Bell Bay Campground is a public campground located by the Coeur d’Alene Lake in Harrison, Idaho. The campground consists of two loops -- one sits on a hill, and the other is situated by the shoreline. Both loops offer scenic views of the lake and are nestled among thick, pine-filled woods.
Bell Bay is the perfect location for camping, fishing, and hiking with the whole family, including the four-legged family members. The campground features 26 cozy campsites, six of which are single-family sites that can be reserved in advance. A group campground is available too and can hold up to 60 people. It can be found on the hillside loop. All the other sites are first-come, first-served, so keep that in mind if you are planning to visit during a long weekend as it gets busy fast. The campground is equipped with vault toilets and drinking water, and there are fire rings at each site. It is very well-maintained by the on-site hosts and well-stocked. However, this untamed area allows campers to enjoy camping in the wilderness. As with any grassy area, check your dog for ticks to make sure your pooch remains safe and healthy.
There are three boat docks by the shoreline sites and the easily accessible Bell Bay Trail that loops around the lake. This means campers won’t have to go far to enjoy their favorite outdoor activities. On top of canoeing and power boating, patrons can cool off by the water and catch salmon or trout with their canine companions by their side. However, please make sure to keep your dogs supervised at all times. Whether by the beach or on a trail, always pack dog waste bags with you and clean up after your furry friend. Since there is plenty of wildlife in the area, including bears and wolves, it is important to stay alert, to store food in appropriate containers, and dispose of trash in the designated receptacles.
Tent and RV sites start at $21 per night, while the group site costs $98 per night. There is also an $8 day-use parking fee.