Meadow Lake Campground

Updated August 29, 2022

The water system has been shut down for the season.

Meadow Lake Campground is located on the Leadore Ranger District of the Salmon-Challis National Forest. This high alpine campground sits at an elevation of 9,160 feet in the Lemhi Mountain Range, 22 miles from Leadore, Idaho.

Natural Features: Meadow Lake Campground is located at the base of the 10,720-foot Meadow Lake Peak and along the banks of the 13.3-acre Meadow Lake. The high elevation campground is dotted with lodge pole pine and white bark pine trees and is frequented by deer and mountain goats.

Recreation: There's no lack of recreational opportunities around Meadow Lake Campground. The lake is stocked twice a year so the fish are always biting. Fish from the bank or carry your boat down to the lake and try from the water.
Hiking opportunities are available right out of the campground and include trail # 342 which provides a gentle loop around the backside of the campground. Try trail # 057 which takes you up to the steep ridge above the campground (the trail to Meadow Lake Peak is not maintained by the Forest Service). 
If a slower pace is appealing, pull up a chair and soak-up the incredible views from the campground. 

Facilities: Meadow Lake Campground consists of 17 campsites and a day use area with picnic tables, fire rings and barbecue pedestals. The campground offers two vault toilets, drinking water and day use parking. Four double campsites are available for larger groups with each site including two picnic tables, two tent pads, a campfire ring, a prep table, and expanded parking for two vehicles. The campground also offer 13 single campsites each with a picnic table, tent pad, campfire ring, prep table, and parking for one vehicle.

Nearby Attractions: There are plenty of other attractions in the vicinity of Meadow Lake including the Gilmore Ghost Town and a number of other Forest Service recreation sites and trails. Stop at the Leadore Ranger Station and pick up a visitor map for more information.

At a Glance

Reservations: Reservations can be made by visiting  Reservations must be made 4 days ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 months in advance.
Fees: $10/Night for single unit; $20.00 per night for double sites
Open Season: Year Round
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Leadore, ID
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault Toilets
Information Center: No day use parking in campsites. This campground has 15 first-come, first-served sites, and two available for advanced reservation. Reservations are available from July 1st through Labor Day. Camping outside of this date range is first-come, first-served (fee still required, pay onsite) as weather permits. Road to campground not maintained during winter months. Call Leadore Ranger Station (208-768-2500) for more information on access to campground. No electric, water or sewer hookups at this campground. Campground water is only to be used for drinking and cooking; please help us conserve water. Livestock prohibited in campground. Please bring garbage bags; this is a "pack it in, pack it out" facility. This includes packing out fish guts. Bring reservation confirmation paperwork with you for check-in with campground host.

General Information


Accessible picnic area


GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
44.43478, -113.31756
44°26'5"N, 113°19'3"W

From Leadore drive 17 miles south on Highway 28 and turn right (west) on to Forest Service Road #002 at the old Gilmore Townsite. Follow the gravel road for 6 miles as it climbs 2,080 feet to the campground.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Lake and Pond Fishing

Day Hiking


Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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