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Reservations

 Reservations for stays within Idaho's State Parks can be made toll-free by phone at: 1-888-922-6743 (Agents are available 7 days a week, Monday-Friday from 8:00am - 7:00pm mountain time Saturday & Sunday 9:00am - 5:00pm mountain time) or online.

 

Idaho State Park Rules

Idaho's Department of Parks and Recreation tries to keep the rules simple.Above all we want you to have fun and relax in Idaho State Parks. We ask that you use common sense and courtesy when visiting our parks.

The Basics

  • Fireworks are prohibited
  • Dogs must be confined or on a leash
  • Dogs are not allowed at Harriman State Park
  • Camping is permitted only in designated areas
  • Quiet time starts at 10 pm
  • Sites cannot be "saved" for someone else
  • All equipment and vehicles must be within the designated camp site
  • Generally stays are limited to 15 days in a 30-day period
  • Check-in time is 2:00 p.m. for campsites and 3:00 p.m. for facilities (local park time).
  • Checkout time is 1:00 p.m. for campsites and 12:00 p.m. for facilities (local park time).
  • Late checkouts may incur additional fees unless prior arrangements have been made.
  • All Idaho State Parks are ADA friendly and support service and companion animals.

To review all the rules and fees associated with administering and governing the Idaho Department of Parks please visit the Idaho Department of Administration website.

Frequently Asked Questions


Q. Where can I park extra rigs?

A. Each campsite is allowed one extra vehicle, per campsite at a cost of $5 (the standard motor vehicle entry fee).  Boats, trailers and other motorized vehicles must fit entirely within the camping parking spur.  If it doesn't fit, it must be parked outside the campground area in a location designated by the park manager or a second campsite must be purchased.


Q. Can I camp on a beach or day-use area in an Idaho State Park?

A. Camping is not permitted on beaches, parking lots or day-use facilities.


Q. Can I ride my ATV or motorbike in the park?

A. ATVs and motorbikes must stay on established roadways or in parking lots. If used in the park they must pay the $5 motor vehicle entry fee or display an MVEF sticker or Idaho State Parks Passport.


Q. May I bring my pet?

A. Pets are welcome in most Idaho State Parks, but some parks prohibit them in some cabins, yurts and they are prohibted from beaches.  Pets must be kept on a leash no longer than 6-feet or confined to a camper.  Do not leave pets unattended in a closed vehicle.  


Q. May I pick flowers or other vegetation in the park?

A. Wildlife and vegetation are protected in all Idaho State Parks.


Q. Where can I swim?

A. Swimming is authorized in plainly marked areas.  There are no lifeguards on duty and glass containers are not allowed on beaches or swim areas.


Q. Can I have visitors at my campsite?

A. Visitors are welcome. If a visitor brings their vehicle into the park, they must pay the $5 motor vehicle entry fee and they are subject to day use hours.


Q. How long can I camp in an Idaho State Park?

A. Length of stay is limited to 15 days in any 30-day period.

 

 

 

 

 


Idaho State Park Discounts

Current Idaho RV Registration Holders

Reservation fees are waived for Idaho residents who have current, valid Idaho RV registration stickers. Reservation fees for these customers are paid for by a grant from the Idaho RV Program. Proof of registration is required at time of arrival.

Limited Income

Idaho residents showing proof of limited income (Medicaid card) or who sign a limited income form will receive a discount of $4 on camping.

Idaho Disabled Veterans

Idaho resident veterans who are 100% disabled with 100% service-related disabilities receive a free campsite while camping within Idaho's State Parks and free day-use access. Apply today.

Senior Discount

Those 62 or older will receive 50% off camping fees within select Idaho State Parks. The discount is valid mid-week on stays Monday - Thursday (excluding holidays), allowing you the opportunity to experience a few of Idaho's favorite places to play for a fraction of the cost. Cash in on your savings at any of these participating state parks:

North Idaho: Dworshak, Heyburn, Winchester
South Idaho: Lake Cascade, (excluding Poison Creek and Ridgeview Campgrounds) Three Island Crossing, Bruneau Dunes
East Idaho: Bear Lake, Lake Walcott, Massacre Rocks
The discount applies to campsites only and is not offered for use of premium sites, cabins, yurts, or group facilities.

