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Priest Lake Snapshot

Location
30 miles S of Canadian border
62 miles NW of Sandpoint, ID
91 miles NW of Coeur d'Alene, ID
92 miles N of Spokane, WA
517 miles N of Boise, ID
 

Acreage

755

 

Elevation

2,440

 

Use-Season

Indian Creek is open year-round. Lionhead and Dickensheet are weather dependent. Water is turned off in fall. 

 

Winter Access
Check out the latest area snowmobile conditions.

 

Overnight

151 campsites, 5 cabins

 
Amenities
Showers, flush toilets, dump station, full service park store with gasoline
 
Boating
Ramps, docks, boat camping, LIfe Jacket Loaner Station
 
Activities
Camp, picnic, hike, mountain bike, cycle, fish, boat, swim, horseshoes, motorized and non-motorzed boating, water sports, volleyball, horseshoes
 
Groups
Shelters and campsites with private beach, cabins
 
Winter
Nordic, snowshoeing, snowmobile
 
Trails
Hike, bike
 
Wildlife
Whitetail deer, black bear, moose, bald eagle
 
Learn
Guided walks and nature programs, First Time Adventure Program
 
Nearby
Private resorts, restaurants, grocery stores
 
Rent or buy
Groceries, hand scooped ice cream cones, fishing and camping gear, souvenirs and clothing.
 
WiFI
Yes, the visitor center and all campgrounds at Indian Creek Unit. Most sites at Lionhead.
 
GPS coordinates
 
 
Pets
Yes in park on leash

Hunt for huckleberries, troll for fish, hike or snowshoe to an upper lake under a dense cedar hemlock canopy or relax on a sandy beach. Priest Lake State Park has everything.

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Welcome to Priest Lake

 

Priest Lake State Park lies just 30 miles from the Canadian Border, nestled deep below the crest of the Selkirk Mountains. Surrounded by the natural beauty of Northern Idaho and mile-high mountains, Priest Lake State Park sits along the eastern shores of Priest Lake, a 19-mile long, over 300 foot deep lake. 

Visitors to the park will enjoy the dense forests of cedar, fir and tamarack and will be able to observe the park's year round inhabitants such as the whitetail deer, black bear, moose and bald eagles. Noted for its extremely clear water, fed by streams cascading from the high Selkirk peaks, the main body of Priest Lake extends north south for 19 miles. A two-mile thoroughfare connects the main lake to the remote Upper Priest Lake that is accessible only by foot, mountain bike, or boat. 


Unique Overnight Stays

​Lionhead Group Camp

  • One cabin sleeps 12 and features cooking facilities
  • 12 RV campsites include water, electrical and sewer hookups
  • Central shower and restroom facilities
  • Lionhead can accomodate 50 guests

Cost:  $275 ($250 for Idaho residents) per night for a 2-night minimum stay; RV sites are $10 per night

 

 


 

Cabins at Indian Creek

  • 2 cabins sleep six
  • 3 cabins sleep five
  • 1 cabin sleeps eight
  • All cabins are equipped with electricity and heat, lockable windows and doors
  • ​A restroom is centrally located
  • Cabins are available year-round

​Cost:  $50-$55 per night (plus tax) for 1-room cabins; $55-$80 per night (plus tax) for 2-room cabins

Click to reserve.


North Idaho Park N' Ski

For up to date grooming and weather conditions in the Priest Lake area, please click here.

