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CAMPGROUND NAME: Beauty Creek

VISIT DATE: 09/20/1997

UPDATE DATE: 2/4/2014

STATE: Idaho

REGION: Northern

RANGER DISTRICT: Coeur d'Alene River

NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Coeur d'Alene

RESERVATIONS: 1-877-444-6777 or make on-line reservation

DIRECTIONS:
From Coeur d'Alene, ID, take Interstate 90 east 6.9 miles to
State Rt. 97.  Bear right onto Rt. 97 (Lake Coeur d'Alene Scenic
Byway), toward St. Maries, ID, and go 2.3 miles to campground
sign (Forest Rt. 438).  Turn left onto Rt. 438 and go 0.6 miles
to campground sign.  Turn right into campground.

GENERAL COMMENTS:
The elevation is 2,100 ft.

The campground is located near Coeur d'Alene Lake along Beauty Creek
in a narrow valley. It is on a flat, sparsely wooded area
between heavily wooded hillsides.  There are walk-in tent
sites, some of which showed signs of erosion.  The campground is
half a mile from Coeur d'Alene Lake.

A day trip to Coeur d'Alene, ID should be fun for families and
singles alike.  Coeur d'Alene Lake is huge with about any
type of water sports activity.  In town, one can rent paddle boats,
purchase a 25 minute ride on a sea plane, go parasailing, take a
ride around the lake on a ferry (with brunch or dinner -
optional), swim at the very long sandy beach, etc.  Or, just walk
around in the park and town.  The lake area of Coer d'Alene
reminded the authors of some lake towns in Switzerland and Italy.  All in
all - a neat place to visit and just have fun.

SEASONS
Open Seasonal: Yes
Open All Year: No

Seasonal Comment:
Open May 16 through September 14

RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED
Rate: $18 per day
Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14

CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION
No. RV Sites: 0
No. Tent Sites: 6
No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 8
   
   Total Sites: 14

Tent Pads: Yes
Open Sites: Yes
Wooded Sites: Yes

No. Tables on Sites: 14
No. Grilles on Sites: 14
Equestrian Camping:  No

RV INFORMATION
Hookups: None
No. RV Pull Throughs: 0
Waste Station: No
Average Parking Apron Size: 11.5' X 53'

Comments:
The parking aprons are paved.  There is waste station at Exxon 
gas station in Coeur d'Alene at intersection of Sherman Ave and 
Coeur d'Alene Lake Dr. (Exit 15 - I90) - no charge.

FACILITIES
Vaults: Yes
Flush Toilets: No
Hot Showers: No
Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes

Public Phone: No
Playground: No
No. Water Spigots: 1
  No. Threaded: 0

Comments:
The water spigot is a hand pump.  There was boil notice at time
of visit.

WATER SPORTS
Lake: No
Swimming (provided): No
Sailing: No
Boat Ramp: No
Boat Carry Down Access: No
Power Boating: No
Boating (no power): No
Water Skiing: No
Rafting (whitewater): No
Kayaking (whitewater): No

Comments:
Beauty Creek flow is seasonal.  There is boat access to Coeur
d'Alene Lake via a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) boat ramp.  It
is located at Mineral Ridge off State Rt. 97, 2 miles north of
campground.

HIKING
Caribou Ridge Trail No. 79 (nice vistas - foot only) - 5 miles.
Beauty Creek Overlook - 1.8 miles
Mt. Coeur d'Alene Viewpoint - 4.6 miles
Trail No. 227 - 4.9 miles

FISHING - No

Comments:
Fishing available at Coeur d'Alene Lake - trout, salmon and
panfish.

CAMPGROUND NAME: Bell Bay VISIT DATE: 09/20/1997 UPDATE DATE: 2/4/2014 STATE: Idaho REGION: Northern RANGER DISTRICT: Coeur d'Alene River NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Coeur d'Alene RESERVATIONS: 1-877-444-6777 or make on-line reservation DIRECTIONS: From Coeur d'Alene, ID, take Interstate 90 east 6.9 miles to State Rt. 97 (Coeur d'Alene Scenic Byway). Bear right onto State Rt. 97 toward St. Maries, ID and go 25.1 miles to campground sign (East Point Rd.). Turn right onto East Point Rd. and go 2.8 miles to campground sign. Bear left at sign and go 1 mile to Lower campground. Continue straight at sign to Upper campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 2,600 ft. The campground is composed of two sections - Upper and Lower. The Upper section is located on a hill or point overlooking Coeur d'Alene Lake, a beautiful 50-square mile lake and is a Group Campground (not included in this review). The Upper section, with more space between sites, is more rustic then the Lower section. The Lower Section has some sites overlooking the lake, but all the sites are well above the shoreline. There is little or no understory with sites close together. Accessible from the Lower section are two docks where boats could be moored. The walk from the docks is fairly steep but short. Both sections are wooded with Ponderosa and other mixed pines. A day trip to Coeur d'Alene, ID should be fun for families and singles alike. Coeur d'Alene Lake is huge with about any type of water sports activities. In town, one can rent paddle boats, purchase a 25 minute ride on a sea plane, go parasailing, take a ride around the lake on a ferry (with brunch or dinner - optional), swim at very long sandy beach, etc. Or, just walk around in the park and town. The lake area of Coer d'Alene reminded the authors of some lake towns in Switzerland and Italy. All in all - a neat place to visit and just have fun. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open May 16 through September 7 RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $18 per day - lower loop Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 2 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 13 Total Sites: 15 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: Yes Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 15 No. Grilles on Sites: 15 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 3 Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 25' X 36' Comments: Lower section parking aprons are paved; Upper section aprons are paved and gravel. There is waste station at Exxon gas station in Coeur d'Alene at intersection of Sherman Ave and Coeur d'Alene Lake Dr. (Exit 15 - I90) - no charge. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots: 2 No. Threaded: 0 Comments: The wheelchair friendly toilets are located in the Lower section only. WATER SPORTS Lake: Yes Swimming (provided): No Sailing: Yes Boat Ramp: No Boat Carry Down Access: No Power Boating: Yes Boating (no power): Yes Water Skiing: Yes Rafting (whitewater): No Kayaking (whitewater): No Comments: Coeur d'Alene Lake is 50-square miles. Although there are two docks below the Lower Section, there is no direct "water sports" access to the lake from the campground. There are several public and private boat ramps available around the lake. HIKING Bell Bay Trail (foot) - 1 mile FISHING Trout, salmon and panfish

