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Springs Campground is located near Lost Lake. It is not on the lake,
one can drive or walk about a mile to access Lost Lake. This area
is forested with some open hillsides. The trees in the campground are
fairly young but do provide some shade and privacy.
Fee Schedule: The 2010 fee schedule was $10.00 for a single site, $15.00 for a double site and $30.00 for the group sites.
Campground Reservations: 13 of the sites plus the group sties may be reserved through recreation.gov.
Additional Camping Opportunities: There are at least four areas around Lost Lake open to privative camping with vault style outhouses nearby. The boat ramp is at one of these. We found far more people in these sites then in Cold Springs Campground.
Host on Site: Yes.
Garbage Services: No garbage services available so pack it out with you.
Water: Drinking water is available from a hand pump well. I checked it and found it was clear and the taste was Ok.
Restroom: There are vault style outhouses in Cold Springs Campground and another in the camping area near the boat ramp, another near the dam.
Handicap Accessible: The campground is listed as handicap accessible and it does have 2 fully handicap accessible sites, of course, the toilets are also.
Firewood: Firewood is available from the camp host.
Pets: Pets on a leash only. I heard a dog was taken by wolves from the campground so use caution with your dogs. I have not verified this story.
Fishing: Lost Lake is a "Family Fishing Water", check the regulations. It is stocked with trout several times each year.
Boating: There is a small boat ramp and dock at the lake.
Swimming: Families swim in Lost Lake during the hot summer days but there are in life guards.
Recreation: Fishing, swimming, canoing, bird and wildlife watching, four wheeling and much more.
Picnic Area: No established picnic area, most people we saw were fishing along the lake.
Wildlife: Watch out for bear. We saw a deer right in the campground.
Phone service: No pay phone and we did not have cell phone reception.
RV Dumping Site: There is an RV Dumping Station at the entrance to Cold Springs Campground.
Nearby Services: Services such as pop, ice, gas, propane, food, etc are available at New Meadows to the north or Council, Idaho to the south.
Location/Driving instructions: From Council, Idaho travel north on Hwy 95 for 16 miles to a left turn on Lost Valley Res Rd. It's 2.1 miles to a fork, take the left road for 1.2 miles to Cold Springs Campground entrance. Or from New Meadows, Idaho travel south on Hwy 95, 8.6 mile to the Lost Valley Res Rd from there the directions are the same.
Reviewed: June 2010
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