South Central Idaho doesn’t get a lot of attention from tourism brochures and travel agencies; however, it’s an absolutely beautiful section of the state. While it may not have the high peaks and big lakes of the Panhandle, the verdant pastures surrounding the Snake River have a unique splendor that will be appreciated by anyone who loves small towns in the Rocky Mountain West.One of the best spots to stay when you book an RV in Minidoka County, Idaho, is the campground at Lake Walcott State Park. Most of the RV campground sites have just water and electrical hookups, so it still feels fairly wild. However, there’s a convenient dump station on the edge of the park if you need to empty the tanks on your rental RV. Sites also have clean restrooms, fire rings, picnic tables, and a playground for the little ones to burn off their energy in the evenings.Getting a campsite at Lake Walcott Campground isn’t about having lots of modern amenities, though; it’s a chance to get in touch with nature and disconnect from the stresses of the modern world. Instead of gazing at your phone all day, you can take a hike on one of the many trails crisscrossing the park or rent a paddleboat to take out on the lake. If you don’t want to go through the effort of renting a boat, go for a swim or grab a fishing pole to cast a line (with the proper Idaho fishing license, of course). At night, carve out some time to just stare up at the sky; the area around Lake Walcott is famous for its lack of light pollution and is fantastic for stargazing.
Find the perfect RV for your campsite
Have you ever wanted to sleep at the foot of a mountain or wake up to the sound of the ocean’s waves gently crashing on the shore? When on a road trip, do you like to stop at every weird and wonderful roadside attraction? Do you ever just want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and get out into the great outdoors? Then renting an RV is definitely for you.
Camping in an RV allows you to adventure on your terms. Whether you’re looking to bond over an open fire with family and friends or you just want to get away for a while, there’s no better way to do it than from behind the wheel of an RV.
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Enjoy the freedom of the open road nd the assurance of 24/7 roadside assistance.
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The lake and surrounding forest will obviously be your first stop for outdoor recreation when you rent a camper at Lake Walcott Campground, but there are plenty of adventures to be had in the surrounding area too. To get out on the Snake River, rent a paddleboard or kayak from one of the shops in nearby Burley and take a tour of the islands just north of the downtown area. Powerboats love this spot, too, so there may be a few waterskiers and wakeboarders to share the waterway with.The riverfront park in Burley is also a fantastic place to take the family for a picnic, with plenty of tree cover, a baseball diamond, and a small botanical garden. It’s also a good starting point for exploring Burley on a bicycle; dedicated paths are fairly limited, but you’re unlikely to contend with much traffic in this quiet little town.If you’re willing to take a road trip when you rent a camper near Lake Walcott Campground, Craters of the Moon National Monument is an ideal destination for adventurous travelers. The extensive lava fields are a boon to curious hikers and amateur geologists who might enjoy identifying the different types of rock formations and how they came to be there. Another option is to don a helmet and headlamp and go underground to explore the lava tubes that lie beneath the surface of the monument. You won’t find the stalactites or stalagmites common on other big caverns, but the expansive tunnels that look like they’ve been drilled by a machine are a sight to behold.
The Lake Walcott Campground is somewhat isolated given its location on the north side of the reservoir and away from Interstate 86. The closest towns are the twin cities of Burley and Heyburn, which sit across the Snake River from each other.Burley is the larger of the two and is where most of the attractions and restaurants are, while Heyburn’s location on the interstate provides it with two large truck stops where you can fill up or empty the tanks on your RV rental. It’s also where you’ll find the region's movie theater, bowling alley, and golf course.To learn more about the history of the Lake Walcott area while renting an RV, check out the Cassia County Historical Society Museum in downtown Burley. It’s not very large but tells an interesting story about Burley and the Snake River Valley’s role in the Oregon Trail and the settlement of America’s west coast. A larger history museum can be found in the town of Rupert, a bit closer to the campground.The most important historical sight in the region, though, is the Minidoka internment camp. Used to forcibly relocate and house Japanese-Americans during World War II, the camp was one the largest in the country, and the labor extracted from the prisoners housed in it was used to build the massive Anderson Ranch Dam near the town of Mountain House. Unlike more famous camps, like Manzanar in California, Minidoka has only a few pieces of the original facilities remaining, but volunteers are working to recreate the camp as it was in the 1940s. If you’re a WWII history buff, this is a bucket list destination when camping with an RV in the area.
What type of RV should I choose?
Start by determining how many people are planning to travel with you. Going on a solo-journey? Choose a camper van or a teardrop trailer. Bringing the whole family along for the ride? Consider a spacious Class A or five-wheel.
You’ll also want to consider amenities. For example, if you’re planning to cook on the road, you’ll want a kitchenette. If your campground doesn’t have public restrooms, you’ll want to search RVs with bathrooms. Check out full descriptions of our models to help you decide here.
Do the RVs have bathrooms?
Yes. Class A’s, Class B’s, and Class C’s and five-Wheels typically have bathrooms. Depending on where you plan on camping, you’ll want to double-check the availability of restrooms if selecting a rig without a bathroom. Nervous about renting an RV with a bathroom? Owners can help show you how to clean the tank or will offer to do it for you for a fee.
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