Beaver Creek Campground

Photo of the swimming area at Beaver Creek CG.Beaver Creek Campground sits in the Idaho Panhandle National Forests, offering phenomenal views of the Selkirk Mountains across the reflective waters of Priest Lake.

Natural Features: The campground is situated on the northwest shore of Priest Lake at an elevation of 2,500 feet, shaded by hemlock and cedar. Priest Lake consists of the main lake, where most water recreation takes place, and the smaller Upper Priest Lake to the north. The two lakes are divided by a narrow channel.

Recreation: A local beach is easily accessible for swimming and boating. Visitors enjoy kayaking, canoeing or power boating up a 2.5-mile channel called the Thorofare that leads to the Upper Priest Lake Scenic Area, where birding is a popular activity. Beaver Creek has two trailheads, one for the 9-mile Navigation Trail that heads north, and one for the 8-mile Lakeshore Trail that heads south. Both trails offer sweeping mountain views and are enjoyed by both hikers and horseback riders. 

Facilities: Beaver Creek offers 41 spacious, reservable campsites and one large group site that can accommodate up to 35 guests. Amenities include drinking water, vault toilets, picnic tables, and fire rings. 

Nearby Attractions: Hiking, huckleberry picking, Selkirk Mountains views.

Boat Launch: A Forest Service-operated boat launch is located south of the campground. It is a primitive, sandy launch designed for boats up to 20 feet long. 

At a Glance

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Scenic Canyons Recreational Services, Inc. (435) 245-6521
Reservations: Reservations can be made by visiting
Open Season: Mid May - Late September
Closest Towns: Priest River, Idaho
Water: Potable water
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. A per-day, per-vehicle fee will be collected beginning with the second vehicle. Due to bear activity, a food storage order is now in place on the Kaniksu National Forest; food and other attractants must be stored in hard-sided vehicles except when being prepared, used or consumed. Beaver Creek is 100 percent reservable. A Day Use parking area is available for an $8 fee. Season passes are available.

General Information


GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
48.73417, -116.86917
48°44'3"N, 116°52'9"W

From Priest River, Idaho, take Highway 57 north to Nordman, then turn right on Reeder Bay Road and continue for 12 miles into the campground.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Attractions include scenic 25,000-acre Priest Lake, thorofare to Upper Priest Lake.

No. of Sites Sites are reserved through
No. of Accessible sites 41 normal camp units

Group Camping

The group site will accommodate up to 35 people and up to 15 vehicles. Amenities include 6 tent pads, 4 picnic tables, a vault toilet and a horseshoe pit.
No. of Sites 1
Reservation Info Reservations are required. Reserve on
No. of Accessible sites 1 of 1 site is accessible

Day Hiking

Navigation Trail #291 trailhead is located near the campground.
Difficulty Level: Easy


Navigation Trail #291 trailhead is located near the campground.
Difficulty Level: Easy


Enjoy the swimming area while camping at Beaver Creek.

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2500 feet