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