Nestled between Spokane, Washington and Missoula, Montana lies Huckleberry Campground. It is just southeast of Coeur d’ Alene in Idaho. Huckleberry Campground is located along the Saint Joe River and offers visitors beautiful views of nature. Many people visit this area of Idaho for all of the amazing water activities. In the summer, many people enjoy tubing, fishing, kayaking, swimming, and more on the Saint Joe River.
As you can tell by the name, Huckleberry Campground offers travelers a place to rest their head. In the event that Huckleberry Campground is full, there are a handful of other nearby campgrounds as well. If you’re an animal lover, you’ll enjoy all of the wildlife in the area. Make sure to pack the RV with a few pairs of binoculars to increase your chances of seeing all the creatures at Huckleberry Campground.
If you’re looking to get away from the city and surround yourself in nature, this is the perfect place to do it. You’ll have access to plenty of activities all year round. There are beautiful places to rest your head and enjoy a freshly caught fish for dinner. The stargazing at Huckleberry can’t be beaten either!
Getting to Huckleberry Campground is a bit of a task. It is located southeast of Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho. The closest roads to the campground are North Side Road and Saint Joe River Road. The latter will bring you directly to Huckleberry Campground. Something that RV drivers or those renting camper vans should note is that the roads in this area of Idaho are very curvy. The elevation rises and you might find yourself winding your way up a mountain. Because of this, it’s important to take your time and drive slowly, especially in a larger vehicle. All of the roads in the area are paved.
Cell phone reception can be a bit spotty, which is why you may want a physical copy of directions with you. The last thing you want during your trip is to see a “road closed” sign and have no access to a map. Upon arrival at Huckleberry Campground, the majority of transportation is done on foot. You can bring a watercraft onto the river to get around on water as well. There are both gravel and paved walking and hiking trails in the area as well. Hiking boots aren’t necessary, but wouldn’t hurt.
Easily one of the best parts about visiting Huckleberry Campground for a weekend of fun is that you can sleep there as well! Whether you’re in a tent or an RV, it makes a great place to rest your head. Huckleberry Campground is open year-round and has campsites that are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There are 33 campsites in total to choose from, three of which are group campsites.
The first thirty sights have potable water, a picnic table, a fire ring, electricity, and more. The group sites have all of that, plus an additional picnic table and fire ring. Throughout Huckleberry Campground you will find six outhouses, along with an RV waste dump station. There is easy access to the water and the beach as well. This is the best place to stay if you want to have modern amenities without the need to travel to get them.
Shadowy Saint Joe Campground is a seasonal campground that is open from the middle of May until the end of September. There you will find a total of 14 campsites, all of which are handicap accessible. Shadowy Saint Joe Campground offers a group picnic shelter for all campers to share. If you’re hoping to stay close to the water, you’ll appreciate the boat ramp that you’ll have access to as well.
You’ll be able to spend the night at one of the 14 campsites without a reservation, as they are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Shadowy Saint Joe Campground offers vault toilets and potable water for campers. Each campsite has a picnic table and fire ring of its own. Even though there are 14 campsites, it doesn’t feel too crowded. You’ll be surrounded by the lush trees that separate the sites and the river is just a short walk away as well.
Giant White Pine Campground and Trailhead is another great camping option for those visiting Huckleberry Campground. There are 14 campsites available there on a first-come, first-served basis. Like most other campgrounds, Giant White Pine Campground and Trailhead has a picnic table and fire ring available at every campsite. Giant White Pine Campground and Trailhead offers campers access to four restrooms as well as hand pump water stations.
It’s important to note that the water is turned off at the end of September. RV camping is allowed as well, but there aren’t any modern RV hookups available. Giant White Pine Campground and Trailhead is a beautiful option for those wanting a more secluded camping experience. You’ll be surrounded by 600-year-old white pine trees and there is easy access to a handful of trailheads. It’s a great place to go stargazing once the sun falls and you can fall asleep to the water lapping on the Saint Joe River.
Fishing on the Saint Joe River allows for anglers to enjoy fishing during their visit to Huckleberry Campground. It’s easily one of the most popular peak season activities.
Out of all the ways you can fish, fly fishing is most common. The water is fairly clear at all times and the fishing season is open all year round. Peak season is from June until September. You’re most likely to catch a Westslope Cutthroat Trout while fishing here.
Boating is a great way to relax out on the water during a hot Idaho afternoon. Huckleberry Campground offers easy access for anyone looking to enjoy a day filled with watercraft fun. Because you’ll have easy access to a river, inner tubes and kayaks are most commonly used in this area. You are welcome to bring a canoe, fishing boat, or any other type of watercraft as well. Be sure to wear life jackets at all times due to the changing current.
The last water activity that you’ll be able to enjoy during peak season at Huckleberry Campground is swimming. This is an activity that the majority of the family can enjoy. You’ll be able to take a dip right into Saint Joe River. The water is clean and clear all summer long. Because the river is so long, you won’t have to worry about a large crowd. It is important to mention that there isn’t a lifeguard on duty at Huckleberry Campground.
When it comes to off-season activities, picnicking takes the cake. This is a great way to immerse yourself in the great outdoors. You can set up a table or simply lay a blanket on the ground. Picnicking is something that can be enjoyed by anybody. It is important to respect the No Trace Left Behind Act. This enforces visitors to pick up after themselves and avoid leaving scraps. It helps preserve the area and protects the wildlife.
If you’re wanting a more intense activity, there is plenty of room to hike in the area. Huckleberry Campground is fairly large. You can walk along the river if you want a more serene, laid back walk. You can also tackle the more intense and steep hills in the area if you want something to make you sweat!
This is the perfect activity for those looking to stay active while they’re on vacation.
Elk, wolves, rabbits, raccoons, and bears are some of the most commonly seen animals in this area of Idaho. Wildlife viewing is a fun activity that families can enjoy, especially the children. It’s a relaxing way to spend a calm afternoon at Huckleberry Campground.
There are a ton of bird species flying around the campground and a variety of different fish in the river as well. Be sure to pack a bird book and a pair of binoculars.