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Woodhead Park

Name: Woodhead Park

Woodhead Park is an Idaho Power recreational facility located on Brownlee Reservoir a few miles above Brownlee Dam. Woodhead Park was built in 1959, remodeled and expanded in 1995. The park was named for Ed Woodhead, the chief engineer in the construction of Brownlee Dam. Woodhead Park Campground is situated across a few rolling hills on the Idaho side of Brownlee Reservoir. The mountains on both sides tower over the park. They are dirt covered, not the rocky, cliff covered slopes you will find deeper in Hells Canyon. Fishing, camping, water sports, and wildlife watching are the main attractions in this area. If you drive down to Oxbow Reservoir, check out the reflections on the water. I have a picture of the reflections in my review of McCormick Park.

Campsites: There are 124 RV camping sites that include water, a fire pit, electricity, and a picnic table. There are also 15 tent sites with water, fire pits and picnic tables. Picnic areas are located throughout the park as well as a group shelter or two. To arrange for a group to use one of these shelters, please call 208-388-2231 M - F 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST.

Host on Site: There are multiple hosts in Woodhead Park.

Water: Woodhead Park has a pressurized water system and most campsites have it available.

Garbage Services: There are garbage dumpsters by the restrooms and a couple more locations.

Electricity Available: Electricity is available both 15 amp and 30 amp.

Restroom: Restrooms are flushing and very well kept.

Handicap Accessible: Woodhead Park is handicap accessible.

Pets: I can't find policy regarding pets. However, we visited the fall of 2016 and brought our small dog. We kept him on a leash but took him everywhere. Make sure to dispose of your pets droppings.

Picnic Area: Woodhead Park has a big beautiful picnic area which you access from a separate entrance from the highway.

Fishing: Fishing in Brownlee Reservoir includes many species of fish. Bass, crappie, bluegill and trout are a few favorites. Brownlee Reservoir is one of the best fisheries for crappie and bass in the state of Idaho. I personally know of several people that have returned home with a cooler full of crappie. For Idaho fishing regulations see our fishing page.

Boating: There are two boat ramps for accessing the reservoir. These are both in the same area and have a large boat parking area. The fish cleaning facility is located by the restrooms at the boat ramps here in Woodhead Park. People use the reservoir for fishing, boating , skiing...just plain having fun on the water.

Hiking: There are some trails on the hills above Loop D. Terri and I hiked them a two or three times as well as the paved trails and roadways throughout the park.

Wildlife: If you enjoy wildlife, there is an abundance of opportunities for your enjoyment. On my drive to Woodhead Park, I saw flocks of turkey, 3 elk, 6 deer, 6 bighorn sheep, 2 bald eagles, as well as numerous ducks and geese. I am sure there are many more species to enjoy. A note of caution, rattlesnakes do inhabit Hells Canyon!

Additional Camping Opportunities: McCormick Park, Hells Canyon Park and several undeveloped sites scattered along the shore. The Oregon side also offers a number of sites not included in this review.

Phone service: Public pay phones are available in Woodhead Park. However, I had no reception on my AT&T phone. We were able to get WiFi at times through the park.

Nearby Services: There is a store located just 3 miles away. You pass it coming in.

RV Dumping Site: An RV dump station is conveniently located for use at the exit of Woodhead Park.

Nearest Shower: There are showers available in the park.

Location/Driving instructions: From Cambridge, Idaho, turn west on Idaho 71 for about 28 miles until you reach the Hells Canyon area, then watch for the sign.

Coordinates: 44.804885,-116.918901

Elevation: 2146 Feet

Reviewed Date: October 2016

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

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

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Ken Flynn:

Love this park, restroom and shower facilities top rate, cleanest I have ever seen. The fishing on the lake and surrounding areas excellent.  
All though a desert environment still very beautiful. We try and go every year we love it, would move there if we could. 

I really wish they could take reservations here! We went tent camping here and were lucky to get the sites at the very back that had the most trees. We had a good time, but if we had to use any of the other spots it would've been a bit miserable because of the lack of shade. We enjoyed our stay, but I don't think we want to make that gamble of getting a decent spot unless we bring our own shade structures.

Pros:clean drinking water fountain and spout at the camp site. Comes with the usual table and fire pit. Sites are right off the lake. Warm showers are free and bathrooms with flushing toilets are very clean, lit, and well taken care of with soap, hand dryer, and toilet paper. There is also an outlet on the bathroom buildings if you need to charge up some electronics.

Cons: Have to park in the parking lot and walk your stuff in. Not too bad depending on where you're at. Little to no shade. Only 5 of the sites have any decent shade and it gets pretty hot in the day. If you're at a site closer to the bathrooms, they are lit up very bright at night which may be a bother to you - unless you like that. No cell phone reception. We use Verizon and had to drive almost all the way back to Cambridge to get any service. The lake shore around the campsites is very rocky with several thistles and prickly weeds.

Woodhead is our go to campground in the spring.  The hosts and IP employees are the best! In some sites you can get wifi but no cell. I was able to use Facebook Messenger for calls. Heated and very clean bathrooms and showers!!

I have been there several times and plan a family trip with 14 plus people every year. Everything in the campground is great as far as accommodations. The camp host is a little uptight on a few things such as parking to look for a camp spot. Everybody in the campground are great! Fishing has been phenomenal for the past few years and we will continue to plan our family get together there for years to come. The no cell service is an amazing feature as far as I am concerned. If you want a vacation you should not be on your phone anyways!!!!!!!!!! If you need service you have wifi and if that's not enough three miles up the road you can use their phone. 

Are you now accepting reservations? If so, who do I contact in order to do that?
Thank you

Camper Lisa has asked if Woodhead Park is now taking reservations. According to the official Idaho Power website the answer is NO. I have not heard of any likelihood of this happening in the future.

PS. idahocampgroundreview doesn't own, manager or even take reservations for any campground. We exist solely to give our opinion of each campground.
Cindy Sorensen:

Idaho Power campground guests can now make reservations online by going to:

The number of RV sites at Woodhead Park has changed from 124 to 118. Those 12 sites are now 6 double sites in loop A in addition to the other RV sites in Loop A.
Hristo Stoynov:

We visited the campground this past long weekend 9/03/18. Vastly amazed by the well kept grounds, clean facilities, welcoming host, high tech reservation system. We arrived very late in the evening and were able to register and settle in a short amount of time. Enjoyed the park and lake the next day. We had a slight issue with double registration that was resolved by Idaho Power very fast and smooth via email the next day. We will definitely visit again in future and will recommend to friends. Guests Hristo and Lucy from Seattle
Doug Bishop:

We love this park well maintained. Great RV sites with hook ups and level. Restrooms and showers are very clean. Hosts are very friendly and helpful. No cell service but that's ok Just need a few more trees for shade.

There are new rates now. Idaho power does take reservations. Very clean park and restrooms. Very nice hosts.Great Idaho power employees