Details Hanna Flats Park N' Ski 
Location 33 miles north of Priest River off State Highway 57
Difficulty Beginner - intermediate
Distance 5 m/10 km of ski trails; 2.2 m/3.5 km snowshoe trails
Grooming Yes - set track for traditional kick and glide
Snowshoeing  Yes
Yurt No
Backcountry ski potential Yes
Restroom Yes
Dogs Yes
About Nordic ski trails and snowshoe trails at Hanna Flats are relatively gentle in a meadow and forest setting on the west side of Priest Lake. The trail system is well-suited for snowshoers and track skiers. The adjoining airstrip is a great workout for skate skiing. Two short loops are available for skiers and several interlacing loops for snowshoers. The Hanna Grove Nature Trail, located a little more than a mile from the trailhead, is worth checking out to see some old growth cedar trees and read about an old wildfire. Backcountry skiers could climb adjacent mountains above the flats to crank out a few turns. 
More Information Priest Lake Ranger District  or call 208-443-2512
Maps Hanna Flats, Hanna Flats Location Map
Details Priest Lake Golf Course Park N' Ski
Location 28 m N of Priest River on west side of Priest Lake off Hwy 57
Difficulty Beginner - intermediate
Distance 9.1 m/14.6 km ski trails; 2.8 m/4.5 km snowshoe trails
Grooming Yes - set track for traditional kick and glide
Snowshoeing  Yes
Yurt No
Backcountry ski potential Yes
Restroom Yes
Dogs Not allowed
About The Priest Lake Golf Course has the most extensive groomed Nordic trail system in the vicinity of Priest Lake. During the winter season, the area is blanketed with generous amounts of snow and the golf course is transformed into the Priest Lake Nordic Center. Hill's Resort serves as the hub for the Golf Course Nordic system and also offers rental equipment. The trail system provides routes along the lake side and also connects to the Hanna Flats trails to the north. The total of nearly 50 Km of groomed trails from beginning to intermediate level provide an ideal setting for family Nordic activities.Trails are groomed on a regular basis, conditions permitting, for traditional kick and glide skiers and skate skiers.The Nordic Park N' Ski Trail area is open daily.
More Information (208) 334-4199
Maps

Priest Lake Golf Course 1, Priest Lake Golf Course 2, Priest Lake Golf Course Location Map

Details Priest Lake State Park Park N' Ski Indian Creek Unit
Location 11 m N of Coolin, ID on east side of Priest Lake
Difficulty Beginner - intermediate
Distance 5.4 m/8.7 km ski trails;  1.5 m/2.4 km snowshoe trails
Grooming Yes 
Snowshoeing  Yes
Yurt No but winter one and two room cabins are available for $45 per night
Backcountry ski potential No
Restroom Yes
Dogs Yes on ungroomed trails only
About Priest Lake State Park's Indian Creek Unit provides a change of scenery immediately adjacent to the lake.  A compact trail loop system circles the park's visitor center area, and if that's not enough of a workout, another loop system to the north provides more mileage and more challenging trails. There is anew viewpoint trail that affords nice views of the lake and surrounding mountains on a sunny day. The park's visitor center and store are open on weekends for fresh coffee or hot chocolate. Snowshoes can also be rented at the vistor's center.
More Information Priest Lake State Park (208)443-2200
Maps Indian CreekIndian Creek Location Map
Details Rocky Point Park N' Ski
Location 4.4 m N of Coolin, ID
Difficulty Intermediate
Distance 4.3 m/6.9 km
Grooming Occassionally
Snowshoeing  Yes
Yurt No but there is a warming hut
Backcountry ski potential Yes
Restroom No
Dogs Yes on leash only
About Rocky Point is a nifty trail system on a peninsula on the east side of the lake north of Coolin. This area is best for snowshoeing. Parking is available at the Blue Diamond Marina.
More Information (208) 334-4199
Maps Rocky Point, Rocky Point Location Map
Details

               4th of July Pass Park N' Ski

Location

From Coeur d' Alene travel E on Hwy I-90 approximately 23 miles, take Exit 28

Difficulty

Beginner - intermediate (with a few expert pitches)

Distance

12 m/19.3 km groomed trails; 7.8 m/12.5 km snowshoe trails

Grooming

Yes, 10-foot skating lane with track set for traditional kick and glide

Snowshoeing Yes
Yurt No but there is a warming hut
Backcountry Ski Potential Yes
Restroom Yes
Dogs Not allowed
About

4th of July Pass is a great place to ski or snowshoe because it starts from a high point afforded by the 4th of July Summit. Three loop trails wind through stately cedar, fir and pine forests. The snowshoeing trails are almost as extensive as the groomed ski trails. Backcountry skiers can climb nearby mountains to carve turns.

