Thursday, September 04, 2008

Cool Idaho camping: Late season brings smaller crowds

Late-summer and fall camping offer a solitude that you don't get during the regular camping season.

"We like this time of the year," said Mary Marcotte of Meridian, who was camped last week with her husband, Royce, at Mountain View Campground near Lowman.

They had a choice camping spot next to the South Fork of the Payette River and the campground definitely wasn't crowded."It's quiet and there aren't too many people," Royce Marcotte said.

Even though fall is an ideal time of the year to camp in Idaho, you've got to pick and choose your camping areas and be prepared for limited services, like bringing along your own toilet paper.

The U.S. Forest Service starts shutting down some campgrounds as early as mid-September.

Water will be turned off at campgrounds as soon as the weather starts freezing at night.

But for some campers, it's the ideal season, when the only screeching you hear in the campground is from an osprey hovering over the river.

Here's an update on the status of campgrounds from McCall to Stanley for fall...
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