Lake Cleveland Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"This one’s on the very short list of most spectacular settings of any campground in Idaho. Picture this: You climb for 10 miles up the road toward Pomerelle Ski Area, which lets you look down not only over the city of Albion but over the Snake River Plain beyond, and beyond that all the way—more than 100 miles—to the Sawtooth Mountains. Look up, and you’ll see a lookout station atop Harrison Mountain so well situated it can see over a huge swath of Idaho. On the side of this mountain, in a shallow pocket, is round (and perfectly blue) little Lake Cleveland, and next to it a string of camping spots.
Facilities are modest, but the location can’t be beat. A couple of seasonal notes: Because of the high elevation, the site usually doesn’t open until sometime in July (a call ahead is advisable); and, while fishing is allowed in the lake, fish populations aren’t sustained there naturally, so fresh stocks of fish are planted there every summer. That means, of course, fishing will be unproductive until the state fisheries people arrive. A further note: Local legend has it that Lake Cleveland is an extinct volcano. (From above, it certainly looks like one.) The forest service says that no, it isn’t; it was gouged out by a glacier."