Josephus Lake Campground

Salmon-Challis National Forest

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Josephus Lake Rd. (FR-008) Stanley, ID 83278 208-756-5100 Official Website

GPS: 44.5491, -115.1432

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Overview of Josephus Lake Campground

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads. Learn more: Boondocking 101.

Number of Sites 3

Pad Type dirt

Open Seasonally Yes

Elevation 7,053 ft / 2,149 m

Max Stay 14

Tent Camping Yes

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33 reviews
“Not for the Faint of Heart”

Reviewed 8/5/2019

Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: 0
Overall Rating

This is a free campground 18 miles and a 1.5 hour drive at 10mph the entire way. The campground has four sites and one working outhouse. Three sites are on the lake with one set back down the hill from the outhouse.

This is a tent only campground due to the road in. It is very narrow, steep, and very rocky in many if not all, areas. It's so narrow that encountering another vehicle requires one of you to back up to a wider area, then moving over as close to the edge as safely as possible to allow the other person to pass.

When we went, there were two families camping there. Mosquitos weren't bad and the sites wide enough for a good sized tent. Each site had a fire ring, but not all sites had a picnic table.

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2 reviews
“Beautiful spot with hiking or ATV trails right there. ”

Reviewed 7/10/2019

Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 3
RV Length: 11' (Teardrop Trailer)
Overall Rating

Josephus Lake is located in Challis National Forest about 20 miles north of highway 21 and probably 40-50 miles northwest of Stanley, Idaho. The road from highway 21 is not paved. The first 10+ miles are a well graded gravel road suitable for travel trailers.
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  • dry camping
  • recreation trail
Site Amenities
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • restrooms: vault
  • pets
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