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

Reservations: This is a fee campground with 8 sites for tents only, with some sites on a first come, first serve basis. Make your reservations at www.recreation.gov 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: Drinking water may not be available after September 30
Restroom: Vault

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 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 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. A restroom and picnic tables are provided.


The parking area is dirt, as are the pathways within the campground. There is limited parking for less than a dozen cars, but can easily be reached by walking from the parking lot at Shoreline Boating.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

Great times are ahead of you biking in the area.

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Campground Camping

Total of 8 sites.

Lake and Pond Fishing

Warm Lake offers both shoreline and boat fishing opportunities.Try catching kokanee or several species of trout including rainbow, brook, lake, and bull.

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

River and Stream Fishing

Johnson Creek is a short drive from the campground if you like to fish for salmon, steelhead, whitefish and several species of trout including bull, brook, rainbow and cutthroat.


Picnic tables are in the surrounding area.

Scenic Driving

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

Boating - Non-Motorized

Warm Lake offers both shoreline and boat fishing opportunities, as well as a developed swim beach and boat ramp.


Warm Lake offers both shoreline and boat fishing opportunities, as well as a developed swim beach and boat ramp.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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