Have you ever wanted to sell everything you own and just "take off?" Travel the country's back roads, paddle down a meandering stream, experience breath-taking mountain views, walk among 100-year old trees, and just marvel at America's beauty? That is the dream that my partner, Betsy, and I decided to make a reality. This blog describes our adventure. The food we eat, people we meet, sights we see, and the enjoyment we find in traveling.

Monday, July 1, 2013

RV Park Review – Dent Acres Recreation Area (Orofino, Idaho)

Campground Review – Dent Acres Recreation Area (Orofino, Idaho)


Our site was #4 in Volunteer Village.  We thought it was the best
 in the campground with a huge yard and view of the reservoir.
Overall, this park was a “10” for us!  There are not many parks that achieve that level but we just fell in love with everything about Dent Acres in the three months we were camp hosting there.  It is a wonderful campground and had all the things that make us loving “camping,” such as water for kayaking, trails for hiking, full hookup paved sites, lots of room between sites, a great view and surrounding scenery, and an inviting patio with picnic table and fire pit.  Ahhh.  And what is really amazing is the price - $18 (Memorial Day to Labor Day) and $9 in the off-season.  Or half that if you have a Golden Age Pass.  Double ahhh!

The park sits on the 54-mile acres Dworshak Reservoir and has excellent fishing.  In fact, most campers are "locals" and live within a 150-mile radius and come for the fishing. And with a sampling of what we caught, who wouldn't come here for the fishing.
Betsy with a 4 1/2 lb bass

So are there any dings against the park?  I can think of two.  One, the park is 45 minutes up a very windy road from the nearest town and, for some people, that may not work.  Personally, we loved the isolation.  Two, Verizon internet was at best 1X with two or three bars.  Again, this adds to the isolation and has you spending more time reading that book you've been dying to finish instead of browsing the internet.  Since neither of these dings are that big of a deal to us, they did not diminish the “10” status.

All roads and campsites are paved.  All but one site are pull-thrus and level with well-placed water, sewer, and electric (50, 30, 20A).  Patios are a mix of grass and gravel with a picnic table (with sun shade) and a fire pit.  

Reservations (for all but six sites) can be made online at recreation.gov which is a pretty good idea since the park fills up on weekends.  

Typical site (#16) with paved driveway and nice shade structure over the picnic table.
Sites are level and easy to maneuver in and out of.  
Some sites like this one (#50) have very little shade and others have a few nice trees.  Sites #44-50 are the closest to the water and have a great view.  Site #47 is the most popular with a water view and big pine trees for shade.
Amenities at the park include a playground, boat launch and docks, fish cleaning station, bathroom and shower building, dump station, horseshoe pits, and group pavilion.

Boat launch and docks.  Boats are allowed to be left in the water and tied up to the dock overnight.
Playground 
Bathroom and shower house is located in the middle of the park and is very clean (I should know since I cleaned it).
The not so good things about this park are the location (unless you don’t mind being away from a town), the windy road leading to the campground and super slow internet. 

This is a very friendly dog park with lots of places to walk your pooch and let them swim in the cold waters of the 54-acre reservoir.  There is one designated 3-mile round-trip trail that leaves from the campground and there are also miles and miles of old logging roads that are great hiking opportunities.  The fee booth is stocked with dog treats and every dog gets a treat when they pass by.  Spirit absolutely loved this park and asks us every day when are we going back.


More campground photos

fish cleaning station
The campground really fills up during the weekends but reservations can be made online and there are six non-reservable sites.

View from one of the logging road trails.
The Dent Trail which leaves from the campground and connects to the Group Camp is a great walk with excellent views.
The Dent Trail

1 comment:

  1. Looks like a great park! We skirted through south Idaho last week - unfortunately in the middle of the awful heat! We had to cut our stay in Boise short because we had no shade, and only 30 amp electricity. I wish we could have gone farther north into Idaho, but we had to move on to Oregon for my brother's wedding in a couple of weeks. It's only just slightly cooler here!

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