Overview of Broken Arrow Campground
Last Price Paid: $10
Reported by LoveLifeOnTheRoad on 8/8/2019
Longest RV Reported: 40 feet (Fifth Wheel)
Reported by LoveLifeOnTheRoad on 8/8/2019
Number of Sites 118
Pad Type gravel
Open Seasonally Yes
Elevation 5190 ft
Max Length 32 ft
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“Broken Arrow CG – Close to GNP, big rig friendly, spacious sites, hot showers and flush toilets”
First, many of the details in the header for Broken Arrow CG are incorrect. The corrected information is as follows:
Number of sites: 134 (not 118)
Maximum size rig: 50’ (according to the camp host; definitely bigger than the 32’ listed)
Roads and camping pads are asphalt (not gravel)
This lovely campground in the Diamond Lake Recreation Area is one of three NF campgrounds around Diamond Lake. The other two, Thielsen View and Diamond Lake, are right on the lake. Broken Arrow CG is just off the lake but the South Shore Picnic Area, with a swimming beach and boat ramp, is right around the corner. It’s only five miles to the north entrance to Glacier National Park, making it the perfect spot to explore the park and the area.
Approximately 60 sites are FCFS with the remainder being reservable. According to the host the CG fills up 3 out of every 5 summer weekends. We arrived early on a Friday afternoon at the end of July and had no trouble finding a site large enough to accommodate our 40’ 5W. The sites are huge and well spaced from adjoining sites. Some sites are ‘singles’ and some are ‘doubles;’ in general the doubles are either twice as wide or twice as long as singles. The singles are $15/night ($7.50 for Senior Pass holders) and the doubles are $20 ($10 for senior pass). Most sites are back-ins but there are also come pull-throughs (like B7 where we were). Bathrooms have electricity and flush toilets, the dump/fill station is easily accessed, there are hot showers, and water spigots are strategically spaced throughout.
A beautiful 11 mile asphalt bike trail encircles Diamond Lake and can be accessed from the
CG. I had a workable Verizon signal on weekdays, not so much on Friday-Sunday. Surprisingly the whole Diamond Lake, Highway 138 area has decent Verizon coverage; there's a tower above the Ranger Station on Highway 138 near Lake Toketee.
We ended up spending a full week here instead of the four nights we planned on. The CG was busiest on the first Friday night we were there, but during the week it was very quiet.
Right now there are huge piles of dead wood scattered around the CG and the Diamond Lake area in general with more dead wood yet to be piled up so it’s not looking its best. According to the camp host the wood will be burned during the winter. The NF has been taking down dead trees and thinning the forest. This is one of the few forested CGs we’ve been in that we had no concerns about low hanging tree branches striking our 13’ tall 5W.
Area amenities: Groceries-basically none. There’s a small camp store in the Diamond Lake Marina with very, very basic stuff, mainly microwavable meals; no fresh produce. Post Office, UPS, FedEx-there’s a tiny post office in the Diamond Lake Lodge, where they also receive UPS and FedEx packages. If you’re expecting mail via General Delivery, go in and let the post mistress know. Gas/Diesel-there’s a gas station just north of Diamond Lake Lodge with regular, super, and diesel. South Shore Pizza does a good job and has a decent collection of beer on tap. There’s a restaurant in the Lodge but we didn’t check it out. Visitor Information-there’s a Umpqua Forest Information Center across the street from Diamond Lake CG where we were able to pick up a Motor Vehicle Use Map and brochures with waterfall and hiking information. The Diamond Lake Ranger Office is a beautiful building with maps for sale and detailed trail information, about a 20 mile drive from the CG, on Highway 138. Verizon-On a Thursday I had 5.53 download, 0.07 upload, workable but slow. Early in the morning I was able to stream video. On Friday I couldn’t get my hot spot to connect. Waterfalls-there are over 25 waterfalls within a 30 -45 minute drive.
Glacier NP notes: Through more accident than design, we landed in the area at the right time, late July. The summer season is very short. The rim road was open, we were able to purchase boat tour tickets, and there were no forest fires.
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- dry camping
- recreation trail
- water access
- fire ring
- picnic table
- pull thru
- dump station
- ADA Accessible
- restrooms: flush
- water available
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