Photo by Elizabeth Sayre
Bell Bay Campground is located southeast of Coeur d’Alene, ID on the east shore of Coeur d’Alene Lake. It consists of two loops; the lower loop has 16 sites. The upper loop is used primarily as a group site for up to 60 people, but when not reserved, can be used as 10 single sites if needed. There is a day use area on the lakeshore with 3 picnic tables, which can be accessed by a short and steep trail, or a longer trail with switchbacks (neither trail provides ADA-accessible access). Two docks are available for those who would like to boat in to the day use area.
Prices: (cash & check only, credit cards are not accepted)
$21 per night
$8 per extra vehicle
$98 for group site
$8 for day use
$52 day use season pass
$7 per bundle of firewood
Reservations: Available at recreation.gov. The group site can be reserved one year prior to the first day of your camping stay. All other sites can be reserved 6 months prior to the first day of your camping stay.
Directions: From the city of Coeur d’Alene travel east on Interstate 90 to Exit 22 (Harrison-St. Maries), then turn right (south) on State Highway 97. Follow the highway for approximately 29 miles. Turn right at fire station onto East Point Road (road #314, which is a gravel road). Continue 3 miles to fork in road. Take Lower Loop and follow road straight into the campground. See map below.
Open Dates: Opens one week before Memorial Day weekend (on Friday). Closes the last Monday in September.
Amenities: Pressurized drinking water, vault toilets, garbage cans.
Nearby: A trail connects the upper and lower loops and offers scenic vistas and several benches. The Bell Bay Trail goes along the lake shore for a mile. The lake offers opportunities for fishing, swimming, power boating and canoeing.
The campground is 3 miles north of the small town of Harrison, ID. Harrison has ATMs available in a small convenience store and at a pub. Harrison has bike rentals available and bike paths - one is 20 miles long, another is 70 miles long. 2 boat launches are available between Bell Bay and Harrison.
The nearest gas station is 18 miles away in St. Maries. St. Maries also has a 24 hour grocery store and a bank with an ATM.
See more campgrounds managed by Scenic Canyons in the Idaho Panhandle National Forests.
For more information, visit the Forest Service website.