 

Campsite & Facility Fees

Fees collected by Idaho State Parks and Recreation go directly back into the operation and maintenance of parks and recreation programs. Idaho's six percent sales tax applies to campsites. Camping fees include the right to use designated campgrounds and facilities. Utilities and facilities may be restricted by weather or other factors. Current fees can also be found on individual park tabs on this website.

Note: Higher prices are assessed for popular destination parks, premium camp sites and non-residents.

Campsite Type Campsite Description Cost Range
Primitive No amenities at site, camping area not defined $10-15
Standard Any defined campsite, either tent pad or RV pad/area (may include: table, and/or grill) $12-21
W - Serviced Standard site with water. $20-25
E - Serviced Standard site with electricity. $20-25
W, E - Serviced Standard site with water and electricity at site. $24-29
W, E, SWR - Serviced Standard site with water, electricity and sewer at site. $26-31
Companion Campsites Companion Sites may be any site type, regardless of amenities, that has greater equipment/people capacity (may include table and grill). Fee determined by actual site type.

$44-49

 

Facility Type

Campsite Description

Cost Range

Camper Cabin One-room cabins that sleep up to five on bunk beds and futons. Cook outside on the grill-covered fire pit. The cabins are powered, heated and air conditioned. $50-65
Deluxe Cabin Detail $125-165
Yurt, Individual Standard (non-group) Detail $50-55
Yurt, Individual Premium (non-group) Detail $55-60
Yurt, Individual Deluxe (non-group) Detail $65-70
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

Additional Campsite & Facility Fees

Service Description Cost
Campground Amenity - Water Central water supplied to campground $2
Campground Amenity - Flush Toilets / Showers Campground offers flush toilet and shower facilities $2
High Demand Park Parks with seasonal occupancy in excess of 90% $2
Waterfront Campsite Desirable campsite on waterfront $2
Waterfront Cabin  Desirable cabin on waterfront $5
Non-Resident Campsite Fee Additional fee assessed per night for non-residents $3
Non-Resident Camper Cabin / Yurt Fee Additional fee assessed per night for non-residents $5
Non-Resident Fee Other Additional fee assessed per night for non-resident use of houses, cottages, deluxe cabins, group camps, lodges, etc. 10% (rounded up)

Other Fees

Service Description Cost
Motor Vehicle Entry Fee (MVEF) Annual An MVEF Annual is ideal for out-of-staters who do not qualify for the Idaho State Parks Passport  $40
Entrance surcharge Surcharge for park users who do no pay $10
Overnight vehicle A fee is applied to non-campers who leave vehicles overnight within the park $10
Camp Shower Some parks offer a shower facilities $3
Boat moorage  Charge for overnight moorage while camping on a vessel $10
Boat moorage camping on buoy Charge for persons who have paid for a campsite (any length of vessel) $9

 


Idaho State Parks Reservation Policies

Confirmation:
A non-refundable reservation service fee of $10.00 for individual campsites, yurts, and facilities, and $25.00 for group camps and facilities will be assessed for each reservation.
 
Payment:
Payment in full is required to confirm all reservations (additional vehicle fees are collected at the park).  Payment by credit or debit card is encouraged. Payment in full will be processed immediately, allowing reservations to be confirmed at the time they are made. Payments by check or money order must arrive within 14 days of the date the reservation was processed. Reservations will remain unconfirmed until payment has been received. Reservations for which payment is not received within 14 days will be cancelled. Payment by check or money order is not an option for reservations made fewer than 21 days prior to arrival.
 
Fees:
All use fees are subject to price paid at time of reservation / payment.
 
Modifications:
Customers may extend original stays booked without incurring a modification fee. A modification fee of $10.00 will be charged for modifications resulting in a reduction of stay where notification is received prior to check-in time. A modification fee of $10.00 will be charged for any modification to a previously made reservation that involves a change to the reservation dates even where part of the new stay includes part of the original stay booked.
 
Changes to resevations:
Changes to reservation dates, where no dates of stay involved in the original reservation are the same as the dates of stay for the resulting reservation, will require a cancellation of the original reservation and the booking of a new reservation with applicable service fees.
 
If circumstances prevent check-in on the scheduled arrival day, campers are requested to notify the park of a change in schedule. Depending on when notification is given, a first night’s use fee may be charged.
 
Reservations made for stays greater than one night and booked right on the nine month window so as to have a departure date that exceeds the nine month window will be frozen for 18 days.  During this freeze no changes may be made to the reservation, this includes the ability to cancel the reservation.  Changes and cancellations may be made to the reservation after the 18 day freeze, all standard reservation policies, fees and rules will apply at time of change.
 
