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South Fork Recreation Site

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About This Campground

Bureau of Land Management

ALERT - The Swirly Canyon segment of the South Fork Payette River stretch offers opportunities for camping and fishing in a scenic mountain area. The BLM's South Fork Recreation Site is an undeveloped camping spot along the river.

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  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site
  • Walk-In
    Park in a lot, walk to your site.
  • Hike-In
    Backcountry sites.
  • Boat-In
    Sites accessible by watercraft.

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Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)


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  • Trash
  • Showers
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Pull-Through Sites


3 Reviews of South Fork Recreation Site

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Mike E.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 3, 2022

fantastic except for one thing

Beautiful place to boondock overlooking the river. Great scenery. Many trails around both for hiking and four wheeling. Loved it except for one thing - there's a shooting range near the highway and the airport. Guns going off random times all day and into the evening. Ruins the tranquility. We have…

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Jonathan A.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2020

Perfect mountain with river!

This is beyond the Payette River campground, if you follow the South Fork road down a ways, you will see a few turn outs, likely with several filled. This is US Forestry or BLM or both land. You’ll hear echos of gunfire, the occasional semi blasting up the highway or the rumble of tons of bikes…

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Shariah T.
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2019

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…

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South Fork Recreation Site is located in Idaho

Detail location of campground


The South Fork Recreation Site is located three miles east of Garden Valley, Idaho. Turn south on Alder Creek Road and just after crossing the Payette River turn left on the South Fork Road. The site is about 1/2 mile on the left. Payette River Maps (Boater's Guide)


44.06740923 N
115.941546 W

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