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FRENCH CREEK, ID

part ofBoise National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: FRENCH CREEK
Status: Closed through Thu May 21 2015   Season Dates
 

Overview

French Creek Campground is located next to scenic Lake Cascade in west-central Idaho. It is near the town of Donnelly, at an elevation of 4,850 feet. Boating, fishing, swimming and hiking are popular activities in this scenic region.

Natural Features:

The campground is situated on the western shore of Lake Cascade and on the banks of French Creek. A forest of mixed conifers covers the campground, providing ample shade. Thimbleberry and huckleberry plants are abundant throughout the upper reaches of the campground.

A wide variety of wildlife makes its home around the lake. Waterfowl and songbirds are abundant, as well as pelicans and bald eagles.

Recreation:

Lake Cascade offers excellent opportunities for boating, water skiing, canoeing, windsurfing and sailing. Anglers enjoy casting for rainbow trout, coho salmon, smallmouth bass and perch. Many hiking and biking trails are in the area as well.

Facilities:

The campground is divided into two sections of campsites. Some are located on the east side of West Mountain Road, closer to the lakeshore and with beautiful lake views. Other sites are on the west side of the road, on a hillside above the lake. A few of these sites have partial lake views. Some also have stairs from the parking spur to the campsite.

Campsites are equipped with a table and campfire ring. Vault toilets, drinking water and trash collection are provided, but there is no electricity at the campground. Roads and parking spurs within the facility are gravel.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Berry Picking
  • Birding
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Campfire Rings
  • Canoeing
  • Creek Access
  • Drinking Water
  • Fishing
  • Host
  • Kayaking
  • Lake Access
  • Recycling
  • Sailing
  • Tables
  • Tent Pads
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Water Skiing
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Windsurfing
Within 10 Miles
  • Hiking
  • Trailheads
Know Before You Go
  • Idaho OHV Safety Message
  • Bears frequent the area; please keep a clean camp and be bear aware
  • Some first-come, first-served sites may also be available
  • Click here for more information on the Boise National Forest
  • Don't Move Firewood: Help prevent the spread of tree-killing pests in our national forests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
44.52833, -116.10833
44°31'42"N, 116°6'30"W

From Boise, Idaho, travel north on Highway 55 for 85 miles to Cascade. Turn west on Old State Highway and go a half-mile to Lakeshore Drive. Turn south and travel 3 miles to West Mountain Road. Turn west and follow the road 5 miles to the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

FRENCH CREEK
P.O. BOX 696
CASCADE  ID  83611

Phone Number:

Information:  (208)382-7400
- Cascade Ranger District

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