Cancellations:
A service charge of $10.00, or the first night’s fee (whichever is less), in addition to the $10.00 non-refundable reservation fee, will be assessed for the cancellation of a reservation for each individual campsite or facility if notice is received more than 24 hours in advance of the scheduled arrival time. Cancellations made less than 24 hours in advance of the scheduled arrival time shall result in the assessment of a $10.00 service charge and may require the forfeiture of the first night’s camping fee.
 
A service charge of $50.00 will be assessed for the cancellation of a designated group campsite or facility if notice is received 21 days or more prior to arrival. Cancellations received fewer than 21 days in advance of the scheduled arrival date will result in the forfeiture of the first night or daily facility use fee.
 
Reservation No-Shows:
The site will be held until check-out time on the day following scheduled arrival. Reservation holders failing to cancel a reservation or failing to notify the park of a late arrival will be considered "no-shows." The reservation will be cancelled at that time and all fees paid will be forfeited.
 
Additional Vehicles:
Use fees allow for one vehicle per reservation for the length of stay. All additional vehicles will be charged the motor vehicle entry fee of $5 per vehicle per day payable at the park.  Extra vehicle parking is limited. Please check with local park staff on availability and limitations.
 
Campsite Occupancy:
A maximum of 8 people are allowed to occupy an individual site and 16 people on a companion camping site. Exceptions may be granted if the occupants comprise a single-family group of adults and minor children less than 18 years of age.
 
Where space permits, one camping unit per individual site is allowed. A camping unit is considered to be one RV and/or two tents or any combination not to exceed one RV and two tents per individual site. Two camping units may occupy a companion site; however, two RV’s will not fit on all companion sites. Please check the site details for maximum widths.
 
Refunds:
Refunds will be processed using the original method of payment whenever possible. If paid by credit card, the original account will be credited electronically. If paid by cash, check or money order, limited refunds may be provided in cash at the park, or the refund may be provided by check (via mail) from the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, or in the form of a voucher that may be used to pay for future stays and associated fees.
 
 

Contact our Reservation Program
Toll free: 1(855) 514-2429


Rental Contracts

Rental of any of the following properties requires that a rental contract be received from you by the destination park no less then two days and within twenty-one (21) days of making your reservation or the reservation may be cancelled.

Prior to submitting a signed rental contract, please call 1-888-922-6743 to make a reservation for  any Idaho State Park (Agents are available 7 days a week, Monday-Friday from 8:00am - 7:00pm mountain time Saturday & Sunday 9:00am - 5:00pm mountain time).

Please select the applicable link below to obtain a copy of the appropriate contract, fill out and mail it to your destination park.

 

State Park Property / Link to Contract

 

Dworshak

Dworshak Three Meadows Group Camp

Harriman

Harriman Ranch Manager’s House

Harriman Cattle Foreman’s House

Harriman Dormitory

Harriman Boys House Conference Room

Heyburn

Cottage Rental Agreement

Priest Lake

Priest Lake Lionhead Group Camp / Lionhead Group Leader Information

Ponderosa

Pondersa Deluxe Cabin Contract

Ponderosa Cabin Discount Dates and Prices

Ponderosa Lakeview Cabin Information

 

For questions regarding rental contracts, please contact either the reservation program office toll free at: 1(855) 514-2429(Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.), or the destination Park listed below.

 

    Dworshak State Park 208-476-5994

    Harriman State Park 208-558-7368

    Heyburn State Park 208-686-1308

    Priest Lake State Park 208-443-2200

    Ponderosa State Park 208-634-2164


Helpful Hints for Booking Multiple Campsites and Facilities

Q. What if I have a group that requires fewer than 7 campsites and/or individual facilities?

A. You may make your reservations through the Call Center.

Note that full payment by credit card at the time of booking or payment by check within 14 days will be required for Call Center reservations.

In every instance, the name, address, and phone number of each occupant will be required at the time of booking a reservation for fewer than 7 individual campsites or facilities.

 

Q. Do I need to have a group leader to reserve blocks of 7 or more campsites and/or individual camping facilities (camping cabins, yurts, etc.)?

A. Yes, group leaders are responsible for making the reservation, coordinating all of the details of what is needed and when, and disseminating all information relating to your reservation to the rest of the group members.

