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Visitor Guide of Sawtooth National Forest (NF) in Idaho. Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).
S VISITOR GUIDE awtooth National Forest ulton (© Mark Mo Includes the Sawtooth National Recreation Area Lupine and Pionee r Moutains T What’s Inside he Sawtooth National Forest is a place of inspiring beauty and contrasting landscapes. National forest lands stretch from the “basin and range” of northern Utah to the lofty peaks of the Idaho Rockies and the headwaters of the legendary “River of No Return.” This diversity is coupled with a contrast in seasons creating winter wonders and spectacular summers. Fast Forest Facts Elevation Range: 4,514’–12,009’ Acres: 2.1 million Alpine ski areas: 4 (27 lifts/138 runs) Unique features: • Largest whitebark pine in North America • Only population on the planet of Christ’s Indian Paintbrush • Clearest air (Sawtooth Wilderness) and longest salmon migration in the continental U.S. Get to Know Us .................. 2 Special Places ................... 3 Sawtooth NRA ................... 4 Watchable Wildlife ............ 6 Scenic Byways ................... 7 Map ..................................... 8 Campgrounds ..................... 12 Winter Recreation ............. 14 Trails .................................. 15 Activities ........................... 16 Know Before You Go.......... 18 Contact Information .......... 20 The forest is home for deer, elk, mountain goats, and bighorn sheep. Gray wolves, wolverines, black bear, salmon, and many species of birds also thrive here. Trails, campgrounds, wilderness, rivers, and scenic drives give visitors plenty of opportunities to connect with this special land. As an added gem, the forest also includes the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, commonly referred to as the “Heart of Idaho”. Come see for yourself! This Visitor Guide provides the information you need to make the most of your Sawtooth National Forest experience. G et to Know Us History T he first people to use the lands that are now the Sawtooth National Forest occupied this area between 8,000–7,000 BC. More recently (after 1,700 AD) the Shoshone—or Sheepeater people—lived in small bands on the northern end of the forest, harvesting roots and tubers, fish and game, and timber and rocks for tools. Civilian Conservation Corp early road work at Re dfish Shoshone, camp, circa 1880-1910 Trappers and explorers arrived in southern Idaho by the early 19th century and by 1849 immigrant trails were established through the southern end of the forest. Mining in Idaho started in the early 1860s and peaked in the 1880s, occasionally rebounding over the next 100 years. Cattle and sheep grazing was the primary large-scale land use on the forest for much of the 20th century. Logging activities focused on timber and firewood for homesteaders and miners. It wasn’t long before the area became popular with visitors who were drawn by the impressive scenery and recreational opportunities. The Minidoka and Sawtooth National Forests were established in 1905 by President Teddy Roosevelt and merged in 1953 as the Sawtooth National Forest. CCC workers camp The Area The Sawtooth National Forest has two distinct geographic units separated by the Snake River Plain—Idaho’s “potato belt”—which relies on the forest for the water it needs to irrigate this important agricultural region. South of the Snake River Plain, the forest is part of the basin and range geologic province of western Utah, Nevada and southeastern Idaho. Here, a series of northto-south faults break the country into mountain ranges separated by continuously widening basins. The climate is desert-like, but the ranges capture snow, storing the moisture for later release into the Wolverine (© Wendy Nero) surrounding basins of the Snake River Plain. Lower elevations host sagebrush and juniper that blend into aspen, lodgepole pine, and fir at higher elevations. Mule deer, elk, pronghorn, and sage grouse are common on this part of the forest. Two-thirds of the forest lies north of the Snake River Plain, where towering mountains are sliced by iconic rivers. These mountains are actually five separate ranges—the Sawtooth, Boulder, White Cloud, Smoky, and Pioneer, which are part of the famous Idaho batholith--which means a great mass of lava that stopped on its rise to the surface. Erosion and glaciers exposed and shaped what we see today. High alpine lakes abound in this rugged country. Rivers are lined with colossal cottonwoods and graceful willows. The uplands are blanketed with lodgepole pine, and Douglas-fir and subalpine fir —interspersed with whitebark pine and meadows strewn with wildflowers in the summer. Wildlife is plentiful with elk, deer, mountain goats, wolverines, wolves, black bear, cougars, and a wide variety of birds including sandhill cranes, osprey, and eagles. With the exception of the grizzly bear, just about every species that was here in the days of Lewis and Clark is still here today. Sawtooth Mountains (© Mark Moulton) The vast resources of the Sawtooth National Forest belong to all Americans. These resources must rely on the stewardship of all of us if they are to be sustained for future generations. 2 Special Places Rock Creek Complex Looking south from Twin Falls you’ll see the desert canyons of the South Hills with stately stands of cottonwood and aspen, and one of the state’s healthiest mule deer populations. The Rock Creek Canyon Road winds through volcanic ash deposits (tuff) that have eroded into oodoos and pinnacles, giving the area an other-earthly feel. Ketchum Area Trails More than 40 miles of worldclass trails can be found within 5 miles of Ketchum. They offer easy access and unparalleled views, from Bald Mountain to shimmering aspen groves in Corral Creek. Fox Creek and Adams Gulch area trails are popular choices for mountain biking and day hiking. Pioneer Cabin (© Mark Moulton) Ross Falls There are 8 campgrounds and 3 picnic areas open in the summer, and 3 trailheads that access 60 miles of trails (all but the 9.5-mile Rim View trail are open to motorized use). Don’t pass up the opportunity to drive the two miles to the Pike Mountain viewpoint (7,710’) for the interpretive displays and a spectacular panorama of the South Hills. In winter, Rock Creek Road is plowed to Diamondfield Jack Snow-park. A warming hut and popular trailhead provide access to miles of snowmobile trails. Mt. Harrison Mt. Harrison is the northernmost peak in the compact Albion Range where it shelters an alpine lake in a glacial cirque. It dominates the central Snake River Plain and is visible for miles. Lake Cleveland, Thompson Flats, and Bennett Springs Campgrounds, and the Twin Lakes Horse Camp are on the road to Mt. Harrison. The summit has a lookout and interpretive displays, and is the northern terminus for the 26-mile Skyline Trail that connects Mt. Harrison with the City of Rocks National Reserve to the south. The summit is also a popular launch point for hang and paragliders. The Mt. Harrison Research Natural Area (RNA) and Botanical Special Interest Area (BSIA) were established because of the striking geology and an isolated high-elevation ecosystem of rare plants, sagebrush-grasslands, and subalpine shrub communities. These areas also protects the only known population of Christ’s Indian Paintbrush. Castilleja christii. Within ten miles of Ketchum you’ll find more than 250 miles of trails with longer, more challenging routes and a bit more solitude. The Greenhorn Gulch area has great trails for mountain bikes and motorcycles, and is also open to equestrians. Pioneer Cabin Trails will take you to the heart of the Pioneer Range with views of Hyndman Peak (12,009’), the highest in the forest. These trails require more effort, but the rewards are worth it! The Harriman Trail is a 19-mile trail connecting the Sawtooth National Recreation Area North Fork Visitor Center to Galena Lodge. It features resplendent wildflower meadows, the rushing Big Wood River and deep green forests—all with the stunning Boulder Mountains as a backdrop. The trail is open for hiking, biking, and horseback riding in the summer with numerous access points along Highway 75 (the Sawtooth Scenic Byway). In the winter the trail is