The best camping near Lake Owyhee State Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Lake Owyhee State Park adventure.

The best camping near Lake Owyhee State Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Lake Owyhee State Park adventure.

Camping near Lake Owyhee State Park

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Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Lake Owyhee State Park adventure.

You really need a boat to see and appreciate much of the rugged and remote park's geology.  

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Cagle Cove

5 sites · RVs, Tents6 acres · Greenleaf, ID
Learn more about this land: Pick your camping spot around a secluded private fish filled pond. Enjoy beautiful sunsets, fishing, swimming, and wildlife watching. Fire rings and picnic tables at each spot. Located near snake river/Sunnyslope wine country, and golf course. 30 to 45 minutes from Boise but feels like you are away from civilization. Pet friendly area and no nearby neighbors. Amazing opportunity to s t a r g a z e. Although there is room for multiple campers, we have limited the reservations to 4 spots. Drug free!
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Micone Ranch

1 site · RV, Tent28 acres · Ontario, OR
Our place is 28 acres, and you can camp anywhere. We can host many people but only want one group at a time. Keep in mind that winter brings snow, and we have a small bridge to cross and a slanted driveway. We are open year-round but make sure your tires can handle our terrain. Reserve a spot and then add any additional tents/rv/vehicles used for sleeping, that will be with you as an additional guest. You can also add extra sleeping structures under the extra tab. Huge windy driveway can accommodate rv campers. A creek runs through the front of the property year-round. Cleared spots available in the non-snow months are small so tent camping only. It is densely wooded. We do have goats in this field. but they are generally shy. Camping areas that people have liked are up top by the top field gate, or down in the field that our large chicken coop is in. There are no large animals in those areas, but chickens do make noises. Up top we have roosters that make noise about 5 am. the lower field on the right is the quietest. The bridge at the entrance to our property is 11' wide, which should allow a standard 8' RV to pass into the property. If you own an extra-wide RV's you should check its width before booking. Extra-wide RV's can park outside the property if you just need a place to park. Look us up on Facebook under Micone Ranch. See daily events and animals! :)
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All in Ranch

1 site · RV, Tent10 acres · Kuna, ID
We only allow overnight stays. Our property is a safe stop for you when traveling through our great state. We have a 10 acre farm, with horse boarding, chickens, goats, dogs, cats, miniature cows raised for junior rodeo. The property is video monitored 24/7. We have plenty of room for you to dry camp, and have a safe night stay when traveling through on your way to scenic mountain adventures.
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Sandhill View Ranch Campsites ⛺️

3 sites · Lodging, Tents30 acres · Notus, ID
Nestled in the rolling hills of southwestern Idaho, this high desert campsite offers a breathtaking view of the Treasure Valley. The valley stretches out before you, with its patchwork of green fields, winding rivers, and bustling towns and cities. In the distance, you can see the rugged peaks of the Owyhee Mountains rising up against the blue sky. The campsite itself is situated on a gravel and dirt leveled site for you to pitch your tent on a level spot, with plenty of room to spread out and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. As the sun sets, you settle into your camping chair, watching the stars come out one by one. The cool night air is alive with the sounds of crickets and frogs, and you can't help but feel a sense of peace and tranquility. at the slowly come alive with the twinkling lights of the towns and cities. You know that you've found a special place here. In the morning, you wake up to a chorus of birdsong.From here, you can see for miles, and you feel a sense of awe where the beauty of nature and the peace of the countryside come together to create a truly unforgettable camping experience. vastness and beauty of the Idaho countryside.
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Kingswood Ranch

3 sites · Tents3 acres · New Plymouth, ID
Just 1-1/2 miles from exit 3 off the 84 Kingswood Ranch is not only a stop for weary travelers, but was created to be a haven for our Military and First Responders to come and unwind or take a class. We are a 501c3 facility. We are in the middle of farmland where cows moo and corn grows tall. Just 12 minutes away from Ontario OR. should you need shopping.  Walking distance from a working dairy if you ever wanted to see one. We have a 90x130 riding arena, should you be hauling horses yourself and need to let them out. Our horses and dogs are available for petting/grooming should you not have any. Fire pit, outhouse, BBQ and picnic table is onsite.
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Mini Acres Farm

