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Idaho RV Camping

Idaho RV camping

Idaho RV Camping

Idaho RV camping can be found all over the state, and of course, you’ll find those famous potatoes when searching for camping sites in Idaho. Private RV parks and public campgrounds offer facilities from primitive campsites to full-service RV resorts. Free dispersed RV camping (boondocking) is widely available on BLM, Forest Service, and State Wildlife Management Areas.

Idaho RV Parks

  • Idaho RV Parks – Research tool for finding the best Idaho RV parks and campgrounds.

Federal RV Camping Information

  • NationalPark Service – NPS information about Idaho RV camping in National Park Service campgrounds.

US Forest Service (USFS) – Idaho RV camping and recreation information.

  • Bureau of Land Management – BLM information about lands managed in Idaho. BLM manages 8.4 million acres of public land, with over 50 developed recreation areas. Free dispersed RV camping (boondocking) is encouraged on BLM lands in Idaho.
  • US Army Corps of Engineers – USACE/COE information about Corps lakes in Idaho. RV camping facilities are available at two USACE administered lakes in Idaho.
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service – FWS information about National Wildlife Refuges in Idaho. Not all refuges allow camping, so check carefully.

State RV Camping Information

  • Idaho State Parks offer a wide variety of campgrounds. RV camping locations from the mountains to the plains with almost unlimited recreation opportunities are located throughout the state.
  • Idaho Fish and Game – Information and directions to Idaho’s Wildlife Management Areas…many allow RV camping.
  • Official Idaho State Tourism Website – Where to go and what to do. Includes Idaho RV camping suggestions.
  • Idaho Power Parks – Several parks provide public RV camping on a first come, first serve basis.

Idaho RV Camping Reservations

  • Camping Reservations – Make your Idaho State and Federal campground reservations in advance, and your campsite will be waiting when you arrive.

Idaho RV Dump Stations

Free Idaho RV Camping

Public Lands offer virtually unlimited free boondocking/dispersed Idaho RV camping locations. Boondocking has information about finding free Idaho RV camping locations, and you can often get free RV camping locations from the USFS (US Forest Service) Ranger Districts and the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) Field Offices. Asked about “recommended dispersed camping locations.”

The following are just a few examples of great free Idaho RV camping locations.

 CHALLIS Challis Idaho RV Camping Location
Free Idaho RV camping is allowed at the Deadman Hole Recreation Site. Located next to the Salmon River, you’ll find great fishing as well as drinking water, vault toilet, boat ramp, and dispersed RV camping sites.

Crater Lake Campground - Idaho

CLARKIA Clarkia Idaho RV Camping Location
Two BLM administered campgrounds are available for free RV camping. These campgrounds have few amenities and are well off the beaten path. Suitable for smaller RVs.

ELMIRA Elmira Idaho RV Camping Location
Moose and migratory bird watching are popular at the McArthur Lake WMA. The WMA (Wildlife Management Area) has designated an area just north of the dam for Idaho RV camping with a 10-day limit.

Summit Creek Recreation Site - Idaho

Summit Creek Recreation Site – BLM Photo

HOWE Howe Idaho RV Camping Location
50 miles from the nearest town, the Summit Creek Recreation Site has 7 campsites with fire rings, picnic tables, and vault toilets. Great wildlife viewing and fishing area.

OAKLEY Oakley Idaho RV Camping Location
Primitive dispersed Idaho RV camping(boondocking) is permitted at the Big Cottonwood WMA. This wildlife management area offers stays of no more than 10 days in any 30 day period.

Silver City Campground - Idaho

Silver City Campground – BLM Photo

SILVER CITY Silver City Idaho RV Camping Location
Don’t let the ghosts frighten you away from great free Idaho RV camping at the Silver City Campground. This partially restored ghost town offers free camping off the beaten path. Check road conditions before heading into unfamiliar areas.

