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Lake Cleveland Campground is located in the Sawtooth National Forest in the state of Idaho, United States. The West Side of the Lake Cleveland Campground is one of the two sections of the campground - the other being the East Side. The campground provides a pristine setting for outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy fishing, boating, hiking, and wildlife viewing.

Location and Accessibility

Lake Cleveland Campground West Side is accessed via gravel roads that are typically open from June through October, though accessibility may vary due to weather conditions. This campground is situated at an elevation of around 8,300 feet, which can affect travel plans and some visitors’ health due to altitude.

Address: Sawtooth National Forest Minidoka Ranger District near Almo, Idaho

Campsite Details

  • Number of Sites: The West Side typically has fewer sites than the East Side.
  • Site Amenities: Each campsite often includes a picnic table and a fire ring. Some sites may have tent pads.
  • RVs and Trailers: There are limitations on the length of RVs and trailers due to the size of sites and road access. Check with the forest service for current restrictions.
  • Reservation: Some campsites might be available on a first-come, first-served basis, while others may be reservable in advance. Verify through the Forest Service or recreation.gov.

Activities and Recreation

  • Hiking: There are a variety of trails in the vicinity, suitable for all levels of hikers.
  • Fishing: The lake is known for having cold-water fish species.
  • Boating: Small non-motorized boats are often allowed on the lake. Check for any restrictions.
  • Wildlife: The area is home to diverse wildlife, offering opportunities for viewing.

Facilities and Services

  • Water: Drinking water may be available, but it is advisable to bring your own supply or be prepared to treat water.
  • Restrooms: The campground typically provides vault toilets.
  • Garbage: No trash service may be provided, so visitors should pack out all garbage.
  • Food Storage: It’s crucial to store food properly to avoid attracting bears and other wildlife.

Fees and Passes

  • Camping Fee: There is usually a nightly fee for camping. Prices can vary, so check the latest fee structure.
  • Passes: Some visitors may need a recreation pass to use additional facilities or to stay overnight. Specific pass requirements should be verified with the forest service.

Weather and Seasonal Considerations

  • Climate: Since the campground is at high elevation, nights can be cold, even in summer. Weather can change rapidly, and snow can occur outside of summer months.
  • Seasonal Access: Campground usually accessible from June through October, depending on the weather.

Important Notes

  • Pets: Pets are often allowed but must be kept on a leash.
  • Fire Restrictions: Due to varying conditions, fire restrictions may be imposed; always check current fire conditions.
  • Conservation: Visitors are encouraged to follow Leave No Trace principles to preserve the natural beauty.

Contact Information

For the most current information and reservations, contact:

Sawtooth National Forest - Minidoka Ranger District 3650 Overland Avenue Burley, ID 83318

Given the dynamic nature of outdoor recreational areas, it's always recommended to check for the latest updates from the Sawtooth National Forest's official channels or websites prior to your visit.

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