Black Lake Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

High mountain lake and campers at Black Lake Campground

This Black Lake Campground is a rustic facility with only 4 designated tent sites. Located on the edge of Black Lake and adjacent to the Hells Canyon Wilderness, the site is popular for visitors wanting a truly 'off-the-beaten-path' recreational experience. The access road to the campground is steep and rough, and is not recommended for RVs, trailers or low clearance vehicles.

This site provides access to Black Lake- Horse Heaven Trail #214 and Six Lakes Basin Trail #218 which enter the Hells Canyon Wilderness from the southeast.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Current Conditions
Reservations: This site is not reservable.
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Picnic tables,Toilets
Fees No fee required.
Open Season: June
Usage: Light
Restrictions: General rules of use and restrictions apply for this developed recreation site. Wilderness Regulations apply within Hells Canyon Wildernes.
  • Motorized vehicles, bicycles, carts, hang glider and other mechanical equipment is prohibited in the Wilderness area.
Closest Towns: Council, Idaho (46 miles)
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Riggins- Hells Canyon National Recreation Area

General Information


From Riggins, Idaho go south 60 miles on US Hwy 95 to Council, Idaho; In Council leave Hwy 95 in the downtown area and head north/northwest on the Hornet Creek Road #002; Continue north on this road past Lafferty Campground until the Community of Bear (no services); After passing through Bear continue north on Road 105 (gravel road suitable for passenger cars) and watch for the split in the road; Stay right on road #105 - do not enter the Bear Work Center; Continue on #105 road for approx. 1/2 mile to the intersection with Road #112; Travel on Road #112 heading north/northwest past Smith Mountain Lookout to the end of this road at Black Lake Campground.


The campground is not accessible.

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Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

The campground has 4-only designated tent sites.

General Info:


The campground is not accessible.

No. of Sites4 single site(s)
Reservation InfoNot reservable
No. of Accessible sitesNone


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Picnic tables 4 tables at campsites
Toilets 1 non-accessible vault toilet
Tent camping 4 tent campsites
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