Payette National Forest, IDAHO
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Great escape

From Salem, it was a very long drive over to the Snake River. Once there, we had to be stocked for days as town is far. Great escape to get far far away!

Beautiful place

Work outing so a great place for a large group with multiple options for tent camping. Great fishing and hiking.

Fantastic and Quiet

Beautiful views of waterfalls, creeks, canyon walls, massive rock slides and more. Free sites dispersed and easy to drive up too. Fantastic hiking, fishing and kayaking.

Camped here since I was a kid

Great location in McCall. Close to trails and the lake. Beautiful drives right from the camp ground.

Great place for families and dogs

What a great place to spend time with your family! Clean bathrooms, easy hook ups, and a warm Visitor’s Center all made our cold, damp camping trip a success. This place has easy to access bike paths, beach/lake access, and is only a few minutes from town.

River pull out site

Not much for camping. Popular place to go rafting.

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!

Expensive and crowded

The site of ponderosa state park is pretty backing up to the lake but the campgrounds are right on top of each other. Showers and toilets and fire rings are provided.

Camping by the river

9 great sites along the river, fire rings, CTX toilets and down the road from Yellowpine where you can get a beer and use WiFi.

On the edge of wilderness

Lick creek campground has 3 spots. One large one with stock holding. A CTX toilet and fire rings. Lick lake is a 3 mile hike into the wilderness and is gorgeous! No fee.

Wilderness Convinience

Big Creek Canpground is small but fire rings, firewood and picnic tables are provided. Confinement area for pilots and for those wanting to hike into the FCRNRW which is 2 miles down the road. Portable water available and a CTX toilet.

Very nice!

Beautiful campground with hot showers and flush toilets. Hookups for RV's and trailers. Tent camping. Nice lake close by with boat, wave runner, pontoon boat rentals. Reserve in advance!

Great for car camping!

This is probably one of the busiest campgrounds in Idaho. And for a reason. Access to trails and water is unbeatable. The grounds are gorgeous. And you can stay in the woods or toodle into town and get some coffee or ice cream.

If you pick your site well, you can have the convenience of a campground but feel a bit more secluded. We usually boondock but we'll come into civilization for this place.

Make sure you reserve 9 months in advance. This place fills up. We come every year and love it!

A great last-minute stop

SISCRA is open to all, but primarily attended by 55 and over campers. There is a monthly option, and many retired folks have established this great summer community. The U.S. Mail even delivers there. Thursday nights have bingo, Saturday nights live entertainment and various dinners in the REC hall. Members get a discount on camping, money well-spent to maintain the grounds. Both tent and electrical sites are available, 3 other nearby reservation sites were full. I had thought the campground was right on the water, but is not. There's a walking trail with some great views. My only complaint is that from 7:30 am until late afternoon, there are non-stop golf carts and ATVs doing circles around the campground. A front-loader went past my campsite repeatedly, I stopped counting at 16 times. I left a day early because at 6:30 a.m. the neighboring rancher shot a shotgun VERY close to where I was camping. It is not hunting season, I believe he either shot a cow, a predator, or both. I may return another time, it is nice that showers are included. Very close to a favorite hot springs, and just a few minutes from nearest town.

Close to McCall, not heavily used. Great hiking.

This campground costs $10 a night, for a tent spot. Nice creek running by the campground. Plenty of spots to choose from. Does not get heavily used.

There is great hiking from the campground. Close to McCall!

Perfect getaway. Woods, hikes, and water

Lots of caterpillars!!!!! Water is fairly dirty near the shore as there are cows roaming near-by

Older but well cared for

Great bathrooms and showers great laundry room . Older place has power and water and a central dump station.

Quiet solitude with views

Dispersed camping in the Boise National Forest is top notch camping, for free. There are easy and well maintained roads to access the forest and camping, and in this campground, there were excellent stone fire rings. Several were already loaded with a free batch of locally felled firewood!

big sage

great camp spot with restrooms and easy lake access. smaller sites with little to no shade but only really effects mid day. camp fire pits. very beautiful spot.