More Information (208) 334-4199
Maps 4th of July Pass Trails, 4th of July Pass Location

 

 

 


 

Priest Lake Park Fees

Motor Vehicle Entry Fee

$5 per vehicle

Serviced camp site

$24-$31 per night

Standard camp site

$12-$21 per night

Cabins

$50-$55 per night (plus tax) for 1-room cabins; $55-$80 per night (plus tax) for 2-room cabins

Group 

$250-$275 per night (up to 50 campers) includes cabin and 12 RV sites ($10 per RV site)

Fees do not include sales tax  

 


Priest Lake State Park

314 Indian Creek Park Rd, Coolin, ID 83821

The Idaho State Parks Passport: Your State Park Saving Option!

The Idaho State Parks Passport allows Idaho motorists to support Idaho State Parks by agreeing to pay an additional $10 in conjunction with renewing their license plates through the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) and County Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) Offices.  The Passport sticker allows participating Idahoans unlimited daytime entry to Idaho state parks, IDPR operated recreation areas and boating access sites. The Passport will also provide nightly discounts on camping.  

When you pay the additional $10 for your passport, you'll receive a sticker that will adhere to your motor vehicle.  The sticker will provide unlimited access to all 30 state parks for the entire registration year.  

Out-of-state guests will have a savings option too, with the purchase of an Idaho State Park Motor Vehicle Entry Fee (MVEF) Annual.

 

What Will $10 Buy You and Your Family?

  • Admittance to all 30 Idaho State Parks for a year
  • Hundreds of miles of hiking, cycling, mountain biking and Nordic trails
  • Your favorite boat launches
  • Countless historical and cultural sites within your state parks

Good for Idaho, Good for Idahoans!

Idaho‘s State Park Passport is simply a sustainable way to pay for the maintenance and management of Idaho’s 30 cherished state parks.  For those Idahoans who choose to participate in the program, the Idaho State Parks Passport sticker will replace the $5 per motor vehicle entry fee currently in place at state parks while also providing nightly discounts on camping.  

Out of State Guests

Our out-of-state guests have savings options too! You can purchase a $40 Motor Vehicle Entry Fee (MVEF) Annual and receive access to all of Idaho's State Parks and nightly discounts on camping. MVEF Annuals can be purchased at any Idaho State Park and online.

 


Idaho's First Time Adventure Program

Have you always wanted to camp outdoors, bike, fish or engage in paddle sport, but didn’t know the basics, have the proper equipment, or even know where to go?  Our First Time Adventure Program brings families and the great outdoors together!  We host a fun-filled, outdoor experience for first-time adventurers. Our park's knowledgeable and friendly staff will provide you with gear, show you the ropes and make sure you have fun in the process.

          

Participating State Parks

Castle Rocks State Park

Castle Rocks State Park offers an introductory fishing program for all ages.  Equipment is available. Contact the park directly to participate: (208)824-5519

Hells Gate State Park
Hells Gate State Park offers several first time programs including instruction on camping, bicycling and bird watching. Equipment is available for use. Contact the park for details: (208)799-5015.

Lake Cascade State Park
Lake Cascade State Park offers introductory programs for both first time campers and paddlers. Camping and paddling equipment is available for use. Contact the park for details: (208)382-6544.

Lucky Peak State Park
Lucky Peak State Park offers an introductory outdoor recreation skills programs specific to fishing, camping and dutch oven cooking. Equipment is available at the park for use. Contact the park directly for details (208)334-2432.

Lake Walcott State Park
Lake Walcott State Park offers a first time fishing program for all ages. Instruction provided and equipment is available for use. Contact the park for details: (208)436-1258.

Massacre Rocks State Park
Massacre Rocks State Park offers an intensive water sports safety programs for all ages and skill levels including first time canoeing and kayaking classes. Vessels and safety equipment available for use. Contact the park for details: (208)548-2672.

Priest Lake State Park
Priest Lake State Park offers several first time adventure programs including first time camping, dutch oven cooking, snow shoeing and water sports. Equipment is available for use. Contact the park for details: (208)443-2200.  

