Woodhead Park

May 21, 2008 

PETE ZIMOWSKY — Pete Zimowsky / Idaho Statesman

This is the Hilton of full-service campgrounds on the banks of Brownlee Reservoir, which is full of bass, trout, catfish and crappie. The campground is popular with anglers, especially in the spring and early summer when the crappie are biting.

How to get there: Take I-84 west from Boise 47 miles to the Payette exit; go north on U.S. 95 for 50 miles to Cambridge; and then take Idaho 71 west to Woodhead Park along Brownlee Reservoir. It takes about two and a half to three hours.

Activities: Sightseeing; checking out Brownlee, Oxbow and Hells Canyon dams; Hells Canyon Visitor Center and a trail along the Snake River into Hells Canyon. Also, fishing and hiking.

Amenities: Woodhead Park is the largest Idaho Power park in the Hells Canyon area, covering 65 acres. It offers 124 RV sites with electricity, water, picnic tables and fire rings. It has 15 tent sites with water, picnic tables and fire rings, as well as several day-use picnic areas, two of which are covered. Woodhead has restrooms and shower facilities accessible to people with disabilities, one RV dump station, two boat ramps and overnight truck and boat trailer parking. Public pay phones are located near the restrooms.

Nearest place to get supplies: The nearby Gateway Store is closest, but you also can stock up in Cambridge on the way in.

Fees/reservations: $16 for RV sites and $10 for tent sites. Fees are reduced before April and after October. No reservations.

Information: www.idahopower.com. Click on Rivers and Recreation and then Parks and Recreation.

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