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Poison Creek Campground

Name: Poison Creek Campground

Poison Creek Campground is set on the west shore of Cascade Lake at the foot of West Mountain and is a "loop" in Lake Cascade State Park. This is a park type setting with mowed lawns and trees scattered about. It has a boat ramp for access to the lake but it is not a mooring dock. One would need to beach their boat near their campsite. There is a large group shelter which may be reserved for your party events. The day use area is by the boat ramp and has a few tables scattered along the shore.

Campsites: There are 22 campsites. All are RV or tent camping. Each have a paved driveway, picnic table and fire ring with attached grill.

Host on Site: There is a host on site. They normally work one campground from the season's opening until mid July. They move to another campground for the remainder of the season so you never know who your host will be.

Water: Poison Creek Campground has a pressurized water system with good pressure and taste.

Garbage Services: Garbage service is available throughout the campground.

Electricity Available: Each campsite is equipped with electricity.

Restroom: There are three restrooms in Poison Creek Campground; one vault style outhouse near the boat ramp/day use area, another on the north end of the campground, and a new flushing toilet in the shower facility located in the center of the campground.

Handicap Accessible: Poison Creek Campground is handicap accessible with three handicap equipped sites; 235, 236 and 237.

Firewood: Firewood is available through a vendor's stand near the host for $6.00 per bundle. There was a rumor ice would be for sale during the hot summer days through the host.

Pets: Pets are allowed but must be kept on a leash or caged.

Picnic Area: There is a small picnic area near the boat ramp.

Recreation: Recreational activities include camping, fishing, swimming, water skiing, jet skiing, hiking, sun bathing, photography and watching wildlife.

Fishing: Fishing is available in Cascade Lake from the bank or by boat. Species include trout, large and small mouth bass, perch and Northern Pikeminnow.

Boating: Boating is a favorite activity here and Poison Creek Campground has a boat ramp and handling docks. One will need to remove their boat at night or beach it near your campsite as mooring at the dock is not allowed.

Swimming: Swim at your own risk as there is no lifeguard, however, you will find many people splashing and swimming on any hot day.

Wildlife: One could see deer, elk, black bear and many smaller animals in this area. There are many species of bird to watch along the shore and in the woods.

Additional Camping Opportunities: We have reviewed these nearby campgrounds; Amanita Campground, Big Sage Campground, Blue Heron Campground, Buttercup Campground, Crown Point Campground, Curlew Campground, French Creek Campground, Huckleberry Campground, Rainbow Point Campground, Ridgeview Campground, Sage Bluff Campground, Sugarloaf Campground, Van Wyck Campground and West Mountain Campground.

Phone service: We had service with our ATT phones but there is no pay phone in the campground.

Nearby Services: When we needed supplies, we drove to Donnelly, Idaho, about 8 miles away.

RV Dumping Site: If you need to dump your RV waste, there is an RV dumping station on the north end of West Mountain Campground.

Location/Driving instructions: From Donnelly, Idaho follow this Google Map.

Coordinates: 44.6696150, -116.1109640

Elevation: 4853 Feet

Reviewed Date: May 2011

Fees And Reservations: Campsites may be reserved through as a loop in Lake Cascade State Park. Singles campsites are $27.56 per day which includes tax. Your extra vehicle will be another $8.48. There are no double campsites in Poison Creek Campground. The group shelter was $79.50 per day for 2011 and the day use area is $5.00. To enter the park, you will be charged $5.00 per car so if you are going to use the showers, plan on $5.00 per car and $3.00 per person.

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

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Annette Stevens:

Hello I really want to stay at Poison Creek campground.  I am having a hard time reserving a spot on reserve  I can't seem to find poison creek on the site. Any pointers would be helpful.  We would like a spot for July 15 to July 17th.  Leave on the 17th.  Just a 2 night in our camper we just bought.  Thank you Annette Stevens

Reply to Annette. You have to look up "Lake Cascade State Park, ID" then it is one of the loops there.

We just stayed at Poison Creek last week. I LOVE THIS CAMP GROUND!! The bathrooms/showers were clean.  The host this round was super nice and very attentive to the sites.  Just across the street is the beginning of an easy hiking trail to Tamarack.  The full hook ups are nice.  All sites are paved and level.  Note, if taking a boat, the "L" shaped boat dock you see on Google maps right next to the camp ground, is private owned by Tamarack Rentals.  The one you can use is the public ramp and docks.  The water level was high, and the sites to the North had the best beaches for kids to play in. This camp ground is in high demand and we had to book right when booking opened for our dates.  Overall, we are coming back soon.
Dan Davis:

Why in the world would you allow folks to block these camp sites 9 months in advance and yet cancel out at the last minute?  I've wanted one of these sites for years now on a particular time in August and can't reserve even in January because they are blocked out, yet when I drive by in august not all spots are taken?? Frustrating! 

What is the cell service like for Verizon customers at poison creek? Thx

Charlette W: I don't believe you are allowed to camping the parking lot thus no price.
Charlette W:

I'm looking to dry camp in the parking lot but can't find a price per night. Also does the parking lot get plowed I heard there was snow up that way still.

Poison Creek is not open year around.Walk-in season begins May 6th with reservations available May 26th through Sept 6th. However most reservable sites are already reserved for 2022. There are 20 reservable campsites which only leaves 2 first come campsites.

Is this campground seasonal or year round??