Lava Campground

11759 E Fish Creek Rd., Lava Hot Springs, ID 83246

208-241-7540

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GPS: 42.6226,-111.993

Lava Campground is located at 11759 E Fish Creek Rd., Lava Hot Springs, Idaho 83246 with a total of 22 campsites. Before your trip to Lava Campground, check out website at https://lavacampground.com/ or contact them through 208-241-7540 to know their nightly rates and available discounts.

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude)

42.6226, -111.993

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude) 42.6226, -111.993

Overview of Lava Campground


Last Price Paid: $35

Reported by Paul on 09.25.2021

Longest RV Reported: 35 feet (Fifth Wheel)

Reported by Cindy & Cristal F on 5.5.2022

Number of Sites:

22

Pad Type:

gravel

Elevation:

5,085 ft / 1,549 m

Tent Camping:

Yes

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  • Great campground

    Reviewed 25/9/2021

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    Nightly rate: $35

    Days stayed: 2

    Site number: 7

    We have been to a lot of campgrounds as part of our full-time adventure, but most of them are packed in like Sardines. The really great feature that I like best about Lava is the spread-out campsites. We had room to park our truck next to our camper with even more room to spare. The views are nice and the camp hosts were awesome. I...moreWe have been to a lot of campgrounds as part of our full-time adventure, but most of them are packed in like Sardines. The really great feature that I like best about Lava is the spread-out campsites. We had room to park our truck next to our camper with even more room to spare. The views are nice and the camp hosts were awesome. If you work from your camper, the internet was really good for Verizon, ATT & T-Mobile. You get a bit of road noise, but that didn't bother us.

  • Our site was a mud hole

    Reviewed 9/6/2021

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    Nightly rate: $35

    Days stayed: 2

    Site number: 2

    I called ahead to ask for early check in which they graciously granted, but when we got there, the water was on and the site was muddy. Our dog got right in the mud and then jumped on my husband, getting him muddy. They offered to move our site, but that site was wet too. The owners were very nice and did their best to accommodate. ...moreI called ahead to ask for early check in which they graciously granted, but when we got there, the water was on and the site was muddy. Our dog got right in the mud and then jumped on my husband, getting him muddy. They offered to move our site, but that site was wet too. The owners were very nice and did their best to accommodate. The traffic noise was off the hook with Jake brakes blasting every few minutes. Signs were posted telling people to slow down, but they barreled down the road anyway, It would be a scary situation if you had kids playing or your dog got away from you. Beyond that, it’s a really nice campground with hookups and a dump station for an exceptional price. Our site was right by the road so the road noise might be better at the back of the park.

  • Wonderful & Relaxing

    Reviewed 6/6/2021

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    Nightly rate: $35

    Days stayed: 2

    Site number: 29

    Last minute detour to visit Lava Hot Springs, as we have never done so. Most of the campgrounds are pricy, by our boondocking standards. However, we decided we wanted to stay a night and see the town a bit more. After looking at some of them and not feeling like we wanted to pay their price, we headed up the road to see Lava Campground...moreLast minute detour to visit Lava Hot Springs, as we have never done so. Most of the campgrounds are pricy, by our boondocking standards. However, we decided we wanted to stay a night and see the town a bit more. After looking at some of them and not feeling like we wanted to pay their price, we headed up the road to see Lava Campground, as price looked on lower end. It’s located in a little grassy valley next to a stream with a small amount of mature trees and many newer smaller ones. They have a part of the campground they have retro rental trailers available and most of the other sites are good size and level. Kicker for us was campground has showers and is kept spotless. Found a site next to river and ended up staying two nights. Some minor noise from truckers and train, but easy to tune them out. Met owner and found out I grew up with his cousin. Small world. He told me campground is five years old and they are continuing to make upgrades. So far, excellent and worth every penny.

