Picnic Point Campground - reserve


Picnic Point Campground


Picnic Point Campground is located on a bluff overlooking beautiful Warm Lake, at an elevation of 5,300 feet. Visitors enjoy boating, fishing, swimming, hiking and viewing local wildlife.

Natural Features:

The campground is situated beneath towering ponderosa pines, which provide partial shade. Summer wildflowers are abundant in the area. A variety of wildlife including bears, deer, elk, fox, grouse, eagles, osprey, grosbeaks, whooping cranes and otters, lives around the lake.


Warm Lake offers great fishing opportunities for cutthroat, rainbow, lake and bull trout. Boating, canoeing and swimming are popular activities. A boat ramp is located at neighboring Shoreline Campground. Billy Rice Swim Beach is within walking distance, offering a day-use site for picnicking and access to a swimming beach.

The surrounding area offers great hiking, mountain biking, horseback and off-road vehicle riding and hunting. The WeWuKiye (Wa Wu Kia) Trail No. 252 was recently built and can be accessed nearby, at the entrance to Shoreline Campground. It is available for hiking and mountain biking.

For off-road vehicle enthusiasts, Telephone Ridge Trail No. 112 offers 20 miles of trails for all riding levels, with staging areas at Shoreline Campground and at Warm Lake Campground down the road.

Nearby Attractions:

Rustic North Shore Lodge is not far from the campground, offering a small restaurant, lounge and store with limited supplies.


At a Glance

Operational Hours: Scheduled to open in May.
Reservations: Reservations can be made HERE at www.recreation.gov 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: 8 sites / $15.00 - overnight.
Closest Towns: Cascade, Idaho
Water: drinking water
Restroom: vault toilet
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The campground offers tent-only campsites, which can be accessed via a 50 to 200 foot hike from the parking area. Some sites overlook the scenic lake. Stairs lead to the lakeshore from three locations within the campground.

Sites are equipped with a table, campfire ring and grill. Vault toilets, drinking water and trash collection are provided throughout the campground, but electricity is not available. The parking area is dirt, as are the pathways within the campground.

General Information


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

From Cascade, Idaho, travel 1 mile north on State Highway 55 to the Forest Highway 22 (Warm Lake Highway) turnoff. 

Turn east and travel 25 miles to the Forest Service (FS) Road 427 turnoff just past South Fork Salmon River Campground. 

Turn right onto FS Road 427 and proceed approximately 1 mile to the campground.

General Notes:

The Billy Rice Swim Beach is a favorite spot on a hot summer day for a swim and picnic. The small sandy beach is surrounded by tall trees and located near Picnic Point and Shoreline Campgrounds. 

There is limited parking for less than a dozen cars, but can easily be reached by walking from the parking lot at Shoreline Boating. A restroom and picnic tables are provided.

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