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Follow signs from town of Winchester, off US 95.

Want to see the wolves?
You won't bump into one
on a trail, but rangers can tell
you how to see wolves
in a nearby enclosure.

Wolf Education and Research Center

While you're in the area,
stop at the St. Gertrude's
Convent and museum just outside
Cottonwood. It is one of Idaho's
most fascinating museums.

For a pdf map of the park, click here. (It will take a minute or two) For pdf viewer -- download reader

Winchester LakeWinchester Lake State Park surrounds a 103-acre lake, nestled in a forested area at the foot of the Craig Mountains, just off US 95 near the town of Winchester. The park offers year-round recreation activities and has a modern campground. Picnicking and hiking are popular summer activities. In the winter enjoy cross-country skiing, ice skating and ice fishing. Winchester also has two yurts for rent, available year-round.

Winters here are long and cold with ample snowfall. Summers are short with warm days and cool, refreshing evenings. The vegetation is dominated by ponderosa pine and Douglas fir. Wildlife most commonly seen in the park includes white-tailed deer, beavers, raccoons, muskrats, painted turtles, bald eagles, herons, and wild turkeys.

The most popular activity at Winchester is fishing for rainbow trout, which are planted annually by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Fishing for bullhead and smallmouth bass is also popular. The lake provides excellent nutrients and supports large populations of all three species. Small boats are allowed; gasoline engines are not.

You can RV, tent or yurt camp at Winchester Lake. Camping is on a first come, first served basis. Click here for LsatMax reservations.

Only at Winchester Lake, stay any three consecutive nights, Sunday - Thursday and receive a 25% discount from the posted fees. Discount is good for any site. Does not apply Friday or Saturday nights.

Location: Winchester, ID (1/4 mile SW of town center)
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 186, Winchester, ID 83555
Phone: 208-924-7563
Fax: 208-924-7824


  1. Do you accept reservations for yurts?
    - Yes. Call 208-799-5015
  2. Do you accept reservations for campsites?
    - No

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