  • Bad experience as Camp Hosts

    Reviewed 5/5/2021

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    Days stayed: 1

    First of all, Lava Campground is a wonderful campground. It is clean and well kept. The owners have worked hard over the past three years to develop a campground that is beautiful, warm, and inviting. With that being said, if you are a potential Campground Host, do not unpack your bags. You will not have the loyalty and trust from the ...moreFirst of all, Lava Campground is a wonderful campground. It is clean and well kept. The owners have worked hard over the past three years to develop a campground that is beautiful, warm, and inviting. With that being said, if you are a potential Campground Host, do not unpack your bags. You will not have the loyalty and trust from the owners that you would hope for. There are always two sides to every story, and this is ours.We had been Campground Hosts for not even a week when we had an interchange with a guest who was walking his rather large Pit Bull off-leash. As he came by our site, I politely told him “just so you know, dogs need to be on-leash in the campground.” He rather curtly said “He is on leash” and pointed to his mouth. I started to say something, and he cut me off with a rather nasty “What are you? The campground gendarme?” I let the owners know of the situation and apologized for not having said just the right thing and obviously putting him on the defensive. They explained that sometimes there are guests that might not be very agreeable. Two days later one of the owners came by and told us “they had to think of their business first” and summarily fired us. Apparently, the disgruntled guest called to complain and said he would not return if we were still at the campground. He threatened to write a bad review and cancel his reservations for the summer. Understandably, the owners were concerned about the reputation of their beloved campground but, all of a sudden, we were the “bad guys” with no credibility. The owners chose to believe the guest (we still do not know what he said to them) rather than trust us and give us the benefit of the doubt. We were hurt, humiliated, and devastated. We were looking forward to spending the summer and were acclimating to our duties and responsibilities. To be fair to them, there may have been a few other issues that needed to be worked out as we worked to be more fully aware of our responsibilities to the campground and the guests. Of course, in hindsight, we probably could have been more gracious in explaining to the guest the reason for the leash policy. But he did not give us the chance. And neither did the owners. We regret what happened but feel blind-sided and, once again, humiliated.

  • Wish this wasn’t just an overnight stay

    Reviewed 7/7/2020

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    Nightly rate: $30

    Days stayed: 1

    Site number: 14

    Great place to rest. Site was gravel and perfectly level. Owners are super friendly and helpful. Overall a nice peaceful night! We will definitely be back!

  • Very nice

    Reviewed 13/6/2020

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    Days stayed: 4

    Site number: 7

    Lava campground is a very nice campground. We had site #7 and was totally level. Our site had 30/50 amp service water but none of the sites have sewer. Seems to be a fairly new campground so shade is a little sparse. The people working there stay plenty busy and are very friendly. I will be back. Hwy 30 runs above the campground so the...moreLava campground is a very nice campground. We had site #7 and was totally level. Our site had 30/50 amp service water but none of the sites have sewer. Seems to be a fairly new campground so shade is a little sparse. The people working there stay plenty busy and are very friendly. I will be back. Hwy 30 runs above the campground so there is a bit of road noise from trucks running their Jake brakes and an occasional train.

  • Good

    Reviewed 4/7/2019

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    Nightly rate: $40

    Days stayed: 1

    Site number: 4

    Access is good following signs. GPS directions say further east. No dump on site. Water and electric sites. Road noise from traffic but quiets down at night. Very clean camp with special vibe. Very friendly staff.

  • A quiet, pleasant stay

    Reviewed 13/6/2019

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    Nightly rate: $40

    Days stayed: 2

    Site number: 7

    First, the entrance to the campground is located at mile marker 372.5 on the east side of town. The RV sites had electricity and water. No dump facilities or showers. Clean vault toilets were available. Each site is of generous size with two pebble/gravel pads, a 10' x 30' grass area, picnic table and fire pit. A few sites have shade, ...moreFirst, the entrance to the campground is located at mile marker 372.5 on the east side of town. The RV sites had electricity and water. No dump facilities or showers. Clean vault toilets were available. Each site is of generous size with two pebble/gravel pads, a 10' x 30' grass area, picnic table and fire pit. A few sites have shade, most don't. There is a large grass play area with swings and a volleyball net. Pets are allowed. We planned to stay one night ($40), but enjoyed the tranquility so much, we stayed an extra might ($25). The owners are accommodating and wonderful. The tent sites looked super. Bordering the campground is a creek, a large alfalfa field, and you'll have a great view of the hills. Bordering on the north is HWY 30 which can be noisey, but it gets much quieter at sundown. I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because of the lack of a dump facility, showers, and the vault toilets.

