Pine Flats Campground is located a few miles west of Lowman, Idaho, along the Banks-Lowman Highway at an elevation of 3,700 feet. Visitors enjoy rafting, kayaking and fishing on the South Fork Payette River, and soaking in the hot springs at the river's edge.
The South Fork Payette River flows next to the site, down a small hill, and offers trout fishing, rafting and kayaking. The Danskin River Access area is 5 miles west of the campground.
A 1/4-mile nature trail begins in the campground and leads to a natural hot springs soaking pool on the riverside.
The campground contains several single and double-family sites, most of which are accessible, each with a picnic table and campfire ring with grill. Vault toilets, drinking water and trash collection are provided. Roads and parking spurs are paved, as are some campsite pads.
Towering Ponderosa pines cover the campground, offering partial shade in most sites. Summer wildflowers dot the landscape. Deer and elk may be seen wandering through the campground on occasion.
Numerous natural hot springs pools can be found along the Banks-Lowman Highway, also known as the Wildlife Canyon Scenic Byway. The area offers scenic views, wildlife watching, historical information kiosks and several trail opportunities.
Whitewater rafting and kayaking are popular activities on the South Fork and Main Payette Rivers. Several companies in the area offer guided half and full-day trips.
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We stayed on a Sunday night and the sites on either side of us were empty. Very calm. Beautiful location. I can see where it could be slightly cramped if the campground is full, but it was perfect for us.
This campground is really nice and well maintained. A fire recently burned a lot of the forest nearby, but didn't seem to hit the campground. The site has no hookups, but is paved and easily navigated. There is drinking water via spigot at a few locations and a restroom. The river is pretty fast at the campground, so swimming isn't advisable. there is a nice hiking trail that leads to the hot springs, a very nice benefit of this campground.
Pine flats is a less traveled to hotsprings destination. There are only 3 pools and two are located on the mountainside overlooking the river and the third is located down on the river (when the river is high, it washes out). It is a bit of a dangerous hike down to the last pool so not a great destination for kids. Make sure to bring headlamps if you plan to go at night.
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this camp ground has a great location, downhill from the highway, there is virtually no noise from the road, and there are hotsprings located within a half a mile from your camp ground. One of the best hot pools is located on a side of the hill that requires you to walk through the river for a short distance, which really adds to the uniqueness of this camp ground.
We visited this campground in May, before the campground host was there. It was crowded with some noisy campers not respecting the generator hours. It was kind of annoying to have to listed to a generator all night while trying to be outside! Also, the bathroom was kind of gross & ran out of toilet paper. We were prepared with extra so it didn't really matter. I imagine the atmosphere & upkeep is better when the campground host is there… Other than that, the campground is great. It's off of the road, but not too far, and therefore easy to get too. The site are spread out pretty good. It has a couple of hot springs all around it, which we didn't go into because they were really crowded and didn't seem very nice. But walking/hiking along the river was really beautiful!
I annually visit Pine Flats with great hot springs just a quick walk away. The sites are not too close to each other so if you go on a weekend you get some space away from other campers. Weekday camping does not have a lot of other campers so you can get the place to yourself.
This place is awesome, feels like a resort with the hot spring pols which is a highlight of the trip. There is campsites with fire rings and picnic tables. I saw people fishing which i think is allowed here
I go at least once a year up to this. Depending on how high the river is there are anywhere from 2 to 10 hot pools to soak in and it is the most beautiful views. Please pack trash out with you and if you see others trash help out and pick it up to keep it beautiful.
Beautiful camp ground right next to the river. And a hotsprings within yards of the camp ground. Near the road, however I've never experienced a full camp!