groomed for nordic skiing. For more information on other trails on the Sawtooth National Forest, see page 15. South Fork of the Boise River This beautiful mountain river rises in the Smoky Mountains of southcentral Idaho where, over epochs, it has carved a steep channel through the erosive granite of the Idaho batholith here. Near the old mining community of Featherville, the aroma of lodgepole pine, Douglas-fir, and ponderosa pine will engulf you. This little visited but stunningly beautiful area has abundant recreation opportunities. The Bear Creek, Canyon, Kelly Creek, and Willow Creek trailheads access miles of trails and thousands of acres of roadless backcountry for horsepackers, hikers, and OHV enthusiasts. Eight campgrounds along the river are open from Memorial Day through hunting season, including Baumgartner Campground which even has a hot springs pool. This area is closed from Dec. 1-April 30 to protect wintering wildlife. 3 S awtooth NATIONAL RECREATION AREA It’s hard not to speak in superlatives when referring to the Sawtooth National Recreation Area (NRA).Often referred to as the “Heart of Idaho,” this land is a mosaic of gem-colored lakes, aspen woodlands, sagebrush flats, and rushing streams. The Ice Age architecture of the stiletto peaks, steep-walled cirques, and tree-carpeted moraines delights both the photographer and the geologist. Contained within its 756,000 acres are all or most of four mountain ranges (Sawtooth, Smoky, Boulder and White Cloud), the headwaters of four major river systems (Payette, Salmon, Boise McGowan Peak (© Mike Norton) and Big Wood), hundreds of alpine lakes, over 1,000 miles of streams, and more than 50 peaks over 10,000’ in elevation. The presence of six threatened or endangered species attests to the vital role the area plays in conservation efforts. Redfish Lake If the Sawtooth NRA is the heart of Idaho, then Redfish Lake is the heart of the Sawtooth NRA. Surrounded by inviting beaches and deep evergreen forests, its crystal clear waters reflect the lofty peaks of Mt. Heyburn (10,229’) and Grand Mogul (9,733’) on the western end. Redfish Lake is a nursery for the endangered Snake River sockeye salmon. It also supports a healthy population of kokanee salmon, a landlocked variety of sockeye that spawns each fall in the streams that feed Redfish Lake. Redfish Lake (© Mike Norton) On the northeast end of the lake, visitors will find Redfish Lake Lodge, Redfish Visitor Center, Fishhook Creek Nature Trail, five campgrounds, two swimming beaches, a boat launch, and three picnic areas. On the southwest end is the Redfish Inlet Campground which can only be reached by trail or boat. Redfish Lake Lodge offers a variety of recreation services in a rustic setting including rental cabins, a marina, a restaurant, convenience store, bicycle and boat rentals, the Ladyof-the-Lake boat tours and a boat shuttle that ferries people across the lake to the Sawtooth Wilderness. Mountain blue bird and meadowlark (© Mark Moulton) © Mark Moulton People have long enjoyed this area. Native American hunters visited Redfish Lake 9,500 years ago in search of elk, deer, antelope, and salmon. As European settlers arrived, they established mines and ranching homesteads. Two National Recreation Trails offer short, self-guided walks for users of all abilities: the Fishhook Creek Boardwalk at Redfish Lake and the Wood River Nature Trail located in Wood River Campground. For More Sawtooth NRA Information The best place to start your visit is at one of the Forest Service offices. The North Fork Visitor Center at the Sawtooth NRA office north of Ketchum and the Stanley Ranger Station are open year round. The Redfish Visitor Center operated by the Sawtooth Interpretive and Historical Association (SIHA) is open during the summer months. Interpretive exhibits, daily activities, evening campfire programs and outreach education are offered throughout the year. Sawtooth NRA Headquarters and Visitor Center 4 The Sawtooth National Recreation Area was set aside by Congress in 1972 to “assure the preservation and protection of the natural, scenic, historic, pastoral, and fish and