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Squaw Bay - Priest Lake

There are many opportunities for small or large groups to use the facilities of the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation. Scout groups, family reunions, company picnics, Samborees—they all come under the heading of group use.

Groups of 25 or more, or any group needing special considerations, will need a permit. Permits are required to assure that, if needed, arrangements have been made for sanitation, park population density limitations, safety and regulation of traffic.

For information about a specific park or facility, contact the park manager. The minimum nonrefundable reservation fee is $25. Additional fees may be charged depending on the cost of services provided.

Most parks can accommodate group activities of 25 to 100 people. The following parks have special accommodations for groups. Common fees are listed. Call the park to inquire about your group’s needs.

Three Meadows Group Camp, Dworshak State Park
Three Meadows Group Camp, nestled in a lush forest setting, is perfect for quiet retreats. It offers a spacious lodge with modern kitchen facilities and eight bunk-style group cabins. Each cabin sleeps up to 12. Common restroom/shower facilities are located nearby. Additional cabins rent for $50 per night. Five RV and 10 tent sites are also available. A headquarters cabin for four is also available, with its own bathroom.

The group camp daily minimum is $225, which includes full use of the lodge and fully-furnished restaurant-style kitchen, two 12-person cabins, both showerhouse/restroom buildings and all recreation areas and equipment.

Tent or RV campsites are available at current campsite rates. The reservation fee is $25 and a $150 cleaning deposit is required. This must be paid with the balance of the rental fee no later than 15 days prior to your visit. The cleaning deposit will be fully refunded if the buildings are left in the same condition in which they were accepted.

Harriman State Park Group Facility
Although camping is not available in the park, there is a way to enjoy Harriman overnight. Groups of 15 to 40 can reserve the rustic log dormitory facilities and original Railroad Ranch Cookhouse. Most of the cubicles in the bunkhouse sleep two, with larger cubicles available, each accommodating four to six people. Each cubicle is surrounded by privacy partitions and has a closing door. Modern restroom and shower facilities are included.

The Ranch Manager's House at Harriman
This four-bedroom log home has a modern kitchen, a rustic knotty-pine living room with a stone fireplace and a screened sun porch. Perfect for that once-in-a-lifetime fly-fishing vacation. It is fully furnished and rents for $150 per night. There is a non-refundable $25 reservation fee. Call 208-558-7368 for reservations.

The group facilities at Harriman are available all year. Activities include horseback riding, hiking, photography, fly fishing, cross-country skiing, historic-building tours and special programs.

Chatcolet Group Camp, Heyburn State Park
Chatcolet is a rustic site that offers 17 individual camping sites with central water and flush toilets. Covered picnic shelter, playground, boat launch are available nearby. Nonrefundable reservation fee of $25.00 is required at time of reservation. Minimum fee for use of Group Camp is $60.00 per night. An additional fee of $2.00 per person per night is charged for over 30 people. Maximum capacity is 120 people.

Hells Gate Group Camping
Hells Gate State Park can accommodate day-use groups of up to 5,000. Depending on the time of year, Hells Gate can handle groups of up to 100 camping units. During the heavy-use season, smaller groups may be accommodated. Group reservations must be made at least 15 days prior to arrival.

Facilities include modern restrooms with showers, hookup and non-hookup sites, a beach, playground, large covered shelter, marina and large picnic areas.

Farragut Group Use
Farragut State Park can accommodate groups of almost any size under special arrangements. Several group camps and group areas are available, ranging in capacity from 50 to 1,000 people for the group areas, and 25 to 500 people for the group camps. The park has hosted Scout Jamborees of up to 20,000 people. It features natural amphitheaters, shooting ranges, swimming area and large clearings for group encampments.

Group Camp, Three Island Crossing State Park
Nestled in the cottonwoods near the Snake River, this is Idaho’s newest group facility for campers with their own rigs. The site includes restroom and shower buildings, picnic shelters and grills. A $25 reservation fee is collected for the group camp, along with a $6 reservation fee for each campsite reserved. Regular camping rates apply.

Squaw Bay at Priest Lake State Park
For group camping for up to 50 people, you can't beat Squaw Bay at Priest Lake State Park. This rustic, isolated retreat offers 1,000 feet of white-sand beach on the lake, kitchen and shower facilities, fire pit, and a chance to see nature at its best. Reservations taken up to 11 months in advance. Use of the group camp area is $175 per day, including kitchen and sleeping quarters for eight. RV hookups are available for a fee. The nonrefundable reservation fee and first night's fee must accompany the reservation request. A cleaning deposit of up to $50 may be required. This must be paid along with the balance of the rental fee no later than 15 days prior to your visit. The cleaning deposit will be fully refunded if the building is left in the same condition in which it was accepted.

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