Winchester Lake State Park

Winchester Lake State Park offers a first time fishing program, complete with an end-of-year tournament, for all ages. Equipment is available for use. Contact the park for details: (208)924-7563.

 

First Time Adventure Programs within Idaho's State Parks are generously sponsored by:

 


Calling All Explorers Ages 6-12!

We invite you to be an official Idaho State Park Junior Ranger. We need you to help keep Idaho's State Parks beautiful and protect the plants and animals that live here. Simply pick up a Junior Ranger Guide and earn stamps and prizes for completing fun activities.

You'll Get To...

  • Take a HIKE
  • IDENTIFY special plants and animals
  • Help keep your campsite and the park clean
  • Go to an interpretive program to hear PARK STORIES
  • Learn to be SAFE in parks and on trails, rivers and lakes.

Get Started...

  1. Pick up the Junior Ranger Guide
  2. Collect stamps for each completed activity from a staff person or campground host.
  3. Complete four out of six options for activities to be awarded recognition 
  4. On your first park visit earn the Junior Ranger badge, your second visit the patch, and a third visit a certificate signed by Scout!

Parents and Guardians:

Our goal is to help your children have fun in the outdoors while learning about state parks and making connections to the natural world. Please feel free to join your
children in the Junior Ranger activities. We think you'll have a great time too!

Participating Parks:

Castle Rocks State Park
City of Rocks National Reserve *
Farragut State Park
Lake Cascade State Park
Dworshak State Park
Hells Gate State Park
Ponderosa State Park
Priest Lake State Park
Three Island Crossing State Park
Bruneau Dunes State Park
Harriman State Park *
Heyburn State Park
Land of Yankee Fork State Park
Massacre Rocks State Park
Round Lake State Park
Thousand Springs State Park
Lucky Peak State Park
Lake Walcott State Park
Winchester Lake State Park
Eagle Island State Park
Trail of the Coeur d' Alenes
Coeur d' Alene's Old Mission State Park *


This list includes Idaho State Parks that offer the Junior Ranger program from Memorial Day through September.

*These parks offer Junior Ranger programs year-round.

 

Priest Lake Snapshot

Location
30 miles S of Canadian border
62 miles NW of Sandpoint, ID
91 miles NW of Coeur d'Alene, ID
92 miles N of Spokane, WA
517 miles N of Boise, ID
 

Acreage

755

 

Elevation

2,440

 

Use-Season

Indian Creek is open year-round. Lionhead and Dickensheet are weather dependent. Water is turned off in fall. 

 

Winter Access
Check out the latest area snowmobile conditions.

 

Overnight

151 campsites, 5 cabins

 
Amenities
Showers, flush toilets, dump station, full service park store with gasoline
 
Boating
Ramps, docks, boat camping, LIfe Jacket Loaner Station
 
Activities
Camp, picnic, hike, mountain bike, cycle, fish, boat, swim, horseshoes, motorized and non-motorzed boating, water sports, volleyball, horseshoes
 
Groups
Shelters and campsites with private beach, cabins
 
Winter
Nordic, snowshoeing, snowmobile
 
Trails
Hike, bike
 
Wildlife
Whitetail deer, black bear, moose, bald eagle
 
Learn
Guided walks and nature programs, First Time Adventure Program
 
Nearby
Private resorts, restaurants, grocery stores
 
Rent or buy
Groceries, hand scooped ice cream cones, fishing and camping gear, souvenirs and clothing.
 
WiFI
Yes, the visitor center and all campgrounds at Indian Creek Unit. Most sites at Lionhead.
 
GPS coordinates
 
 
Pets
Yes in park on leash

Hunt for huckleberries, troll for fish, hike or snowshoe to an upper lake under a dense cedar hemlock canopy or relax on a sandy beach. Priest Lake State Park has everything.

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Welcome to Priest Lake

 

Priest Lake State Park lies just 30 miles from the Canadian Border, nestled deep below the crest of the Selkirk Mountains. Surrounded by the natural beauty of Northern Idaho and mile-high mountains, Priest Lake State Park sits along the eastern shores of Priest Lake, a 19-mile long, over 300 foot deep lake. 

