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Attention: Loop C will open April 17, 2015 for first-come, first-served camping (no reservations prior to 5/22). Boulder Flats campsite (across the river from Wilderness Gateway) and Knife Edge Campground are snow free and available for camping. The remainder of the Wilderness Gateway Campground and all other campgrounds on the Lochsa River will be open for Memorial Day weekend.
Attention: Loop D and the Pavilion are reserved by the Forest Service June 5-7 for National Trails Day.
WILDERNESS GATEWAY, ID
part ofNez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Sun Nov 01 2015 Season Dates
OverviewWilderness Gateway Campground provides direct access to the wild and scenic Lochsa River. Visitors enjoy a variety of recreational opportunities, including world famous whitewater rafting. Hiking and horseback riding trails abound in the nearby wilderness area, which is the 3rd-largest in the lower 48 United States.
The campground offers respite for a variety of campers, including those with horses. RVs are also welcome at the large and unique campground. It is not far from a variety of services that are offered along the river, including shopping, eating and lodging.
The campground is located in heavily wooded forest in north-central Idaho at an elevation of 2,100 feet. It is adjacent to the Lochsa River. Lochsa is a Nez Perce word meaning "rough water." The 70-mile river and its tributaries have no dams and flow is unregulated from its headwaters near the Powell Ranger Station in the Bitterroots, to Lowell, where it joins the Selway River to form the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River. The Lochsa is one of the world's best for continuous whitewater.
The Lochsa River is world famous for its exciting whitewater rafting opportunities. Visitors do not need a permit to float the Lochsa, but technical expertise is a must. The river is also a destination fly fishing experience for cutthroat and rainbow trout, chinook salmon and steelhead. There are a number of river access points near the campground, along Highway 12.
The campground offers dozens of accessible, single-family campsites and a large-group site, available for tent and RV camping. Utility hookups are not available and parking surfaces are paved. The group campsite can accommodate up to 208 people and 52 vehicles. Equestrian sites are also available and provide access to hitching rails, a watering and feeding station and staging area.
Access to the National Historic Lolo Trail Corridor is just one hour away.
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Know Before You Go
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From Lowell, travel east on Highway 12 for about 25 miles to the campground.
The campground is located 120 miles east of Lewiston, Idaho; and 100 miles west of Missoula, Mont. It is located at milepost 122 on Highway 12.
Mailing Address:WILDERNESS GATEWAY
Phone Number:Project Office: (208)926-4274