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Lunch Peak Lookout Campground is located within the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. This area offers a unique outdoor experience, combining natural beauty with a sense of history. The lookout offers panoramic views of the surrounding forest, lakes, and mountains.


Lunch Peak Lookout Campground is situated in the northern region of Idaho, within the boundaries of the Kaniksu National Forest, which is part of the Idaho Panhandle National Forests.

GPS Coordinates: Approximately, it is located at:

  • Latitude: 48.30944
  • Longitude: -116.33000

Access and Reservations

Road Access: The campground is generally accessed by forest roads which may require a vehicle capable of handling rough terrain. It's important to check road conditions prior to your trip, especially after weather events that may affect road quality.

Reservations: Reservations for Lunch Peak Lookout can be made through the USDA Forest Service's reservation system or through a partner website such as Recreation.gov. It is advisable to book in advance, especially during peak season, as lookouts and campgrounds can fill up quickly.

Accommodation and Facilities

Lookout Facilities: The lookout cabin typically offers basic accommodations. This may include furnishings such as beds or cots, a table, and possibly a wood stove or heater. Detail on amenities should be confirmed when making a reservation.

Campsite Facilities: Standard facilities include fire rings, picnic tables, and space for tents. Some campgrounds have vault toilets and potable water, but specifics should be verified for Lunch Peak Lookout before you arrive.


Hiking: The area is popular for hiking, with trails ranging from easy walks to challenging treks with significant elevation gain. Hiking to the lookout itself is a common activity.

Wildlife and Nature Viewing: The surrounding forest provides habitat for a variety of wildlife, including deer, elk, and bears, making it an excellent location for nature observation and photography.

Stargazing: With its remote location, the campground offers fantastic opportunities for stargazing away from city lights.

Safety and Regulations

Wildlife: Always keep a safe distance from wildlife and store food securely. In bear country, additional precautions such as bear-proof containers or bear hangs are necessary.

Campfires: Check for fire restrictions before lighting a campfire. Periods of high fire danger may result in a complete ban on open flames.

Leave No Trace: Maintain the integrity of the wilderness by following Leave No Trace principles: pack out all trash, stay on designated trails, and minimize impact on the environment.

Season of Operation

Lunch Peak Lookout and Campground are typically open during the summer and into early fall. However, operation times can vary depending on weather conditions and snow levels. It is best to check with the local ranger station for current status and accessibility before planning your trip.

Contact Information

For the most accurate and up-to-date information, contact the Idaho Panhandle National Forests' ranger districts or visit the USDA Forest Service website.

Ranger Station Contact: Sandpoint Ranger District 1602 Ontario Street Sandpoint, ID 83864 Phone: (208) 263-5111


Lunch Peak Lookout Campground provides an exceptional opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts seeking to experience the beauty and solitude of the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. Pre-trip planning, including reservations, checking road and trail conditions, and understanding campground rules, is crucial for a successful and enjoyable visit.

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