Visitors to the park will enjoy the dense forests of cedar, fir and tamarack and will be able to observe the park's year round inhabitants such as the whitetail deer, black bear, moose and bald eagles. Noted for its extremely clear water, fed by streams cascading from the high Selkirk peaks, the main body of Priest Lake extends north south for 19 miles. A two-mile thoroughfare connects the main lake to the remote Upper Priest Lake that is accessible only by foot, mountain bike, or boat. 

Unique Overnight Stays

​Lionhead Group Camp

  • One cabin sleeps 12 and features cooking facilities
  • 12 RV campsites include water, electrical and sewer hookups
  • Central shower and restroom facilities
  • Lionhead can accomodate 50 guests

Cost:  $275 ($250 for Idaho residents) per night for a 2-night minimum stay; RV sites are $10 per night

 

 

 

Cabins at Indian Creek

  • 2 cabins sleep six
  • 3 cabins sleep five
  • 1 cabin sleeps eight
  • All cabins are equipped with electricity and heat, lockable windows and doors
  • ​A restroom is centrally located
  • Cabins are available year-round

​Cost:  $50-$55 per night (plus tax) for 1-room cabins; $55-$80 per night (plus tax) for 2-room cabins

Click to reserve.

North Idaho Park N' Ski

For up to date grooming and weather conditions in the Priest Lake area, please click here.

Details Hanna Flats Park N' Ski 
Location 33 miles north of Priest River off State Highway 57
Difficulty Beginner - intermediate
Distance 5 m/10 km of ski trails; 2.2 m/3.5 km snowshoe trails
Grooming Yes - set track for traditional kick and glide
Snowshoeing  Yes
Yurt No
Backcountry ski potential Yes
Restroom Yes
Dogs Yes
About Nordic ski trails and snowshoe trails at Hanna Flats are relatively gentle in a meadow and forest setting on the west side of Priest Lake. The trail system is well-suited for snowshoers and track skiers. The adjoining airstrip is a great workout for skate skiing. Two short loops are available for skiers and several interlacing loops for snowshoers. The Hanna Grove Nature Trail, located a little more than a mile from the trailhead, is worth checking out to see some old growth cedar trees and read about an old wildfire. Backcountry skiers could climb adjacent mountains above the flats to crank out a few turns. 
More Information Priest Lake Ranger District  or call 208-443-2512
Maps Hanna Flats, Hanna Flats Location Map
Details Priest Lake Golf Course Park N' Ski
Location 28 m N of Priest River on west side of Priest Lake off Hwy 57
Difficulty Beginner - intermediate
Distance 9.1 m/14.6 km ski trails; 2.8 m/4.5 km snowshoe trails
Grooming Yes - set track for traditional kick and glide
Snowshoeing  Yes
Yurt No
Backcountry ski potential Yes
Restroom Yes
Dogs Not allowed
About The Priest Lake Golf Course has the most extensive groomed Nordic trail system in the vicinity of Priest Lake. During the winter season, the area is blanketed with generous amounts of snow and the golf course is transformed into the Priest Lake Nordic Center. Hill's Resort serves as the hub for the Golf Course Nordic system and also offers rental equipment. The trail system provides routes along the lake side and also connects to the Hanna Flats trails to the north. The total of nearly 50 Km of groomed trails from beginning to intermediate level provide an ideal setting for family Nordic activities.Trails are groomed on a regular basis, conditions permitting, for traditional kick and glide skiers and skate skiers.The Nordic Park N' Ski Trail area is open daily.
More Information (208) 334-4199
Maps

Priest Lake Golf Course 1, Priest Lake Golf Course 2, Priest Lake Golf Course Location Map

