Overview of Pettit Lake Campground
Last Price Paid: $8
Reported by BOSN on 9/10/2020
Longest RV Reported: 27 feet (Travel Trailer)
Reported by BOSN on 9/10/2020
Number of Sites 12
Pad Type gravel
Open Seasonally June - September
Elevation 6,988 ft / 2,129 m
Max Stay 10
Tent Camping Yes
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“Sawtooth Dry Camping”
The road into the campground off of Hwy 75 is a washboarded gravel road for about 2 miles. Pettit Lake Campground has 13 sites for dry camping. Most of the sites will accommodate small to medium size RV's. Sites 12 and 13, I believe, may be a couple of the best sites as they are close to the lake. There was no on-site camp hosts. Although I saw some folks come from another camp ground I would imagine to square away sites on Labor Day. Also, there is no drinking water contrary to what the Sawtooth National Forest shows on their website for the campground...perhaps they are considering the lake water. One couple from Colorado drove 12 miles back to Stanley to try and find drinking water. They had to go to a small store and buy it. Water can be found without buying it by going to either Alturas Lake or Redfish Lake facilities. There is also dump stations north of Pettit Lake at Redfish Lake and also at the Stanley Park Ranger Station, just south of Stanley on the left as you are heading north on Idaho Hwy 75. If you are going south from Pettit Lake, there is a nice dump station at Smiley Creek, just across the hwy from the Smiley Creek Store, near the airfield. There is also dumpsters for trash and recyclables there. It has $5 fee for dumping on the honor system.
The sites all have fire rings and old picnic tables, and the campground has a couple of vault toilets and a dumpster for trash. The campground also is a major trailhead into the Sawtooth Wilderness Area and there is a cul-de-sac parking area that fills up even during the week in the summer with hikers and backpackers' autos. We had a tight situation when I was driving through the cul-de-sac with my 27 ft trailer and someone had parked illegally on the road. So, to avoid that cul-de-sac, take the first loop to the left as you enter the campground as most of the decent sites are in that loop, including 12 and 13.
Of course they charge for the sites. $16 for a single and $32 for a double. Half price for us old guys with a Golden Age pass, all on the honor system it seems, and I'm not sure anyone polices who pay and who doesn't. The same goes for fire restrictions. Although camp fires were prohibited when we were there the week after Labor Day, that didn't stop a few from having one in their fire rings. There is no one to tell them not to, and just having a sign doesn't stop everyone.
There is also several spots where free dispersed camping is found around the campground. Some of the dispersed sites can be found on the road into the campground from Hwy 75, and others on the Yellow Belly Lake road, 365, that goes off to the right, just before you enter the Pettit Lake Campground.
The only advantage that I see with staying in the campground vice free dispersed camping is the proximity to the lake itself and the Tin Cup trailhead to the Sawtooth Wilderness Area, unless the vault toilet and dumpster is a draw.
Pettit Lake is a medium sized clear mountain lake, very pretty, just on the edge of the Sawtooth Wilderness Area. There are private homes with docks and ski boats on the south shore. The water is very clear and I saw some large fish swimming near the bottom while canoeing. There is a boat launch on the lake and power boats are allowed. Fortunately, I and a hand full of paddle boarders had the lake to ourselves during the week late in the summer.
BOSN would stay here again
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- dry camping
- boat ramp
- picnic area
- recreation trail
- restrooms: vault
- water available
Cabin Creek was full of water, kayaking and fishing
- the gheens
Loved it! (Price is for double site) - FF
Beautiful, busy lake
Nice Dump Station
Great Campground - Great area - Beautiful Lakes, hikes, activities - Quiet
- Spam In A Can Colorado
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