Quite a trip to get here

It is a nice place and there is a lot to do if you have a boat. There isn’t anything around so take what you need and just enjoy the simple life while you’re there. The road is dirt for some 10 miles to get you there, and it was washboard at times. The campground is clean and the hosts are really nice. We went when the caterpillars were hatching so they were everywhere but it wasn’t a big deal. We had a really quiet spot. All sites were big.

Secluded campground with paved parking spots and great trail access

The sites are on a paved area with fire rings and picnic tables. You can access the creek from the sites and have access to a nice biking trail that follows the creek.

Secluded mountains with small lake for fishing and recreation!

Campground was clean and well maintained! Isolated with fantastic views! Many hiking trails make for an adventurous day. Lake is close by for recreation with canoes, kayaks, canoes and swimming. If you search, you may find rope swings in trees! The area is secluded and not crowded which makes for quiet and restful evenings. The stars are absolutely amazing! If you are a stargazer, this is the place!

Beautiful place for campers of all kinds

Great places to hike, kayak, swim, or go boating. After 6pm motorized boats are not allowed on the water. It has cabins as well as tent sites. Not very secluded, to many people for my liking so if you dont want neighbors try another place. It does haave a little store which is nice.

Great for family camping trips and fishing

Great place to kayak and fish. Most camp spots are near the water. Camp spots are a bit to close to eachother for my liking, but great for family camping. Area has multipul outhouses. Lots of waterfowl and beautiful flower first come first serve. Campsites fillup fast


Bring bug spray and fire wood. Besides that it is a good spot to camp. The creek isn’t to far away to dip your toes in to cool off.

All you’d want and more

Close to McCall,several pull-thrus; even indoor hot tubs! No restaurant but you’ll be close to many great ones

Beautiful Sunsets on a mountain lake.

Once you turn off Hywy 95 on to Lost Valley Reservoir Road (about 16 miles North of Council), you will reach a Y in the well kept gravel road. If you turn left, you will come to Cold Spring Campground. There are RV/trailer and tent sites available for a small daily fee. There are campfire sites, hiking trails, toilets and water from a hand pump. You will need to pack out your own garbage as there are no dumpsters. Not a bad place but you are still about 1/2 mile away from the Lost Valley Reservoir.

If you return to the Lost Valley Reservoir road, you can continue on to the Reservoir. After about 1/2 mile, you will see the lake off to your right. There are camp sites all along this stretch of the lake with direct access to the lake. A few sites have a common outhouse with no running water. Along this side of the lake there is also a boat launch area, but I believe this is a 'No Wake Lake'. Check local burn bans, and pack your garbage out.

The road continues along the lake edge and over a small dam. There are several small, dirt access roads that lead to the lakes edge with camping sites at the end of each. Several roads are VERY rough and have deep ruts in them, and I personally wouldn't risk driving them without a vehicle that has plenty of clearance.

The lake is small and as the summer progresses and water is drained from the reservoir, it shrinks. I prefer camping here until about the 1st or 2nd week of August. After this, the water levels drop drastically and green algae begins to accumulate around the lakes edge. There are small perch for fishing, but I did not catch any big enough to keep. We camped here in mid-July this year and had a campfire each night.

Beautiful views, great hiking, refreshing water, and several families had ATV's. Huckleberries are usually ripe 1st/2nd weeks of August. Very relaxing. Enjoy.

Brook Trout

Exceptional camp sites and fishing. Slate creek is fairly small, be prepared to get your feet wet. There are ample hiking/biking/four wheeling trails in the area.

Family fun

Hot water and clean bathroom!! Bring a bike or get ready to hike!

great place!

I stayed one night, I took a cabin instead of a campsite because of the nearby fires. The area was very clean and well maintained. The pool was wonderful to soak in. I arrived there on a Sunday afternoon, there was A LOT of traffic going down the mountain as I was going up, obviously it had been quite crowded on the weekend! However, it was nice and quiet for the rest of my stay.