Details Priest Lake State Park Park N' Ski Indian Creek Unit
Location 11 m N of Coolin, ID on east side of Priest Lake
Difficulty Beginner - intermediate
Distance 5.4 m/8.7 km ski trails;  1.5 m/2.4 km snowshoe trails
Grooming Yes 
Snowshoeing  Yes
Yurt No but winter one and two room cabins are available for $45 per night
Backcountry ski potential No
Restroom Yes
Dogs Yes on ungroomed trails only
About Priest Lake State Park's Indian Creek Unit provides a change of scenery immediately adjacent to the lake.  A compact trail loop system circles the park's visitor center area, and if that's not enough of a workout, another loop system to the north provides more mileage and more challenging trails. There is anew viewpoint trail that affords nice views of the lake and surrounding mountains on a sunny day. The park's visitor center and store are open on weekends for fresh coffee or hot chocolate. Snowshoes can also be rented at the vistor's center.
More Information Priest Lake State Park (208)443-2200
Maps Indian CreekIndian Creek Location Map
Details Rocky Point Park N' Ski
Location 4.4 m N of Coolin, ID
Difficulty Intermediate
Distance 4.3 m/6.9 km
Grooming Occassionally
Snowshoeing  Yes
Yurt No but there is a warming hut
Backcountry ski potential Yes
Restroom No
Dogs Yes on leash only
About Rocky Point is a nifty trail system on a peninsula on the east side of the lake north of Coolin. This area is best for snowshoeing. Parking is available at the Blue Diamond Marina.
More Information (208) 334-4199
Maps Rocky Point, Rocky Point Location Map
Details

               4th of July Pass Park N' Ski

Location

From Coeur d' Alene travel E on Hwy I-90 approximately 23 miles, take Exit 28

Difficulty

Beginner - intermediate (with a few expert pitches)

Distance

12 m/19.3 km groomed trails; 7.8 m/12.5 km snowshoe trails

Grooming

Yes, 10-foot skating lane with track set for traditional kick and glide

Snowshoeing Yes
Yurt No but there is a warming hut
Backcountry Ski Potential Yes
Restroom Yes
Dogs Not allowed
About

4th of July Pass is a great place to ski or snowshoe because it starts from a high point afforded by the 4th of July Summit. Three loop trails wind through stately cedar, fir and pine forests. The snowshoeing trails are almost as extensive as the groomed ski trails. Backcountry skiers can climb nearby mountains to carve turns.

More Information (208) 334-4199
Maps 4th of July Pass Trails, 4th of July Pass Location

 

 

 

 

Priest Lake Park Fees

Motor Vehicle Entry Fee

$5 per vehicle

Serviced camp site

$24-$31 per night

Standard camp site

$12-$21 per night

Cabins

$50-$55 per night (plus tax) for 1-room cabins; $55-$80 per night (plus tax) for 2-room cabins

Group 

$250-$275 per night (up to 50 campers) includes cabin and 12 RV sites ($10 per RV site)

Fees do not include sales tax  

 

Priest Lake State Park

314 Indian Creek Park Rd, Coolin, ID 83821

The Idaho State Parks Passport: Your State Park Saving Option!

The Idaho State Parks Passport allows Idaho motorists to support Idaho State Parks by agreeing to pay an additional $10 in conjunction with renewing their license plates through the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) and County Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) Offices.  The Passport sticker allows participating Idahoans unlimited daytime entry to Idaho state parks, IDPR operated recreation areas and boating access sites. The Passport will also provide nightly discounts on camping.  

When you pay the additional $10 for your passport, you'll receive a sticker that will adhere to your motor vehicle.  The sticker will provide unlimited access to all 30 state parks for the entire registration year.  

Out-of-state guests will have a savings option too, with the purchase of an Idaho State Park Motor Vehicle Entry Fee (MVEF) Annual.

 

What Will $10 Buy You and Your Family?

  • Admittance to all 30 Idaho State Parks for a year
  • Hundreds of miles of hiking, cycling, mountain biking and Nordic trails
  • Your favorite boat launches
  • Countless historical and cultural sites within your state parks

Good for Idaho, Good for Idahoans!

Idaho‘s State Park Passport is simply a sustainable way to pay for the maintenance and management of Idaho’s 30 cherished state parks.  For those Idahoans who choose to participate in the program, the Idaho State Parks Passport sticker will replace the $5 per motor vehicle entry fee currently in place at state parks while also providing nightly discounts on camping.  

