Hipcamp host Chris W.,
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Our Bear Lake Bascamp is perfect for boondocking or pitch a tent and camp in our 5 acres meadow or find a small shady spot in the 5 acres of  quakies and pine trees!  Off grid camping! OHV trails (ride from camp), bring your mountain bikes or even just go for a hike. Located at the edge of the Caribou-Targhe National Forest, Montpelier Ranger District, Idaho. The sunrises are
Our Bear Lake Bascamp is perfect for boondocking or pitch a tent and camp in our 5 acres meadow or find a small shady spot in the 5 acres of  quakies and pine trees!  Off grid camping! OHV trails (ride from camp), bring your mountain bikes or even just go for a hike. Located at the edge of the Caribou-Targhe National Forest, Montpelier Ranger District, Idaho. The sunrises are amazing and in the evening you can listen to the coyotes off in the distance. It is open in the winter for snowshoeing or snowmobiling in with wood ready for the fire pit!  Recommend, that when you first arrive, build a small fire in the fire pit and the smoke will get rid of any of the bugs around.  We get up there about 1 time a month and mow/trim the path, parking and work on the trails in the pines.   Turn left at the smile face....When you see it, you'll know what I mean ;)  Please be respectful of others who have property in the area as well.  Don't climb over anyone's fences.   
Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
2 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Up to 2 vehicles
No wheelchair access
RV Information
Travel trailers, Fifth wheels, Toy haulers, Pop-up campers, Campervans, and Cars allowed
Vehicles under 24 feet allowed
Back-in site
Generators allowed
Ask about slideout accommodation
surface type
surface levelness
No Class A RVs, Class B RVs, or Class C RVs
Hookups: No electricity, water, sewage, or TV connection
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Fire ban in effect
Picnic table available
Bins available
No potable water
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Have a question? Send Chris a message!
  • Check in: After 9AM
  • Check out: Before 2PM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 15% off


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Off-roading (OHV)
Snow sports
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Bear Lake Basecamp! in Idaho.


The Minitonka cave is about 30 mins to the south down the main highway towardS Garden City


Places to see near Bear Lake Basecamp!

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Hipcamper Jake

Beautiful mountain meadow site

Jake G.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
October 7th, 2020

Loved this site in the fall-no bugs, fall colors starting, no other campers. If you follow the host’s directions you shouldn’t have issues getting there. We have a RoofNest on our truck and the spot was great for us. Our dog loved it too-she was very at ease and happy there. The price was right, too, for a very quiet and starry night on a beautiful mountain meadow. We noticed a motion camera on a tree at the back of the property halfway through the stay. We appreciate why the owner might want that; for privacy reasons we just wish it had been mentioned in the listing. Great spot if you are passing though Idaho and want something unique and private.

Hipcamper Rose
Rose R.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
September 7th, 2020

Super pretty place! Very peaceful and fun!! Directions kind of confusing but found it!! Loved the view and the campsite was perfect! Thank you!!

Hipcamper Leah, Tony, and Matt!

Peaceful, beautiful meadow camping

Leah, Tony, And Matt! F.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
August 4th, 2020

We had a great stay at this camping spot by Bear Lake! We found the directions very easy to follow (use Chris' directions and not your GPS) and it led us to a beautiful, quiet meadow. We set up camp and appreciated having access to a rustic bathroom and non-potable water. There was a trail leading from our site to the bathroom that was lined with solar-powered pathway lights. Each site had a fire pit and picnic table. Due to fire season, we did not start a fire, but there was available firewood and I'm sure it would have been lovely! This spot was perfect for us as a little stop from the west coast out to Yellowstone National Park.

So gorgeous and peaceful! Such a serene space! Stacked, available firewood. The path to the campsites.
Hipcamper Liz

Beautiful private campsite

Liz G.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
July 29th, 2020

This was a great campsite! We struggled a little to find it, but once we were there it was perfect. We really appreciated there was water and buckets available to put out our fire. Being surrounded by the trees was so beautiful and private. We saw lots of butterflies, chipmunks, and even briefly spotted an elk! Would definitely recommend this campsite :)

Hipcamper Sarah
Sarah A.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
July 27th, 2020

The site was private, next to one other camping space. The area was clean and well-maintained. The trees were beautiful and the stars were bright! Need a trick or something similar to access the site because of a long dirt road. I gave this site all the best ratings.

Hipcamper Kaitlyn
Kaitlyn W.
doesn't recommend this listing.
(Site 2)
July 12th, 2020

It’s about 50 minutes from Garden City. It is also a 20 minute drive on a fairly well maintained dirt road, but a dirt road regardless. Pretty open campsite, not much privacy if the other campsite is taken. Beautiful area, just really far away from Bear Lake.

Hipcamper Amy

Beautiful property!

Amy R.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
June 29th, 2020

This was our first time using Hipcamp and we loved this site. It is private and right against a beautiful forest. The camp has a rustic outhouse, fire pit, and picnic table. They have non-drinkable water to put out the fire and wash your hands. We booked both sites because we weren't sure how it was set up. Of you're in site 2, you'll need to walk across the neighboring campsite to get to the outhouse. There were mosquitos but having a fire and using bug spray helped!

We had a really awful time getting here. We came in from the south (town of Ovid) which is what our GPS instructed. We ended up getting stuck on a crummy dirt road that my all wheel drive SUV couldn't handle. We eventually made it to the site, and then found that the better way to arrive would be from Georgetown, coming in from the north. Take Stauffer Canyon road heading west. You'll eventually see a house with a big smiley face and the road forks- take the west road, which would be veering slightly to the right. The directions on this listing say to turn left at the smiley face, so I'm not sure what that means. The road you want is to the west. You'll continue up the road past a gate (which says private property and you might have to open, but you are ok to do this) and you'll eventually find the campsite. This route is a dirt road, but much better maintained than the route coming from the south that your GPS/Google Maps will recommend.

Hipcamper Charles

Beautiful spot

Charles H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
June 27th, 2020

This was a great place to camp. We wanted trees, stars and a view, with few to no neighbors and we got it.
Getting there and back was difficult. Our friend driving a sedan wasn’t able to get to the site to join us. We trusted google maps to get us there and took almost twice as long to get there than we expected.

Hipcamper Henry

Nice site but extremely lousy host

Henry M.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Site 2)
June 21st, 2020

The campsite was clean and spacious. There was water on site to put out your camp fire. We stayed in camp site two. Campsite one has a outhouse and dry firewood that you can use as long as you replace what you use. But the directions he has posted suck!! The address can’t be found on gps and the grid location by gps takes you on a road that is very rough and narrow and becomes undrivable. We ended up damaging two stabilizer jacks on the rear of our trailer. Two strangers that own land out there came and helped us get turned around and with the use of a chainsaw they made the road passable and showed us how to get to the campsite a safer and easier way. Two weeks before and a week before the camp trip we emailed our host for better directions but he never emailed us back. The site was nice but the directions and the host both suck!!

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