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part ofCaribou-Targhee National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Closed through Thu Jun 04 2015   Season Dates


North Fork Campground is located in scenic St. Charles Canyon in southern Idaho, near Bear Lake. Visitors enjoy hiking, biking, horseback riding and motorcycling on local trails, and fishing in St. Charles Creek.

Natural Features:

A dense, mixed growth conifer forest covers the campground. St. Charles Creek flows gently through the site.


North Fork Trail, which has a trailhead within the campground, is open to motorcycles, horses, hikers and mountain bikers and connects with the Highline Trail, a 55-mile path along the backbone of the surrounding Wasatch Mountains.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game manages the river fisheries, providing excellent fishing most of the year, including in St. Charles Creek. In-season big game hunting is also a popular activity.


The campground offers an accessible group site that can accommodate a maximum of 50 guests. The group site is made up of five smaller sites.

Picnic tables and campfire rings are provided, as are vault toilets. Roads and parking spurs are gravel.

Nearby Attractions:

Minnetonka Cave is a short distance from the campground. Scenic Canyons offers guided, 90-minute tours through the nine-room cave with formations called the Bride and Groom, Three Sisters and Devil's Kingdom. The cave temperature is 40 degrees and the path through it includes 444 steps. Tickets must be purchased at the cave entrance.

Bear Lake's North Beach is 12 miles from the campground, offering swimming and fishing opportunities on one of the Inter-mountain West's largest natural lakes.

Bear Lake State Park Marina is 20 miles from the campground, with a seven-lane boat ramp, boat rentals, slips, a snack bar and general store.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Campfire Circles
  • Group Camping
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Water
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Cave Tours
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • Hiking
Within 10 Miles
  • Boating
Know Before You Go
  • Visitors please read the wildlife caution
  • Single sites 5-9 can be used on a walk-in basis if group area is not reserved
  • Pack out trash upon departure
  • Limited parking can accommodate small pop-up trailers only; no large trailers
  • Off-road vehicles not permitted in the canyon
  • There is no cell phone service
  • 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):
42.09611, -111.53306
42°5'46"N, 111°31'59"W

From Garden City, Utah, take Highway 89 north to St. Charles, Idaho. Drive west from St. Charles along Forest Road 412 for 8.1 miles, then turn right and follow the dirt road a short distance to the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Scenic Canyons Recreational Service, Inc., 745 East 200 So.
Hyrum  ID  84319

Phone Number:

Information:  (435)245-6521
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