Idaho’s Top 5 State Parks for Summer Camping

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Are you planning a summer camping trip to the great State of Idaho? If so, you may want to check out my picks for five of the best campgrounds that the state has to offer. Here they are:

Massacre Rocks State Park

Massacre Rocks State Park is located outside of American Falls. It features drive-in, moderately enhanced campsites. Some of the campsites have a gravel surface and are outfitted with a picnic table and a fire ring. One of the park's more interesting attributes is Register Rock. It features the names of many pioneers who braved the Oregon Trail in the 1800s. The park also offers campers a chance to hike, bike, boat and play 18 holes of disc golf. The disc golf course is quite hilly and features crushed stone, basket tees. Fishing and rock climbing opportunities are also available.

Dworshak State Park

Dworshak State Park is located outside of Orofino. It features drive-in, moderately enhanced campsites. Some of the campsites have a grassy surface. Others have a gravel surface. An Archery range, sports courts, swimming, boating and hiking are available onsite. The bass, crappie and salmon fishing are superlative as well. Angler friendly amenities include a marina, a boat dock, a fish cleaning station and a boat ramp.

Hells Gate State Park

Hells Gate State Park is located outside of Lewiston. It features drive-in, partially improved and fully improved campsites. From my perspective, the park's best attribute is the array of water related activities available onsite. I'd recommend that campers consider taking a white water rafting trip or a jet boat ride on the Snake River. There are also hiking, biking and bridle paths for those that want to take a break from being out on the water. Just be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen and potable water if you do decide to hit the park's hiking trails.

Lake Cascade State Park

Lake Cascade State Park is located outside of Boise. It features partially enhanced and full hook-up campsites. Some of the tent sites are equipped with a sand pad, a picnic table and a water spigot. In my opinion, it is a great place to go hiking, biking, wind surfing and bird watching.

Lake Walcott State Park

Lake Walcott State Park is located outside of Rupert. It features walk-in and drive-in campsites. The tent sites have a grassy surface and are equipped with a picnic table. Sports courts, boating, fishing and an 18-hole disc golf course are just some of the park's family friendly activities.

Killeen Gonzalez enjoys summer sports and recreation with her family. She has also traveled extensively.

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