  • Small and friendly family-owned campground

    Reviewed 20/5/2019

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    Nightly rate: $40

    Days stayed: 4

    Site number: 4

    Lava Campground is a private, family-run campground with 13 RV sites, 4 retro campers, and a number of tent sites. A fabulous couple named Cameron and Annie turned part of their alfalfa field into this quaint campground about two years ago. This is a low-frills place, offering water and electric at each RV site, and a picnic table and ...moreLava Campground is a private, family-run campground with 13 RV sites, 4 retro campers, and a number of tent sites. A fabulous couple named Cameron and Annie turned part of their alfalfa field into this quaint campground about two years ago. This is a low-frills place, offering water and electric at each RV site, and a picnic table and fire pit at every site. There are a couple of really nice pit toilets throughout the property, as well as a couple of community water spigots. Currently, there is no dump station and no showers available, but they are considering adding those features in the future. There is a dump station available 15 minutes up the highway at the Pilot Flying J in McCammon, which is also where you get on I-15. If you visit the hot pools in town, showers are available there.Unfortunately, when we were in Lava Hot Springs we had a lot of rain. The driveway to get in the campground is gravel and was in rough shape when we arrived. Apparently, the water lines are being replaced in the city and the company that is laying the new pipes needed to use Lava Campground’s driveway and other parts of their property for access. This left the driveway in rough shape which got very mucky when it rained, which is what it was doing practically nonstop. Any time we came back from being out, we had to spray inches of mud and rock off our truck with the hose. The driveway was supposed to have already been fixed by the contractor, but it took one final, strongly-worded call from Cameron in order for it to finally be done. New gravel was poured on Saturday and we were able to drive out without incident (or mud) the following morning. Cameron and Annie felt so bad about the conditions that they refunded us for two nights of our stay. They really seem to go above and beyond to make sure their guests are happy, which is why if we ever find ourselves in Lava Hot Springs again, we will definitely stay with them!

  • Staying on a local farmer's back 40

    Reviewed 25/9/2018

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    Nightly rate: $35

    Days stayed: 2

    Site number: 4

    We spent the past couple of days in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho and staying at Lava Campground. This brand new campground is an exceptional place to stay when visiting Lava, and the hosts Annie & Cameron Salt couldn't have been more welcoming. It's only about a half mile from the hot pools in town. The grass is green and lush (the pups lov...moreWe spent the past couple of days in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho and staying at Lava Campground. This brand new campground is an exceptional place to stay when visiting Lava, and the hosts Annie & Cameron Salt couldn't have been more welcoming. It's only about a half mile from the hot pools in town. The grass is green and lush (the pups loved that!), the sites are well spaced, and we were the only folks staying there. It felt like we were camping on their back 40, which we actually were! Annie and Cameron converted part of their alfalfa field to create this campground.The property borders the Portneuf River, and Fish Creek flows right through the campsites.They have RV sites, tent sites and even 3 beautifully renovated retro travel trailers that you can AirBnB. They have a swing set and volleyball court set up on site. You can follow a trail up the nearby mountain or another right to town and the hot springs that we soaked in nightly, as they're open until 11 p.m. RV sites have water and electric, while tent sites have communal water hydrants. Cameron thoughtfully put separate pads for tow vehicles in his shorter sites. There are a couple of sites than can accommodate the biggest rigs. There are no shower facilities. There's no sewer or dump station yet, but it's under consideration. There's a free dump station in nearby Soda Springs (https://www.campendium.com/soda-springs-dump-station), or you could pay to dump at one of Lava's more expensive (and in my mind, less desirable) RV parks or at the truck stop in McCammon (https://www.campendium.com/flying-j-travel-center-mccammon-id), and still come out ahead. The pit toilet the couple built has to be seen (and smelled) to be believed!Now to be perfectly forthright, Lava Hot Springs is set in a very narrow valley with both US-30 and a very busy rail line running through it. It's thus very hard to avoid both highway and train noise anywhere in the area. However, Lava Campground is further from the rail line than any of the town's other RV parks and campgrounds, and being situated below the road grade, the highway noise is quite tolerable as well. We had no issues with either.Cell service on Verizon was 5 bars 4G LTE thanks to a tower on the hill overlooking the campground. I measured 53.9 Mbps down/26.5 Mbps up unboosted.We were very happy to have contributed to this young couple's success in their new venture, and we will most certainly return.

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