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Overview of Lightning Creek Road Dispersed Camping

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

Open Seasonally Yes

Elevation 2,690 ft / 819 m

Max Stay 14

Tent Camping Yes

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thecampingnerd
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32' Heartland Prowler
Dodge 2500
35 reviews
“Dispersed Camping In The Forest With Small Private Campsites Next To Lightning Creek & The Cabinet Mountains.”

Reviewed 8/28/2020

Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 7
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Lightning Creek Road is National Forest road that is about 10 miles long and has dispersed campsites all along it. Most of the campsites are down small narrow roads and about 4-5 are big enough for a trailer but most will only be large enough for a car or van. Make sure you scout down roads before driving down them because a lot of the sites are small and difficult to turn around in with a trailer.

We found a really nice campsite that was large enough for our 32 foot travel trailer about 5 miles from the point where the paved part of Lightning Creek Road becomes dirt. The listed coordinates will take you to where that campsite was but there are a few good smaller campsites before that one.

Some of the best larger campsites were further down the road than the one we camped in. If you are towing a trailer you will be able to turn around about 10 miles in at the 3rd bridge which will be to your left. If you cross that bridge, there will be a large open area directly to your right you can fit multiple large RVs in or use to turn around.

The area is beautiful and there are tons of amazing hikes along the road. The creek is full of small trout and the campsites are all well shaded, near water, and mostly hidden from the dusty main road. There are camping signs in a few of the sites but there is no official camping information posted anywhere. Like most places, we are assuming the limit is 14 days.

The camping is much closer to the town of Clark Fork, ID than it looks, and the dirt road was in excellent condition when we were there in August 2020. This is definitely a place mostly used by locals and many of the campsites were still open even over the weekend.

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thecampingnerd
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32' Heartland Prowler
Dodge 2500
35 reviews
thecampingnerd
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32' Heartland Prowler
Dodge 2500
35 reviews
Free Camping In The Cabinet Mountains By Lightning Creek, ID

We stayed at Lightning Creek Road in Idaho in August.Our Previous Stop: Free Boondocking On The Shores Of The Largest Lake In IdahoOur Next Stop: Montana Campground Info Location: 48.242828, -116.11119...

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Hookups
  • dry camping
  • Dispersed Camping

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