Knife Edge Campground and River Access

  

Located along the breathtaking Wild and Scenic Lochsa River, about fifteen minutes east of Lowell, ID, families, campers, anglers, kayakers, floaters and boaters may enjoy this five unit, two acre, free-use campground and Lochsa river/boat access site. A changing room and  a single vault restroom is also provided.

The Campground will accomodate 40-ft. RV's.

At a Glance

Current Conditions:
  • Campsites #2, #4, and #5 at Knife Edge Campground are closed to overnight camping from May 18, 2018 until rescinded to allow for boater parking space during the whitewater boating season and alleviate vehicle congestion along Highway 12. Campsites #1 and #3 are open for camping during this time.
  • Garbage pickup available third week in May to first week in September.
Reservations: Campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Fees No Fee.
Open Season: The campground is open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: May-June
Restrictions: 8 people per campsite. No stock allowed.
Closest Towns: Lowell, ID
Water: No drinking water is provided.
Restroom: 1 vault toilet. No toilet service November-March.
Operated By: US Forest Service
Information Center:
  • Lochsa/Powell Ranger District, 208-926-4274
  • The Lochsa Historical Ranger Station is located 11 miles east on Highway 12.  Open Memorial Day-Labor Day, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., seven days a week.

General Information

Directions:

Travel 11.6 miles east on highway 12 from Lowell, ID.  Site will be on the right.


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Activities


Beaches & Dunes

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Backpacking

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Day Hiking

Access to the following trails are within 2 miles of the campground:

Trail 142: Deadman Ridge Trail; 2.9 miles; approx. 4 hours;Climbs steeply through forested areas with populations of Pacific Dogwood; begins on Hwy 12 across from Glade Creek Campground (MP 105) and ends at jct with Road 5546 at Deadman Ridge; lower portion is in fair condition and is suitable for day hikes from Glade Creek Campground. Upper portion is brushed in and difficult to follow. Trail is not suitable for bike or stock use.

Trail 16: Van Camp Trail; 4.4 miles; approx. 3 hours; begins at Hwy 12 at MP 107.3 and ends at jct with Road 481;Trail follows old roadbed, lower portion of trail is quite steep with loose rock. Used heavily by trail bikes and OHVs except when restricted. Trailhead parking on Hwy 12 is somewhat limited.

Trail 2: Lochsa Down River Trail; 16.9 miles; approx. 7 hours; begins at Hwy 12 and Split Creek Pack Bridge (MP 111.4) and ends at Hwy 12 at Sherman Creek (MP 122.5); trail was primary access to Lochsa Historical Ranger Station prior to completion of Hwy 12; traverses north face of Lochsa Canyon with good views of river and surrounding mountains; maintained annually by volunteers and is in good condition; located on steep rocky terrain; Trail is not recommended for inexperienced bike riders.

Trail 133: Split Creek RidgeTrail; 10.8 miles; approx. 5 hours; begins at Hwy 12 and Split Creek Pack Bridge (MP 111.4) and ends at jct with Eagle Mountain Trail 3 at Louse Lake; trail is access to Split Creek Ridge, Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, Louise Lake and Trail 206; Closed to all mechanized travel including bicycles; a long hot climb on a sunny day, an early morning start is recommended; a spring 3 miles up is only water for 8 miles. 


Horse Riding & Camping

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Hunting

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Outdoor Learning

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Location

 
  Latitude : 
46.22962

  Longitude : 
-115.475088