The Blackwell Island RV Park is a lovely RV resort on the shores of scenic Lake Coeur d’Alene. This is a large, privately owned, nicely landscaped and well-maintained campground featuring swim and dog beaches, as well as a boat launch, dock and moorings. This campground is a great place to relax and play while visiting Coeur d’Alene and exploring the area.
Blackwell Island RV Park
800 S Marina Dr
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814
Park: (208) 665-1300
Latitude: 47.680753 N, Longitude: -116.802842 W, Elevation: 2,180 ft (660 m)
We stayed for eight nights at Blackwell Island RV Park in mid-July of 2017. We had wanted a two-week stay, but booked too late to get more than eight nights. (Lesson – book early – this campground fills up in peak summer season!) The campground staff were friendly and helpful when we made our reservations and at check-in. The campground was relaxing and has a great swim beach and dog beach – Jasmine and Pepper enjoyed swimming almost every day. We enjoyed our stay, but found that mosquitoes were a nuisance, especially in the evenings.
For eight nights at a 50 amp full hookup pull-thru site (non-waterfront), we paid about $58 per night, including taxes. The park did not charge fees for pets or an extra vehicle.
Amenities On Site or Nearby
The campground offered basic amenities, including full hookups, cable TV, camp store, propane, laundry room, WiFi, restrooms and showers. Grocery stores, restaurants, automotive and other services are nearby in Coeur d’Alene. A wider choice of shopping and RV services are available nearby in Spokane, WA (20 miles).
Accessibility – 4/5
The campground is easily accessible from US-95. Lanes in the park are well-maintained asphalt and gravel. The park has pull-thru and back-in sites, and can accommodate large rigs. The campground facilities have provisions for Universal access.
Facilities/Amenities – 4/5
The campground many amenities, including full hookups, cable TV, camp store, propane, laundry room, rally room, volleyball court, WiFi, restrooms and showers. The park has a beach for swimming, a boat dock, as well as pontoon boat, canoe, and water bike rentals. Grocery stores, restaurants, automotive and other services are nearby in Coeur d’Alene. A wider choice of shopping and RV services are available nearby in Spokane, WA (20 miles).
Site quality – 3/5
Sites are basic, including the full or partial hookups with 50/30/20 amp electric, and cable TV feed. Sites are level, surfaced with gravel, and have a nice grassy median area with picnic table. Sites are wide enough to accommodate slide-outs and awnings and there is decent separation between sites. Some sites have shade trees.
Scenic Value – 4/5
The campground is right on the shore of scenic Lake Coeur d’Alene and has views of nearby forested hills. The campground itself has a nice park-like atmosphere.
Location/Isolation – 4/5
This large campground is quite busy, but doesn’t feel cramped or crowded. It’s in a great place for enjoying Lake Coeur d’Alene and feels isolated from the nearby town. Some noise from US-95 is noticeable at the back of the park, but this is otherwise a peaceful campground.
Paws Friendliness – 4/5
The campground is pet friendly and has a large enclosed pet run and cleanup stations. The pet run has a rough gravel surface which could be improved. The campground has a dog beach – Jasmine and Pepper enjoyed going for swims almost every day! The campground is large enough for a decent walk with your pet. The green grassy sites and shade trees are very nice for pets.
Overall Rating – 4/5
Overall, the Blackwell Island RV Park is a relaxing place to stay while enjoying Lake Coeur d’Alene and exploring the area. Be sure to make reservations well in advance as this campground books up in peak season. We would certainly visit again when passing through the area.
We received a moderate to strong 4G Verizon signal at this campground. We did not need our cellular antenna and booster to improve MiFi hot spot internet access. The campground provided free WiFi, but we did not use this during our stay.
The water at this campground tested soft – we did not add our water softener to the water filtration stack. Note: The campground staff warns guests about high water pressure – be sure to use a pressure regulator.
Bonus: Bug Alert!
Being close to the lake and marshy areas, mosquitoes were a nuisance during our stay at the campground, especially just after sunset. Be sure to pack the bug repellent and screen house for evenings outside.
Here are a few local attractions:
- Lake Coeur d’Alene
- Boating, swimming, fishing, parasailing, paragliding, paddle boarding, and other water sports
- Scenic drives
- Fine resort dining at area restaurants
- Tubbs Hill Nature Trails
- Museum of North Idaho