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OSPREY, ID

part ofIdaho Panhandle National Forests, US Forest Service
Photo: OSPREY
Status: Closed through Thu May 21 2015   Season Dates
 

Overview

Campers come to Osprey for sunshine and boating at Priest Lake, and for breathtaking views of the rugged Selkirk Mountains. Fishing is also a big draw, with trout just waiting to be caught.

While here, watch for moose, grizzly and black bears, wolves, mountain lions and deer. Osprey, as inferred by the campground name, also inhabit the area.

Natural Features:

Osprey Campground is perched on the lower western shore of Priest Lake near Outlet Bay. The beautiful 25,000-acre lake is fed by springs trickling down from the Selkirks. The clear, blue lake reaches 300 feet in depth.

Recreation:

Boating, canoeing, kayaking and wake boarding are summertime favorites. Boaters like to head north on the lake and traverse a narrow thoroughfare to reach Upper Priest Lake Scenic Area.

Anglers often catch Dolly Varden and cutthroat trout and kokanee salmon.

Facilities:

Campground roads and parking spurs are paved and facilities are accessible. Amenities include drinking water, flush toilets, fire rings and picnic tables that are naturally shaded by towering trees.

Nearby Attractions:

Hike the Chipmunk Rapids Trail that traverses along the Kaniksu Marsh, Priest River and Chipmunk Rapids.

In winter, ice fishing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling are popular activities in the surrounding area.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Beach Access
  • Biking
  • Boating
  • Campfire Rings
  • Canoeing
  • Drinking Water
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Lake Access
  • Scuba Diving
  • Trash Collection
Know Before You Go
  • The maximum number of vehicles that will be allowed on a single site is two. When more than two vehicles are present for the same site, the extras will need to either purchase an additional site or find parking outside the campground.
  • The 14 day stay limit is strictly enforced. Camping for a period longer than 14 days during any 30-consecutive day period is prohibited. If you have booked back-to-back reservations, you will be asked to cancel all days after the first 14.
  • Be bear aware; keep all food out of sight in approved containers or locked inside your vehicle and remove all food from the area after eating
  • No electric hookups at this facility
  • This campground has first-come, first-served sites
  • A fee will be charged for additional vehicles
  • Maximum boat length is 20 feet
  • Click here to learn more about the Idaho Panhandle National Forest
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.
  • Getting There:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    48.49917, -116.89417
    48°29'57"N, 116°53'39"W

    From I-90, turn at Post Falls Highway 41 north to Newport. Take Highway 2 east to Priest River at the junction of Highway 57 and Highway 2. Turn left at the Texaco station on Highway 57 and drive 25 miles to Outlet Bay Road. Turn right for approximately 0.5 miles and left on Lakeshore Road. There is a directional sign pointing the way to Osprey Campground.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    OSPREY
    1083 W. LAKESHORE ROAD
    PRIEST RIVER  ID  83856

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (208)443-1801
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