CAMPGROUND NAME: Big Hank VISIT DATE: 09/19/1997 UPDATE DATE: 2/4/2014 STATE: Idaho REGION: Northern RANGER DISTRICT: Coeur d'Alene River NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Kingston RESERVATIONS: 1-877-444-6777 or make on-line reservation DIRECTIONS: In Kingston, ID, take Coeur d'Alene River Rd. north (toward Prichard, ID) 21.5 miles to a "Y" intersection. Bear left, continueing toward Prichard, on Coeur d'Alene River Rd., and go 20.5 miles to campground sign. Turn left into campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 2,800 ft. The campground is located along North Fork of Coeur d'Alene River. Most sites are nestled beneath various species of pine and adjacent to the river. The National Forest's Magee Work Center, built in 1920 (about 10 miles north on Forest Rt. 6310), is a historic site and makes a nice day trip. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open May 23 through September 1 RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $18 per day Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 0 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 29 Total Sites: 29 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: Yes Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 29 No. Grilles on Sites: 29 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 0 Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 21' X 58' Comments: The parking aprons are paved. There is waste station (with potable water) at the Shoshone Work Center, off Coeur d'Alene River Rd., 12.3 miles south of campground - no charge. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: No Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots: 2 No. Threaded: 0 Comments: The water spigots are hand pumps. WATER SPORTS Lake: No Swimming (provided): No Sailing: No Boat Ramp: No Boat Carry Down Access: Yes Power Boating: No Boating (no power): Yes Water Skiing: No Rafting (whitewater): Yes Kayaking (whitewater): Yes Comments: The North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River is a non-rated floating river. Contact the District Ranger's Office for conditions. HIKING - No FISHING Cutthroat trout - catch and release

CAMPGROUND NAME: Bumblebee VISIT DATE: 09/19/1997 UPDATE DATE: 2/4/2014 STATE: Idaho REGION: Northern RANGER DISTRICT: Coeur d'Alene River NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Kingston RESERVATIONS: 1-877-444-6777 or make on-line reservation DIRECTIONS: In Kingston, ID, take Coeur d'Alene River Rd. 5.4 miles to campground sign (Bumblebee Cutoff). Turn left onto Bumblebee Cutoff and go 3 miles to another campground sign (Forest Rt. 796). Turn right onto Rt. 796 and go 0.1 miles to campground on right and left. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 2,200 ft. There are two loops (North and South), on both sides of the road. The North Loop is designated as a Group campground but is available to single families if not occupied by a group. The campground is located in heavily wooded area in mature, tall pines. Floating and tubing is popular on the North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River which is convenient from the campground. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open May 23 through September 7 RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $18 per day Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 0 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 24 Total Sites: 24 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: No Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 24 No. Grilles on Sites: 24 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 2 Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 15' X 54' Comments: The parking aprons are gravel and asphalt. There is waste station at Exxon gas station in Coeur d'Alene at intersection of Sherman Ave and Coeur d'Alene Lake Dr. (Exit 15 - I90) - no charge. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots: 2 No. Threaded: 0 Comments: The water spigots are hand pumps. WATER SPORTS - None HIKING - No FISHING - No Comments: There is fishing about 0.5 miles from campground in the Little North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River - Rainbow and Cutthroat trout.

