Sam Owen Campground


Photo of an RV entering Sam Owen Campground, the largest campground on the IPNFSam Owen Campground is nestled on the banks of Lake Pend Oreille in a densely wooded forest of pine and cedar. Popular activities include hiking, canoeing, swimming and boating in summer, and skiing in winter.

Natural Features: Sam Owen Campground is situated on a peninsula on the east side of Lake Pend Oreille in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest, at an elevation of 2,000 feet. The lake spans 82,088 acres and has 125 miles of shoreline. The well-loved campground shares a peninsula with the Sam Owen Game Preserve, which provides plenty of opportunities to see wildlife up close. Deer are very easy to spot, and watching for unique birds is a rewarding activity.

Recreation: A sandy beach draws crowds of sunbathers and swimmers. Visitors also like to hike the half-mile, accessible Sam Owen Trail #4. The trail reaches a beautiful vista of Owens Bay, where hikers can rest on benches and take in the astonishing view. Anglers take pleasure in catching kamloops, Dolly Varden, northern pike, trout and catfish. A boat ramp and dock are located on-site.

Facilities: Amenities include a picnic area, paved overflow parking areas and an amphitheater for educational programs. Campsites do not have electric hookups but a group picnic shelter has electricity and lights. Accessible flush toilets, drinking water and a dump station are provided.

Nearby Attractions: The Pend Oreille Scenic Byway is well worth exploring.

At a Glance

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Sandpoint Ranger District 208-263-5111
Reservations:  Reservations can be made by visiting
Open Season: Mid May - Late September
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Hope, Idaho
Water: Potable water
Restroom: Flush toilets
Information Center: Extra Vehicles: One vehicle is included in your campsite fee. Each additional vehicle (after a one time 30 minute load/unload allowance) is $8.00 per day. Maximum 2 vehicles per site. Be sure to reserve a site that will accommodate your equipment. The site you reserve is your site. You may not move to another 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. Bears frequent the area; keep all food out of sight in approved containers or locked inside your vehicle and remove all food from the area after eating This campground has first-come, first-served sites Limit one vehicle per site; a daily fee will be charged for extra vehicles No soap, shampoo or use of other toiletries in lake

General Information


GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
48.21667, -116.28306
48°13'0"N, 116°16'59"W

From Sandpoint, take State Highway 200 east 21 miles. Turn right on Peninsula Road (County Road 1028) and continue 1 mile to the recreation area.


 Accessible flush toilets and accessible picnic shelters

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Attractions include Lake Pend Oreille, fishing, swimming, boating.
No. of Sites Sites are reserved through
No. of Accessible sites 80 camp units

RV Camping

Attractions include Lake Pend Oreille, fishing, swimming, boating.
No. of Sites 59 sites
Reservation Info Sites are reserved through
Hookup - Water No
Hookup - Sewer No
Size Restrictions 20-60 feet
Dump Stations Yes
Hookups - Electric No
No. of Accessible sites 1 accessible unit


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2000 feet