Description - *Note: All information presented is non-seasonal, as per the wishes of the State of Idaho.
Winchester Lake State Park surrounds a 103-acre lake, nestled in a forested area at the foot of the Craig Mountains, just off US 95 near the town of Winchester. The park offers year-round recreation activities and has a modern campground. Picnicking and hiking are popular summer activities. In the winter enjoy cross-country skiing, ice skating and ice fishing. Winchester also has three yurts for rent, available year-round.
Winters here are long and cold with ample snowfall. Summers are short with warm days and cool, refreshing evenings. The vegetation is dominated by ponderosa pine and Douglas fir. Wildlife most commonly seen in the park includes white-tailed deer, Canada geese, raccoons, muskrats, painted turtles, osprey, herons, and garter snakes. Want to see the wolves? You won't bump into one on a trail, but rangers can tell you how to see the famous Sawtooth Pack in a nearby enclosure.
- You can RV, tent or yurt camp at Winchester Lake. Click the button to the right for online reservations, or call the park at 208-924-7563.. You can still take take your chance on finding an empty site, of course. The forested campground has a modern shower house and a nearby amphitheater. Bring the family and visit the nearby Wolf Education and Research Center.
Yurts - domed, circular tents are located lakeside, tucked in among stately conifers. Yurts provide a unique camping experience. They are furnished with a bunk bed, futon, table and benches. There is an electric light inside, and they are heated. Outside, you can cook on the fire ring. Each yurt sleeps five. Be sure to ask about the Deluxe Yurt experience! For reservations, click the button on the right, or call the number below.
Recreation - The most popular activity at Winchester is fishing for rainbow trout, which are planted annually by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Fishing for bullhead and smallmouth bass is also popular. The lake provides excellent nutrients and supports large populations of all three species. Small boats are allowed; gasoline engines are not.
Climate - The climate in Idaho varies with the elevation. The bottom of Hell's Canyon, Boise and other locations at low elevations receive hot summer weather. Temperatures at these elevations often reach 90 degrees or more during the summer months. At the same time the mountains will get mild temperatures with cool nights.
Winters are just as extreme with the mountains experiencing extreme conditions and temperatures. An average of 500 inches of snow falls on the Idaho highlands. Temperatures are known to dip below zero degrees F on many winter nights. The lower elevations enjoy a more mild winter season with less precipitation than the mountains. The sun is a constant throughout the year. Be sure to wear sunscreen and layered clothing in Idaho's unpredictable weather.
Follow signs from town of Winchester, off US 95