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PORCUPINE (ID), ID

part ofCaribou-Targhee National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: PORCUPINE (ID)
Status: Closed through Thu May 22 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Porcupine Campground is situated on St. Charles Creek in a scenic canyon in the rolling Idaho forests. The campground is also close to Bear Lake State Park and North Beach, offering visitors countless recreational opportunities in a serene forest setting.

Natural Features:

The Caribou-Targhee National Forest occupies more than 3 million acres and stretches across southeastern Idaho, from the Montana, Utah and Wyoming borders. The forest is also home to the Curlew National Grassland, and on the northern end of the forest the massive profile of the Teton Range can be seen.

Pines and aspens forest the area, providing partial shade, and summer wildflowers dot the landscape. St. Charles Creek flows gently past the campground.

Recreation:

Nearby, the North Fork Trail and its associated trails access the Highline Trail #316. The Highline Trail is part of the National Trail System and is the Montpelier Ranger District's premier trail. It stretches 55 miles along the backbone of the Wasatch Mountains and is open to hikers, mountain bikers, horseback riders and motorcyclists, attracting trail users from around the world.

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.

Facilities:

The campground offers six family sites, as well as one group site that can accommodate up to 20 people. Flush toilets and drinking water are provided. Roads to and within the campground are paved.

Nearby Attractions:

Minnetonka Cave, one of only two developed caves in the Forest Service, is 2 miles from the campground. Guided cave tours are scheduled every 30 minutes daily from approximately early June until Labor Day.

The Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge is just north of Bear Lake, offering excellent bird watching.

Bear Lake's Raspberry Days Festival occurs the first weekend in August every year, with a parade, fireworks, craft booths and a rodeo.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Beach Access
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Drinking Water
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Paved Roads
  • River Access
  • Tables
  • Trails
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Bait Shop
  • Berry Picking
  • Boating
  • Cafe
  • Canoeing
  • Climbing
  • Dump Station
  • Firewood
  • General Store
  • Historic Sites
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pay Phone
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming
  • Trailheads
  • Trash Collection
Know Before You Go
  • Electric hookups are not available
  • Wildlife Caution
  • Idaho Off-road Vehicle Safety Message
  • A $5 fee will be charged for each additional vehicle
  • America The Beautiful Access Pass and Golden Age passport holders receive 50% off on single-family sites only
  • This is a "pack it in, pack it out" facility; please bring garbage bags
  • Additional single sites may be available on a first-come, first-served basis
  • 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 don'tmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
42.095, -111.51944
42°5'42"N, 111°31'10"W

From U.S. Highway 89, turn west onto St. Charles Canyon Road/Forest Road 412. Follow for approximately 7 miles to the campground on the left side of the road.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

PORCUPINE (ID)
322 N 4th
MONTPELIER ID 83254

Phone Number:

Information: (435) 245-6521
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