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When planning our road trip to Coeur d’Alene Idaho, we researched all the places to camp near town.  This article has been written based on our review of the campgrounds in Coeur d’Alene, some of which we have camped at for up to a week at a time.  Our favorite spots may surprise you. Plus, I have a couple of secret places on this list (that we have actually stayed at)

Coeur d’Alene sits on the shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene, the second largest lake in North Idaho. The lake is surrounded by sandy beaches, blue skies, and forested mountains. Your family will enjoy swimming, bird watching, hiking trails, boating, fishing spots, cycling trails and so much more! 

Campgrounds in Coeur d’Alene include national forests, state parks, county lands, and nearby year-round mountain resorts. It is an ideal place to enjoy a great camping experience, surrounded by Idaho’s nature. 

We have camped in tents and RVs in and near Coeur d’Alene.  We stayed a week in a campground right in town our travel trailer.  The last trip, I rented a full-size van and camped with 5 kids in our make-shift campervan.  ( I tried to find the perfect small motorhome to rent, but because RV rentals in the area are so popular, I had to get creative and rent a 12-passenger van to van camp.)

My other option was to have a travel trailer delivered to a campsite which would have been similar to our travel trailer at home.  However, we wanted a little more freedom to camp on our way home to Colorado too. 

Pro tip:  You can find RV rentals on the peer to peer networks RVshare and Outdoorsy right in Coeur d’Alene.  Campers do go fast though, so make sure to reserve early! 

Check out RVs for rent in Coeur dAlene here on Outdoorsy. As part of the network we have a discount for your first RV rental – click here for $50 off.

This list of places to camp is longer than many of the lists you will find.  We have family in the area and have spent a lot of time digging up the best places to stay right in town and camping near CDA. 

Make sure to bookmark our other travel resources for camping and visiting Coeur d’Alene Idaho.  

Camp Coeur d’Alene 

Camp Coeur d’Alene is a campground with water access to the lake. It is situated right on the shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene, and just 15 minutes from town. This RV park, camp and cabin space, offers luxury cabin camping. (We would like to stay here because it looks dreamy but sells out)

Its RV spaces include full hookups and space for large campers. The tent spots are separated from RV park, they are right next to the water, and with plenty of trees for shade. The camp offers full-service sites, free Wi-Fi, 20/30/50 amp hookups, separated tent area, laundry, hot showers, pet stations, heated pool, playgrounds, hiking, and pet walking roads, free firewood, and more. 

  • Location: 10588 East Wolf Lodge Bay Rd, Coeur d’Alene, ID 
  • Website: campcoeurdalene.com

Wolf Lodge Camping

Wolf Lodge Camping is a people-oriented camping site, east of the Lake Coeur d’Alene, The owners, Tom and Yvonne, help every visitor relax in their friendly and beautiful environment. RV sites are spacious, shaded, with long-level pull-troughs, and private backyards. 

Their tent sites are next to the creek and are shaded too. You can enjoy kayaks, canoes, and paddling.  They are also pet friendly.  

  • Location: 12329 E Frontage Rd, Coeur d’Alene, ID
  • Website; wolflodgecampground.com

Kootenai County Fairgrounds RV Park

Kootenai County Fairgrounds RV Park Coeur d'Alene
Family-friendly camping in Coeur d’Alene

We stumbled upon this campground by calling the local county office.  This may be the best kept secret in North Idaho.  This is a beautiful grassy campground right in the center of town.  Each space has a large paved area to park an RV, full hookups and spacious grassy area.  However, there are no shared facilities or bathrooms so you must be fully contained.  

We stayed here for a week in our 35-foot travel trailer and enjoyed the 4H horse demonstrations and dog shows.  My only complaint is that the rates have been increasing as more people have discovered my secret place. 

  • Location 482 E Dalton Ave, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83815
  • Website: https://www.kcfairgrounds.com/p/rvpark

Beauty Creek Campground 

Beauty Creek Campground is located along the peaceful Beauty Creek, half-mile south-east from Lake Coeur d’Alene.  It is nestled in Idaho Panhandle National Forest, in a narrow valley surrounded by forest. 

It offers about 20 spacious campsites for both tent and RV camping. Campers will also enjoy hiking, biking, and mountain biking in the Idaho Panhandle National forest. The trailhead for the Caribou Ridge National Recreation Trail starts right at the campground. 

The Beauty Creek Campground offers group cooking facilities, drinking water, self-pay stations, vault toilets, parking areas, fireplace, firewood, and more.

  • Location: 438 Forest Road, Coeur d’Alene, ID
  • Website: https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/233267

Blackwell Island RV Park

On the water, Blackwell Island RV Park is within walking distance of Cedars floating restaurant.  You can enjoy has 500 feet of the swimming beach and boat rentals. All within a mile of downtown CDA.  

They offer 20/30/50 amp hookups, city water, sewer, wireless internet, laundry, shower, propane, cable TV, and much more. We have considered staying here and even had our spot reserved, but it hasn’t worked out.   You are welcome to use our idea and roll into the campground in style in this Class A RV from RVshare. 

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    Tamarack RV Park

    Tamarack RV Park is nestled in the forest near Coeur d’Alene. It has the natural, woodsy feel of camping. This RV park, camping, and cabin space is open all-year-round and offers many amenities, like full service, free high-speed WI-FI, laundry facilities, and more. They offer extras, like digital Tv. Full-service sites have hookups with 20/30/50 amp at every site. 

