Warm Lake Campground has been completely remodeled since this review. Please disregard this review. We will complete a new review ASAP.
Warm Lake is about one and a half miles long and a half mile wide with an elevation of almost 5300 feet. Warm Lake Campground is the "original" campground in the area. It is located next to the historic Warm Lake Lodge which has been in operation since 1911 and is now open year around. The campground is set in a mature ponderosa pine forest and Chipmunk Creek wanders by. Warm Lake is a quarter mile from the campground. This is a very popular place to camp!
Campsites: There are 12 Tent / RV camping sites. The road and driveways are dirt. Each site has a picnic table, grill and fire ring.
Host on Site: Yes.
Water: There is a hand pump equipped well available for drinking water.
Garbage Services: Yes, bear resistant dumpsters are available.
Restroom: Yes, a vault style outhouse.
Handicap Accessible: The outhouse is handicap accessible.
Firewood: Firewood can be purchased at Warm Lake Lodge.
Pets: Pets are ok but must be on a leash.
Picnic Area: Picnicking can be done at the beaches along the north side of Warm lake.
Recreation: There is camping, fishing, boating, canoeing, wildlife viewing and more at Warm Lake.
Fishing: Warm Lake holds several species of trout and can be fished from either the shore or by boat.
Boating: There are at least two boat ramps with docks available and boats can be rented from both Warm Lake Lodge and North Shore Lodge. Boating is allowed but I have seen no water skiing on Warm Lake.
Swimming: Swimming is allowed at several locations along the lake.
Wildlife: There are bear! We have heard them stealing a cooler from our next door camper. Use caution with your food and dispose of your garbage, please. There are also deer and moose!
Additional Camping Opportunities: See Shoreline Campground and Picnic Point Campground on Warm Lake or Summit Lake Campground on toward Landmark, Idaho. There are also primitive camp sites along Warm Lake Road in several places.
Fee Schedule: For 2010 the fee schedule was $15.00 per site.
Campground Reservations: 7 sites are reservable at recreation.gov. There are 5 first come, first serve sites. If you are counting on one of these, you had best get there early or they will be taken! We arrived on a Thursday evening and there were no sites available anywhere around Warm Lake.
Phone service: There is a pay phone at Warm Lake Lodge and probably another at Northshore Lodge, but we had no cell reception on our AT phones.
Nearby Services: Many services such as ice, pop, propane, gas, candy and even dinner are offered at both Warm Lake Lodge and Northshore Lodge. For other needs, Cascade, Idaho is the closest town.
RV Dumping Site: There is no dumping station in the Warm Lake area. There is one in 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. Warm Lake Campground and Warm Lake Lodge turn off is just a quarter mile on up the road.
Elevation: 5359 Feet
Reviewed: July 2010
This information is accurate as of the date of the review.
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