7 Parks near Winchester, Idaho
Jun 2014 - $24.00
This was one of our favorite places to visit on a trip through Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Utah. We really loved this park! I don't know why the other reviewer gave it 6/10, it's absolutely beautiful. I didn't see any algae in the lake, and there is a shortcut from the hook-ups campground to the lake. It's a short walk, cutting between the B & C loops (about a 200 foot walk). The fishing was amazing, with lots of bluegill and perch for the kids. I caught a 5 pound catfish, which was some work to bring in. We backed our 29' travel trailer and crew cab F-250 into our space without any problems, and it was fairly level.
There is a campground host in each of the three loops, and they sell firewood on site for $5/bundle. The store at the front entrance was nice also, with some apparel and some snacks for the kids. There are no sewer connections in the park, but the dump station is right outside the park, next to a convenience store (very easy to access and free). The store was very nice with lots of fishing gear, bait, snacks, drinks, etc.
The park sits at 3,900 feet, so it was very cool and comfortable in June. My wife says that Winchester Lake is her favorite park anywhere - and we've traveled about 9000 miles in our RV! I can't speak for maneuvering around in a 40' rig, as I've never owned one. However, we're about 40' long (truck and trailer) and had no problems getting into and out of the "B" loop. - Loki 1968
Sep 2012 - $12.00
We barely fit into Site #1 with our 40' motorhome because of trees and large boulders at the edge. We would not recommend this park for RVs bigger than 35'. The roads are narrow and curvy to maneuver. We had a site with no hookups and that loop was at the lake. The upper loop had electric but was not lakeside. Unfortunately, the lake was full of algae but fish were being caught. Gas motors on boats are not allowed but ATVs riding throughout the campground are allowed which made for a very noisy Labor Day weekend. There are hiking trails and the lake setting is pretty. There is a free dump station approximately 1/2 mile from the park. The electric loop had clean flush toilets and showers but the dry camp area had vault toilets. There are a lot of day visitors fishing here. Because of the site situation for big rigs we would not return. - nbi600
Jul 2012 - $24.00
Friendly staff! Lots of pine trees throughout the camp. Very clean restrooms and shower facility. Great fishing! Planning a another trip before the end of the season. Money well spent. - ZaZa
Oct 2016 - $25.00
As others wrote, 1st come, 1st served and because utilities for adjoining sites are together, 1/2 the sites either have to "drive in" or pull utilities under the RV. Most sites reasonably level but some need some work. Yes, there were large rocks at what must have originally been sites, but the 19 spaces clearly have numbers. However, if you pulled in late, I could see that might be confusing (however after reading this, now you know). The staff was very friendly at the hotel where you check in and go to use the nice lounge chairs and/or tables for WiFi. We did get several TV stations by air. Some noise from highway, but cooler so did not open windows. Very convenient for Lewis & Clark things in Spalding and Lewiston. Only a few sites had picnic tables. - BandD
Oct 2016 - $25.00
Didn't stay due to low, overhanging trees. - Heathersdesk
May 2015 - $25.00
Small Casino park...almost an afterthought for the casino, I thought. Spots were level, gravel and spaced acceptably. Went into Casino/hotel to register and told to come back after picking spot and setting up. Price reasonable for full hookup. Enough highway noise to bother me some but not enough to prevent sleep. - ebaldy
Sep 2016 - $9.00
This was a great find of a bargain. Full hookup for $9.00 with the senior National Park pass. Well, no wifi or tv. But the Clearwater river is there and the nicest camp host you could ask for! A little traffic noise is the only complaint. - Russell G
Aug 2016 - $9.00
Not to iterate all that's been said before. Heck of a bargain. Road noise if on the south side of park is substantial, but not too bad at nite. Would be a really great place if it had 50 amp service. It gets really hot in these ID river canyons in the summer and 30 amp doesn't really cut it. It's a small park and first come, so should probably check in early. - wow
Jul 2016 - $22.00
This is a first come, first serve BLM park. Costs are $18 for a full hook up site (30 amp), $10 for tent camping, and $4 per extra vehicle not towed in. We had been at a park about 7 miles away so we didn't tow the car to this park, which meant that we were instructed to pay $22 per night by the camp hostess. Campground is big rig friendly. Interior roads and sites are asphalt. The sites are nicely spaced, but there isn't any privacy, some have shade, some don't. All of the sites appeared to be relatively long, but the back-in sites of 7 and 13 and the two pull-throughs appeared to be the longest sites in the park. Some sites offer a view of the river. Our site was level. Each site had a metal picnic table. There are flush toilets in the campground, but no showers. There is a pit toilet near the boat ramp. The camp hosts were friendly and they keep things clean at this park. The trash dumpster smelled of pine sol (a first in our experience) and the bathrooms were very clean. There is beach access and plenty of space to walk pets. There is a trail around the river where pets are allowed to be off leash. Verizon service worked well for both data and cellular. We didn't have any OTA channels. One thing we thought a bit odd was that there was a lock on the circuit breaker in the electric box, but we didn't question it. We would stay again if passing through the area. - Guinness
Sep 2016 - $35.00
Great spaces in the A Loop. Lots of space and restrooms were conveniently located. Older foliage provides lots of shade in most sites.
