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part ofLake Pend Oreille, US Army Corps of Engineers
Status: Open through Sat Sep 12 2015   Season Dates


Priest River Campground is situated on the banks of Priest River, shaded by firs, cedars and pines, just upstream from the confluence of the Pend Oreille River.

Natural Features:

Albeni Falls Dam was built in 1955 for flood control and power production on the Pend Oreille River. Today, the popular lake has the added benefit of providing visitors with countless year-round recreational activities.

Lake Pend Oreille is surrounded by scenic mountains and is one of the largest and deepest natural lakes in the western United States, plunging to depths of more than 1,200 ft. in some areas.

Behind the dam, the Pend Oreille River stretches 65 miles through a glacial-carved valley that separates three mountain ranges.


Water activities are popular at the campground including kayaking, fishing and swimming. With beach access provided from the campground, as well as an on-site boat ramp, visitors will have no trouble enjoying the water.

Adjacent to the campground is the Priest River Wildlife area, offering excellent fishing as well as birding. Wildlife in the area includes bald eagles, osprey, a wide variety of birds, bears and most commonly, deer.


Priest River Campground offers 20 campsites with amenities such as hot showers and access to a swimming beach, playground and on-site boat ramp for endless and convenient entertainment opportunities.

Nearby Attractions:

The Albeni Falls Visitor Center features exhibits on the history of the dam and the natural features of the area. Tours of the dam are given daily during the summer.

The nearby town of Priest River, Idaho, offers gas and grocery services.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Amphitheater
  • Beach
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Pay Phone
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Playground
  • Ranger Station
  • River Access
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Trash Collection
  • Water Spigot
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • Non-reservable sites may be available.
  • Park gates are locked from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.
  • No vehicle entry after 10 p.m.
  • Campground is nearby Highway 2 and is subject to road noise
  • No unlicensed motorized vehicles allowed
  • Additional vehicle fees will be collected at the campground
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect your forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
48.17917, -116.89222
48°10'45"N, 116°53'32"W

Priest River Recreation Area is 1 mile east of the town of Priest River on Highway 2. After the river it will be the first road on the right. The park is also known as the "Mudhole."

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

2376 E HWY2
OLDTOWN  ID  83822-9243

Phone Number:

Information:  (208)437-3133
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