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Cottonwood Recreation Site

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Bureau of Land Management

The BLM Cottonwood Recreation Site sits among groves of cottonwoods along the scenic Salmon River and provides a beautiful setting for fishing and camping. It also has a boat ramp, allows RVs, provides accessible campsites and includes a day use area with barbecues, tent sites and group camp sites. 15 camp sites total. This is one of a number of sites on the Upper Salmon River. The headwaters of the Salmon River are in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. BLM recreation sites along this stretch start at the East Fork confluence, followed downstream by Deadman Hole, Bayhorse Campground, Challis Bridge, and Cottonwood Campground.

Fee Info

Camping fee: $10/night; standard stay limits. Day use area with horse shoe pits and reservable covered group shelter: $25/day (Call Challis Field Office at 208-879-6200 for reservation)

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Eric D.
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2022

Very nice place!

Probably 15-20 camper spots all paved. 5 or so tent sites. Very nice. Water and dumpsters!

My recommendation: stay on the river side, the highway side can get a little loud.

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Cia S.
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2020

We only stopped

For water and to unhitch so we could get a flat repaired. But host very nice and looked pretty


Cottonwood Recreation Site is located in Idaho

Detail location of campground


north of Challis, Idaho. Travel north from Challis on Highway 93 for approximately 14 miles. The recreation site will be on your left between the highway and the Salmon River.


44.68277704 N
114.07882655 W

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