Idaho Panhandle National Forests
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Osprey Campground is located on the west shore of Priest Lake and has 16 campsites. While there is access to the lake, there is no beach - alder and other brush grow right up to the rocky lake shore. The lake bottom is sandy and shallow so it is pleasant for swimming. There is a short self-guided interpretive trail in the campground. The elevation is 2,400 feet.
$23 for premier sites
$21 for other sites
$8 per extra vehicle
$8 for day use
$52 day use season pass
Reservations: Available at recreation.gov. Reservations can be made 6 months prior to the first day of your camping stay.
Directions: From Priest River, ID travel north on Highway 57 for approximately 25 miles, then turn right on the paved Outlet Bay Road. Continue about ½ mile to the county W. Lakeshore Road (gravel). Turn left (north) and travel approximately 1 mile to the campground entrance which will be on your right (east).
Season Dates: Opens one week before Memorial Day weekend (on Friday). Closes the last Monday in September.
Amenities: Drinking water, flush toilets and bear resistant dumpsters. Roads and parking spurs are paved.
Nearby: The Chipmunk Rapids Trail traverses along the Kaniksu Marsh, Priest River and Chipmunk Rapids. The public Beach Trail #48 parallels the lakeshore on the east side of the campground. Priest Lake provides opportunities for boating, canoeing, kayaking, wake boarding and fishing for Dolly Varden, cutthroat trout and kokanee salmon.
See more campgrounds managed by Scenic Canyons in the Idaho Panhandle National Forests.
For more information, visit the Forest Service website.