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 and All American Road (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: Loop A: 26 Sites with 2 pull thru's
  • Open May 18 - September 12, 2018
Loop B: 27 Sites with 3 pull thru's
  • Open April 25 - September 18, 2018
Loop C: 26 Sites
  • Open April 13 - September 30, 2018
Loop D: 11 Sites
  • Open May 18 - October 30, 2018
Pavilion: 15 Picnic Tables
  • Reservations May 18 - September 10, 2018
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. A reduced camp fee is to be determined after water is shut off.
Open Season: April 13, 2018 - October 30, 2018
Best Season: Summer, Fall
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Stock camping Loop D only. Garbage services are available from Open Date through Labor Day.
Closest Towns: Lowell, Idaho or Kooskia, Idaho
Water: Yes. Water shut off Sept. 28.
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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