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REEDER BAY, ID

part ofIdaho Panhandle National Forests, US Forest Service
Photo: REEDER BAY
Status: Closed through Thu May 08 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Reeder Bay Campground is a picturesque hideaway for nature immersion and relaxing water sports on Priest Lake. Campsites are shaded by a dense forest of cedar, fir and hemlock. Campers visit Reeder for its incredible beach that slopes down into the refreshing, clear lake.

Natural Features:

The campground is situated on the eastern shore of Priest Lake, nestled deep below the crest of the Selkirk Mountains. The lake spans 19 miles in length and reaches a depth of 300 feet. Priest Lake is noteworthy for its incredibly clear waters, fed by streams cascading from the high Selkirk peaks.

A variety of wildlife inhabits the surrounding area, including deer, elk, moose, grizzly and black bears, wolves and mountain lions.

Recreation:

Wake boarding, jet skiing, bird watching and canoeing are among the many activities campers enjoy.

Hike the 8-mile Lakeshore Trail which passes through alder, pine, young cedar and open hillsides of brush, providing memorable scenic views throughout the journey.

Anglers seek Dolly Varden and cutthroat trout, as well as kokanee salmon, on the lake and nearby Priest River.

Facilities:

Reeder Bay boasts accessible facilities and paved roads and parking spurs. Amenities include a pressurized water system with hydrants, vault toilets and overflow gravel parking areas.

Nearby Attractions:

Explore the extensive trail system around the lake. The Upper Priest Lake Trail takes hikers and mountain bikers to the Upper Priest Lake Scenic Area, which can also be accessed by boat.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Beach Access
  • Biking
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Drinking Water
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Lake Access
  • Parking Area
  • Paved Parking Spurs
  • Paved Roads
  • Self Pay Station
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
Know Before You Go
  • 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 don'tmovefirewood.org.
  • 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 don'tmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
48.6252, -116.89188
48°37'31"N, 116°53'31"W

From I-90 at Post Falls, turn north onto Highway 41 to Newport. Turn right on Highway 2/200 east to Priest River. Turn north (left) on Highway 57 to Nordman 37 miles, then turn right at Y junction and drive 3 miles to Reeder Bay.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

REEDER BAY
IDAHO PANHANDLE NATIONAL FORES
ID

Phone Number:

Information: (208)443-1801
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