Yikes! This is the
part that isn't any fun. We try to keep the rules simple and the fees low.
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If you just need to know the basics, check the information below.
- Fireworks are
- Dogs must be
confined or on a leash
- Dogs are not
allowed in beach areas or at Eagle Island and Harriman State Parks
- Please camp only
in designated areas
- Quiet time
starts at 10 pm
- Sites cannot be
"saved" for someone else
- All equipment
and vehicles must be within the designated camp site
- Generally stays
are limited to 15 days in a 30-day period
is 1 pm
The fees collected by the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation go
right back into the operation and maintenance of parks and recreation
programs. The following fees are subject to change pending legislative
action. Idaho's five percent sales tax applies to campsites.
Camping fees include
the right to use designated campgrounds and facilities. Utilities and
facilities may be restricted by weather or other factors. Camping fees
include the Motorized Vehicle Entrance Fee.
|Primitive Campsite (may include a
table, grill, camp-spur, vault toilet, no water)
||$7 per day
|Basic Campsite (may include a table,
grill, camp-spur, vault toilet, central water)
||$9 per day
|Developed Campsite (may include a
table, grill, camp-spur, flush toilets, central water)
||$12 per day
|Deluxe Campsite (designed to accommodate
higher occupancy limits of up to 12 persons)
||$22 per day
|Electric hookups at site, where
||Additional $4 per day
|Sewer hookups at site, where
||Additional $2 per day
Most parks charge
a Motorized Vehicle Entrance Fee of $3 for day use. Camping fees include
For a fee of $5, a second vehicle is allowed to park within the campspur,
as long as it fits entirely within the spur. Or, the vehicle may be parked
in an area designated for extra vehicles. The extra vehicle cannot be a camping unit.
We do not currently have a central reservation system or Internet
reservations. Many of our parks
do take reservations by phone, in person, by mail, by fax, or by e-mail.
You will be asked to follow up with a check or make your reservation with
Visa or MasterCard.
Reservations for campsites, cabins, yurts and group facilities can be
made up to 11 months in advance, but can't be taken later than three
days in advance of your arrival. The parks taking reservations are Priest
Lake (208-443-6710), Farragut (208-683-2425),
Hells Gate (208-799-5015), Ponderosa
(208-634-2164), Three Island Crossing (208-366-2394),
Bear Lake (209-945-2790), Bruneau
Dunes (208-366-7919) and Henrys Lake (208-558-7532).
A $6, nonrefundable
fee is charged for each campsite reservation, in addition to the first
night's use fee. Reservations made less than 10 days prior to arrival
must be confirmed by credit card (Visa or MasterCard) at the time the
reservation is made.
A separate reservation
request, in the occupant's name, must be received for each site requested.
Multiple reservation requests may be submitted in one envelope, provided
all required information is included for each request. Specific campsites
cannot be reserved. Reservations are not transferable.
Length of stay is limited to 15 days in any 30-day period.
Vehicle Entrance Fee
The Motorized Vehicle Entrance Fee (MVEF) is a daily charge for motorized
vehicles. The $3 MVEF is charged when a vehicle enters a designated state
park area for a non-camping visit. The fee is the same regardless of how
many people are in the vehicle. Visitors entering an Idaho state park
without a motorized vehicle do not pay. The MVEF does not permit use of
State Park Passport
The $35 passport allows you to bring your vehicle into any of Idaho’s
state parks as many times as you wish during the calendar year without
paying the MVEF. If purchased prior to February 1, the passport is $25.
A passport for a second vehicle is $5 at any time. The second vehicle
passport must be purchased at the same location as the first passport.
A vehicle registration in the same owner’s name is required. The Annual
Passport does not apply to camping.
in Boats, Moorage
Overnight moorage for persons who have paid for a campsite is $5 for any
length of vessel. The charge for overnight moorage while camping on a
vessel is $8 per night for vessels under 26 feet and $11 per night for
vessels 26 feet and over. The charge for any length of vessel moored at
a buoy overnight is $5.
When you’re trying to get away from it all, you’d rather not think about
rules. Most people won’t have to give our rules much thought, because
they are based on common sense and courtesy. The following are answers
to frequently asked questions about rules. Your park manager can provide
you with details.
There is a charge for camping, with or without hookups. Camping
is permitted only in designated sites.
Saving campsites is prohibited. The party registering for a campsite must
occupy it for the first night.
The hours between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. are quiet hours, unless otherwise
posted. No generators or other motorized equipment emitting sound and
exhaust may be operated during quiet hours.
All boats, trailers, rigs and motorized vehicles must fit entirely within
the campsite parking spur. All equipment which does not fit entirely within
the campsite parking spur must be parked outside the campground in an
area designated by the park manager. If no outside parking is available,
a second campsite must be purchased. All camping equipment and personal belongings must be maintained within the
assigned campsite. One extra vehicle is allowed per camp site, if it fits.
If it does not, a second site must be purchased.
Check out time is 1 p.m.
Visitors are welcome during day-use hours. They must park outside the
campground, except with permission of the park manager. Visitors must
pay the Motorized Vehicle Entrance Fee if they bring their vehicle into
No camping is permitted on beaches, parking lots or day-use facilities.
Fires are allowed only in designated areas. Fireworks are not permitted.
Motor vehicles, including motorbikes and ATVs, must stay on established
roadways and in parking lots.
Pets are welcome in most parks, but you must keep them on a leash no longer
than six feet, or confined to your camper. Do not leave pets unattended
in a closed vehicle during the heat of the day. At night, they must be
kept inside a vehicle or tent. Pets are not allowed on beaches. They are
not allowed at Eagle Island State Park
or at the Sandy Point Unit of Lucky Peak State
Park. Pets are allowed only in the parking lot at Harriman State Park.
Wildlife and vegetation are protected in all Idaho state parks.
Swimming is authorized only in plainly marked areas. There are no lifeguards
on duty. Glass containers are not allowed on beaches or at swim areas.