Due to a large bear population in this area, BE SURE to store your food in your vehicle or camper.
Shoreline Campground is across the road from Warm Lake on the north shore. It is set in a ponderosa pine forest and is fairly level land. Shoreline has been renovated and has paved roads and driveways throughout. The boat docks and beach are just across the road a short walk away. Northshore Lodge is down the road a quarter mile or so. If the beach by the campground is busy, there is a very nice beach a little ways past Northshore Lodge. Notice: As of August 3, 2011 bears are stealing food from campsites even during the day. Use extreme care storing your food.
Campsites: There are 32 tent / RV camp sites, 5 of which are double sites. There is a group area with 6 individual RV sites, 4 tent sites and a group shelter.
Host on Site: The hosts are very friendly and helpful.
Water: Drinking water is available from a well, equipped with a hand pump.
Garbage Services: Garbage service is available. I strongly recommend using the bear resistant containers provided. We camped here years ago and was woken up in the middle of the night by a bear tearing our next door camper's cooler apart.
Restroom: The restrooms are newer vault style outhouses. They are clean and well stocked.
Handicap Accessible: This is a handicap accessible campground from tables to outhouses.
Firewood: Firewood is available for purchase from Warm Lake Lodge and Northshore Lodge.
Pets: Pets must be leashed.
Picnic Area: There are picnicking areas along the lake on the north shore.
Recreation: This area has good hiking, biking, ATV trail riding, fishing and hunting. If you wish to see moose, this is one of the more likely areas to see one, especially to the south of Warm Lake Lodge.
Fishing: Warm Lake is stocked with several species of trout and is fishable from the shore or by boat.
Boating: Boating is allowed on the lake, but I don't believe water skiing is allowed. There are boat ramps and docks in at least 2 locations on the lake and you can rent boats from either lodge.
Swimming: There are nice swimming beaches in more than one location along the lake. There is a developed swimming area at Warm Lake Lodge.
Wildlife: There are deer, moose and bear commonly seen nearby. Do use the bear resistant garbage containers to avoid a nightly visit, and put away your cooler!
Additional Camping Opportunities: For tent campers there is Picnic Point Campground. For a less developed look (at the same price), one might like Warm Lake Campground. Closer to Cascade is the 120 unit Horsethief Reservoir Campground or for the mountain man type check out Summit Lake Campground. There are many "hunting" camps along the nearby roads that are free and undeveloped.
Fee Schedule: For 2010, the fee for a double site was $30.00, singles were $15.00 and your extra vehicle another $5.00 per day.
Campground Reservations: Per the host, 17 sites are reservable at recreation.gov. This campground is very popular. If you are coming up on the weekend, I would recommend reserving a site in advance.
Phone service: There are pay phones at both lodges, but we had no cell reception with our ATT phones.
Nearby Services: Most services such as ice, pop, firewood, candy, gas, propane and even dinner can be purchased at either Warm Lake Lodge or Northshore Lodge.
RV Dumping Site: The nearest RV dumping station is at Cascade, Idaho.
Location/Driving instructions: From Cascade, Idaho, travel north on Hwy 55 a half mile out of town to make a right hand turn onto Warm Lake Rd. Warm Lake is almost 26 miles and will be on your right. The road into Shoreline Campground and Northshore Lodge is first. Shoreline Campground is about a half mile down this road on the right. Warm Lake Campground and Warm Lake Lodge turn off is just a quarter mile on up the road.
Elevation: 5313 Feet
Reviewed: July 2010
This information is accurate as of the date of the review.
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