 

Q. So, I am a group leader and I need 7 or more campsites and/or individual facilities (camping cabins, yurts, etc.), what do I need to know before I contact the Call Center?

A. You need to have the following information collected before you make your call:

 

  • Where do you want to hold your group camping event?
      • 1st choice ____________________________
      • 2nd choice ____________________________
    •   
  • On what dates will your group camping event be held?
    • 1st choice First night ___/___/___ Last night ___/___/___ Departure Date ___/___/___
    • 2nd choice First night ___/___/___ Last night ___/___/___ Departure Date ___/___/___
  • How many nights total do you wish to stay? _____
  • How many people will be a part of your group? _____
  • How many campsites or individual facilities are needed? _____
  • Are there any other group-use areas within the park that you will need to reserve for your event, such as playing fields, amphitheaters, bonfire pits, etc.? Note that many of these types of areas can only be reserved by contacting your destination park. The Call Center agent will inform you when this is the case.

 

  • Payment information
    • If paying at the time of booking, credit card number. _______________
    • If not, will you be paying by check(s) or individual credit cards? Note that all fees must be paid within 14 days of making your group reservation. Unpaid reservations will be cancelled after 14 days.

 

Q. I’m ready to make my reservation, what is my next step?

A. Have all of the information about your group event in hand and call 1 (888) 922-6743 when the agent answers the phone, be sure to confirm that you wish to make a group reservation. The agent will then guide you through the process.

Take care to identify to the agent the organization name you wish for the group to be identified by during the course of your call. You and your group members will need to refer to this name when speaking with Call Center agents and park staff about your reservation.

 

Q. Once I have reserved a block of campsites or individual facilities, how do I make sure that everyone in my group knows where they will be staying?

A. The group may choose to leave the entire reservation (all individual campsites and facilities) under the name of the group leader, or they may choose to have each individual member of the group contact the Call Center to obtain individual campsite and facility assignments within the block already reserved by the group leader, and make individual payments.

 

First Option - If the reservation is to be managed under the group leader’s name, the group leader is responsible to ensure that all payments for all campsites and facilities reserved are made within the timeframes required.  Individual discounts (RV Sticker Holders, Disabled Idaho Veteran, etc.) cannot be honored at the time of reservation, but may be applied upon check-in.

 

Second Option - Each member of the group must contact the Call Center individually to obtain a campsite or facility assignment and make payment.  Individual discounts (RV Holder, Disabled Idaho Veteran, etc.) will be honored in this case.

 

Q. When members of my group or I call, what information will the agent need to process individual site assignments or collect payment?

A. When you or any member of your group contacts the Call Center to secure an individual site assignment and make payment, it is important that the Call Center agent be provided the following information:

 

  • Your Reservation Number
  • Group Name or Group Leader’s Name & Phone number
  • The dates of arrival & departure
  • Preferred Site (contingent upon availability). (If the camper desires a campsite next to “Mr. Smith,” the agent needs to be informed at this time.)
  • The camper’s name, phone number, and full mailing address
  • Payment must be provided at the time a site assignment is made

 

All information and full payment for each individual campsite or facility comprising the group reservation are due within 14 days of when the original group reservation was made; otherwise the unpaid portions of the reservation will be automatically cancelled.


First Time Camper Program at Idaho's State Parks

Idaho will be hosting a First-Time Camper Program at Priest Lake State Park, Hells Gate State Park, and Lake Cascade State Park. The program is sponsered by the North Face, and makes equipment available (and free to use!) to individuals and families who may never have had the opportunity to experience the wonders of camping. This Explore Your Parks Project is sponsored by The North Face.

The aim of The North Face First Time Camper Program is to bring families together in the great outdoors. These camping programs are overnight experiences for those new to camping, or for those who could use a refresher. The focus will be on the basics of camping, and give your family the skills to enjoy a night out in the great outdoors. No prior outdoor knowledge is needed.

Activities May Include:

  • Fundamentals of camping 
  • Staff led nature hike and plant identification
  • Wildlife interpretive programs
  • Fishing, geocaching, canoeing
  • Outdoor cooking instruction
  • Tips on sustainability and fire safety

 

Learn More

Interested in the first-time camper program? Contact the following participating parks for more information.