Snake River is adjacent to this park and provides recreation opportunities. - grandflic
Jul 2016 - $43.00
Rate shown includes both tax and $5/day car admittance fee, as it is a state park. For Idaho residents, you can deduct this cost if you have an annual pass to your parks. We should always show/share all taxes and fees to get an accurate picture of costs for visitors. We track the actual cost per night of each stay. As such, this park jumped into the top 15% costliest stay. The park is nice, great power, very well shaded, and reasonably quiet. Deer roamed the park Site was reasonably level although I did raise my front wheels on blocks and the jack logs, treated wood, were filled with earwigs when we prepared to leave. The trails are nice, a visitor center for the Lewis and Clark expedition is nearby, and you have convenient access to major stores in either Lewiston or Clarkston. The Verizon data signal was excellent - had some phone issues (on both phones) on one day only. We would stay here again. Be sure to look at the actual campground map as the Reserve America map site angles are not exactly representative - we try to get an east west site to reduce solar gain, and the actual park map is more representative. - cherib
Jun 2016 - $34.00
This is a lovely park with large mature shade trees next to the Snake River. Sites were well separated with lots of grass. The grass needs lots of irrigation so be careful of what you leave outside. The staff was polite and asked us if it was ok to run the sprinklers next to the trailer. The temperatures were near 100 when we were there, but it was ok sitting under the trees, something I found amazing. - UTTransplant
Oct 2016 - $39.00
This is a fairly well maintained campground, staff were friendly and helpful at check in. Interior roads are asphalt and big rig access is good. Our site was paved and we had a spacious level pull through with space for our towed, not a lot of privacy between sites though. There was a concrete patio with a picnic table, no shade trees, but other sites had them. We had a wonderful view of the Clearwater River, and we found the campground to be very quiet, we were here for three days and heard no trains. There are some long term residents, but their sites were neat and tidy. Bathrooms were modern and very clean and the laundry was well equipped and clean too. Pet friendly with pick up bags but no disposal station. Wifi was poor and AT&T signal was non existent. There are a couple of food stores in Orofino as well as a few restaurants. We would stay here again, however the campground does get very full at the beginning of October, the start of fishing and hunting season. - tobyjug
Jul 2016 - $35.00
The folks managing this park are friendly, but they don't seem particularly customer oriented. The park is big rig friendly, but you do have to cross a railroad track just before entering the park. We were at the park for 7 days and the train came through twice. The interior road of the park is asphalt. Most of the sites are back-in, but there are a few pull-through sites. The back-in sites are gravel, the pull-throughs are asphalt, with full hookups and cable, a concrete patio and picnic table. Our site was level. Most sites back up to or overlook the Clearwater River. A previous reviewer mentioned high water pressure, but that was not our experience. Water pressure was low at our site. It is an easy walk into Orofino from the park. Verizon data and cell service worked well. Although this park is listed as a Passport America participant, we were told - "they" don't want to accept it any more - when we attempted to use it for one night. If that's the case, then put a sign on the office door or alert Passport America so they can note it on their site that you no longer wish to participate. - Guinness
Oct 2015 - $36.00
I returned to this park twice in September, my 5th and 6th visits here. Paved roads, ample sized level, gravel sites with reliable full hookups. Clean hot showers and reasonably fast wifi. I like having the river outside my backdoor, and, being able to walk into Orofino for dinner. - whizbang
Sep 2016 - $50.00
The first thing you notice is GLRV is located next to a heavy-duty commercial park area with a Costco, Walmart,etc. Besides shopping, there's also numerous restaurants within walking distance, Roosters Waterfront, Smoke Shak BBQ, Subway; plus a brewery and a winery. (The office handed out a coupon for free wine tasting).
