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Cottonwood Park Campground

Name: Cottonwood Park Campground

Cottonwood Park Campground is an Idaho Power recreation facility. It is situated on the shore of CJ Strike Reservoir. Cottonwood Park Campground has been here for years, however they are in the process of completing a major up-grade and expansion. It is still gravel, sand and boulder covered with quite a few cottonwood trees but has been expanded with new tables, fire pits with grills and a new vault style toilet yet to be installed. We took our pictures February, 2010, so you will have to use your imagination and picture the cottonwood trees with leaves.

Campsites: There are 34 camping sites, each with a picnic table, fire pit and grill. Each camping site is bordered by large boulders. A couple of these are group sites equipped with multiple tables.

Host on Site: Yes

Water: There is drinking water available.

Garbage Services: Dumpster available.

Electricity Available: No

Restroom: There is one vault style toilet with another planned to be complete before summer. We found the existing one to be clean and well maintained.

Handicap Accessible: Only the outhouses.

Pets: Pets are welcome on a leash.

Picnic Area: Yes, there is a picnic area near the boat launch.

Recreation: The primary attractions here are fishing, camping, bird watching and water sports.

Fishing: Fishing is available from the shoreline, docks and boats for several species including bass, trout and crappie.

Boating: The marina is greatly improved with new dock facilities and a 40 foot wide ramp. The only group shelter is located at the marina.

Swimming: There is no beach here, however, I am sure campers would find plenty of water to play in. Just watch out for the fishermen!

Hiking: There are no real trails but we hiked on some of the primitive roads and four-wheeler trails.

Phone service: There is cell phone reception in this campground, but limited. There is no pay phone at this campground, however there is one at North Park Campground or Bruneau nearby.

RV Dumping Site: There is an RV dump station at Locust Park just below CJ Strike dam.

Location/Driving instructions: Cottonwood Park campground is located 24 miles south of Mountain Home. From I-84 take exit 95 at Mountain Home. Travel south on Hwy 51 for 21 miles to Bruneau. From Bruneau continue traveling west on Hwy 51 for about 2 miles. Take Hwy 78 right for about 2 or 3 miles to a gravel road on your right side. There is a sign for the campground marking the road. It is a good mile to Cottonwood Park campground and marina. Check out this GoogleMap.

Coordinates: 42.910736,-115.885324

Elevation: 2360 Feet

Reviewed Date: February 2010

Fees And Reservations: Idaho Power has an on-line reservation system, check it out. 

This information is accurate as of the date of the review.

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 We were told starting in January 2018 that you could make reservations. I'd like to know if this is a true fact. If so please contact me thank you and I love this campground. 

Mary, I have not heard any rumors about any change to Idaho Power's reservation policies.  As of 10/29/2017 their website still posts this policy: 
"Recreation facilities at C.J. Strike are open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis. Reservations are not accepted."
I will keep my ears open for any change, Roger.

This is one of my favorite places to go.  Although, late in the summer the water can get mossy and the bugs come out (take the repellent).  But, as the camp ground goes, very nice place to stay.