Boise, IDAHO
122 Reviews 137 Campgrounds
Retrieving Results
Most Recent Boise Camping Reviews

Campground full of big ponderosa pines! Small creeks surrounding the campground with wading pools and decent fishing. Commercial hotsprings near by along with some great restaurants.

Wonderful - we were last minute

Owners went out of their to see we got settled in.

Lack Luster

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.

Nice free hot springs

Very cheap. Bring your own firewood. You could easily get multiple sites for big groups. A short hike for the smaller hot springs. You follow the same path to the better springs but it gets slightly difficult at the very end.

Hard to hike to in snow

Nice and clean. Easy to warm up. Some games lots of beds. Firewood included in purchase of renting. One time I went I miss read the reservation date and got kicked out by another group. So we had to hike down in a snow storm. It was still fun.

A short hike

It was nice and warm

Deer Carcasses

Deer carcasses and no toilet. The campground is used by hunters in RVs/trailers. The place was rancid, we did not stay here.

First to Review
Hunters/Fisherman/ATVs “Resort”

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.

Small campground near a fire lookout

Nice primitive USFS site. It's about 30 min above the highway so a bit far. Close to the bald mtn lookout

Great group site

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.

Nice camping

Good area that doesn’t require a reservation. Along the river for great swimming and fishing. Sites are pretty decent. Had a good amount of trees to keep out of the hot sun.

Nice place to camp

It was nice being in the shade. Lots of huckleberries when in season(gave the kids something extra to do). Went on a hike around lake, very nice. Swimming was ok. Kind of a mud hole for swimming. Fishing close by.

Nice little campground. Small sites.

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 hot springs... but

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.

Great, but...

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.

Quiet clean and shaded.

Wonderful place Togo and just sit back and relax.

Nice RV park with mostly pull through sites

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.

Very kind

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!


Lots of space to spread out and play. The grassy areas were great for the dogs and the kids.


Cheap or free. Stunning, well kept campground on the reservior.

Beautiful site next to river

Went in early June. Pretty cold but very beautiful.

First to Review
Close to metropolitan area but secluded

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.

Easy place

Gets busy in the summer

Simple and on the lake!

Simple camp ground not much to it at all really which is kind of nice. It’s on the edge of the lake so could potentially have good fishing. Not many trees at all so bring your own wood or stove. RV spots and tent spots.


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. 💚

Scenic fly in campground

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.

Really nice

This was a nice campground but was $10 even to dry camp in the off season and crowded. Did not have hook up either or ilI would have given a higher rating. This campground does offer awesome hiking, but there was a lot of garbage on trails.

Lot to do at Bogus Basin Mountain Resort

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

Very nice small campground with paved sites and a nearby hot spring

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.

First to Review
Easy to get to, right on the Payette river

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.