    • Location: 3630N Government Way, Coeur d’Alene, ID
    • Website: tamarackrvpark.com

    River Walk RV Park

    Since 1998 this urban RV Park is the center of all activities in Coeur d’Alene. Ideal for water lovers, and those who enjoy water activities. It is Located on the Spokane River, near the downtown of Coeur d’Alene. River Walk RV Park is very accommodating, it offers services like pull-through sites, full hookups, camping facilities, hiking, and bike rides, and other extras.

    • Location:1214 West Mill Avenue, Coeur d’Alene, ID
    • Website: cdariverwalkrvpark.com

    Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort RV Park

    This Casino and resort is located on the western side of Lake Coeur d’Alene and only about 30 minutes from the center of town. Although, mainly a resort the casino allows overnight camping.  For a very minimal camping fee, campers get access to the golf course, dining, casino gambling, and a full-service luxury spa.  This is a good place for multi-generational families or adult only trips (you know the kind where the kids stay home)

    Unlike many casino that simply allow boondocking in a parking lot, they offer electric hookups.

    This location has been featured in RVshare blog here to help you decide where to stay when you rent an RV. 


    Ravenwood RV Resort

    Ravenwood RV Resort is a new family-friendly campground close to the amusement park. They offer daily shuttles to Silverwood Theme Park and Boulder Beach Water Park. 

    Great camping site for young couples, and children to be entertained, Ravenwood RV Resort offers new, and modern facilities, and a high level of comfort. We have not stayed here but met others who have enjoyed being so close to the theme park. 

    • Location: 25700 N Pope Rd, Athol, ID 83801,
    • Website: rvenwoodresort.com


    Farragut State Park 

    Playing at the lake at Farragut State Park. Camping at Farragut State Park near Coeur d'Alene
    Playing at the lake at Farragut State Park.

    This sprawling 4,000 acres State Park is only 20 miles north of Coeur d’Alene.  Originally a WWII era naval training center it is now a large complex that includes multiple campgrounds, hiking trails, a lake and a museum.  It features 223 individual sites and 10 cabins.  

    The kids and I camped here in a double site with grandma.  We slept in tents and our rental van. We only stayed 3 days, which was not nearly enough time to enjoy all the activities this place has to offer. 

    I had planned to rent an RV to be delivered here.  In fact, this is the travel trailer that sleeps 8 and you could have delivered to any campsite. Check availability here. 

    • Location: 13550 ID-54, Athol, ID 83801
    • Website: https://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/parks/farragut

    Stoneridge RV Resort

    Stone Ridge is the only RV resort with championship golf courses, and pickleball courts. It is a private community for 35 feet and longer RV sites. Stone Ridge RV Resort is opened all-year-round and offers a restaurant, a pub, extra-large spots, full-service sites, electric hookups with 10 and 20 amp, and more.

    • Location: 364 Stoneridge Rd, Blanchard, ID
    • Website: stoneridgeidaho.com

    Alpine Country Store and RV Park

    Alpine Country Store and RV Park has the natural, woodsy feel of camping, just like Tamarack RV Park. Whit it’s 33 large and shaded sites, it offers overnight camping, electric, sewer, and water hookups, phone services, free WI-FI for all guests, picnic tables, pet walking roads, showers, and more. 

    • Location: 7807, 17568 US-95, Hayden, ID
    • Website: nirvpark.com

    Bell Bay Campground

    Bell Bay Campground is located in Idaho Panhandle National Forest.  It is situated just north of Harrison, Idaho on the southeast shores of Coeur d’Alene Lake

    The campground is in a hill overlooking the lake.  You can reserve one of six single family sites or try to snag one of the several other sites that are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    Although the sites can be used with RVs, hookups are not available at this campground. Drinking water, vault toilets and campfire rings are provided. The lower loop has two docks where boats can be moored.

    Red Horse Mountain Ranch

    Red Horse Mountain Ranch is located an hour south of Coeur d’Alene. This mountain ranch offers it all, with first-rate hospitality. It is a luxury camping ranch, located on 560 degrees deeded acre, with over 300,000 acres of outfitter area. Red Horse Mountain Ranch offers full service from May to October. This cabin-style luxury camping will surprise you with its extensive list of guided activities from fishing to horseback riding. 

    • Location: 11077 E Blue Lake Rd, Harrison, ID
    • Website: www.redhorsemountainranch.com

    Harrison RV and Tent Camping

    Harrison Campground is situated in the city of Harrison on the southern end of Lake Coeur d’Alene. You can actually arrive at this waterfront RV park by boat.  The campground is at the marina.  

    They feature daily expeditions on the lake. Harrison RV and tent camping offers picnic tables, grills, and a shelter. 

    Crystal Gold Mine

    Although this campground is actually about an hour away in the mountains near Coeur d’Alene, I had to add it to the list.  This campground is located at the site of an authentic 1880’s underground gold mine. The Crystal Gold Mine is off I90 near Kellogg, Idaho.  It was one of the first hard rock mines in the Silver Valley and you can tour it.

    We stayed at this campground in our travel trailer.  The next day some friends came to meet us, and we all toured the mine.  After the tour you can pan for gold in the troughs and actually find real gold. 

    • Location: 51931 Silver Valley Rd, Kellogg, ID 83837
    • Website: http://www.goldmine-idaho.com

    In conclusion, with Coeur d’Alene lake and so many other lakes in North Idaho you can find a beautiful campground for your family vacation.  Surrounded by forests, wildlife, and mountains it offers fantastic views, and great outdoor experiences just about anywhere. 

    We highly suggest renting an RV for your vacation to Coeur d’Alene. Even if you won an RV already, many people choose not to tow it across the country. Since the peer to peer networks have RV owners renting out RVs in every corner of the US and Canada, you will find one that is perfect for you. But first, read our tips on Renting an RV that is Perfect for Your Vacation


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