Island Campgrounds

Kalispell Island (Map #10): Largest Priest Lake island located near west shore approximately seven miles from the south end of the lake. Receives heaviest use of all islands. 52 developed campsites scattered around the island at 12 separate locations first-come, first-served. Vault toilets at 8 sites; porta-potties required at other sites. All sites have tables, fire rings; no drinking water PACK-IT-IN PACK-IT-OUT. Large beach areas. Volunteer campground hosts in summer. Two day use areas (Sandy Point & Kalispell Vista). Groupsite: #29 Three Pines.

Bartoo Island (Map #10): Located mid-lake approximately six miles from the south end of the lake. 23 developed campsites at 8 locations; first-come, first-served. Vault toilets at Sunshine Campsite and Lone Pine day use area; porta-potties required at all other sites. All sites have tables, fire rings; no drinking water. PACK-IT-IN PACK-IT-OUT. Large beach areas. Volunteer campground hosts in summer. Groupsite: #22 Sunrise.


Fourmile Island: Smaller island located along east shoreline about four miles from the south end of the lake. One developed campsite on the northwest point of the island; first-come, first-served. No toilet on site; porta-potty required. Site has table and fire ring; PACK-IT-IN PACK-IT-OUT. Smaller beach area; heavy boat traffic close-by during summer season.

 

Eightmile Island: Larger island located along east shoreline approximately eight miles from the south end of the lake. No developed campsites on the island; primarily a day use area. No facilities. PACK-IT-IN PACK-IT-OUT. Beach area; heavy boat traffic close-by during summer season. No fee area. Vinther-Nelson Cabin Historical Site located on Eightmile Island; day use activities are prohibited at this historical site.

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Priest Lake Campgrounds

Public camping at Priest Lake is handled by two different land management agencies.

The Priest Lake State Parks of Idaho Parks and Recreation (IDPR) administers sites on the east side of the lake.

  • Talk to personnel at the Indian Creek Unit at 208.443.2200

  • Make reservations by calling 1-888-9-CAMPID or

  • IDPR reservations online at www.parksandrecreation.idaho.gov


The Priest Lake Ranger District of the US Forest Service (USFS) administers sites on the west side of the lake, upper lake camping, and island camping.

  • Talk to personnel at the Priest Lake Ranger District call 208.443.2512

  • USFS reservations online at www.recreation.gov

  • USFS Reservations at 1.877.444.6777

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Upper Priest Lake

Geisingers Campground (Map #15): Two campsites at the mouth of Upper Priest Lake where it empties into the Thorofare - on east shore. Heavy close-in boat traffic during summer.

Plowboy Campground (Map #16): Four campsites on the southwest shore of Upper Priest Lake.

Trapper Creek Camground (Map #17): Five campsites on the northeast shore of Upper Priest Lake.

Navigation Campground (Map #18): Four campsites on the northwest shore of Upper Priest Lake.

 

Bottle Bay Campground: Although this campground is located on Bottle Bay on Priest Lake, it shares the same characteristics as the Upper Priest Lake campgrounds. It has seven campsites and is located on the northwestern shore of Priest Lake, approximately 2-1/2 miles from the northern end of the lake.


All Upper Priest Lake campgrounds share the characteristics indicated below:

  • No drinking water.
  • Vault toilets; fire rings; PACK-IT-IN PACK-IT-OUT.
  • No fee; first-come, first-served.
  • Beach area.
  • Accessible only via watercraft or hiking.



 

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