Out of State Guests

Our out-of-state guests have savings options too! You can purchase a $40 Motor Vehicle Entry Fee (MVEF) Annual and receive access to all of Idaho's State Parks and nightly discounts on camping. MVEF Annuals can be purchased at any Idaho State Park and online.

 

Idaho's First Time Adventure Program

Have you always wanted to camp outdoors, bike, fish or engage in paddle sport, but didn’t know the basics, have the proper equipment, or even know where to go?  Our First Time Adventure Program brings families and the great outdoors together!  We host a fun-filled, outdoor experience for first-time adventurers. Our park's knowledgeable and friendly staff will provide you with gear, show you the ropes and make sure you have fun in the process.

          

Participating State Parks

Castle Rocks State Park

Castle Rocks State Park offers an introductory fishing program for all ages.  Equipment is available. Contact the park directly to participate: (208)824-5519

Hells Gate State Park
Hells Gate State Park offers several first time programs including instruction on camping, bicycling and bird watching. Equipment is available for use. Contact the park for details: (208)799-5015.

Lake Cascade State Park
Lake Cascade State Park offers introductory programs for both first time campers and paddlers. Camping and paddling equipment is available for use. Contact the park for details: (208)382-6544.

Lucky Peak State Park
Lucky Peak State Park offers an introductory outdoor recreation skills programs specific to fishing, camping and dutch oven cooking. Equipment is available at the park for use. Contact the park directly for details (208)334-2432.

Lake Walcott State Park
Lake Walcott State Park offers a first time fishing program for all ages. Instruction provided and equipment is available for use. Contact the park for details: (208)436-1258.

Massacre Rocks State Park
Massacre Rocks State Park offers an intensive water sports safety programs for all ages and skill levels including first time canoeing and kayaking classes. Vessels and safety equipment available for use. Contact the park for details: (208)548-2672.

Priest Lake State Park
Priest Lake State Park offers several first time adventure programs including first time camping, dutch oven cooking, snow shoeing and water sports. Equipment is available for use. Contact the park for details: (208)443-2200.  

Winchester Lake State Park

Winchester Lake State Park offers a first time fishing program, complete with an end-of-year tournament, for all ages. Equipment is available for use. Contact the park for details: (208)924-7563.

 

First Time Adventure Programs within Idaho's State Parks are generously sponsored by:

 

Calling All Explorers Ages 6-12!

We invite you to be an official Idaho State Park Junior Ranger. We need you to help keep Idaho's State Parks beautiful and protect the plants and animals that live here. Simply pick up a Junior Ranger Guide and earn stamps and prizes for completing fun activities.

You'll Get To...

  • Take a HIKE
  • IDENTIFY special plants and animals
  • Help keep your campsite and the park clean
  • Go to an interpretive program to hear PARK STORIES
  • Learn to be SAFE in parks and on trails, rivers and lakes.

Get Started...

  1. Pick up the Junior Ranger Guide
  2. Collect stamps for each completed activity from a staff person or campground host.
  3. Complete four out of six options for activities to be awarded recognition 
  4. On your first park visit earn the Junior Ranger badge, your second visit the patch, and a third visit a certificate signed by Scout!

Parents and Guardians:

Our goal is to help your children have fun in the outdoors while learning about state parks and making connections to the natural world. Please feel free to join your
children in the Junior Ranger activities. We think you'll have a great time too!

Participating Parks:

Castle Rocks State Park
City of Rocks National Reserve *
Farragut State Park
Lake Cascade State Park
Dworshak State Park
Hells Gate State Park
Ponderosa State Park
Priest Lake State Park
Three Island Crossing State Park
Bruneau Dunes State Park
Harriman State Park *
Heyburn State Park
Land of Yankee Fork State Park
Massacre Rocks State Park
Round Lake State Park
Thousand Springs State Park
Lucky Peak State Park
Lake Walcott State Park
Winchester Lake State Park
Eagle Island State Park
Trail of the Coeur d' Alenes
Coeur d' Alene's Old Mission State Park *


This list includes Idaho State Parks that offer the Junior Ranger program from Memorial Day through September.

*These parks offer Junior Ranger programs year-round.