  • Priest Lake State Park at (208) 443-2200
  • Lake Cascade State Park at (208) 382-6544

  • Hells Gate State Park at (208) 799-5015

Reservations

 Reservations for stays within Idaho's State Parks can be made toll-free by phone at: 1-888-922-6743 (Agents are available 7 days a week, Monday-Friday from 8:00am - 7:00pm mountain time Saturday & Sunday 9:00am - 5:00pm mountain time) or online.

 

Idaho State Park Rules

Idaho's Department of Parks and Recreation tries to keep the rules simple.Above all we want you to have fun and relax in Idaho State Parks. We ask that you use common sense and courtesy when visiting our parks.

The Basics

  • Fireworks are prohibited
  • Dogs must be confined or on a leash
  • Dogs are not allowed at Harriman State Park
  • Camping is permitted only in designated areas
  • Quiet time starts at 10 pm
  • Sites cannot be "saved" for someone else
  • All equipment and vehicles must be within the designated camp site
  • Generally stays are limited to 15 days in a 30-day period
  • Check-in time is 2:00 p.m. for campsites and 3:00 p.m. for facilities (local park time).
  • Checkout time is 1:00 p.m. for campsites and 12:00 p.m. for facilities (local park time).
  • Late checkouts may incur additional fees unless prior arrangements have been made.
  • All Idaho State Parks are ADA friendly and support service and companion animals.

To review all the rules and fees associated with administering and governing the Idaho Department of Parks please visit the Idaho Department of Administration website.

Frequently Asked Questions


Q. Where can I park extra rigs?

A. Each campsite is allowed one extra vehicle, per campsite at a cost of $5 (the standard motor vehicle entry fee).  Boats, trailers and other motorized vehicles must fit entirely within the camping parking spur.  If it doesn't fit, it must be parked outside the campground area in a location designated by the park manager or a second campsite must be purchased.


Q. Can I camp on a beach or day-use area in an Idaho State Park?

A. Camping is not permitted on beaches, parking lots or day-use facilities.


Q. Can I ride my ATV or motorbike in the park?

A. ATVs and motorbikes must stay on established roadways or in parking lots. If used in the park they must pay the $5 motor vehicle entry fee or display an MVEF sticker or Idaho State Parks Passport.


Q. May I bring my pet?

A. Pets are welcome in most Idaho State Parks, but some parks prohibit them in some cabins, yurts and they are prohibted from beaches.  Pets must be kept on a leash no longer than 6-feet or confined to a camper.  Do not leave pets unattended in a closed vehicle.  


Q. May I pick flowers or other vegetation in the park?

A. Wildlife and vegetation are protected in all Idaho State Parks.


Q. Where can I swim?

A. Swimming is authorized in plainly marked areas.  There are no lifeguards on duty and glass containers are not allowed on beaches or swim areas.


Q. Can I have visitors at my campsite?

A. Visitors are welcome. If a visitor brings their vehicle into the park, they must pay the $5 motor vehicle entry fee and they are subject to day use hours.


Q. How long can I camp in an Idaho State Park?

A. Length of stay is limited to 15 days in any 30-day period.

 

 

 

 

 

Idaho State Park Discounts

Current Idaho RV Registration Holders

Reservation fees are waived for Idaho residents who have current, valid Idaho RV registration stickers. Reservation fees for these customers are paid for by a grant from the Idaho RV Program. Proof of registration is required at time of arrival.

Limited Income

Idaho residents showing proof of limited income (Medicaid card) or who sign a limited income form will receive a discount of $4 on camping.

Idaho Disabled Veterans

Idaho resident veterans who are 100% disabled with 100% service-related disabilities receive a free campsite while camping within Idaho's State Parks and free day-use access. Apply today.

Senior Discount

Those 62 or older will receive 50% off camping fees within select Idaho State Parks. The discount is valid mid-week on stays Monday - Thursday (excluding holidays), allowing you the opportunity to experience a few of Idaho's favorite places to play for a fraction of the cost. Cash in on your savings at any of these participating state parks:

North Idaho: Dworshak, Heyburn, Winchester
South Idaho: Lake Cascade, (excluding Poison Creek and Ridgeview Campgrounds) Three Island Crossing, Bruneau Dunes
East Idaho: Bear Lake, Lake Walcott, Massacre Rocks
The discount applies to campsites only and is not offered for use of premium sites, cabins, yurts, or group facilities.