2 sites · RVs6 acres · Emmett, ID
6+ acres in the country with central location that is 15 to 20 minute drive to several towns and cities. Lots of large trees that shade grassy park areas. *Got horses?... We have plenty of room for horses, if you’d like, and free access to our riding arena, horse stall and grazing pasture plus riding trails on BLM land. *Got bikes?... Partake in some beautiful, quiet and picturesque country road rides plus nearby off road access to BLM trails. *Like to fish?... If fishing is your thing, there's plenty with many nearby ponds, lakes and rivers. A relaxing countryfied environment!
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Terriland

3 sites · RVs, Tents4 acres · Emmett, ID
We are three parcels of land approximately 4 acres in all. The orchard consists of 27 different fruit trees, a pond for cooling off or swimming. Explore the greenhouse, gardens and bee yard. Relax with a game of horseshoes or corn hole in the afternoon shady or at the many sitting areas located around the property. 50amp (2) and 110 services available. We do not offer sewer hookups. Located just 1/2 mile from Roadhouse at the MIll, Valor Motorplex and Gem Island Sports Complex, 10 miles to Firebird Raceway and minutes to Black Canyon Reservoir. You can step out the back gate and enter Emmett's walking path that will take you along the Payette river, to the sports complex and downtown Emmett.
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At Last Ranch

4 sites · RVs7 acres · Payette, ID
Purchased land in 2019, completing construction of home, shop, and AG buildings in 2021. We call it At Last Ranch because we danced to Etta James’s At Last at our wedding. 20 years and still newlyweds! The place is comfortable and a good base camp if you want to explore the area or just need a place for a night or two. Family home with horses, chickens, and other animals. Must love dogs to stay here. Both sites with electricity and close to water to fill tanks or connect. Site#1 50 amp service on concrete pad Site#2 30 amp service on gravel pad Both sites are next to the residence. Sites 3 and 4 are for dry camping, your rig must be self-contained. The ground is NOT level. Sites 3 and 4 are only $20 per night. House newly built not much landscaping other than natural high desert terrain. Close to Shopping. Close to hunting, lake, and other recreational activities. No sewer services are available on site. Pets okay Room for horses if needed. Call to discuss. Not available for long-term stays. 44°02'15"N 116°51'33"W · 2,182 ft
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Rex & Cate's Hobby Farm

1 site · RV2 acres · Nampa, ID
Our lovely little hobby farm, w/ goats, chicken, fruit trees & vegetable garden, is situated in a county home neighborhood. We are 3 min. from town, 2 min. from fishing at Wilson Ponds, & 15 min. to boating, swimming, fishing at Lake Lowell.  Idaho’s Capital City Boise. is an easy 20 min. drive. Other points of interest include Historic Downtown Nampa, where you'll find, dining, shopping, entertainment, PaintMainia Acrylic Paint Studio, Labyrinth Escape Rooms, Nampa Rollerdrome, Spring through the Fall Farmers Market, Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge & more. Nearby Wineries: St. Chapel, Indian Creek & more. Enjoy small-town living with nearby amusement. Showers & Year-round swimming is minutes away at Nampa Rec. Center for $8.5 for adult day pass & $6.5 for kids & seniors.Learn more about this land:Our lovely little hobby farm, w/ goats, chicken, fruit trees & vegetable garden, is situated in a county home neighborhood.  We are 3 min. from town, 2 min. from fishing at Wilson Ponds, & 15 min. to boating, swimming, fishing at Lake Lowell.  Idaho’s Capital City Boise. is an easy 20 min. drive.   Other points of interest include Historic Downtown Nampa, where you'll find, dining, shopping, entertainment, PaintMainia Acrylic Paint Studio, Labyrinth Escape Rooms, Nampa Rollerdrome, Spring through the Fall Farmers Market, Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge & more.   Nearby Wineries: St. Chapel, Indian Creek & more.   Enjoy small-town living with nearby amusement.   Showers & Year-round swimming is minutes away at Nampa Rec. Center for $8.5 for adult day pass & $6.5 for kids & seniors.
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Black Cow Ranch

2 sites · RVs10 acres · Emmett, ID
We are a small ranch. You will see us getting our show horses ready to show or get ready for a cutting, irrigating, feeding cattle or horses and working on the property in any way it needs. Our property is situated on a hill so you will see a beautiful view of Squaw Butte and lots of sunsets. Less than 5 miles from BLM land. We have a variety of spaces available. For RV's - one gravel drive with 30 amp and water (no sewer dump) Other spots without out electrical hook ups. We will help you find the best spot upon arrival.
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Private backyard oasis

