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Winchester State Park
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1698 Forest Rd
Winchester, Idaho   83555
(lat:46.2212 lon:-116.6399) map location

Phone: (208) 924-7563
Reservations: 888-922-6743
Winchester Lake State Park surrounds a 103-acre lake, nestled in a forested area at the foot of the Craig Mountains, just off US 95 adjoining the town of Winchester.

Winters at the park are long and cold with ample snowfall. Summers are short with warm days and cool, refreshing evenings. Ponderosa pine and Douglas fir are the predominant vegetation. Wildlife often seen in the park includes white-tailed deer, Canada geese, muskrats, Steller?s jay, osprey, and Columbian ground squirrels. The Wolf Education and Research Center is located one mile from the entrance to the park.
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These domed, circular tents are located lakeside, tucked in among stately conifers. Yurts provide a unique camping experience. They are furnished with a bunk bed, futon, table and benches. There is an electric light inside, and they are heated. Outside, you can cook on the fire ring. Each yurt sleeps five. Be sure to ask about the Deluxe Yurt experience

Reservation Season Reservations for Winchester State Park's yurts are available year-round.

Make a reservation online, or call 866 634-3246.
Winchester Lake State Park Campground

Available Campsites Standard Campsites, Serviced Campsites/W,E and Companion Serviced Campsites/W,E

Amenities include individual campsites some with water and electricity at the campsite and others without electricity that share water at a central location, central restroom and shower facilities, and a boat dock.

Reservation Season Reservations for camping within Winchester Lake State Park may be made from May 1st through October 1st. Limited camping on a first-come first-served basis is available after Labor Day weekend through April 30th.

Make a reservation online, or call 866 634-3246

Multiple Site Reservation Considerations

Multiple site reservations for seven 7 campsites or more must be made through the call center at 866-634-3246.
1. Winchester State Park offers a designated swimming area in the beautiful Lake Cascade.
2. No lifeguards are on duty, so swim at your own risk.
3. Swimming is not allowed around boat docks and ramps for safety reasons.
4. The lake's water temperature varies throughout the year; summer months offer warmer conditions ideal for swimming activities.
5. Children must be supervised by an adult while swimming due to deep waters and potential currents in some areas of the lake.

The park offers a variety of boating options for visitors. There is access to Winchester Lake where motorized and non-motorized boats are allowed, although there's a speed limit restriction in place. The lake also has boat ramps available for easy launching into the water. Canoeing and kayaking are popular activities on this calm body of water as well.
Anglers can enjoy fishing in a serene lake setting, with species like rainbow trout and largemouth bass available. Other options include ice fishing during winter months. The park also offers boat rentals for those interested in deep-water catches.

Winchester State Park is located near Lewiston

Winchester State Park offers picnic tables and grills. There's also a group shelter available for larger gatherings, by reservation.
In this northern Idaho locale, biking enthusiasts can explore a variety of trails. Be mindful that some paths are steep.

The park offers both paved and unpaved routes for cyclists. Always wear safety gear when riding.

Mountain bikers might enjoy the challenging terrain on certain tracks. However, be aware these could prove difficult for beginners.

Families may prefer the easier lakeside trail which is flat but still requires attention to avoid pedestrians or wildlife encounters.

Bike rentals aren't available within the area so remember to bring your own equipment if planning a cycling adventure here.

Nighttime bicycling isn't permitted due to safety concerns; ensure you finish rides before dusk falls in order not get lost.

Always respect nature by staying on designated bike paths and avoiding sensitive habitats - it's essential we protect our environment!

Remember: always check weather conditions prior setting off as sudden changes can make pathways slippery or dangerous at times!

Lastly, don't forget water bottles - hydration is key during any physical activity especially under summer heat!
Bird watchers can enjoy spotting various species around the lake, including waterfowl and songbirds. The park's diverse habitats attract a wide range of birds throughout the year. Visitors may also participate in birding events organized by local groups or use available checklists to track their sightings.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
May 22 So Beautiful, Very Peaceful by Randy and Family
park review stars; one to five Everyone was so kind and helpful. We felt as if we were staying with family. Diane in the office, went above and beyond her job description making us feel at home
August 31 so peaceful
park review stars; one to five We had such a great visit. The caretaker people are so friendly and helpful. We caught a few fish but nothing we could keep. We had a very quiet, peaceful time trying to catch fish though.
May 19
park review stars; one to five fun for the family
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