We had a pull-in (there's also back-in) W/E/S waterfront site with a concrete picnic-table pad and level, asphalt RV/car parking. High- season rate was $55 but GLRV gives 10% Good Sam, AAA, AARP etc discount. Although the sites are very close together, there was a narrow band with trees and well-watered grass between each one. We did not hear much street noise at night, except for an occasional barge going upriver. GLRV's landscaping, roadways, building facilities were all very well kept. The key-code locked restroom/shower and laundry rooms were sparkling clean. Note - the key-code doesn't work on the back (waterside) entrance's older lock, you need to go to the front entry where the newer locks work. WiFi and cable were free. Every morning the local newspaper was on our doorstep. No swimming pool or hot tub. A 16 mile asphalt walking/riding path is located between the waterfront sites and shoreline.
GLRV is at the junction of the Snake and Clearwater rivers, which being upstream from a dam makes the waterway very wide. We noticed numerous lights on water at night? In the morning we saw dozens of fishing boats hooking chinook salmon and flathead trout. Location is also close to Hell's Canyon jet-boat tour companies. Snake Dancer Tours will pick you up at the pier next to GLRV. - OTR-again
Sep 2016 - $48.00
Had a water view pull in site with view of Snake River. Park is very well kept and maintained. Staff were all friendly and accommodating. Streets and sites are paved with space to park toad. All utilities worked well and properly located. Had a very relaxing stay, thank you for your hospitality. Would stay here again and highly recommend if in the area. - LarryB
Jul 2016 - $35.00
Stayed in a waterfront site. Best site of the trip, right on the greenbelt. Pull-in site, tight roads, but maneuverable. Super Walmart and Costco convenient. Quiet at night because it is off the main road, unlike other parks in area. - TcaandK
Aug 2016 - $26.00
Since I last reviewed this park I'm gonna just give the pros and cons. We stayed a week.
Pros, very clean park, very convenient park to surrounding areas, very quiet park, laundry room very clean, rates are right in line I think is a good rate. The people staying here are either permanents or seasonal no problems.
Cons, I really can only think of one and it's not the fault of this park, but it seems to be the whole area. There is a distinct smell that when the wind changes that comes from the paper plant, that either is a propane gas or a methane gas or sewage all combined, but it is enough to make you stand at attention. This is my biggest complaint. You have no indication of when it's going to happen or what time, but it is definitely a stench you want forget and it could last up to hours. - monaco cruiser
Aug 2015 - $26.00
This is basically a trailer park with a proximally six spots throughout the park that are open for overnighters, three of them are right when you drive-in, one pull thru is by the office and there is a couple of backends somewhere. The park was quiet even though we were right by Highway 12. The price reflects a one-week stay +2 extra nights at Good Sam discount. There is a certain smell that comes through the park in fact the whole area either from the pulp plant or something that has almost a propane smell. We've stayed in the Lewiston Clarkston area and I've always stayed at the state park this time because of our size we had to get a RV park that accommodated our length. In all fairness to this park I would probably stay here again but I really did not feel like a part of this park because of our short-term stay and this happens sometimes when you pull into a more permanent full timers park. The laundry mat was clean and the office was accommodating. - monaco cruiser
May 2015 - $30.00
Stay here each year for a month or so. We are in a bigger site that requires more $$. It is a well kept park with a good manager that has been here for over 11 years. Electric is great as is the water pressure. Most have good sites for satellite signals. Their free WiFi is ok most times but kicks you off if you stay on to long. We also have Verizon and it is 4 bars when needed.
Will stay here again next year also. - Bluebird Bob