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PICNIC POINT (ID), ID

part ofBoise National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: PICNIC POINT (ID)
Status: Open through Mon Sep 15 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Picnic Point Campground is located on a bluff overlooking beautiful Warm Lake, at an elevation of 5,300 feet. Visitors enjoy boating, fishing, swimming, hiking and viewing local wildlife.

Natural Features:

The campground is situated beneath towering ponderosa pines, which provide partial shade. Summer wildflowers are abundant in the area. A variety of wildlife including bears, deer, elk, fox, grouse, eagles, osprey, grosbeaks, whooping cranes and otters, lives around the lake.

Recreation:

Warm Lake offers great fishing opportunities for cutthroat, rainbow, lake and bull trout. Boating, canoeing and swimming are popular activities. A boat ramp is located at neighboring Shoreline Campground. Billy Rice Swim Beach is within walking distance, offering a day-use site for picnicking and access to a swimming beach.

The surrounding area offers great hiking, mountain biking, horseback and off-road vehicle riding and hunting. The WeWuKiye (Wa Wu Kia) Trail No. 252 was recently built and can be accessed nearby, at the entrance to Shoreline Campground. It is available for hiking and mountain biking.

For off-road vehicle enthusiasts, Telephone Ridge Trail No. 112 offers 20 miles of trails for all riding levels, with staging areas at Shoreline Campground and at Warm Lake Campground down the road.

Facilities:

The campground offers tent-only campsites, which can be accessed via a 50 to 200 foot hike from the parking area. Some sites overlook the scenic lake. Stairs lead to the lakeshore from three locations within the campground.

Sites are equipped with a table, campfire ring and grill. Vault toilets, drinking water and trash collection are provided throughout the campground, but electricity is not available. The parking area is dirt, as are the pathways within the campground.

Nearby Attractions:

Rustic North Shore Lodge is not far from the campground, offering a small restaurant, lounge and store with limited supplies.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Lake Access
  • Parking Area
  • Tables
  • Tent sites
  • Trailheads
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Beach
  • Biking
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boat Trailer Parking
  • Boating
  • Cafe
  • Canoeing
  • Day Use Area
  • Hiking
  • Lodging
  • Mountain Biking
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Picnic Area
  • Swimming
Know Before You Go
  • Idaho OHV Safety Message
  • Bears frequent the area; please keep a clean camp and be bear aware
  • This campground has first-come, first-served sites
  • Click here for more information on the Boise National Forest
  • Please click here for further information about the facility and recreation opportunities in the area.
  • 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):
44.65083, -115.6725
44°39'3"N, 115°40'21"W

From Cascade, turn east on Warm Lake Highway. Travel approximately 26 miles along the paved road to Forest Road 489 and turn south. Continue about a half-mile past the Shoreline Campground and North Shore Lodge. The campground will be located just past the lodge, on the left side of the road.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

PICNIC POINT (ID)
PO BOX 696
CASCADE  ID  83611

Phone Number:

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

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