Description - *Note: All information presented is non-seasonal, as per the wishes of the State of Idaho.
The 58-acre lake at Round Lake State Park was a million years in the making. It is a product of glacial activity dating back to the Pleistocene Epoch.
A walk on the two-mile “Trappers” nature trail around the lake will take you under canopies of western white pine, Engelmann spruce, grand fir, Lodgepole pine, black cottonwood, paper birch, red alder and Rocky Mountain maple.
The smaller plant life in the park ranges from those plants that grow in dry conditions (xerophytes) to those that grow in damp and watery conditions (mesophytes and hydrophytes).
Like the plant community, the animal life is varied and includes: snakes, turtles, shrews, pocket gophers, striped skunks, muskrat, mink, short-tailed weasels, beaver, pine squirrels, chipmunks, snowshoe rabbits, porcupines, raccoons, coyotes, bobcats, black bear, white-tailed deer and a wide range of birds, from herons to hummingbirds. The lake is rimmed with grasses and water lilies, from which bullfrogs sing their evening chorus. It provides food and habitat for brook trout, rainbow trout, largemouth bass, pumpkinseed sunfish, yellow perch, brown bullhead and black crappie.
- Round Lake campsites are shaded all day by towering western red cedar, western hemlock, ponderosa pine, Douglas fir and western larch. Modern restrooms and showers, a dump station, picnic tables and barbecue grills are available.
Recreation - Round Lake is relatively shallow, approximately 37 feet at its deepest point. Swimming is an all-day event in its warmer parts. After a full day of swimming, hiking or fishing, the evenings offer cool, quiet and restful hours around a crackling campfire, or the opportunity to attend an informative park-scheduled event. The park offers year-round recreation activities, with cross-country skiing, ice skating, sledding and ice fishing in the winter.
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.
Ten miles south of Sandpoint off US95