Hope, Idaho, is a small town on Lake Pend Oreille, between the Kaniksu National Forest and the Idaho Panhandle National Forest. The town was once a busy railroad hub, and today its focus is on tourism adventures on the lake and in the national forests.
Sam Owen Campground
Sam Owen Campground in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest, near Hope, has 80 campsites with no hookups. The campground is open only in summer and is heavily used. Reservations are recommended. The campground has some lakefront sites and is a gateway to the national forests. RV length is limited to 22 feet.
Two other small campgrounds owned by the National Forest Service are on Lake Pend Oreille: Green Bay and Whiskey Rock . Both are on the lake and have about 10 campsites each. There are no hookups, no reservations, and there is no cost to use these facilities. The campsites are for RV or tents, but have a limit of 22 feet for RVs.
As of 2010 there were four privately owned RV campgrounds, but there was some uncertainty about whether they would stay open. Beyond Hope, Island View, Trestle Creek and Pend Oreille were RV parks in operation listed in Hope. East Hope and other towns around the lake have small RV parks.
Article Written By James Jordan
James Jordan has been a writer and photographer since 1980. He has worked for newspapers in Arkansas, Tennessee, South Carolina and Kansas, winning state press association awards for writing, photography and page design. In 1995 he received his master's in Christian education and completed two years of Ancient Greek at the graduate level. Jordan holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism.