Campers come to Osprey for sunshine and boating at Priest Lake, and for breathtaking views of the rugged Selkirk Mountains. Fishing is also a big draw, with trout just waiting to be caught. While here, watch for moose, grizzly and black bears, wolves, mountain lions and deer. Osprey, as inferred by the campground name, also inhabit the area.
Natural Features: Osprey Campground is perched on the lower western shore of Priest Lake near Outlet Bay. The beautiful 25,000-acre lake is fed by springs trickling down from the Selkirks. The clear, blue lake reaches 300 feet in depth.
Recreation: Boating, canoeing, kayaking and wake boarding are summer-time favorites. Boaters like to head north on the lake and traverse a narrow thorofare to reach Upper Priest Lake Scenic Area. Anglers often catch Dolly Varden and cutthroat trout and kokanee salmon.
Facilities: Campground roads and parking spurs are paved and many facilities are accessible. Amenities include flush toilets, fire rings and picnic tables that are naturally shaded by towering trees.
Nearby Attractions: Hike the Chipmunk Rapids Trail that traverses along the Kaniksu Marsh, Priest River and Chipmunk Rapids.
At a Glance
|Current Conditions:||Refer to Recreation.gov for latest updates.
Scenic Canyons Recreational Services, Inc. (435) 245-6521.
|Reservations:||Reservations can be made by visiting Recreation.gov|
|Open Season:||Mid May - Late September|
|Closest Towns:||Priest River, Idaho|
|Information Center:||Extra Vehicles: One vehicle is included in your single campsite fee. Each additional vehicle will be charged a per day fee that is collected on site (cash or check only). Maximum two vehicles per site. The 14-day stay limit is strictly enforced. Camping for a period longer than 14 days during any 30-consecutive day period is prohibited. If you have booked back-to-back reservations, you will be asked to cancel all days after the first 14. Be bear aware; keep all food out of sight in approved containers or locked inside your vehicle and remove all food from the area after eating No electric hookups at this facility This campground is 100 percent reservable. A fee will be charged for additional vehicles Maximum boat length is 20 feet|
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From I-90; Turn at Post Falls Highway 41 north to Newport, WA. Take Highway 2 east to Priest River. At the junction of Highway 57 and Highway 2, turn left. Drive 26 miles to Outlet Bay Road. Turn right for approximately 0.5 mile. Turn left on W. Lakeshore Road. Proceed 1 mile to Osprey Campground on the right.
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
Campground CampingAttractions include scenic 25,000-acre Priest Lake.
|No. of Sites||Sites are reserved through recreation.gov|
|Fire Information||There are established fire rings at each site.|
|No. of Accessible sites||16 camp units|