Lionhead Campground is part of Priest Lake State Park and is located on the eastern shore toward the north end of Priest Lake. It is covered with a mature forest which is thick enough to block out most of the undergrowth. During our visit, there were only 2 campers using RVs and both were small. The campground is intended to be for tent campers. Priest Lake provides the recreational activities whether it is swimming, fishing, boating, canoeing or just playing on the beach.
Campsites: There are 47 campsites, mostly tent only camping. Each campsite is equipped with a picnic table and fire pit with attached grate. If you are looking for full shade, campsites 101 through about 120 and 140 through 147 will give you that shade. Those in the middle vary so sun lovers will want to look there. Campsite 106 is designated as an RV site. I have posted a picture of it.
Host on Site: Yes
Water: There is a pressurized system with several faucets scattered about the campground.
Garbage Services: Yes
Electricity Available: No
Restroom: The map indicates there are 2 toilets and 4 vault toilets. I didn't notice flushing toilets. Those I looked into were clean and stocked but were vault style outhouses. I believe those marked as toilets were equipped with electric lighting.
Handicap Accessible: The toilets are handicap equipped.
Firewood: Firewood and kindling is available for $5 per bundle (2014) at the camp host located near the volleyball court.
Pets: Pets are allowed but as with most campgrounds you must keep them on a leash or in their kennel.
Picnic Area: There is a Day Use area at the beach with a few tables. You could swim, play volleyball and sun on the beach right there at the picnic area.
Recreation: Priest Lake provides most of the recreational opportunities through swimming, boating, canoeing, fishing or just playing on the beach. However the mountains are also very beautiful. It was our intent to find several waterfalls indicated on our map but could only find 1 as the smaller roads and almost all creeks are not marked with signs. We picked up guides for several short hikes but couldn't find the trailhead for any of them. If the powers that be would spend a small amount of money to put up signs or paint the creek names on bridges it would help.
Fishing: Fishing is available in Priest Lake and many streams in the surrounding mountains. Check the regulations through a link we have on our Idaho Fishing page.
Boating: Lionhead Campground has a boat launch with a small dock. You may beach your boat near your campground depending on where you camp. Or at least I saw a boat beach near the campsites.
Swimming: Lionhead Campground has a beach with a roped off swimming area, of course, there is no lifeguard on duty. Swimming as at your own risk.
Wildlife: We didn't see any wildlife on our visit, however, I woud expect to find whitetail deer, black bear, moose and many smaller forest animals. Do use caution when hiking as there are grizzly bear and mountain lions in these mountains.
Fee Schedule: Each campsite in 2014 cost $16.96 per day plus a $5.00 daily entry fee unless you have a annual pass.
Campground Reservations: You may and most definitely should reserve your campsite at reserveamerica.
Phone service: We didn't get any service on our ATT phones unless we drove south past Indian Creek Campground. Indian Creek Campground is also the location of the nearest pay phone.
Nearby Services: Lionhead has a small store at the check-in station with basic supplies, while Indian Creek has a bigger store and one can drive to Priest River if you need something big.
RV Dumping Site: There is a RV dump station at Indian Creek Campground also.
Nearest Shower: There are shower facilites at Indian Creek Campground.
Nearest Laundry: The nearest laundry is also at Indian Creek Campground.
Location/Driving instructions: From Sandpoint, Idaho follow this GoogleMap.
Elevation: 2537 Feet
Reviewed: July 2014
This information is accurate as of the date of the review.
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