Sam Owen Campground, Sandpoint, Idaho

Sam Owen Campground

Local residents often find interesting ways to keep their little piece of paradise for themselves.  Finding "Sam Owen Campground", in the Idaho Panhandle, on Google Maps is difficult.  But "Samowen Campground" will get you there.

The campground is located on the Hope Peninsula of Lake Pend Oreille (pond oh-ray) shaded by huge Ponderosa Pines and Cedars. This Forest Service campground is on the David Thompson Wildlife Preserve and provides interpretive displays on the Kullyspell House.  Our neighbors, lovingly known as the Beyond Hope resort community, have a marina for mooring your boat during your stay at Sam Owen Campground.

Campsites range from full sun to mostly shaded.  About 50 sites are reservable.  Most of the first-come-first-serve sites are in the Red Sun Loop.  

Miles of hiking trails are close by; including one to the Sam Owen family gravesites across from the campground. Many wild birds can be viewed in the campground and on the lake; 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 while you're out playing on the lake.  Store your food safely.  This is bear country.  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.

Download a free picture guide to help you identify the common critters in Sam Owen Campground:  Sam Owen Picture Guide

Click here for a campground map.