French Creek Campground

French Creek Campground is located next to scenic Lake Cascade in west-central Idaho. It is near the town of Cascade, 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

Reservations: This is a fee campground with 21 sites, with some sites on a first come, first serve basis. Make your reservations at or by calling 877-444-6777.  For the non-reservable sites there are envelopes and a collection box are provided near the entrance. Please bring cash or check. Extra vehicle fees may apply.
Open Season: Mid-May - Mid-September
Closest Towns: Cascade, Idaho
Water: Ther maybe no drinking water available after September 30
Restroom: Vault

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.

General Notes:


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.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

Information is not available at this time.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Campground Camping

Total of 21 sites.

Lake and Pond Fishing

French Creek, adjacent to the west shore of Cascade Lake: Tiger Musky, Smallmouth bass, Rainbow and Mackinaw trout, Crappie, and Pike Minnow.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate


Picnic tables are in the surrounding area.

Scenic Driving

Take a drive and enjoy the beautiful scenery that surrounds you.

Boating - Motorized

French Creek, adjacent to the west shore of Cascade Lake.

Boating - Non-Motorized

French Creek, adjacent to the west shore of Cascade Lake.


French Creek, adjacent to the west shore of Cascade Lake.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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