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Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
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About Shorts Bar Recreation Site

This site is a frequent put-in spot for floating the Lower Salmon River. The site is near large, sandy beaches and provides easy access to the Salmon River.

BLM recreation sites attached to this stretch of river are Island Bar, Lucile, Old Lucile, Slate Creek, Skookumchuck, White Bird, Hammer Creek and Pine Bar. Be sure to check those sites for more information and amenities for boat ramps or camping.

For river maps, authorized outfitters and shuttle services, see the links below.

Bureau of Land Management
Drive In
Walk In
Boat In
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Picnic Table
Shorts Bar Recreation Site is located in Idaho
45.4119 N
-116.3022 W
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2.6 miles east of Riggins, Idaho on Big Salmon Road.
4 Reviews of Shorts Bar Recreation Site
Great spot

Great spot for dry camping

Camping on the beach

Camped out on the bar and it was nice! There is area to pull up your RV too as well. Good fishing spot!

Nice Camping Beaches near Great Fishing on the Salmon River!

This spot is for tent campers and maybe some pop-up trailers. It is dry camping and they do have some restrooms in the area. Nice sandy beaches for those that want to relax near the roaring sound of the river. Great salmon and smallmouth fishing upstream or downstream. Downstream is the confluence of the Salmon River and the Little Salmon River near the town of Riggins, ID. There is an Elk Farm on the other side of the road up the hill from the campsites. During the rut season (fall) you can hear their bugles echo through the canyon. If you are an experienced paddler, you can kayak this stretch of the Salmon River. Just be careful of the fishing boats that can sometimes cruise through this stretch at high speeds. Some parts of the season, the campsites can fill up. It is first come, first serve. Pack out what you pack in and keep the site clean :-)

First to Review
Nice river site

This is a busy site, lots of paddler traffic, but does make for a nice evening by the river. Bonus elk farm on the ridge, at the right season you might hear them bugle.

Several vault toilets, even an ADA one.

If you have dogs, be sure to check them for ticks. We found a few here.