amenities are available on-site or in town nearby. A heated pool and pet playground ensure that all members of your party enjoy their stay. Don’t forget the nightly ice cream social!

Hells Gate State Park – Lewiston

The Lewis and Clark Discovery Center at Hells Gate is considered one of the best visitor centers in all of Idaho. It honors the explorers for which Lewiston, Idaho and neighboring (across the river) Clarkston, Washington are named for. With hiking trails, an on-site boat ramp and various planned activities, there is a lot to do.

Spacious shaded sites will accommodate even the biggest rigs. The RV campground has several pull-through spots. Full hookups with sewer at most RV sites. Clean and well-maintained shower facilities are nice. Kids and pets will enjoy their stay at this friendly camp. Plan on staying for a while to see it all.

Henry’s Lake State Park – Island Park

One of the prettiest high mountain lakes in the state, Henry’s Lake is a magnet for those who love to fish for trout. Photographers and hikers are also awed by the breathtaking scenery and abundant wildlife. The west entrance to Yellowstone National Park is only about 15 miles away. Yet another reason this RV campground is so highly rated.

The park boasts full hookups with both 30 and 50 amp power. Big rigs will have no problem with the pull-through sites. Clean and well-maintained restrooms with showers are available throughout the park. The staff is friendly and quite knowledgeable about the area as well as RV life.

The Milky Way Over Idaho by Stephen Wheeler for NextRV.co
10 Popular Idaho RV Camping Spots
The Milky Way Over Idaho by Stephen Wheeler

Pink House Recreation Site (BLM) – Orofino

While this gem of a campground is a first come, first served site with no reservations, it is well worth the drive. It is near the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail and along the Clearwater River. This camping site is operated by the BLM (Bureau of Land Management). Watersports and fishing are the top activities alongside walking and hiking. Quiet relaxation is also a top pick for all ages.

Full hookups with water, sewer and 30 amp power are available for even the largest rigs. Several sites offer a pull-through entry/exit. Each site has a fire ring and picnic table for outdoor dining and socialization. Toilet facilities are available at day-use areas with BBQ grills and a swimming beach. The atmosphere at this small RV camp is definitely family friendly and welcoming.

Ponderosa State Park – McCall

This picturesque Idaho RV park is on the Payette Lake outside of McCall. It is a popular summer camping destination, even for the locals who live in the area. Early reservations are a must. Boating, kayaking and swimming are at the top of the activity lists. Cycling on the many bicycle trails as well as hiking the nearby area are also popular pastimes.

With well-maintained grounds and several camping loops, Ponderosa has many full hookup sites. Dump stations and full restrooms are available at some of the small rig and tent camping spots. The larger loops include pull-through sites and companion sites available for group camping.

Winchester State Park – Winchester

At just under 4,000 feet elevation, this beautiful area stays cool even in the middle of a hot summer. The campsites offer easy access to the water and excellent fishing. The surrounding park offers plenty of trails and scenery to please everyone. Wildlife is abundant and easy to spy if you’re vigilant. Winter camping is available with no amenities. The excellent Nordic skiing, snowshoeing and ice fishing makes it well worth a little “roughing it”.

There is no sewer hookup in the park, but it is available in town just a mile or so away. Power and water are available from May to October. The largest of rigs may have difficulty maneuvering some of the tighter loops.  This is a family-friendly campground with a small store and knowledgable staff. Small boats with electric motors or paddles are welcome — gas engines are not.

Fishing At Winchester State Park by Julie Dees for NextRV.co
10 Popular Idaho RV Camping Spots
Fishing at Winchester State Park by Julie Dees

Wolf Lodge Campground – Coeur d’Alene, ID

Wolf Lodge Campground is a North Idaho favorite for RV parks. Lake Coeur d’Alene is just a mere 8 miles away via creek access. The lovely wooded setting enjoys plenty of shade and lots of wildlife. You may even come across a wandering moose or two. The beauty of the entire area makes this a site not to be missed.

The friendly and accommodating staff is one of the biggest assets at this lovely site. It is complete with full amenities including a camp store, laundry room and showers. There is a grassy playground for kids as well as a fenced area for the dogs. Large rigs can park in several pull-through sites available by reservation.

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