wildlife values and to provide for the enhancement of the recreation values associated therewith.” Stanley and Lower Stanley East Fork of the Salmon River The “Old West” communities of Stanley and Lower Stanley lie at the base of the Sawtooth Mountains and surround the confluence of Valley Creek Elk near Stanley (© Mark Moulton) and the Salmon River. Stanley is the headquarters for float trips and other outdoor adventures in the surrounding mountains of central Idaho. On the east side of the White Clouds is the East Fork of the Salmon River which is one of the premiere wildlife viewing and hunting areas within the Sawtooth NRA. Here, you may see elk, mule deer, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, pronghorn, wolves, coyotes and beaver. The drive to Railroad Ridge at 10,000’ requires a 4-wheel drive, high-clearance vehicle, but will reward you with sweeping views of central Idaho and the strikingly beautiful Chinese Wall. While in the area, stop by the historic Stanley Museum, located in the former Valley Creek Ranger Station and operated by the Sawtooth Interpretive and Historical Association (SIHA). Displays and artifacts interpret central Idaho’s cultural and natural history, and in the summer you can enjoy outdoor presentations at the Forum and Lecture Series. For more information, visit www. DiscoverSawtooth.org. Sawtooth Valley and Stanley Basin Connecting the communities of Smiley Creek and Stanley, the picturesque Sawtooth Valley is a lovely combination of sagebrush flats and grassy meadows backed by forests of pine and aspen. The valley is the headwaters of the famous Salmon River (the “River of No Return”) which winds along its length. The Sawtooth Mountains rise to the west while the White Clouds stand guard to the east. Much of this special valley is privately owned. However, the Forest Service has acquired conservation easements on most of these properties to ensure open space, prevent incompatible development, and maintain public access to national forest lands. Boulder Chain Lakes While in Sawtooth Valley you may want to take side trips to Alturas or Pettit Lakes; visit historic sites such as the 1909 vintage Pole Creek Ranger Station; or see the abandoned mining town of Sawtooth City. The Sawtooth Fish Hatchery at the north end of the valley is a great place to learn about native fish in the area. Take a scenic drive on the Nip and Tuck Road or see it by snowmobile in winter. If highway driving is more your style, you can’t go wrong here— every highway within the Sawtooth NRA is a scenic byway. Fisher Creek Trail (© Ed Cannady) 5 G et to Know Us Wilderness In a land of wild places, the Sawtooth National Recreation Area (NRA) contains three wilderness areas, designated by the United States Congress and protected for future generations. Different than any other form of public land, wilderness is established as an antidote to expanding settlement and growing mechanization, a place where the earth and its communities of life are left wild and free, natural processes unfold without intervention, and where visitors may find solitude, freedom, challenge and inspiration. Sawtooth Wilderness (217,000 acres) Designated in 1972, forming the western skyline of the Sawtooth NRA, the Sawtooth Mountains have long been recognized for their exceptional beauty and wild qualities. This spectacular wilderness is comprised of hundreds of jagged peaks (more than 40 over 10,000’), with hundreds of high alpine lakes and tranquil basins. There are Hemingway Boulders, Paul Auerback over 270 miles of trail but much of the wilderness is only accessible via off-trail route finding. Perhaps the best thing about the Sawtooth Wilderness is invisible – it boasts the clearest air in the continental United States! Sawtooth Wilderness © Mark Moulton Hemingway-Boulders Wilderness (77,000 acres) White Cloud Wilderness (90,769 acres) Designated in 2015, the Boulder Mountains, known as one of Idaho’s highest and wildest ranges, are rich in human history and home to an abundance of wildlife. Listen for the howl of wolves echoing off canyon walls, sense the presence of early Native Americans, find