Priest Lake State Park
Priest Lake State Park consists of three separate park units: Indian Creek Unit located approximately 12 miles north of Coolin; Lionhead Unit located approximately 23 miles north of Coolin, and Dickensheet Unit, located four miles south of Coolin, along the banks of Priest River. Both Indian Creek and Lionhead are located on the shores of Priest Lake. See the Priest Lake Campgrounds page of this web site for specific camping information.
The Indian Creek Unit is located on the former site of a large Diamond Match Company logging camp. The park headquarters is located at Indian Creek and the unit is open year-round. In addition to the camping facilities, Indian Creek has a day-use area and summer programs from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The park has a picnic area, a boat launch, a large designated swimming beach, and a large sandy beach. The park store offers a 24 hour gas pump and convenience store with souvenirs to remember your stay. In the winter, Indian Creek offers groomed cross country ski trails, a snow shoe trail and is an excellent point to access the 400 miles of groomed snowmobile trails that are around the lake.
Lionhead Unit offers a more primitive camping experience with sites geared towards tent camping. This area was the site of the Nell Shipman movie studio during the 1920s. The unit has a day use area with picnic and swimming access. The Lionhead Group Camp is located at the south end of the Lionhead Unit. This rustic, isolated retreat has 1,000 geet of beach front and includes both kitchen and bath facilities. It can accomodate up to 50 people and is open from May 1 through September.
Dickensheet Unit is the smallest of the three units and offers only eleven primitive camping facilities and is not suitable for large recreational vehicles. Tables and fire grills are available at each camp site; however, no drinking water is available. Dickensheet is an excellent launch site for float trips down Priest River. The unit is open from May 1 through September 30.
For more information, try the Idaho State Parks & Recreation web site. For general information, please call the park at (208) 443-2200; and for campground reservations 1.888.922-6743 (CAMPID).