SAM OWEN CAMPGROUND
Sam Owen Campground is located on the Hope Peninsula of Lake Pend
Oreille, shaded by tall Ponderosa pine and Cedar trees. The lake is about
2,000' elevation. This Forest Service campground is on the David
Thompson Game Preserve and provides interpretive displays on the
Kullyspell House. Our neighbors are, lovingly, known as the Beyond Hope
resort community. Identify the campground critters: Picture Guide
80 developed campsites provide plenty of space for campers from tents to
large RV’s. Campsites range from full sun to mostly shaded. Each parking
site is gravelled and provides a picnic table and fire ring. Piped drinking
water, flush toilets and an RV sewer dump station are available in the
campground. No showers are available in the campground. About 50 sites
are reservable. Most of the first-come-first-serve sites are in the Red Sun
Loop. If, however, a reservable site is not reserved for the night, it can be
rented as long as the customer leaves before the reservation is due to
arrive. There is a separate Day Use area with picnic tables, grills, dressing
rooms, swimming beach, boat ramp, beach volleyball and horseshoes. 2
group picnic areas may be reserved; one has a pavilion and electricity.
Reservations are available, for individual sites as well as the group picnic areas,
through www.recreation.gov. Miles of hiking trails are close by; including one to the
Sam Owen family gravesites across from the campground. Parking and boat
launching in Day Use is included in the campground fee. Make sure you get a car
pass from the Campground Host. Come prepared for camping in bear country;
store food out of sight and smell in your car. A clean campsite will also keep
smaller critters out of your life (ex: deer, squirrels, skunks). Firewood is available
for purchase from the manager. Bicycles are allowed in the campground and must
be kept on the road to preserve the delicate forest floor.
Skipping Stone Loop (28-43) is the closest to the lake and is slightly more
expensive. Red Sun (1-27) is the next closest, with beach availability by
walking through Day Use. Scented Leaf (58-81) and Dancing Shadows
(45 - 56) are a little further away from the water but still within walking
distance. Check out www.recreation.gov for more info.
Many wild birds can be viewed in the campground; including osprey,
eagles, pileated woodpeckers and hummingbirds. The whitetail deer are
fun to watch. They seem very tame but remember that they are wild and
unpredictable. Deer have learned how to open a cooler. Please leave
your bird feeders (sugar and seed) at home, as they also attract bears.
Do not feed the wildlife if you don’t want them in your tent while you sleep.
Getting there: Take Hwy 200 east from Sandpoint, Idaho. You'll pass
Hope and East Hope. Turn right on Penninsula Rd, across from the Fire
Station where the sign points to a Historic Site. Go 1 mile to the
Workamping at Sam Owen Campground:
The Area Manager cares for 2 loops. Two other Hosts manage the other 2 loops. There is also a host couple for the
Day Use Area. The campers are the cleanest I've ever seen! Families have made camping here their tradition for 3
generations. It's a great place to work! The Forest Service personnel were also great to work with. Contact: American
Land & Leisure for more info on workamping in this and other USDA Forest Service campgrounds in Idaho.