Inlet Campground on Stanley Lake is in one of the most beautiful settings in Idaho, the Sawtooth Mountains. The Stanley Lake Inlet campground is located on the west end of Stanley Lake where Stanley Lake Creek enters. There is a wetland above the lake with open water that is inhabited by brook trout. Inlet Campground is in the Sawtooth Nation Forest and is also part of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. This is a paradise for photographers, hikers, backpackers, horsemen, and fishermen.
Campsites: There are 14 tent / RV camping sites in Inlet Campground which are set in a natural style. You won't see a weed eater trimming the grass on these grounds. Each site comes with the normal picnic table and fire ring, and most are long enough for your RV. The road and driveways are gravel, but the road to the campground is paved. The campground is forested with quite a bit of undergrowth.
Host on Site: In 2010, the host and hostess were Stan and Eleanor.
Water: There is a well with a hand pump. Even though the water is tested "Ok" for drinking, it tastes horrible!
Garbage Services: Yes, there is garbage service available in bearwise dumpsters.
Restroom: Vault style outhouses, one newer and one older. Both were maintained and clean.
Handicap Accessible: The outhouses are handicap accessible but I would not say this is a handicap accessible campground. The roads and paths are rough for a wheelchair. In fact, the trail is smoother.
Firewood: There is firewood available at the camp host for $6.00.
Pets: Pets on a leash, no horses or draft animals in the campground.
Picnic Area: There is a very nice picnic area at the observation point between Stanley Lake Campground and Lakeview Campground.
Recreation: There is fishing, boating, water skiing, canoeing, hiking, backpacking, trail riding, bird watching, swimming or just sunbathing on the beach. Check out the trails nearby. We found a wonderful map of the trails in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area at the Visitors Center at Redfish Lake, or you may call 208-727-5000 to order one. "Trails in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area - Idaho"
Fishing: Fishing in Stanley lake , Stanley Lake Creek, and throughout this area is primarily for trout; brook, rainbow, cutthroat and bull trout. Check your regulation! Bull trout are protected!!
Boating: The boat access is at Inlet Campground for Stanley Lake. There is a dock and boat ramp.
Swimming: There is a beautiful beach where Stanley Lake Creek empties into the lake. Check out my picture.
Wildlife: Deer, elk, moose, bear, mountain lion, all kinds of birds, mountain goat, and mountain sheep could all be seen in the surrounding area.
Additional Camping Opportunities: Besides Lakeview and Stanley Lake campgrounds, there is an abundance of primitive camping scattered along the mountains to the northwest of Stanley Lake. Also check our reviews for Iron Creek Campground and the Redfish Lake Area campgrounds.
Fee Schedule: Each site cost $15.00 with a $5.00 fee for your extra vehicle.
Campground Reservations: This campground is a first come first serve campground, no reservations.
Phone service: There is no pay phone at the Inlet Campground or the other two campgrounds at Stanley Lake. Both pay phone and cell reception is available at Stanley, Idaho.
Nearby Services: Services such as, gas, food, pop and ice are available at Stanley, Idaho.
RV Dumping Site: No, however, there is one at the Redfish Lake support station.
Location/Driving instructions: From Stanley, Idaho, travel 4.6 miles Northeast on Hwy 21 to the Stanley Lake Rd., then another 3.4 miles to Inlet Campground.
Elevation: 6540 Feet
Reviewed: June 2010
This information is accurate as of the date of the review.
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