Corps of Engineers Riley Creek Campground on banks of Lake Pend Oreille in north Idaho

Well, we landed at theĀ Riley Creek campground on the shore of the magnificant Lake Pend Oreille, just 14 miles west of Sandpoint in north Idaho.

This extremely popular campground is the largest of three in the Albeni Falls Dam project that was built in 1955 by theĀ U.S. Army Corps of Engineers “for flood control and power production on the Pend Oreille River.”

“Lake Pend Oreille is surrounded by scenic mountains and is one of the largest and deepest natural lakes in the western United States, plunging to depths of more than 1,200 ft. in some areas. Behind the dam, the Pend Oreille River stretches 65 miles through a glacial-carved valley that separates three mountain ranges.”

Of the 67 camp sites at Riley Creek, 39 are available for reservations through Reserve America. All of these have standard electric and water.

The campground is about 64 miles north of Spokane and 14 miles west of Sandpoint, ID.

Photos: (Top) Site 58, Riley Creek Campground. (Bottom) Jimmy Smith biking along the paved path that encircles most of the campground. Lake Pend Oreille in background. (Julianne G. Crane)


  • Ruth

    Beautiful!