Stanley Lake Campground is situated on a hill above Stanley Lake. It is in the Sawtooth National Forest and the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. This is a very popular campground in the summer with a gorgeous view of Stanley Lake and the Sawtooth Mountains. In the campground, the forest is thin and offers only partial shade and little privacy from the nearby campers. However, the view of the mountains is amazing and it is a nice place to camp.
Campsites: The campground has 19 tent / RV camping sites, each with a picnic table and fire ring. Most border the lake with a few on the uphill side of the road. Campers still have access to the lake from the sites across the road as there is much of the lake that is undeveloped.
Host on Site: There is a host at Stanley Lake Campground but I did not talk to them.
Water: Yes, there is a well with a hand pump available for potable water. Its taste could have been better.
Garbage Services: Garbage service is available in bearwise containers.
Restroom: There is one newer and one older vault style outhouse. Both were clean and well maintained.
Handicap Accessible: Yes, the toilets are handicap accessible.
Firewood: Fire wood is available from the camp host for $6.00 per bundle.
Pets: Pets are allowed but must be kept on a leash.
Picnic Area: Stanley Lake Overlook is the Picnic / Day Use area. There is a view point with information signs, access to the lake, benches with a view to die for, and several picnic tables scattered about in the woods. If you like to paint scenery, consider this view. Check out my pictures.
Recreation: There are many reasons to camp at Stanley Lake Campground. Some come to enjoy the scenery from their RV. Others come to hike the trails into the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. Still others come to photograph the raw beauty on these towering, granite peaks. If you enjoy horses, there is a trailhead with horse facilities (no camping) located near the entrance to Inlet Campground.
Fishing: Stanley Lake has been stocked with trout several times this year. If you want more of a challenge, the back country is just a trail away. Check your regulations.
Boating: There is a boat ramp and dock at Inlet Campground.
Swimming: Swimming in Stanley Lake is a chilling event. The water is very cool but is also very enjoyable on a hot summer day. The best beach is at Inlet Campground. However, most anywhere along the lake is usable. Please be courteous of the fishermen.
Hiking: There are numerous trails available for day hiking or backpacking. A popular hike is up Stanley Lake Creek to Lady Face Falls and on to Bridal Veil Falls.
Wildlife: There are bear in this area and one was visiting the night we stayed here. If you keep your food safely stowed and all garbage picked up and thrown in the "bearwise" containers, it is likely you won't have one of these night time visits. There are also deer, elk, and a multitude of birds to enjoy.
Additional Camping Opportunities: First, there are two other campgrounds on the Stanley Lake; Inlet Campground and Lakeview Campground. Both operate on a first come first serve basis. Second, there are many primitive camping sites along Stanley Lake Rd on the way in to the lake. There are many more sites on the south side of Hwy 21 to the west of its junction with Stanley Lake Rd.d
Fee Schedule: Double sites are $30.00, singles are $15.00, and your extra vehicle is $5.00 per day.
Campground Reservations: You may reserve your camping site at recreation.gov or by calling 1(877) 444-6777. There are 19 sites in Stanley Lake Campground, and you may reserve any site except for site 8, which is on a first come first served basis.
Phone service: There is no pay phone at the campground, but Stanley is only a few miles away if you need one. We had no cell reception until we got close to town.
Nearby Services: Services such as gas, food, pop, ice, and much more can be found in Stanley about 7 miles away.
RV Dumping Site: There is a dumping station at the Stanley Ranger Station ponds.
Location/Driving instructions: From Stanley, Idaho, follow Hwy 21 west 4.6 miles. Turn left onto Stanley Lake Rd. Travel 3 miles on Stanley Lake Rd to the Stanley Lake / Lakeview Campground entrance. Or from Boise, Idaho, follow Hwy 21 northeast for 118 miles, turning right on to Stanley Lake Rd. It is 3 miles to the campground entrance.
Elevation: 6543 Feet
Reviewed: July 2010
This information is accurate as of the date of the review.
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