 

Campsite & Facility Fees

Fees collected by Idaho State Parks and Recreation go directly back into the operation and maintenance of parks and recreation programs. Idaho's six percent sales tax applies to campsites. Camping fees include the right to use designated campgrounds and facilities. Utilities and facilities may be restricted by weather or other factors. Current fees can also be found on individual park tabs on this website.

Note: Higher prices are assessed for popular destination parks, premium camp sites and non-residents.

Campsite Type Campsite Description Cost Range
Primitive No amenities at site, camping area not defined $10-15
Standard Any defined campsite, either tent pad or RV pad/area (may include: table, and/or grill) $12-21
W - Serviced Standard site with water. $20-25
E - Serviced Standard site with electricity. $20-25
W, E - Serviced Standard site with water and electricity at site. $24-29
W, E, SWR - Serviced Standard site with water, electricity and sewer at site. $26-31
Companion Campsites Companion Sites may be any site type, regardless of amenities, that has greater equipment/people capacity (may include table and grill). Fee determined by actual site type.

$44-49

 

Facility Type

Campsite Description

Cost Range

Camper Cabin One-room cabins that sleep up to five on bunk beds and futons. Cook outside on the grill-covered fire pit. The cabins are powered, heated and air conditioned. $50-65
Deluxe Cabin Detail $125-165
Yurt, Individual Standard (non-group) Detail $50-55
Yurt, Individual Premium (non-group) Detail $55-60
Yurt, Individual Deluxe (non-group) Detail $65-70
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

Additional Campsite & Facility Fees

Service Description Cost
Campground Amenity - Water Central water supplied to campground $2
Campground Amenity - Flush Toilets / Showers Campground offers flush toilet and shower facilities $2
High Demand Park Parks with seasonal occupancy in excess of 90% $2
Waterfront Campsite Desirable campsite on waterfront $2
Waterfront Cabin  Desirable cabin on waterfront $5
Non-Resident Campsite Fee Additional fee assessed per night for non-residents $3
Non-Resident Camper Cabin / Yurt Fee Additional fee assessed per night for non-residents $5
Non-Resident Fee Other Additional fee assessed per night for non-resident use of houses, cottages, deluxe cabins, group camps, lodges, etc. 10% (rounded up)

Other Fees

Service Description Cost
Motor Vehicle Entry Fee (MVEF) Annual An MVEF Annual is ideal for out-of-staters who do not qualify for the Idaho State Parks Passport  $40
Entrance surcharge Surcharge for park users who do no pay $10
Overnight vehicle A fee is applied to non-campers who leave vehicles overnight within the park $10
Camp Shower Some parks offer a shower facilities $3
Boat moorage  Charge for overnight moorage while camping on a vessel $10
Boat moorage camping on buoy Charge for persons who have paid for a campsite (any length of vessel) $9

 

Idaho State Parks Reservation Policies

Confirmation:
A non-refundable reservation service fee of $10.00 for individual campsites, yurts, and facilities, and $25.00 for group camps and facilities will be assessed for each reservation.
 
Payment:
Payment in full is required to confirm all reservations (additional vehicle fees are collected at the park).  Payment by credit or debit card is encouraged. Payment in full will be processed immediately, allowing reservations to be confirmed at the time they are made. Payments by check or money order must arrive within 14 days of the date the reservation was processed. Reservations will remain unconfirmed until payment has been received. Reservations for which payment is not received within 14 days will be cancelled. Payment by check or money order is not an option for reservations made fewer than 21 days prior to arrival.
 
Fees:
All use fees are subject to price paid at time of reservation / payment.
 
Modifications:
Customers may extend original stays booked without incurring a modification fee. A modification fee of $10.00 will be charged for modifications resulting in a reduction of stay where notification is received prior to check-in time. A modification fee of $10.00 will be charged for any modification to a previously made reservation that involves a change to the reservation dates even where part of the new stay includes part of the original stay booked.
 
Changes to resevations:
Changes to reservation dates, where no dates of stay involved in the original reservation are the same as the dates of stay for the resulting reservation, will require a cancellation of the original reservation and the booking of a new reservation with applicable service fees.
 
If circumstances prevent check-in on the scheduled arrival day, campers are requested to notify the park of a change in schedule. Depending on when notification is given, a first night’s use fee may be charged.
 
Reservations made for stays greater than one night and booked right on the nine month window so as to have a departure date that exceeds the nine month window will be frozen for 18 days.  During this freeze no changes may be made to the reservation, this includes the ability to cancel the reservation.  Changes and cancellations may be made to the reservation after the 18 day freeze, all standard reservation policies, fees and rules will apply at time of change.
 
