We are visiting the Riley Creek Recreational area today. When were first decided to visit the Idaho area, we almost booked our site here for a few weeks, but we wanted to be closer to the airport in Spokane to pick up Jared. The campground does not have full hook-ups or cable either. :-) We are very spoiled when it comes to all the hook ups and at least a clear view of the sky to bring in our Direct TV. :-)
Once we arrived and saw this incredible area, we wished we had at least stayed here for a week. That is why I am adding the info below for all of our readers in the area. This place is awesome and it's worth going without TV for a week. I am adding a few pictures of the area and a paste of info below:
Riley Creek Recreation Area is situated on the banks of the Pend Oreille River, is the largest recreation area for the Albeni Falls Project, but still offers visitors peace and quiet and plenty of space to enjoy the scenic surroundings.
Albeni Falls Dam was built in 1955 for flood control and power production on the Pend Oreille River. Today, the popular lake has the added benefit of providing visitors with countless year-round recreational activities.
Lake Pend Oreille is surrounded by scenic mountains and is one of the largest and deepest natural lakes in the western United States, plunging to depths of more than 1,200 ft. in some areas.
Behind the dam, the Pend Oreille River stretches 65 miles through a glacial-carved valley that separates three mountain ranges.
Water sports are the most common activity at the lake, and boat ramps are provided at the camp ground. Visitors enjoy kayaking, canoeing, swimming, fishing, water skiing and jet skiing.
Campers are likely to spot wildlife in the area, with bald eagles, osprey, bears and most commonly, deer. A biking and hiking trail is available, giving campers a chance to enjoy the wildlife and greenery.
Fishing piers, horseshoe pits, a beach volleyball court, basketball court and more make this campground an ideal place for family trips or groups of friends.
A hiking and biking trail is accessible from the campground.
Riley Creek is the largest campground at Albeni Falls, offering 67 campsites, all with electric and water hookups. Two large reservable picnic shelters are also available.
As long as all equipment fits on the site pad, Riley Creek allows for an unlimited amount of tents per site.
The Albeni Falls Visitor Center features exhibits on the history of the dam and the natural features of the area. Tours of the dam are given daily during the summer.
The nearby town of Newport, Washington, offers gas and grocery services.
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