Warm Lake Campground

Cascade RD - Beach near Warm Lake Campground

Warm Lake Campground is near the eastern shore of 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 in a scenic forest of towering, old-growth ponderosa pine, which provides partial shade in the campground. Chipmunk Creek runs alongside the campground. Summer wildflowers are abundant.

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 developed swim beach is available less than a quarter-mile away, at Warm Lake Lodge.

Billy Rice Swim Beach is just over a mile from the campground, on the north side of the lake. The area offers a day-use site for picnicking and swimming. A boat ramp is located at nearby Shoreline Campground.

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 at Shoreline Campground. It is popular 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 within the campground and up the road at Shoreline Campground.

Nearby Attractions:

Warm Lake Lodge is located across the road from the campground and has a restaurant and small store with camping and fishing essentials.


At a Glance

Reservations: This is a fee campground 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-Sepember
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 proceed 25 miles to the intersection of Forest Service Road 579 and 474. Proceed on Forest Service Road 579 about 1.5 miles to the campground.

General Notes:


This small campground provides campsites equipped with a picnic table, campfire ring and grill. Vault toilets, drinking water and trash collection are provided at the campground, but electricity is not available. The lake is not visible from the campground.


Roads and parking spurs within the facility are gravel.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Lake and Pond Fishing

Enjoy fishing Warm Lake for kokanee and several species of trout including rainbow, brook, lake, and bull.

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

River and Stream Fishing

Enjoy some of the best fishing in Idaho and only a short drive from the campground. The South Fork Salmon River offers great fishing for salmon, steelhead, whitefish, bull trout and cutthroat trout.

Day Hiking

Big Game Hunting

Check with the Idaho Fish and Game for hunting rules and regulations for the area.

Viewing Scenery

OHV Camping

Check on the Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) of the District for trails and roads open to OHV riding.

Scenic Driving

Boating - Motorized

Boating - Non-Motorized


Warm Lake is 640 acres. Boat ramp and swim beach are at the Warm Lake Lodge and Resort and are open to the public - No Fee.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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