relics of Idaho’s mining boom, discover true adventure and challenge yourself! The jaw-dropping 4000’ rise of the Boulder Front, as seen from Highway 75 just north of Ketchum and Sun Valley, defines this area for many. However, with 12 summits topping 11,000 feet and only 29 miles of trails, the rich reward for the adventurous lies in breathtaking views and solitude found by off-trail exploring and peak climbing. Designated in 2015, this wilderness was named by early settlers for soaring white peaks that rise to join the clouds, these mountains are hidden treasures that define the eastern edge of the Sawtooth NRA. Here you’ll find quiet solitude surrounded by magical scenery, abundant wildlife and whitebark pines, some of the oldest trees on earth. Numerous lakes are accessible by the 57 miles of trail, while other alpine gems challenge visitors with off-trail navigation skills. The tallest mountain in the White Clouds (and the entire Sawtooth NRA) is Castle Peak, an Idaho icon at 11,815 feet. For more information on the National Wilderness Preservation System, visit www.wilderness.net. Watchable Wildlife: Wolves - You may spot or hear a wolf on the north end of the forest. They can be seen throughout the area moving through a variety of habitats. Sawtooth Valley and the Big Wood Grey wolf (© Stayer) River are good places to search. Peregrin falcon (© M. Lorenz) Birds - The Sawtooth National Forest is home for an abundance of avian species due to its wide range of elevations and habitat types. Birders may be particularly interested in the South Hills Crossbill which has been seen at Porcupine Campground and Diamondfield Jack Recreation Areas. Pronghorn Antelope Moose - Often viewed Open sagebrush areas are the preferred summer range of pronghorn. Dry Creek, Langford Flat (Cassia District), and the Sawtooth Valley on the north end are great places to spot them. standing knee-deep in wet areas. In the summer, moose reside throughout the forest, while winter usually finds them concentrated in riparian areas. Moose (© Wesley Aston) 6 Pronghorn (© Tyler Olson) Scenic Byways Testament to the great scenic beauty of the Sawtooth NRA, three Scenic Byways converge at the town of Stanley. A series of auto tape tours have been developed for all three byways to provide travelers with an overview of the natural and cultural history along each route. Available at area visitor centers. Sawtooth Scenic Byway Salmon River Scenic Byway This route along Idaho Hwy 75 begins in Shoshone and rolls north through lava deposits, fertile agricultural land, and the famed Sun Valley Resort. It enters the Sawtooth NRA just north of Ketchum with stunning views of the Boulder Mountains and follows the Big Wood River up to Galena Summit at 8,701 feet. Beginning at the Montana border at the Lost Trail Pass (elevation 6,995 feet), the Salmon River Scenic Byway travels south and then west as it follows the iconic Salmon River. Hugging the north border of the Sawtooth NRA, it twists through the The Bethine and Frank Church Overlook showcases the Sawtooth spectacular Salmon River Canyon, with access to and White Cloud Mountains and the spectacular Sawtooth Valley. rafting, fishing, camping, hiking, and many other The byway provides primary access for many Sawtooth NRA recreational pursuits on the Sawtooth and Salmonrecreation areas – around Challis National Forests. Galena, Pole Creek, Alturas Lake and Redfish Lake Numerous interpretive sites along the byway before ending in Stanley. highlight the mining history of the area Along the way, wildlife including a short side trip to the watchers should stay alert Yankee Fork Dredge and historic for wildlife, including Custer town site. Travelers may pronghorn antelope, deer, also catch glimpses of deer, elk, elk, sandhill cranes, and and moose along the hills and wolves. meadows that line this road © Mark Moulton before it ends in Stanley. Length: 116 mi./186 km. Highlights: Black Magic Canyon; lava deposits; Big Wood River and stunning mountain views Length: 162 mi./259 km. Highlights: Historical Lewis & Clark route; mining towns; abundant