Cancellations:
A service charge of $10.00, or the first night’s fee (whichever is less), in addition to the $10.00 non-refundable reservation fee, will be assessed for the cancellation of a reservation for each individual campsite or facility if notice is received more than 24 hours in advance of the scheduled arrival time. Cancellations made less than 24 hours in advance of the scheduled arrival time shall result in the assessment of a $10.00 service charge and may require the forfeiture of the first night’s camping fee.
 
A service charge of $50.00 will be assessed for the cancellation of a designated group campsite or facility if notice is received 21 days or more prior to arrival. Cancellations received fewer than 21 days in advance of the scheduled arrival date will result in the forfeiture of the first night or daily facility use fee.
 
Reservation No-Shows:
The site will be held until check-out time on the day following scheduled arrival. Reservation holders failing to cancel a reservation or failing to notify the park of a late arrival will be considered "no-shows." The reservation will be cancelled at that time and all fees paid will be forfeited.
 
Additional Vehicles:
Use fees allow for one vehicle per reservation for the length of stay. All additional vehicles will be charged the motor vehicle entry fee of $5 per vehicle per day payable at the park.  Extra vehicle parking is limited. Please check with local park staff on availability and limitations.
 
Campsite Occupancy:
A maximum of 8 people are allowed to occupy an individual site and 16 people on a companion camping site. Exceptions may be granted if the occupants comprise a single-family group of adults and minor children less than 18 years of age.
 
Where space permits, one camping unit per individual site is allowed. A camping unit is considered to be one RV and/or two tents or any combination not to exceed one RV and two tents per individual site. Two camping units may occupy a companion site; however, two RV’s will not fit on all companion sites. Please check the site details for maximum widths.
 
Refunds:
Refunds will be processed using the original method of payment whenever possible. If paid by credit card, the original account will be credited electronically. If paid by cash, check or money order, limited refunds may be provided in cash at the park, or the refund may be provided by check (via mail) from the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, or in the form of a voucher that may be used to pay for future stays and associated fees.
 
 

Contact our Reservation Program
Toll free: 1(855) 514-2429

Rental Contracts

Rental of any of the following properties requires that a rental contract be received from you by the destination park no less then two days and within twenty-one (21) days of making your reservation or the reservation may be cancelled.

Prior to submitting a signed rental contract, please call 1-888-922-6743 to make a reservation for  any Idaho State Park (Agents are available 7 days a week, Monday-Friday from 8:00am - 7:00pm mountain time Saturday & Sunday 9:00am - 5:00pm mountain time).

Please select the applicable link below to obtain a copy of the appropriate contract, fill out and mail it to your destination park.

 

State Park Property / Link to Contract

 

Dworshak

Dworshak Three Meadows Group Camp

Harriman

Harriman Ranch Manager’s House

Harriman Cattle Foreman’s House

Harriman Dormitory

Harriman Boys House Conference Room

Heyburn

Cottage Rental Agreement

Priest Lake

Priest Lake Lionhead Group Camp / Lionhead Group Leader Information

Ponderosa

Pondersa Deluxe Cabin Contract

Ponderosa Cabin Discount Dates and Prices

Ponderosa Lakeview Cabin Information

 

For questions regarding rental contracts, please contact either the reservation program office toll free at: 1(855) 514-2429(Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.), or the destination Park listed below.

 

    Dworshak State Park 208-476-5994

    Harriman State Park 208-558-7368

    Heyburn State Park 208-686-1308

    Priest Lake State Park 208-443-2200

    Ponderosa State Park 208-634-2164

Helpful Hints for Booking Multiple Campsites and Facilities

Q. What if I have a group that requires fewer than 7 campsites and/or individual facilities?

A. You may make your reservations through the Call Center.

Note that full payment by credit card at the time of booking or payment by check within 14 days will be required for Call Center reservations.

In every instance, the name, address, and phone number of each occupant will be required at the time of booking a reservation for fewer than 7 individual campsites or facilities.

 

Q. Do I need to have a group leader to reserve blocks of 7 or more campsites and/or individual camping facilities (camping cabins, yurts, etc.)?

A. Yes, group leaders are responsible for making the reservation, coordinating all of the details of what is needed and when, and disseminating all information relating to your reservation to the rest of the group members.

