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CURRENT FIRE RESTRICTIONS FOR THE DATE RANGE OF 7/24-9/30: Stage II Fire Restrictions are in effect prohibiting campfires and other activities. Go to for more information. The park is also banning all “open fires” due to the extreme fire danger and to ensure a higher protection of the park’s valuable resources. This prohibits the use of “open fires” fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels, including propane campfires.

Use of lanterns and items designed for cooking, grills and cook stoves, fueled by propane or white gas is allowed. For more information contact the park.
ATTENTION: Please note beginning with 2015 stays, Idaho State Park fees will charge different rates for resident and non- resident customers. This change requires the collection of unique primary site occupant information (name, address, and telephone number) for all sites. This includes cabins, campsites, yurts and group facilities. Customers booking multiple sites under one name should expect a follow up call from IDPR staff requesting primary occupant information.

Priest Lake State Park, ID

Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Thu Apr 28 2016   Later Dates


Just 30 miles from the Canadian Border, nestled deep below the crest of the Selkirk Mountains lies Priest Lake State Park.

Surrounded by the natural beauty of Northern Idaho and mile-high mountains, Priest Lake State Park sits along the eastern shores of Priest Lake, a 19-mile, 300+ foot deep lake.

Visitors to the park will enjoy the dense forests of cedar, fir and tamarack and will be able to observe the parks year round inhabitants such as the whitetail deer, black bear, moose and osprey.

Noted for its extremely clear water, fed by streams cascading from the high Selkirk peaks, the main body of Priest Lake extends north-south 19 miles and is connected by a 2 mile thoroughfare to the remote Upper Priest Lake, accessible only by foot or boat.

Since the time of the original Indian settlers and the Jesuit Priests of the 1800s, Priest Lake has offered a diversity of activities, and todays park visitors can enjoy many interests ranging from boating and fishing to snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Amphitheater
  • Bath House
  • Boat Launch
  • Cabins
  • Campground Host
  • Camping, Improved Site
  • Canoe Rental
  • Comfort Station
  • Dump Station
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Parking
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Retail, Store/Gift Shop
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Swimming - Beach
  • Water Drinking
  • handicap access
Alerts and Important Information
  • A 5.00 Motor Vehicle Entrance Fee (MVEF) is required for every vehicle entering Idaho State Parks (including visitors to campers).
  • All campsite and facility use fees accommodate one vehicle MVEF per night stayed. Any applicable additional per-person or MVEF charges will be collected at the park.
  • MVEF may be paid for at the daily rate or by purchasing a State Park Passport or an Annual Motor Vehicle Entrance Fee sticker.
  • Visitors and park day users may be required to park outside the campground.
  • All yurts, cabins and group facilities that are ADA accessible do not require proof of disability upon arrival.
  • Camping is allowed in designated areas only.
  • All boats, trailers, or other motorized vehicles must fit entirely within the campsite parking spur provided. Any equipment that does not fit entirely within the sites designated parking area must be parked outside the campground in an area designated by the park manager.
  • RV's are not permitted when staying in facilities (yurts, cabins, cottages or houses).
  • Campfires are allowed in designated areas only!
  • All pets must be kept on a leash and not be left unattended. Pets are not allowed on beaches except for designated areas (not all parks have designated areas); Campers are responsible to clean up after their pet. Not all facilities allow pets.
  • Quiet hours are enforced from 10:00 pm to 7:00 am.
  • Fireworks are prohibited in all parks at all times. No Exceptions!

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
48.61417, -116.83056
48°36'51"N, 116°49'50"W

Take Highway 57 North from Priest River.Follow Hwy 57 for 23 miles, turn right onto Dickensheet Rd. towards Coolin.

Dickensheet Unit is on the right just across the bridge over the river. Go 4 miles into the town of Coolin and turn right on the East Shore Rd., just past the Inn at Priest Lake.

Follow the East Shore Rd. 12 miles to the Indian Creek Unit, and 24 miles to the Lionhead Unit.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Priest Lake State Park
314 Indian CreekPark Rd.
Coolin   ID  83821

Phone Number:

Information:  (208)443-2200