Heyburn State Park RV & Campground Guide

Idaho

In northern Idaho, where the Benewah, Chatcolet, and Hidden Lakes converge with St. Joe River, you’ll find Heyburn State Park, the oldest state park in the Pacific Northwest. This 8,000-acre park boasts towering ponderosa pines, meadows dotted with wildflowers, and lakes with sparkling blue waters. The Coeur d’Alene Indians first inhabited the area, where they fished from the well-stocked lakes and hunted for deer and other animals in the surrounding marshland and forests. President Taft later designated the area as a state park in 1908, named after Idaho politician and U.S. Senator W.B. Heyburn. 

Visitors can partake in recreational activities year-round at Heyburn State Park including hiking, biking, horseback riding, boating, swimming, and bird watching. The Trail of the Coeur d' Alenes is a popular regional hiking and biking trail that runs directly through the park, while shorter trails loop around the lakes and through mountainous terrain and forests of cedar, hemlock, and pine. But the park’s three lakes are the star attraction, offering many opportunities for swimming, boating, fishing and other water sports. 

If you’re looking for a trip in the Pacific Northwest filled with beautiful lakefront scenery and plentiful outdoor activities, then head to Heyburn State Park. Read further for more details on what to do in and around Heyburn State Park.

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Weather
Spring 35-57 F
Summer 49-80 F
Fall 37-59 F
Winter 25-38 F
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Nearby Cities
Coeur d'Alene, ID
Spokane, WA
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Heyburn State Park

There’s something thrilling about hitting the open road — no matter where you go, there’s adventure and freedom awaiting you down the tarmac. For your trip to Heyburn State Park, consider renting an RV and you’ll experience the excitement of the open road while traveling in style with amenities like A/C, showers, and full-size beds. RVshare makes it easy to rent an RV near your home or travel destination, with the added security of 24/7 roadside assistance. Close to Heyburn State Park, you can find RVs in Coeur d’Alene and Spokane and stay in campgrounds nearby, including:

Heyburn State Park Campground

Discover the peaceful serenity of Heyburn State Park by staying in any of the 50+ RV campsites in the Hawleys Landing and Benewah Campgrounds. Open seasonally, both campgrounds offer sites with full hookups and easy lakefront access. Rates are $24-31 per night depending on hookup type. 

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Pet friendly: Yes 
  • Other amenities: Showers, flush toilets, playground, picnic tables, grills, public dock, boat launch, hiking, biking, boating, fishing, swimming, convenience store, equipment rentals

Misty Meadows Campground

A mere 30-minutes from Heyburn State Park, these quaint campgrounds are bordered by the St. Joe River and tall cedar trees. Full hookups and spacious RV campsites will make your stay effortless and enjoyable. There’s a grocery store nearby if you need to stock up on supplies, otherwise kick back and relax by the river. Rates are $45 per night.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wifi: No
  • Pet friendly: Yes 
  • Other amenities: Picnic tables, fire rings, swimming, fishing, bird watching

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What to Do at
Heyburn State Park

Inside Heyburn State Park

At Heyburn State Park, visitors will find ample activities to keep them busy year-round, whether playing in the sparkling waters of the Benewah, Chatcolet, and Hidden Lakes or hiking and biking through mountainous terrain and thick forests of ponderosa pines, hemlocks, and cedars. During the winter, the lakes freeze over, making them ideal for ice fishing, as well as wildlife viewing and hunting in the marshlands and forests.

Here are more details on the park’s most popular activities:

Hiking and Biking - Grab your hiking shoes or mountain bike and head to the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes, a popular 72-mile regional trail that runs partly through the park. Cross over a 3,100-ft bridge and see spectacular views of the St Joe River, Benewah Lake, and surrounding area. Bike rentals are available at the park’s headquarters. Shorter trails loop through the park including the 3-mile Indian Cliffs loop — a more strenuous hike that affords outstanding views at the top. Several trails are also open for horseback riding, if you bring your own horse.

Water Sports - The park’s 2,300+ acres of lakefront make it easy to spend the afternoon on the water. Go for a refreshing swim in the park’s swimming areas, launch your own boat into the waters, or rent a kayak, paddleboard, or canoe at the marina. The well-stocked lakes are home to many fish species, including trout and bass, and fishing is allowed from the shoreline and boat, although you must have a valid Idaho fishing license.

Outside Heyburn State Park

Once you’ve had your fill of fun hiking through the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes or swimming in Benewah Lake, take a breather and head to Harrison and St Maries for some rest and relaxation. Grab a bite to eat at any of their quaint cafes or continue exploring the area’s natural beauty. Even more fun and dining options await to the north in the larger city of Coeur d’Alene. 

Restaurants

Heidi’s

This cafe is a hidden gem, boasting plentiful choices for breakfast and lunch, plus bottomless cups of coffee and fast, friendly service. Even the locals agree that Heidi’s is the perfect place to fuel up for a day of fun at Heyburn State Park.

Type: American, cafe

Location: St Maries, ID

One Shot Charlie’s Bar

Located on Lake Coeur d’Alene, this restaurant serves pub favorites including burgers, sandwiches, and pizza plus a selection of beers and wines. Drop by after exploring the lake to grab a bite to eat and soak up lakefront views in a laid back, low key atmosphere.

Type: American, pub

Location: Harrison, ID

Rancho Viejo

This family-owned, local restaurant serves fresh, authentic Mexican dishes made from family recipes. Enjoy favorites like carne asada tacos and Mexican pizza in a welcoming, enjoyable atmosphere. Top it off with one of their delicious salt-rimmed margaritas!

Type: Mexican

Location: Coeur d’Alene, ID

Bardenay Restaurant & Distillery

Sip on handcrafted cocktails and dine on Northwestern cuisine while overlooking the Riverstone Lake at this restaurant-distillery combo. With innovative dishes like the charbroiled black bean quinoa burger and sea bass with gnocchi, you won’t go wrong coming here for lunch or dinner.

Type: American, local

Location: Coeur d’Alene, ID

Sightseeing

Cougar Bay Nature Preserve

This beautiful refuge is nestled on Cougar Bay and home to many different plants and animals, including otters, beavers, waterfowl, and songbirds. Wander along miles of hiking trails, spend hours wildlife and bird watching, or kayak in the bay’s pristine waters. 

Location: Coeur d’Alene, ID

Lake Coeur d'Alene Cruises

Sail around the beautiful waters of Lake Coeur d’Alene with this family-owned cruise line. Spot bald eagles and other birds flying along the shoreline, soak up the lake’s stunning scenery, and learn more about the area’s history. Adult tickets start at $26.25.  

Location: Coeur d’Alene, ID

Museum of North Idaho

This local museum recounts North Idaho’s history with exhibits and artifacts about the Coeur d’Alene region, including the Native Americans, explorers, miners, and loggers who settled in the area. Admission is $4 for adults and $1 for children. 

Location: Coeur d’Alene, ID

Silverwood Theme Park

Kids and adults alike will have a blast at this amusement park. The largest in the region, it has over 70 rides and attractions, including roller coasters, a water park, live entertainment, and several restaurants. You can even stay overnight at the RV park on-site! Tickets are $53 for ages 8+.

Location: Athol, ID

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How to Get to
Heyburn State Park

Heyburn State Park is located on Highway 5 between the towns of Plummer and St Maries. 

From Highway 95, travel to Plummer, then take Highway 5 east for about 6 miles. At the bottom of a steep winding grade, take a left onto Chatcolet Road to reach the park’s entrance.

Address: 57 Chatcolet Lower Rd, Plummer, ID 83851

Entering Heyburn State Park

Per vehicle : $5

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