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Pettit Lake Campground | Escape to Sawtooth National Forest, Idaho

The popular Pettit Lake Campground on the banks of Pettit Lake is one of the most beautiful areas in Sawtooth National Forest.

The Pacific Northwest is home to some truly incredible outdoor activities, from swimming to hiking, lake-side relaxation, and surfing; this area of the United States has it all.

This wonderful Pacific Northwest campground is only first-come-first-serve, meaning that you can't make reservations ahead of time. It's somewhat of a "luck of the draw" situation. Turn up and see if there is a site available for you. If you get one, you'll have to pay right away.

Pettit Lake Campground

Pettit Lake Campground Information

The campground is on the north side of the lake, with the majestic Sawtooth Mountains to the west. If you're planning on hiking the Tin Cup Trail to Lake Alice, North, and South Twin Lakes, it's a great place to spend the night beforehand.

At the lake, you can enjoy fishing, boating (but no personal watercraft!), and swimming. But be very careful as the water is incredibly deep in places (over 500 feet!).

The Pettit Lake Campground costs $24.00 per night plus another $5 for extra vehicles.

Pettit Lake in the Summer
Pettit Lake in the summer

Pettit Lake Campground Amenities

The campground has a few basic amenities that make camping there well worth it.

  • Hand-pump water well

  • Garbage services

  • No electricity

  • Vault Toilets

  • Firewood for sale

  • Campground host

  • Pets allowed on leash

  • Picnic tables

The nearest town is Stanley, about 18 miles away.

Nearby Pettit Lake Campground

Of course, if you're visiting the campground, you're going to want to spend most of your time by the lake. But there are many other hikes to enjoy, including the hike to lake Alice, around the Sawtooth Mountains.

Sawtooth Mountains in Idaho
Sawtooth Mountains in Idaho

Nearby Campgrounds

Nearby you'll find Smokey Bear Campground, North Shore Campground, and Alturas Lake Inlet, where there is camping. The prices range from $20-$40.

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