TENDOY Tendoy Idaho RV Camping Location
Located along the Lewis and Clark Scenic Byway, the BLM Agency Creek Campground offers 4 campsites with biking, fishing, wildlife viewing, and more. Primitive campground with a vault toilet.

Public Idaho RV Camping

Idaho RV camping is available at a wide variety of public campgrounds. From the Craters of the Moon, to the City of Rocks, you can find the best campsites in Idaho. The following are only a few examples of the many great Idaho RV camping locations available. All campsites have a fire-ring and picnic table, and vault toilets and drinking water is available.

Smokey Mountain Campground - Idaho

Smokey Mountain Campground – City of Rocks – NPS Photo

ALMO Almo Idaho RV Camping Location
RV Camping is managed for the City of Rocks National Reserve by the State of Idaho. 64 campsites amid granite spires make for a unique Idaho RV camping experience. All campsites have a fire ring and picnic table, there are vault toilets, and drinking water is available.

ARCO Arco Idaho RV Camping Location
Camp among volcanic rock outcroppings at Craters of the Moon National Monument. A landscape so alien astronauts performed Apollo moon mission training here. The campground has water and an RV dump.

COEUR d’ALENE Coeur d' Alene Idaho RV Camping Location
20 campsites are available at the Beauty Creek Campground. This USDA Forest Service campground is fully accessible. and has potable water. No reservations.

Stoddard Creek Campground - Idaho

Stoddard Creek Campground – USFS Photo

DUBOIS Dubois Idaho RV Camping Location
A short distance off I-15 is the Stoddard Creek Campground. Running water, restrooms, and each campsite has a picnic table, fire ring/barbecue grill. Popular activities include hiking, fishing, ATV, and mountain biking.

ISLAND PARK Island Park Idaho RV Camping Location
Just outside Yellowstone National Park, the Henrys Lake State Park offers 44 campsites. Boating, hiking, and great scenery.

LEWISTON Lewiston Idaho RV Camping Location
Standard and water/electric campsites are available at Hells Gate State Park. This is the gateway to Hells Canyon, the deepest river gorge in North America. Camping reservations are recommended.

McCALL McCall Idaho RV Camping Location
Over 1000 acres on a peninsula make up Ponderosa State Park. Water and electric campsites. RV dump is available. Activities include hiking, swimming, fishing, boating, and wildlife viewing,

MOUNTAIN HOME Mountain Home Idaho RV Camping Location
RV camping is available at Bruneau Dunes State Park. The highest sand dune in North America is located in this park near the 82 water and electric Idaho RV camping sites.

PINEHURSTPinehurst Idaho RV Camping Location
9 miles north of I-90 is the Bumblebee Campground. USDA Forest Service campground has 25 RV Camping sites with potable water.

More Idaho Public Campgrounds

Besides the public Idaho RV camping information listed above, many Idaho counties have camping facilities, some of them free. The following are just a few of the Idaho RV camping opportunities available.

Canyon County Idaho RV Camping LocationCanyon county has two parks that allow RV camping for a nominal price.

Bonneville County Idaho RV Camping Location

  • Madison County Idaho RV Camping LocationMadison County near Rexburg on the east side of the Teton mountain range offers Beaver Dick Park. Great Idaho RV camping at $5 per night or $15 for 5 nights.

The location map images for finding Idaho RV camping locations are derived from DeLorme Topo 6.0 Software and used with their exclusive permission.


Federal Public Land
RV Camping Information

US Forest Service - USFS
Describes USFS policies and rules about RV camping. Information about dispersed camping, and tips on how to find great free RV camping sites.

National Park Service (NPS)
General information about RV camping in US National Parks. With campgrounds in the most historic and scenic places in the country, the NPS offers some of the best places for RV camping.

US Army Corp of Engineers (USACE/COE )
USACE (perhaps better know as COE) manages water recreation areas throughout the USA. Information about finding Corps managed lakes, RV camping rules and policies for use of these water based recreation areas is included.

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