The north side of CJ Strike isn’t a campground. It is mostly BLM and dispersed camping is permitted. Campfires are restricted to agency provided fire rings. There are no fire rings on the north side of the reservoir. Lake access is good but very hot and buggy in the summer.
The whole area around the Anderson Ranch Reservoir is mostly used by hunters and fisherman. We needed a spot to camp after Craters of the Moon and this was not exactly what we were looking for. All of the accessible spots around the dam were taken so we took a spot at this “Resort.” The Fall Creek campground had some water access spots that were all “reserved” so we opted for the hillside with cramped picnic tables and fire rings. There were a couple trailers that looked like they just set up for a few weeks and come and go. There is also a full bar with pool tables at the campground (?!). There may have been other facilities but we only used the vault toilet near the closest boat ramp. It’s a beautiful area and if you’re lucky to snag a spot along the water, it would be enjoyable. However, keep in mind that there are lots of ATVs and UTVs and the scene is deer hunters, not really our thing.
Not sure if this site is even open currently due to fire damage in recent years. When open it has a nice group camping feel. Creek runs along side campground for great swimming with kids. It is close to highway so you need to watch your small kids. Does have toilets. Even though you reserve entire area people tend to pull in and ask if the can still stay in campground with you. The big positive though is that it’s a group space.
Bad Bear is a nice little campsite outside of Idaho City. The sites are good size with adequate privacy. There is lots of tree cover for shade during those warm summer days, and a babbling brook at the back of the campground. Each site had a picnic table, fire ring, and there is a well for water and a vault toilet. We enjoyed our stay here, mostly because there wasn't anyone else camping in the campground when we were there in mid-July! Score! We grabbed the big site, but the other sites seemed a bit small. Would recommend for a easy campsite close to Idaho City and just a quick little jaunt from Boise.
Great place for a day trip. Close to town, Boise, about an hour and half out. Springs are awesome and there are several. We stayed the over night and it became a little rowdy and a bit of nudity in one of the hot springs… my sons will always remember this place! All in all it is really a good place to visit and stay over night, just be ready for it.
The camp ground is well cared for and the site managers do a good job. The hot springs are incredible. There are multiple springs throughout the camp ground and along the river.
The camp ground gets crowded and not everyone respects the rules while there. Late nights and a bit of nudity kept my wife and I on edge with our young boys around.
We will come back but only for a day trip.
We only stayed here one night, so we did not use the amenities. They have a lot of outdoor-oriented recreation amenities, plus a clubhouse.
Their pull through site was long enough for both our Class A and our tow vehicle. Decent amount of concrete pad, though it did feel like the space between sites was a little close. Looks like you can do groups and rallies here, but we were traveling on our own. We had a Pull Through site, which is approximately 70 feet long.
Trash is across from the main office building, which is clear across the park from most of the spots. Kind of a "throw your bag into the trash" on the way out of the park situation, unless you liked a walk. :)
There are some monthly options and sites, but all sites were well maintained.
Nice older gentleman runs the place. Beautiful spot but while starlight mountain theatre is running you hear the play..that can be positive or negative depending on your plans. I enjoy it. Lots of mosquitoes by the river small amount of traffic noise. Amazingly beautiful location!
Busy but still has plenty of unreserved availability. Within 100 ft of sagehen reservoir with it's own dock and boat launch. Plenty of trails for all skill levels. Avid climber and backpacker before kids but still found trails that challenged us with the kids.
Me and boyfriend enjoy going here in the fall and spring to get away from the city for a day or two. There is hiking right across the street. Mt Heinen which is a very strenous hike. Its over 9 miles(up and back) and over a 3,000 ft gain so be prepared if you try to tackle this summit. Anyways, the campground has some fire pits but no picnic tables. There are a few trees for shade. One part of this campground that confuses me is that there use to be a small outhouse in summer of 2018 but when I came in 2019 in march and April there was not one? When we come in the fall and spring theres no one other than us there. In the summer it does get quite a few people there. Also it gets super hot in the summertime so be sure to bring plenty of water. Good thing is you can take a dip in the cold reservoir to cool off. There's no trash services so pack it in and pack it out. A lot of people come here to party and leave trash around so i make it a point to pick it up. Please don't be those people to ruin a beautiful free spot. 💚
Long runway, above a big field for camping and plenty of trees to set up a hammock. Right along the river, all we heard was the sound of running water. Very big mountains around, plenty for hiking. As well as some bathrooms that were closed when we were there, however the sign did say they were open normally. We had a fire, didn’t see any signs that said we couldn’t so kind of unclear.
Bogus Basin is very close. During the Summer Season they have scenic chairlift rides; inter tubing, mountain coaster, climbing wall, live music on weekends, food and beverage, mountain biking with lift service, mountain bike rentals, and hiking. Family friendly
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.
This campground has some decent sites down near the river, but the sites up higher are noisy due to the highway, and don't have much shade. There are no hookups or dump station, so this is a weekend site for most. There is a water spigot to get water from, and a couple of small outhouses, but the one near our site had been destroyed by a falling tree and just closed instead of being rebuilt. The sites have picnic table, fire ring, but not much for tent pads.