There are multiple camping opportunities available at Priest Lake ranging from developed campgrounds to more primitive camping. Both the U.S. Forest Service and Idaho State Parks have a number of campgrounds available to tourists.
The Idaho State Park campgrounds are found along the Priest River and on the east side of the lake. They are the Dickensheet unit near Coolin, the Indian Creek unit where park headquaters are located, and the Lionhead unit at the northeast end of the lake.
There are six developed National Forest campgrounds on the west side of the lake and many more in the nearby forests. In addition there are primative campgrounds on the upper lake and on Kalispell and Bartoo Islands.
While you can drive to the developed campgrounds the only way to go island camping is by boat. Sandpoint resident Jane Stoll and her family are regular visitors to Priest Lake. They come back every year to head out to the islands for a unique camping experience.
Stoll says, “We come here to Priest Lake once a summer to camp on the islands where it’s not too busy and the waters are clean and cool. You’re just far away from everything else…there’s only a few campers on each side of you. Here there’s only four campsites, no one else has stayed, we’ve had the beach off and on to ourselves, but it’s pretty much real private.”