 

Q. So, I am a group leader and I need 7 or more campsites and/or individual facilities (camping cabins, yurts, etc.), what do I need to know before I contact the Call Center?

A. You need to have the following information collected before you make your call:

 

  • Where do you want to hold your group camping event?
      • 1st choice ____________________________
      • 2nd choice ____________________________
    •   
  • On what dates will your group camping event be held?
    • 1st choice First night ___/___/___ Last night ___/___/___ Departure Date ___/___/___
    • 2nd choice First night ___/___/___ Last night ___/___/___ Departure Date ___/___/___
  • How many nights total do you wish to stay? _____
  • How many people will be a part of your group? _____
  • How many campsites or individual facilities are needed? _____
  • Are there any other group-use areas within the park that you will need to reserve for your event, such as playing fields, amphitheaters, bonfire pits, etc.? Note that many of these types of areas can only be reserved by contacting your destination park. The Call Center agent will inform you when this is the case.

 

  • Payment information
    • If paying at the time of booking, credit card number. _______________
    • If not, will you be paying by check(s) or individual credit cards? Note that all fees must be paid within 14 days of making your group reservation. Unpaid reservations will be cancelled after 14 days.

 

Q. I’m ready to make my reservation, what is my next step?

A. Have all of the information about your group event in hand and call 1 (888) 922-6743 when the agent answers the phone, be sure to confirm that you wish to make a group reservation. The agent will then guide you through the process.

Take care to identify to the agent the organization name you wish for the group to be identified by during the course of your call. You and your group members will need to refer to this name when speaking with Call Center agents and park staff about your reservation.

 

Q. Once I have reserved a block of campsites or individual facilities, how do I make sure that everyone in my group knows where they will be staying?

A. The group may choose to leave the entire reservation (all individual campsites and facilities) under the name of the group leader, or they may choose to have each individual member of the group contact the Call Center to obtain individual campsite and facility assignments within the block already reserved by the group leader, and make individual payments.

 

First Option - If the reservation is to be managed under the group leader’s name, the group leader is responsible to ensure that all payments for all campsites and facilities reserved are made within the timeframes required.  Individual discounts (RV Sticker Holders, Disabled Idaho Veteran, etc.) cannot be honored at the time of reservation, but may be applied upon check-in.

 

Second Option - Each member of the group must contact the Call Center individually to obtain a campsite or facility assignment and make payment.  Individual discounts (RV Holder, Disabled Idaho Veteran, etc.) will be honored in this case.

 

Q. When members of my group or I call, what information will the agent need to process individual site assignments or collect payment?

A. When you or any member of your group contacts the Call Center to secure an individual site assignment and make payment, it is important that the Call Center agent be provided the following information:

 

  • Your Reservation Number
  • Group Name or Group Leader’s Name & Phone number
  • The dates of arrival & departure
  • Preferred Site (contingent upon availability). (If the camper desires a campsite next to “Mr. Smith,” the agent needs to be informed at this time.)
  • The camper’s name, phone number, and full mailing address
  • Payment must be provided at the time a site assignment is made

 

All information and full payment for each individual campsite or facility comprising the group reservation are due within 14 days of when the original group reservation was made; otherwise the unpaid portions of the reservation will be automatically cancelled.

First Time Camper Program at Idaho's State Parks

Idaho will be hosting a First-Time Camper Program at Priest Lake State Park, Hells Gate State Park, and Lake Cascade State Park. The program is sponsered by the North Face, and makes equipment available (and free to use!) to individuals and families who may never have had the opportunity to experience the wonders of camping. This Explore Your Parks Project is sponsored by The North Face.

The aim of The North Face First Time Camper Program is to bring families together in the great outdoors. These camping programs are overnight experiences for those new to camping, or for those who could use a refresher. The focus will be on the basics of camping, and give your family the skills to enjoy a night out in the great outdoors. No prior outdoor knowledge is needed.

Activities May Include:

  • Fundamentals of camping 
  • Staff led nature hike and plant identification
  • Wildlife interpretive programs
  • Fishing, geocaching, canoeing
  • Outdoor cooking instruction
  • Tips on sustainability and fire safety

 

Learn More

Interested in the first-time camper program? Contact the following participating parks for more information.

  • Priest Lake State Park at (208) 443-2200
  • Lake Cascade State Park at (208) 382-6544

  • Hells Gate State Park at (208) 799-5015