Wilderness Gateway Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Wilderness Gateway Campground is one of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest’s premier campgrounds. Located at milepost 122.5 along the Northwest Passage Scenic Byway (US Highway 12), the campground offers 91 sites consisting of RV and tent camping, group camping, stock camping and facilities. The recreation area boasts its very own bird-watching trail, large trailhead parking for access into the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, dump station, large picnic shelter and flush toilets, too. The Wilderness Gateway Campground has something for everyone: fishing, hiking, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, and don’t forget your camera! The scenery, wildlife and stunning Lochsa River are visions you won’t want to forget!


The Campground will accomodate RV's up to 50-ft. length.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open seasonally. Different loops have different opening and closing dates. Reservations are accepted at www.Recreation.gov.
Operational Hours: Loop A: 26 Sites with 2 pull thru's
  • TBD 2020 - TBD 2020
Loop B: 27 Sites with 3 pull thru's
  • TBD 2020 - TBD 2020
Loop C: 26 Sites
  • TBD 2020 - TBD 2020
Loop D: 11 Sites
  • TBD 2020 - TBD 2020
Pavilion: 15 Picnic Tables
  • TBD 2020 - TBD 2020
Reservations: Reservations can be made by visiting Wilderness Gateway at Recreation.gov or by calling their toll-free number 1-877-444-6777 (10:00 AM - Midnight EST).
Fees $14.00 per site with an 8 person site maximum. $2 per extra vehicle.
Open Season: April 2020 - October 2020
Best Season: Summer, Fall
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Stock camping Loop D only.
Closest Towns: Lowell, Idaho or Kooskia, Idaho
Water: Yes
Restroom: 6 flush toilets and 10 vault
Operated By: US Forest Service
Information Center:
  • Lochsa/Powell Ranger District, 208-926-4274
  • There are also bulletin boards with information provided on each loop as well an informational kiosk at the campground entrance.

Recreation Map

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Day Hiking

Bird Watching trail located within the Campground area.


There are certain restrictions when traveling in the wilderness. Please contact your local Ranger Station to learn about what is and is not permitted. No motorized vehicles are allowed and a group size limit is enforced.

  • Large Trailhead parking with stock facilities--acccess to trail 198 and 220 (access to Selway Bitterroot Wilderness)

Horse Riding & Camping

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Nature Viewing

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Scenic Driving

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Water Activities

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Winter Sports

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