Campsite Review: Juniper Campground is south of U.S. Highway 26 four miles south of Ririe, Idaho. It is a very nice place. From U.S. Highway 26 turn south on Meadow Creek Road for one and a half miles, campground will be on the right. If the road turns to dirt, you have gone too far.
The entrance to the campground will be at the south end. There is a toll booth that was not occupied when we arrived in the middle of September.
Once inside the gate, turn right on the road that parallels Meadow Creek Road, this will go back to the north to the A and B loops. The A loop is the one furthest east and leads to the C “loop” which is one way heading south.
The nearest city with multiple grocery stores is in Idaho Falls. The campsite has 50 campsites for RVs.
The story about our stay at Juniper Campground is in our blog post – More hunting in Idaho the pictures are epic.
Juniper Campground is very nice.
Website: Juniper Campground
Address: 226 Meadow Creek Road Ririe, ID 83443
Link to Google Map for the area: Juniper Campground
Phone Number/Reservations: (208) 538-5126 All reservations online. Reservations — No phone reservations, no refunds. Pictures at the reservation site do not all represent the campsites accurately.
Reservations are highly recommended well in advance for weekends. The park wasn’t totally full on the weekend in the middle of September, but it was close. Reservations on a summer weekend or holiday weekends are nearly mandatory.
Dates stayed: Sept 17-23, 2019
Comfort: Temperatures were nice. Cold in the morning, hot in the late afternoon. One day was overcast and rainy.
Season: April through October depending on the weather. Walk-in during winter months for day use only. The campground is closed.
Price Paid: $25/night
Our Site: #C-11
Hook-ups: Full hookups, 50 amp
Dump station: No
Potable Water: Yes
Water to fill your RV storage tank: Yes
Cell service: Verizon – Strong Signal / AT&T – Strong Signal
Campsite Review: Juniper Campground insider info:
The number one thing you need to know is that from the campground, the only access to the water is via the boat ramps. From the satellite view, it appears that you could walk to the water from multiple locations. What you will find is a two hundred foot cliff between you and the water.
This campground is very green, which means that they water the grass often. Keep your lawn chairs away from the sprinklers.
The host was gone for the season. Finding the staff was difficult. Really you don’t need the staff very often and this shouldn’t be an issue.
Many of the sites have problems with slope. It wasn’t difficult to find a level site in the C – Loop but in the summer I would recommend reservations. Sites A-17 through A-28 and all the sites in the B loop are up hill from the lake and seem to be the most affected by the slope.
Sites A-1 – A3 are too close to the basketball court and these sites thus have an issue with noise.
Juniper Campground is one of the very nicest campgrounds we have ever stayed in.
Reservations during the summer months are highly recommended.
The campground access to Ririe Lake is the bonus. The only access to Ririe Lake is from the Juniper Campground or Blacktail Park (also a day-use only fee area). Blacktail Park is located on the far side of the lake closer to Idaho Falls.
There is nothing else nearby. The nights were totally quiet. No car or train noises.
Ririe Lake has two campgrounds that are only accessible by boat — assuming you are so inclined and equipped.
The only thing that would have made our stay better would have been a longer stay and better weather.