Name: O'Hara Campground
O'Hara Campground is on the south bank of the Selway River. The roads and driveways are paved and it is set in a luscious green forest between the river and hills.
Campsites: O'Hara Campground has 32 tent / RV camping sites. About one third of them are along the river. Each has a picnic table and fire pit with grill. We stayed in one of the river sites, with forest so thick the table seemed to be in a room of its own. We really enjoyed our visit here.
Host on Site: There is a camp host, but we did not meet them.
Water: O'Hara Campground has a chlorinated pressurized water system. There are fountains spaced throughout the campground and the water was pretty good.
Garbage Services: Garbage service is available in bear resistant dumpsters.
Restroom: They have older vault style outhouses made of fiberglass. The handrails were rusted and the floors flexed as I walked in them but they were clean and well stocked.
Handicap Accessible: Yes.
Firewood: Firewood was available from the camp host.
Pets: Pets allowed on a leash only.
Recreation: There are no boating facilities or swimming area at O'Hara Campground, but the river was full of people floating or rafting. One campsite looked more like a water sports shop with all the wet suits hanging out to dry than it did a campsite.
Fishing: Fishing is available on the Selway River. Check the regulations here. There is also Fenn Pond by the ranger station just down stream. It is a family fishing water and is listed in the regulations. We stopped to fish, and it took me about 45 minutes to catch the 6 fish limit for supper! Your kids might enjoy a little fishing here.
Wildlife: There are warnings for rattlesnakes and bears. Watch where you step and use caution with your food and garbage. I know there are deer in the area and we saw elk higher up.
Additional Camping Opportunities: Check out the other campgrounds in the Selway River area.
Phone service: No cell reception on our ATT phones and the nearest pay phone is at Lowell, Idaho, which is 7 miles northwest on Selway Road.
Nearby Services: For gas, propane, ice, pop and other camping supplies, Lowell is just 7 seven miles away.
RV Dumping Site: According to Google, there is a dumping station at the boat facilities at 502 Lowery St. Kooskia if you are traveling west. I know there is a dumping station at Wilderness Gateway Campground on Hwy 12 if you are traveling east. Also see comment below.
Location/Driving instructions: From Kooskia, Idaho, follow Hwy 12 east 21.6 miles to the junction with Selway Road. On Selway Road, drive 6.8 miles southeast to O'Hara Road. Turn right onto O'Hara Road cross the river and O'Hara Campground is on the left.
Elevation: 1647 Feet
Reviewed Date: June 2010
Fees And Reservations: You may reserve your site at recreation.gov. We found several sites available during the week, but it was a very wet June. I would recommend you reserve your site. Double sites are $20.00, singles $10.00 and $3.00 for your extra vehicle per day. A maximum of 7 people per single site.
This information is accurate as of the date of the review.
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