Never having done any Idaho camping, we were looking forward to visiting the state, and checking out some of it’s campgrounds. We had heard quite a lot about Northern Idaho, with it’s beautiful scenery, so we headed that way.
We decided to stop for a month in the area, giving us time to check out the sights, and also look over some of the campgrounds and resorts. We settled on Blue Lake RV Resort at Naples, ID.
The owners, Heidi and James Boraski, are great hosts, and instantly became friends. Helpful, great attitudes, and knowledgable, with a sprinkling of humor thrown, in describes them.
The moment we were escorted to our site, we knew we had made a good choice. Our site was on a back corner of the park.
It was nice and open, very large, and level, with a cattle pasture on one side, leading to nice views of the surrounding mountains and valley. Our fire ring was placed along-side the pasture.
Blue Lake is a beautiful volcanic lake with deep blue water. The owners tell us that the depth has never been determined but is over 200 feet. Swimming is allowed and encouraged. Catch and release fishing requires no license.
Idaho Camping – Around Blue Lake
There is a golf tee where you can hit balls into the lake.
Swings and outdoor furniture along the lake invite “sitting a spell”. The bath house and laundry are immaculate.
Around the lake are a couple of rental cabins. There is also a tent for rent with wooden floors, wood heater, a bed and chairs.
There is also a large chess set with waist high chess pieces.
There is even a giant sized set of pick-up sticks.
The park sits between Sand Point and Bonners Ferry. The club house has an evening wine bar where you can sample huckleberry wine.
We really fell in love with the area. Sand Point is the larger of the two towns with an artsey feel.
Bonners Ferry sits in a river valley, and is a quaint small town. It’s people are easy to get to know. Most of those we met are imports that love their new town and love to talk about it.
An hour’s drive to the south is Coeur d’Alene, a beautiful city along a lake, with mountains all around that has just about anything one would need.
Kootenai Wildlife Refuge sits just to the west of Bonners Ferry. We drove through many times and always saw lots of deer and millions of birds. We also had a couple of moose sightings. Early and late in the day are, of course, the best viewing times.
There are several very scenic drives around Bonners Ferry, with falls to walk to, overlooks, and forest roads to keep you entertained if you like the great ourdoors. It is also only about half and hour to Canada.
The time we spent here has been one of our best months since retiring. Blue Lake RV Resort became one of our favorite campgrounds, and moved Idaho camping to the top of our list.