Regional RPCV Campout 2008

The Inland Northwest Peace Corps Association invites you to the annual regional campout August 8-10 at the Gifford Group campsite in the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area. The site is reserved from 1 PM on Friday the 8th until noon on Sunday, August 10th.

The annual campout is a great way to meet interesting RPCV’s from other parts of the Northwest, have a good time, share stories and marvel at the amazing good things that people are doing. It is a family-friendly event, with plenty of opportunities for outdoor fun. Hope to see you there.

For questions or more info contact: Delores Schwindt (Malaysia 72-74) or call (509) 489-2005

Here’s how you can help get ready for the Campout:

  • Please contact Delores ASAP if you are interested in attending. The group needs to start planning now for the event and needs to have an estimate of how many will attend.
  • Scott Ramos will serve as SEAPAX contact for the campout and will be the point person with the INPCA as well as to help match up SEAPAXers who want to carpool. Due to distance, we are promoting ride-sharing so that more can attend. Riders will share the costs of gas with drivers. To sign up as a driver or as someone who would like to ride-share, send an e-mail to Scott.

Campout Basics

  • Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area website
  • The campground fee is $5 per person, payable to INPCA (please bring cash or check to the campout) plus donations for meals.
  • Only 5 cars are allowed at the group campground, but there is other parking nearby.

Campground Amenities

This campground has one restroom with running water (but no showers) and a dump station for RVs. There are some individual sites near the group area for those of you who wish to come early or stay later ($14 per night). However, reservations cannot be made for the individual sites. There are no concessions at the campground.


As always, the host group will provide the main part of the Saturday evening meal. Sunday breakfast is always something yummy provided by the Boise group. Other meals are on your own. Please note that restaurants and grocery suppliers are scarce in the area, so come prepared.

Lodging alternative

For non-campers there is a bed & breakfast 2 miles from the camp: Buck Canyon Lodge (509) 722-3949. Reservations are highly recommended.


There are many ways to get to the campground. The shortest and most scenic route from Spokane is to drive north on 395 through Chewelah (your last chance for reasonably priced gas and food) to Addy. Turn left (west) to and through Addy on the Addy-Gifford Road, continuing to Gifford (20 miles). Turn left (south) at Gifford on Hwy 25 to the campground (1-2 miles) which is just north of the free ferry. Total distance from Spokane is about 82 miles.

A second option from Spokane is to take Hwy 2 to Davenport, then go north on Hwy 25 to the campground. This route is about 94 miles from Spokane to the campground.

For those coming from the west, you have two choices also. Take Highway 2 over Stevens pass, 15. Just east of Creston, turn left at Miles-Creston Rd, continue on Bachlelor Dr, then continue again on Miles-Creston Rd. Turn left at WA-25 and continue to the campground entrance. This route is about 290 miles, but takes longer than the next route.

Another option, longer (about 320 miles), but probably quicker, is to head east on Interstate 90. Take Exit 231 toward Tokio and turn left of Danekas Rd, then right on N. Hills Rd. After about 19 miles, turn left on Hwy 23, then right on Hwy 28. In about 13 miles, turn right on Hwy 2, then left on Hwy 25 and continue until the campground.