Name: Chatcolet Campground
Chatcolet Campground is part of Heyburn State Park. It is set on a hill above Chatcolet Trailhead and Chatcolet Lake. The area is covered with a mature forest including undergrowth. I was not thrilled with this campground. It was VERY crowded (each weekend), and dry and dusty in mid-July. The campsites are only a few feet apart with no privacy. This is only my opinion. To be fair, I have read several comments on line from people who stayed here and greatly enjoyed it. So if you enjoy tent camping and want to spend a day riding the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes, this might be the spot for you.
Campsites: The campsites are number 101 through 138. The state website calls these sites tent camping sites. The road and driveways are gravel and dirt. Most driveways are no more than 14 feet in length. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. These sites are small and closely placed.
Host on Site: There is a host on site. They are located in a site near the entrance.
Water: There is a pressurized water system available in a couple locations.
Garbage Services: There is garbage service available.
Electricity Available: No.
Restroom: The "outhouses" in Chatcolet Campground actually have flushing toilets.
Handicap Accessible: I would not call any part of Chatcolet Campground handicap accessible.
Firewood: Firewood is available for $5 per bundle
Pets: Pets are allowed in Chatcolet Campground but must kept on a 6 foot leash or in your camper.
Picnic Area: There are 2 picnic areas in Heyburn State Park. Check out Rocky Point Day Use Area and Plummer Point Day Use Area.
Recreation: There is a field in the campground where one could set up a volleyball net but the main form of recreation here is biking The Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes, or boating from the boat launch located just below the campground. There is a large, grassy play area with playground equipment there also.
Fishing: Fishing is available in Chatcolet Lake, check the regulations here.
Boating: There is no room to park a boat in Chatcolet Campground, however there is a boat launch at Chatcolet Trailhead just below the campground and it has plenty of parking space.
Swimming: There is no designated swimming area near Chatcolet, but Rocky Point Day Use Area is only a short drive away.
Wildlife: Deer and black bear are common in this area. Use caution when storing your food and disposing of your garbage to avoid attracting bear. We saw no notice of bear problems.
Additional Camping Opportunities: We have reviews for these nearby campgrounds; Shadowy St Joe Campground, Benewah Campground and Hawley's Landing Campground. These last three are part of Heyburn State Park.
Phone service: We had service on our ATT phones in the campground.
Nearby Services: We went to the grocery store in Plummer, Idaho over on Hwy 95 just 5 miles away for ice and other supplies.
Nearest Shower: There are showers at Hawleys Landing Campground.
Nearest Laundry: I found the Riverbend Laundry in St Maries, Idaho.
Location/Driving instructions: From Coeur dA'lene, Idaho follow this GoogleMap.
Elevation: 2207 Feet
Reviewed Date: July 2013
Fees And Reservations: All these campsites can be reserved at reserveamerica.com. You will want to reserve you site as the campground fills up most every weekend. As of April 2017 they are all single standard sites and the daily fee is $19 plus tax. Keep in mind there is a $5 fee to bring your auto into the state park per day.
This information is accurate as of the date of the review.
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