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Liberty1776
April 07, 2006, 21:32
Hey guys.

I haven't been camping in almost a decade and the wife and I are FINALLY going to have a night off from our newborn so we've decided to go camping. I seriously need to develop those 'outdoors' skills. :biggrin:

It seems most of the camp grounds are closed until May, so my question is where do you suggest we camp?

Anywhere within 50 miles of Sandpoint would be great, as long as we can get to it with a front wheel drive car.

Thanks! We're planning on leaving in a couple days.

Temp
April 07, 2006, 22:39
The Randy Weaver memorial KOA.

Liberty1776
April 07, 2006, 22:46
I'll ask on a forum with less assholes, thanks.

Temp
April 07, 2006, 22:52
you're welcome,....

Sayeret Tzanhanim
April 07, 2006, 23:37
Don't get mad and go away...just go away.
And BY the way, good luck finding a forum with fewer assholes.

Here, do some research:

http://www.idahoparks.org/parks/

There's probably a few abandoned meth houses in Post Falls...

Talyn
April 08, 2006, 19:59
There's a couple of USFS campgrounds on Lake Pend Oreille.

Samowen campground is about 15 miles east of Sandpoint on Highway 200 about 3 miles east of the town of Hope.

Abit more primative but drivable to is Green Bay campground. Turn right at Sagle onto the Garfield Bay road (there's a campground there too) and go a couple miles past that.

Stop by the USFS office on Highway 200 towards the west edge of town for more info.

BTW, I lived in Sandpoint in the early 90's for 4 1/2 years. Everyone still thinks n. Idaho is an Aryan National area, but the area got a bad rap because of a small number of nut jobs & they media attention they got. We always laughed at them when a few would show up with their placards on a street corner every once & awhile. The Aryan Nations types have been run out of the area mostly especially after the old nut case Butler died & was taken to the cleaners in court.

Sandpoint now is a rich resort town now. All that being said be prepared for some cool & rainy weather up there this time of the year.

Liberty1776
April 09, 2006, 10:06
Originally posted by Talyn
There's a couple of USFS campgrounds on Lake Pend Oreille.

Samowen campground is about 15 miles east of Sandpoint on Highway 200 about 3 miles east of the town of Hope.

Abit more primative but drivable to is Green Bay campground. Turn right at Sagle onto the Garfield Bay road (there's a campground there too) and go a couple miles past that.

Stop by the USFS office on Highway 200 towards the west edge of town for more info.

BTW, I lived in Sandpoint in the early 90's for 4 1/2 years. Everyone still thinks n. Idaho is an Aryan National area, but the area got a bad rap because of a small number of nut jobs & they media attention they got. We always laughed at them when a few would show up with their placards on a street corner every once & awhile. The Aryan Nations types have been run out of the area mostly especially after the old nut case Butler died & was taken to the cleaners in court.

Sandpoint now is a rich resort town now. All that being said be prepared for some cool & rainy weather up there this time of the year.

Thanks for the post. :beer:

Yeah I have no idea why there is such a knee-jerk "Randy Weaver" "Aryan Nations" "Neo-Nazi" connotation with the Panhandle, it's surprisingly liberal in politics.

Windustsearch
April 09, 2006, 10:11
Tell me about it, said liberal California types have built condos on most of the places I used to camp on Preist lake.

There is still alot of good area down along the St Joe river with free camping haul-outs. At least there was 5 years ago or so.

kmohror
April 09, 2006, 21:33
Try Farragut State park. It is at the southern end of Pend Oreille Lake. Lots of camping spots and next to the lake.

kmohror
Spokane, WA


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lysander6
April 10, 2006, 16:59
We residents up here never dispell the notion that the neonazis and militia types are overabundant. We still can't stem the white flight from Mexifornia though. Come visit, live here if you want but please adjust to our culture and check any socialism at the border. This isn't aimed at you but if you are related to DABTL it is a danger.

cycle_rcr
April 10, 2006, 18:00
If you want to really have some crazy good fun. Go on the internet. Figure out what ranger districts are applicable for the USFS NF in the area you want to camp in.

Go to that ranger district website.

BUY THE RANGER DISTRICT MAP.

I kid you not. These are the best outdoors maps for federal land. No comparison to anything else. They show all FS roads and spurs. They are worth every cent and then some. Do this, you will be satisfied. Better than delorme or USGS quads

Now when you have your map. Pick a nice remote spur road. Go to it and set up the choice hunter camp. Hell with KOA, etc. Flush toilet?? Bring a shovel. or a toilet seat and a plastic bucket.

In the area, I am very partial to a bit west of Spokane, but thats just personal preference.

BTW, I believe a USAF survival school is in the area.

Liberty1776
April 13, 2006, 16:53
Thanks for the great info guys, our trip is delayed until next month so I'll be able to put these tid-bits into action.

mortgun
April 25, 2006, 18:45
It's funny that someone with the handle Liberty1776 should get so upset about the Randy Weaver reference.

farranger
June 02, 2006, 22:20
Lots of good campgrounds on lollo pass.