We’ve covered this before, but because Washington and Idaho both offer great areas for lake camping, it’s totally worth mentioning again. You can point blindly at a list of all the lakes in the area and, most likely, there’s a camping option. It’s fantastic but can also be a bit overwhelming.

To help you along, here are three options we recommend for lake camping.

Spirit Lake:

The city of Spirit Lake is in the heart of the mountains in northern Idaho. It boasts mountainous rivers, hilly drives, and beautiful seasonal colors. There are five campgrounds within fifteen miles of Spirit Lake. (Alpine Country Store and RV Park, Bayview Marinas’ camping and RV sites, Farragut State Park, Silverwood RV Park.)

However, if you prefer to be directly on the lake, Sedlmayers Resort is a great choice. The resort offers full-hook-up RV sites and a year-round lake house. You can swim in the lake, bicycle, hike or relax on the beach.

Diamond Lake:

Diamond Lake sits in the southern region of Pend Oreille County. It has 7 miles of shoreline and is about 800 acres in size. The lake’s remarkably pristine waters and warm summer weather make activities like swimming, water skiing, jet skiing, tubing, fishing, and sailing a pure joy.

There are several camping options to choose from but here’s a link to the forest service to get you started. Along with the 238 campsites they offer, they have such amenities as flush toilets, showers and RV dump stations, among others.

Deer Lake:

Deer Lake is situated in eastern Washington and is a perfect destination for boaters, campers, RV’ers, and all outdoor enthusiasts. It’s secluded in the pacific northwest’s evergreen forests but is still conveniently located close to golfing, shopping and dining if you don’t want to totally rough it.

For your camping options, you’re looking at either the Deer Lake Resort or the more rustic Chippewa National Forest.

Be safe out there and enjoy the beautiful Inland Northwest.

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