Garfield Bay Campground is interesting in that the picnic facilities along Lake Pend Oreille are wonderful and well maintained. However, the campground above the road, Garfield Bay Campground, shows signs of neglect. We came in the middle of June so perhaps it hadn't had much attention yet, but it appeared to be unused. I'm not sure why this would be the case because it is in such a nice setting. The driveways are rough and not maintained.
Campsites: There are 28 camping sites in the campground. Sites are spacious and private with a picnic table and fire pit in each. The tables are far from the pull-ins in some of the sites.
Water: Yes, and it tastes fine.
Garbage Services: Yes.
Restroom: Vault style outhouse at the campground. There are flushing toilets at the picnic area but they appeared to be in need of service during our visit.
Handicap Accessible: The picnic area is, and the restrooms are.
Firewood: Bring your own.
Pets: Pets must be on a leash at all times.
Picnic Area: There is a beautiful picnic area across the road from the entrance to the campground. It has picnic tables and barbeque grills scattered about. The beach and public boat ramp are also in this park. It looks like a great place to play.
Recreation: People come here to enjoy the lake, primarily for boating and fishing.
Fishing: Yes, fishing
Boating: The picnic area has a large marina which is the major attraction of the town. There is a large parking area for your boats and trailers.
Swimming: Yes, there is a swimming area at the picnic area with no lifeguard on duty.
Wildlife: I am sure there are deer in the campground regularly. Keep in mind this is bear country so keep your food and garbage locked up. With a lake nearby, there will be birds like the Osprey to be watched. It is a spectacular scene watching an Osprey catch a fish.
Additional Camping Opportunities: The map shows Green Bay Campground nearby but we never could find it.
Fee Schedule: $10 each night with $5 for extra car. There does not appear to be a day use fee at the picnic area.
Campground Reservations: Campsites can be reserved. Bonner County (208) 255-5681.
Phone service: We had no cell reception on our ATT phones. However, there are phones in town.
Nearby Services: Garfield Bay Campground is on the edge of town so most services are available nearby. Anything not available in Garfield should be available in Sagle just 7.5 miles to the west.
RV Dumping Site: I saw no RV Dumping station in the Garfield area.
Location/Driving instructions: From Sandpoint, Idaho, drive approximately 7.5 miles south on Highway 95 to Sagle Road. Turn left (east) on Sagle Road and travel 7.5 miles to Garfield. The last mile or two is called Garfield Road.
Elevation: 2113 Feet
Reviewed: June 2010
This information is accurate as of the date of the review.
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