Located in north central Idaho Powell Campground is located in scenic Lachsa River Valley. The Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness lies on the opposite side of the river. The Lochsa Lodge is located within walking distance from the campground. This is the second time we visited this wildly beautiful section of Idaho. The Lodge has a convenience store and cabins for those visitors who are not campers.
The Lochsa River Valley as seen from the Lochsa Lodge
had electric at our campsite which is available in one loop of the campground.
It is wise to make your reservations well in advance as Powell is popular in
the summer time. In the winter time it is snow mobile heaven where area
residents come to play. The campground has flush toilets along with several
fresh water sources scattered through out to campground. It is great place to
use as a base to see this areas many interesting features.
Suspension walking bridge over the Lochsa River
about 10 miles west of here there are some lovely hot springs. Jerry Johnson
hot springs is perhaps one of nicest in the area. After crossing a walking
suspension bridge over the Lochsa river you come to a 1.2 mile trail
paralleling the river. It is a beautiful hike passing a hot spring that flows
right out of the rock to the river. The path is steep to this hot spring so we
decided not to go there however we did see some younger folks who ventured
down. Jerry Johnson hot springs are nestled also along the river with pools
that visitors built to soak in. The setting is absolutely beautiful with the
river and forest providing a perfect setting. The main hot springs is up the
hill from the river and overlooks a lovely meadow. We really enjoyed our time
soaking here walking back totally relaxed enjoying the wildflowers in bloom.
The Lochsa River
Warm water Spring emanating from a cliff on the shore line of the Lochsa river
Jerry Johnson head spring
Barbara and our friend Diane enjoying a soak
Walking Trail suspension bridge over the Lochsa river
Fire Weed Blooming
River side pools of warm water at Jerry Johnson hot springs
east of our campground is we visited a Salmon hatchery. Salmon swim up the
Lochsa river about 600 miles from the Pacific from the mouth of the Columbia
river. The Crooked Fork and Colt Killed Creek meet here to form the wild Lochsa
The confluence of Killed Colt Creek and Crooked Creek to form the Lochsa River
Salmon spawning shelter
Large Salmon in the spawning center pools
Idaho is a beautiful state full of unspoiled wilderness. Our stay at Powell was an experience that delighted us as we love nature and all the beauty that surrounds it.
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