North Fork Campground - St Charles Canyon, ID

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

North Fork Campground is located in scenic St. Charles Canyon in southern Idaho, near Bear Lake. Visitors enjoy hiking, biking, horseback riding and motorcycling on local trails, and fishing in St. Charles Creek.

Natural Features: A dense, mixed growth conifer forest covers the campground. St. Charles Creek flows gently through the site.

Recreation: North Fork Trail, which has a trailhead within the campground, is open to motorcycles, horses, hikers and mountain bikers and connects with the Highline Trail, a 55-mile path along the backbone of the surrounding Wasatch Mountains. 

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game manages the river fisheries, providing excellent fishing most of the year, including in St. Charles Creek. In-season big game hunting is also a popular activity.

Facilities: The campground offers an accessible group site that can accommodate a maximum of 50 guests. The group site is made up of five smaller sites. 

Picnic tables and campfire rings are provided, as are vault toilets. Roads and parking spurs are gravel.

Nearby Attractions: Minnetonka Cave is a short distance from the campground. Scenic Canyons offers guided, 90-minute tours through the nine-room cave with formations called the Bride and Groom, Three Sisters and Devil's Kingdom. The cave temperature is 40 degrees and the path through it includes 444 steps. Tickets must be purchased at the cave entrance.

Bear Lake's North Beach is 12 miles from the campground, offering swimming and fishing opportunities on one of the Inter-mountain West's largest natural lakes. 

Bear Lake State Park Marina is 20 miles from the campground, with a seven-lane boat ramp, boat rentals, slips, a snack bar and general store.

At a Glance

Reservations:  Reservations can be made for the Group Tent Area - Non Electric for $57/night.  Reservations can be made at from the beginning of June to the beginning of September.  Reservations must be made 4 days ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 months in advance.  This group area has a maximum of 50 people.
Open Season: May
Usage: Light
Water: No
Restroom: Accessible Vault Toilet
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Pack out trash upon departure Limited parking can accommodate small pop-up trailers only; no large trailers Off-road vehicles not permitted in the canyon There is no cell phone service

General Information


GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
42.09611, -111.53306
42°5'46"N, 111°31'59"W

From Garden City, Utah, take Highway 89 north to St. Charles, Idaho. Drive west from St. Charles along Forest Road 412 for 8.1 miles, then turn right and follow the dirt road a short distance to the campground.

General Notes:

 Less than 1 mile away from campground: Cave Tours, Fishing, Hunting

Within 10 miles of campground: Hiking, Boating

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Camping & Cabins

Hide detail HIDE

Campground Camping

Group Camping

Areas & Activities


  Latitude : 

  Longitude : 

  Elevation :