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part ofLake Pend Oreille, US Army Corps of Engineers
Status: Open through Sat Sep 26 2015   Season Dates


Riley Creek Recreation Area, situated on the banks of the Pend Oreille River, is the largest recreation area for the Albeni Falls Project, but still offers visitors peace and quiet and plenty of space to enjoy the scenic surroundings.

Natural Features:

Albeni Falls Dam was built in 1955 for flood control and power production on the Pend Oreille River. Today, the popular lake has the added benefit of providing visitors with countless year-round recreational activities.

Lake Pend Oreille is surrounded by scenic mountains and is one of the largest and deepest natural lakes in the western United States, plunging to depths of more than 1,200 ft. in some areas.

Behind the dam, the Pend Oreille River stretches 65 miles through a glacial-carved valley that separates three mountain ranges.


Water sports are the most common activity at the lake, and boat ramps are provided at the camp ground. Visitors enjoy kayaking, canoeing, swimming, fishing, water skiing and jet skiing.

Campers are likely to spot wildlife in the area, with bald eagles, osprey, bears and most commonly, deer. A biking and hiking trail is available, giving campers a chance to enjoy the wildlife and greenery.

Fishing piers, horseshoe pits, a beach volleyball court, basketball court and more make this campground an ideal place for family trips or groups of friends.

A hiking and biking trail is accessible from the campground.


Riley Creek is the largest campground at Albeni Falls, offering 67 campsites, all with electric and water hookups. Two large reservable picnic shelters are also available.

As long as all equipment fits on the site pad, Riley Creek allows for an unlimited amount of tents per site.

Nearby Attractions:

The Albeni Falls Visitor Center features exhibits on the history of the dam and the natural features of the area. Tours of the dam are given daily during the summer.

The nearby town of Newport, Washington, offers gas and grocery services.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Amphitheater
  • Biking
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Campfire Programs
  • Canoeing
  • Dock
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Entrance Station
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Fishing Pier
  • Flush Toilets
  • Hiking
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Hot Showers
  • Information Center
  • Interpretive Programs
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Pay Phone
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Playground
  • River Access
  • Security Lights
  • Swimming
  • Trails
  • Trash Collection
  • Volleyball Courts
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Spigot
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • At times when demand for campsites exceeds the number of available sites, a waiting list will be in effect; Call 208-437-5517 for campground status
  • Non-reservable sites may be available.
  • Park gates are locked from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.; no vehicle entry after 10 p.m.
  • No unlicensed motorized vehicles
  • A fee for extra vehicles will be charged at the campground
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect your forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
48.16111, -116.77028
48°9'40"N, 116°46'13"W

From Highway 2 in Laclede, Idaho, turn south onto Riley Creek Road, then continue about 1 mile to the campground entrance.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

2376 E HWY 2
OLDTOWN  ID  83822-9243

Phone Number:

Information:  (208)437-3133
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