1 site · RV5 acres · Boise, ID
We have a nice private backyard for you to park your self contained camper. Ideal for a self contained campervan. Our space is really only big enough for rigs under 25 feet. We currently have a 23 ft Airstream Flying Cloud parked permanently in the backyard and also rent this out. Let us know if you'll need water, or electric while you are here.
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Sweet Pepper Ranch's Glamping Tent

1 site · Lodging10 acres · Nampa, ID
Sweet Pepper Ranch is a horse ranch nestled between a town and country. We raise mustangs and Quarter Horses and teach the Western discipline of ranch riding. We manage our land in an eco-friendly horse manner--composting/manure management, non-toxic pest control, pasture management with rotational grazing, drought-tolerant native landscaping, mud and dust control, wildlife enhancement, equine enrichment--and more! We also offer farm tours, RV/LQ parking, and horse motel accommodations. Guests are invited to enjoy our solar heated pool, outdoor patios, wireless internet, evening bon fires (weather and time-permitting), horse farm tours (by appointment only, separate fee) and our friendly ranch atmosphere. Coffee and fresh, local bakery pastry included for breakfast, brought warm to your tent at about 7am. Learn more about this land: Sweet Pepper Ranch is a small-scale horse ranch in the high desert of southwestern Idaho. We are nestled in a rural agricultural setting yet close to stores and conveniences. We raise and train horses and work all day to exercise and train our horses as well as run the day-to-day aspects of running a large horse property. Our equestrian facilities include individual paddocks with attached runs (12’ x 52’), automatic waterers, feeders, rubber stall mats, a 200' x 300' outdoor sand arena, a 72’ x 120’ indoor arena, two round pens (one large), numerous trail obstacles, large-scale permanent outdoor obstacles, an outdoor washrack, as well as parking, port-a-potty, arena bleachers, and picnic table areas. Nearby activities abound from visiting rodeos and wineries to trail riding at sunset near waterfalls or hiking painted desert canyons. There are wildlife refuges to visit, hot springs to relax in, wilderness mountains to explore, scenic rivers to raft, railways to travel along--and North America’s largest concentration of breeding raptors to dazzle you. Learn more and see photos at the Sweet Pepper Ranch website or like us on Facebook at Sweet Pepper Ranch. See you down the road!
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The best camping near Lake Owyhee State Park guide

Overview

About

Looking for a remote recreational experience? How does camping on the shore of a secluded desert canyon lake sound? Owyhee reservoir is a 53-mile long lake filling a narrow, deep canyon brimming with colorful volcanic rock formations. You won't find pay phones or cell phone service at the park. Potable water is only available April-October.

Bring your boat or kayak, because that's the focus at this picturesque oasis. Floaters, fishers, swimmers, and skiers are rewarded with cool, clear water. There's a year-round boat ramp (water level permitting.) The park is very short on shade.

McCormack Campground offers 29 electrical sites with water and walk-up camping in eight tent sites. Indian Creek Campground has 21 electrical sites with water. There are two cabins and a dump station.

The road in is very narrow and steep. It's a real challenge if you're towing a large trailer or driving a big RV. But if untamed open spaces and high desert rocks stir your heart, you'll love it here.

Notable campgrounds

  • McCormack Campground: Offers electrical sites with water, tent sites, and modern comforts like hot showers and an RV dump station.
  • Indian Creek Campground: Features electrical sites, cozy cabins, and a boat ramp, with firewood and ice available seasonally.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Book your spot online up to 6 months in advance to secure your ideal camping dates.
  • For a spontaneous trip, consider first-come, first-served camping, but arrive early to increase your chances of getting a site.
  • Check the park notices for current conditions to plan your stay around optimal campground availability.
  • Explore nearby camping options if your preferred campground is full, ensuring you don't miss out on the Lake Owyhee experience.

When to go

The best time to visit Lake Owyhee State Park is between March 1 and November 14, when the campgrounds are open and fully operational. Summer months offer warm weather perfect for boating and fishing, but be mindful of water levels affecting boat docks. Off-season visits can be peaceful, but services like potable water may be limited.

Know before you go

  • Prepare for limited connectivity; there are no pay phones or cell service, ensuring a true escape from the daily grind.
  • Check the Bureau of Reclamation website for water levels before planning boating activities.
  • Remember, this is a remote park; the nearest emergency services are 33 miles away in Nyssa, with the closest hospital in Ontario.
  • Adhere to park rules and boating safety regulations to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit.
  • Drive cautiously on the narrow roads leading to the park, especially when sharing the road with campers and boats.

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