CAMPGROUND NAME: Devils Elbow VISIT DATE: 09/19/1997 UPDATE DATE: 3/8/2014 STATE: Idaho REGION: Northern RANGER DISTRICT: Coeur d'Alene River NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Kingston RESERVATIONS: 1-877-444-6777 or make on-line reservation DIRECTIONS: In Kingston, ID, take Coeur d'Alene River Rd. north (toward Prichard, ID) 21.5 miles to a "Y" intersection. Bear left, continueing toward Prichard, on Coeur d'Alene River Rd. and go 14.4 miles to campground sign. Turn right into campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 2,600 ft. The campground is situated in mixed pine, cedar, and fir trees located next to North Fork of Coeur d'Alene River with some sites alongside the river. Because of the dense vegetation, no campsites have a view of the river. The campground is a single loop with a grassy meadow in the center. The parking aprons are short but wide enough for parking tow vehicle alongside a trailer. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open May 23 through September 8 RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $18 per day Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 0 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 19 Total Sites: 19 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: Yes Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 19 No. Grilles on Sites: 19 Equestrian Camping: RV INFORMATION No. Full Hookups (includes waste): 0 No. Water and Electric Only: 0 No. Water Only: 0 No. Electric Only: 0 No. RV Pull Throughs: 3 Waste Station: No Potable Water at Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 25' X 30' Comments: Parking aprons are paved. A waste station with potable water and no charge is located at the Shoshone Work Center, off Coeur d'Alene River Rd., 6.2 miles south of campground. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots (non-site): 1 No. Threaded: 0 Comments: The water spigot is a hand pump. WATER SPORTS Lake: No Swimming (provided): No Sailing: No Boat Ramp: No Boat Carry Down Access: No Power Boating: No Boating (no power): Yes Water Skiing: No Rafting (whitewater): Yes Kayaking (whitewater): Yes Comments: North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River is a non-rated floating river. Contact the Ranger District Office for conditions. HIKING - No FISHING Cutthroat Trout - catch and release.

CAMPGROUND NAME: Kit Price VISIT DATE: 09/19/1997 UPDATE DATE: 2/4/2014 STATE: Idaho REGION: Northern RANGER DISTRICT: Coeur d'Alene River NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Kingston RESERVATIONS: 1-877-444-6777 or make on-line reservation DIRECTIONS: In Kingston, ID, take Coeur d'Alene River Rd. north (toward Prichard, ID) 21.5 miles to a "Y" intersection. Bear left, continueing toward Prichard, on Coeur d'Alene River Rd. and go 11.2 miles to campground sign. Turn right into campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 2,550 ft. The campground is in mixed pine woods and composed of three loops - A, B and C. Some sites are adjacent to the North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River. Popular for family floating. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open May 23 through September 7 RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $18 per day Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 0 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 51 Total Sites: 51 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: Yes Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 51 No. Grilles on Sites: 51 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 0 Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 12' X 62' Comments: The parking aprons are paved. There is waste station (with potable water) at the Shoshone Work Center, off Coeur d'Alene River Rd., 3 miles south of campground - no charge. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots: 7 No. Threaded: 5 Comments: Wheelchair friendly toilets are located in Loops B and C. WATER SPORTS Lake: No Swimming (provided): No Sailing: No Boat Ramp: No Boat Carry Down Access: Yes Power Boating: No Boating (no power): Yes Water Skiing: No Rafting (whitewater): Yes Kayaking (whitewater): Yes Comments: North Fork or Coeur d'Alene River is a non-rated floating river. Contact District Ranger's Office for conditions. HIKING - No FISHING Cutthroat trout - catch and release

CAMPGROUND NAME: Mokins Bay VISIT DATE: 09/22/1997 UPDATE DATE: 2/4/2014 STATE: Idaho REGION: Northern RANGER DISTRICT: Coeur d'Alene River NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Coeur d'Alene RESERVATIONS: Coeur d'Alene River DIRECTIONS: In Coeur d'Alene, ID, at intersection of Interstate 90 and US Rt. 95, take Rt. 95 north 6.1 miles to Lancaster Rd. Turn right onto Lancaster Rd. and go 6.3 miles to a "Y" intersection. Bear left, following campground sign, and go 5.3 miles to campground sign (Mokins Dr.). Turn left onto Mokins Dr. (gravel) and go 0.1 miles to campground entrance on the left. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 2,300 ft. Campground is located near the eastern shore of Hayden Lake on Mokins Bay in heavily wooded pines. A day trip to Coeur d'Alene, ID should be fun for families and singles alike. Coeur d'Alene Lake is huge with about any type of water sports activities. In town, one can rent paddle boats, purchase a 25 minute ride on a sea plane, go parasailing, take a ride around the lake on a ferry (with brunch or dinner - optional), swim at very long sandy beach, etc. Or, just walk around in the park and town. The lake area of Coer d'Alene reminded the authors of some lake towns in Switzerland and Italy. All in all - a neat place to visit and just have fun. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open May 16 through September 7 RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $18 per day Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 0 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 15 Total Sites: 15 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: No Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 15 No. Grilles on Sites: 15 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 0 Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 18' X 33' Comments: The parking aprons are gravel. There is a waste station at the Exxon gas station in Coeur d'Alene at intersection of Sherman Ave and Coeur d'Alene Lake Dr. (Exit 15 - I90) - no charge. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: No Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots: 1 No. Threaded: 0 Comments: Water spigot is hand pump. WATER SPORTS - None HIKING - No FISHING - No Comments: Fishing at nearby Hayden Lake - Crappie, Cutthroat trout and Large and Smallmouth bass




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