Poison Creek Campground is set on the west shore of Cascade Lake at the foot of West Mountain and is a "loop" in Lake Cascade State Park. This is a park type setting with mowed lawns and trees scattered about. It has a boat ramp for access to the lake but it is not a mooring dock. One would need to beach their boat near their campsite. There is a large group shelter which may be reserved for your party events. The day use area is by the boat ramp and has a few tables scattered along the shore.
Campsites: There are 22 campsites. All are RV or tent camping. Each have a paved driveway, picnic table and fire ring with attached grill.
Host on Site: There is a host on site. They normally work one campground from the season's opening until mid July. They move to another campground for the remainder of the season so you never know who your host will be.
Water: Poison Creek Campground has a pressurized water system with good pressure and taste.
Garbage Services: Garbage service is available throughout the campground.
Electricity Available: Each campsite is equipped with electricity.
Restroom: There are three restrooms in Poison Creek Campground; one vault style outhouse near the boat ramp/day use area, another on the north end of the campground, and a new flushing toilet in the shower facility located in the center of the campground.
Handicap Accessible: Poison Creek Campground is handicap accessible with three handicap equipped sites; 235, 236 and 237.
Firewood: Firewood is available through a vendor's stand near the host for $6.00 per bundle. There was a rumor ice would be for sale during the hot summer days through the host.
Pets: Pets are allowed but must be kept on a leash or caged.
Picnic Area: There is a small picnic area near the boat ramp.
Recreation: Recreational activities include camping, fishing, swimming, water skiing, jet skiing, hiking, sun bathing, photography and watching wildlife.
Fishing: Fishing is available in Cascade Lake from the bank or by boat. Species include trout, large and small mouth bass, perch and Northern Pikeminnow.
Boating: Boating is a favorite activity here and Poison Creek Campground has a boat ramp and handling docks. One will need to remove their boat at night or beach it near your campsite as mooring at the dock is not allowed.
Swimming: Swim at your own risk as there is no lifeguard, however, you will find many people splashing and swimming on any hot day.
Wildlife: One could see deer, elk, black bear and many smaller animals in this area. There are many species of bird to watch along the shore and in the woods.
Additional Camping Opportunities: We have reviewed these nearby campgrounds; Amanita Campground, Big Sage Campground, Blue Heron Campground, Buttercup Campground, Crown Point Campground, Curlew Campground, French Creek Campground, Huckleberry Campground, Rainbow Point Campground, Ridgeview Campground, Sage Bluff Campground, Sugarloaf Campground, Van Wyck Campground and West Mountain Campground.
Fee Schedule: Singles campsites are $27.56 per day which includes tax. Your extra vehicle will be another $8.48. There are no double campsites in Poison Creek Campground. The group shelter was $79.50 per day for 2011 and the day use area is $5.00. To enter the park, you will be charged $5.00 per car so if you are going to use the showers, plan on $5.00 per car and $3.00 per person.
Campground Reservations: Campsites may be reserved through www.reserveamerica.com as a loop in Lake Cascade State Park.
Phone service: We had service with our ATT phones but there is no pay phone in the campground.
Nearby Services: When we needed supplies, we drove to Donnelly, Idaho, about 8 miles away.
RV Dumping Site: If you need to dump your RV waste, there is an RV dumping station on the north end of West Mountain Campground.
Location/Driving instructions: From Donnelly, Idaho follow this Google Map.
Elevation: 4853 Feet
Reviewed: May 2011
This information is accurate as of the date of the review.
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