Our family of four plus two dogs will be traveling to the Bonners Ferry area next week (1st week of Aug 2017) to look at properties for sale. This is an extremely low budget trip out of necessity. Are there any homesteaders in the area that would be willing to allow us to camp in exchange for help on their property?
We see this as an opportunity to lift a bit of financial burden on the trip as well as meet like minded families in the area.
Ideally, we would like to camp on a private spot on your property so that our dogs do not pose any problems. They are great dogs, but have no farm experience so we'd rather not risk any harm to livestock. We will keep them at camp.
I am happy to answer any questions for further clarification. I would rather not air our entire situation to everyone though.
I used to camp in forest service land when I worked in that area. Hunters make camp sites off forest service roads - no amenities but free though they are also not on the map. I used Google maps and just looked for them - you can see the fire pits.
Otherwise, my favorite sites were free hike in spots on Priest Lake up near the northern campground at the far north end of North Priest Lake. Camp sites right on the lake, great place for swimming and there were bear bins and fire pits but it might be on the wrong side of the mountains for you.
Forest service lands might work for you but be ready to rough it and go on a little adventure!