Shadowy St Joe Campground gets its name from the river. In days gone by, the river was lined with tall cottonwood trees which spread over the river nearly shading it entirely. Many trees still grow here but not enough to shade the river as they used to. The campground is entirely covered by trimmed lawn with many shade trees. Sites offer full sun to well shaded to suite your preference. There is a boat launch with a new dock giving fishermen access to the river. The hills nearby are covered with a mature forest. This is a very picturesque setting.
Campsites: There are 13 RV / tent sites available. Each site has a picnic table, barbecue pit and fire ring. The roads and driveways are paved. The campsites have trimmed lawn with shade trees scattered about.
Host on Site: "Gordon" was the host in 2013 and planned to return.
Water: Yes, there is a pressurized water system available in several locations.
Garbage Services: Yes
Electricity Available: No
Restroom: The restrooms are a bit older vault style outhouses which were reasonably clean even on a Sunday afternoon.
Handicap Accessible: The outhouses are handicap accessible and the roads are paved.
Firewood: There is firewood sometimes, but I would plan on providing my own.
Pets: Pets are allowed but must be kept on a leash or caged. Please clean up after them.
Picnic Area: There is one picnic site near the boat launch with a table, barbecue stand and a drinking fountain.
Recreation: Camping, fishing and boating are the main activities here.
Fishing: Fishing the St Joe River is the primary recreational activity. Check the regulations here.
Boating: The main boat launch on this section of the river is here. Check out our pictures.
Swimming: One could swim but I don't think of the river as a swimming type river.
Wildlife: I would expect to see bird and deer here.
Additional Camping Opportunities: We have reviews for these other campgrounds on the St. Joe River; Huckleberry Campground, Upper Landing Picnic Area, Packsaddle Campground, Turner Flat Campground, Tin Can Flat Campground, Conrad Crossing Campgrounds, Fly Flat Campground, Beaver Creek Camp, Line Creek Stock Camp and Spruce Tree Campground.
Fee Schedule: The $6 daily fee is very reasonable.
Campground Reservations: No reservations available.
Phone service: We were getting some spotty service with our ATT phones. There is no pay phone.
Nearby Services: St Maries, Idaho will have most any service or food you may need. We visited the grocery store for ice and food a couple time during our time in the area.
RV Dumping Site: According to rvdumps.com there is one at the Benewah County Fairgrounds at 23rd St and ID 5 and another one at Ed's Shady River RV Park, Lincoln St., Saint Maries, which is behind the gas station. $3.00. The info was dated 2007 so the fees will probably be higher.
Location/Driving instructions: Follow this Google Map from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
Elevation: 2138 Feet
Reviewed: July 2013
This information is accurate as of the date of the review.
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