Thursday, May 9, 2013

Welcome to Warm River

Greetings from the Warm River Campground!  Our new home-away-from-home sits about nine miles east of Ashton, Idaho, in the beautiful Caribou/Targhee National Forest.  We’re about 30 miles from Mack’s Inn in Island Park, and about 45 miles from the West entrance to Yellowstone Park.

The campground sits in an ancient caldera, about 1200 feet lower in elevation than any of our “sister” campgrounds.  This allows us to open earliest and close latest.  We arrived on May 3. The official opening day was May 5.

The campground, named for the Warm River that runs through it, features 15 RV sites and 13 tent sites. 
Every site is walking distance to the river, although some of the sites have longer walks than others. The roads are all paved, the RVs pads are paved, and the tent sites have sand.  The picnic tables are mostly new.  Two of our sites have electricity (sites 12 and 13).

Our site is the first site you’ll see as you come into the campground.  We have space for tents on the lawn in front of our trailer.  We’re told this is a very busy campground that will always fill up, so if you want your own space, you may want to make a reservation at or at 877-444-6777.

Yes, we have lawns!  The grounds are maintained by our new friends Jim and Debra, who will be our partners in camp hosting this year.  They live across the road from us in a trailer owned by a large, long-haired Siamese cat named John Wayne.  So far John and Ty have not met.  My money would be on the cat.

We’re gearing up for the busy season that should begin on Memorial Day weekend, but so far it’s been pretty quiet.  Lots of fishermen walk into the campground.  Now that we’re here we have to charge them to park.  They hate that.  They tell us that fishing is good.  We’ll have to find out how to get an Idaho fishing license – very soon.  

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