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Overview of Amanita Campground

Amanita Campground is a picturesque camping area situated in the Boise National Forest near Cascade, Idaho. This campground offers outdoor enthusiasts a perfect retreat with its proximity to Lake Cascade and its forested setting. Ideal for both tent and RV campers, Amanita Campground provides opportunities for fishing, boating, hiking, and enjoying the natural beauty of the area.


Amanita Campground is located approximately 5 miles south of Donnelly on the west side of Cascade Lake in Idaho. Directions and the precise location can typically be found using forest service maps or by contacting the Boise National Forest Cascade Ranger District for the latest information.

Amenities and Facilities

Amanita Campground offers a range of facilities designed to make camping comfortable and enjoyable:

  • Campsites: Typically there are several individual sites available for tent and RV camping. Check for the maximum vehicle length to ensure your RV can be accommodated.
  • Picnic Tables and Fire Pits: Each campsite usually comes with a picnic table and a campfire ring with grill.
  • Drinking Water: Potable water is often available, but it’s always best to confirm before arriving.
  • Vault Toilets: The campground typically provides vault toilets.


  • Boating and Fishing: The proximity to Lake Cascade makes it a popular spot for fishing trout, perch, and smallmouth bass, as well as various boating activities.
  • Hiking: Exploring the hiking trails in the Boise National Forest is a common pursuit, with trails offering beautiful views and varying levels of difficulty.
  • Wildlife Viewing: The forest area around the campground is home to a variety of wildlife including deer, elk, and an array of bird species.
  • Water Sports: Kayaking, canoeing, and stand-up paddleboarding are also favored activities on Lake Cascade.

Reservations and Fees

  • Reservations: Might be available through a national reservation system or first-come, first-served at the campground. It’s important to check ahead of time, particularly during peak season.
  • Fees: There is usually a nightly fee for camping. Rates and other fees can change, so verify current prices before planning your trip.

Season and Access

  • Operating Season: The campground generally operates from May through September, but these dates can vary due to weather conditions and snow levels.
  • Road Access: Access roads are typically well-maintained, but it’s advisable to check road conditions before your trip, especially if traveling in early spring or late fall when snow is possible.

Rules and Considerations

  • Food Storage: Due to wildlife in the area, it is crucial to follow best practices for food storage. This often involves using bear-proof containers or storing food securely in a vehicle.
  • Pets: If pets are allowed, they should be kept on a leash and under control at all times.
  • Campfire Restrictions: Depending on the time of year and current fire danger, there might be restrictions on campfires. Always check the current fire regulations.
  • Leave No Trace: All visitors are expected to pack out all trash and follow Leave No Trace principles to preserve the natural habitat.

Contact Information

For the most current information about Amanita Campground, it is recommended to contact:

Boise National Forest – Cascade Ranger District Address: [Forest-specific address would be listed here] Phone: [Forest-specific contact number] Website: [Link to the official Forest Service website]

It's always best to consult the Boise National Forest's official resources or contact their offices directly before making travel plans to ensure you have the most accurate and recent information.

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