French Creek Campground - reserve


French creek Campground


French Creek Campground is located next to scenic Lake Cascade in west-central Idaho. It is near the town of Donnelly, at an elevation of 4,850 feet. Boating, fishing, swimming and hiking are popular activities in this scenic region.

Natural Features:

The campground is situated on the western shore of Lake Cascade and on the banks of French Creek. A forest of mixed conifers covers the campground, providing ample shade. Thimbleberry and huckleberry plants are abundant throughout the upper reaches of the campground.

A wide variety of wildlife makes its home around the lake. Waterfowl and songbirds are abundant, as well as pelicans and bald eagles.


Lake Cascade offers excellent opportunities for boating, water skiing, canoeing, windsurfing and sailing. Anglers enjoy casting for rainbow trout, coho salmon, smallmouth bass and perch. Many hiking and biking trails are in the area as well.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Scheduled to open in May.
Reservations: Reservations can be made HERE at or by calling 1-877-444-6777.
Fees This is a fee campground. Fee envelopes and a collection box are provided near the entrance.
Permit Info: $15.00 - overnight.  Total of 21 sites.
Closest Towns: Cascade, Idaho
Water: No water after September 15.
Restroom: Vault
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The campground is divided into two sections of campsites. Some are located on the east side of West Mountain Road, closer to the lakeshore and with beautiful lake views. Other sites are on the west side of the road, on a hillside above the lake. A few of these sites have partial lake views. Some also have stairs from the parking spur to the campsite.

Campsites are equipped with a table and campfire ring. Vault toilets, drinking water and trash collection are provided, but there is no electricity at the campground. Roads and parking spurs within the facility are gravel.

General Information


From Boise, Idaho, travel north on State Highway 55 for approximately 80 miles to Cascade, Idaho.

Turn west on Old State Highway and go a half-mile to Lakeshore Drive.

Turn south and travel 3 miles to Forest Service Road 422 (West Mountain Road).

Turn west and follow the road 5 miles to French Creek Campground.

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