wildlife Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway © After reaching the high point at Banner Summit (7,056 feet), the byway drops into the Stanley Basin. The Ponderosa Pine Byway ends in Stanley where it meets the Salmon River and Sawtooth Scenic Byways. Beaver - These large rodents live Woodpeckers - Ten species of woodpeckers make their home here. Look for hairy woodpeckers and three-toed woodpeckers in lodgepole pine forests. Red-naped sapsuckers live in mature aspen stands. Mountain Goats - These sure-footed animals live within the mountains on the north end of the forest, in subalpine and alpine habitat above 7,000’. There are viewing sites along Highway 75 in the Sawtooth NRA and along the Harriman Trail. W throughout the forest. Look for their dams and lodges where creeks flow through meadows. Shoshone Creek, Liberal Creek, the Big Wood River, Trail Creek, Fishhook Creek, and Deer Creek are great places to look. ildlife Viewing Ethics »» Give the wildlife their space. Use those binoculars! »» Please leave "orphaned" or sick animals alone. Often the parents are close by and are waiting for you to leave. »» Pets must be restrained at all times. »» Do not feed wildlife—they can become habituated to handouts, losing their instinctive fears of people. Often the only solution is to euthanize the animal. »» Leave the area if an animal shows signs of alarm. Watch and listen for raised ears, skittish movements, or alarm calls. Rocky Mountain goat Beaver (© Jason Kasumovi) Length: 131 mi./210 km. Highlights: Gold panning; river views; Wilderness access Ma The western end of the Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway starts in Boise and follows rk Mo ulto n Idaho Hwy 21 slowly climbing its way along a northeasterly route. The byway offers outstanding views of tumbling rivers and forest landscapes with gorgeous mountain backdrops. There are ample fishing and camping options along the way as well as summer trails and winter recreation opportunities. 7 S awtooth National Forest Red-tailed hawk Sawtooth NRA, Ketchum, & Fairfield Ranger Districts Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway a Lakeview BOISE NATIONAL a 455 Riverside aa Salmon River Stanley k Lake Stanley Museum Iron Creek FOREST Sawtooth Lodge rk Fo 824 a HGrandjean a aa Upper & Lower Obrien Whiskey Flats Holman Creek c a k Snyder Torreys Hole Springs a WHITE Salmon on Riv er lm Sa SAWTOOTH JERRY Sawtooth Scenic Byway ac 205 Alturas Lake Inlet a RECREATION AREA Smiley Creek x Pole Creek ! 94 HEMINGWAY- 1 ise Bo Fo rk Chemeketan a a a 227 North Sawtooth NRA Easley Hot Fork Springs Resort Headquarters East Fork 75 a Baker Creek 162 a Boundary RANGER DISTRICT 079 Boise Baumgartner ac a q KETCHUM s a Canyon 085 Shake Creek a x FAIRFIELD River Fork Abbot Caribou a Wood a Easley River Murdock od Wo a Bird Creek Willow a Creek River Bear Creek a RANGER DISTRICT a a WILDERNESS Sawtooth Scenic Byway BOISE NATIONAL FOREST Chaparral Galena x Lodge Big Atlanta ! 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Visit the US Geological Survey for online purchases: www.usgs.com/ Copper Creek a 134 tle od Wo 118 For hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding: Lit Sawmill Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM) are available at all Forest Service offices, and may be downloaded from www.fs.usda.gov/sawtooth Riv er NATIONAL FOREST a View q c a c Point S Glacier North Shore Redfish Visitor Center B efore venturing on to the Sawtooth National Forest, please pick up a map with the level of detail appropriate for your planned activities: © Mark Moulton 20 9 S awtooth National Forest Minidoka Ranger District To Boise 93 To Shoshone To Minidoka 27 To Buhl 30 ! Twin Falls ! Rupert 24 84 Sna 93 ke River Burley ! ! Heyburn 81 30 27 77 93 Schipper a Birch Glen c Harrington c Fork Steer Basin a 5 51 To Jackpot Bear Gulch a 500 Lake Cleveland Mt Harrison c Third Fork Upper/Lower a Penstemon Rock Creek s 2 Magic Mountain a Pettit Diamondfield Jack a a Porcupine Springs Oakley ! Bennett Thompson Springs Flat a V a 549 a Pomerelle c2 a Twin Lakes 548 500 Bostetter aa Father & Sons CASSIA DIVISION ALBION DIVISION CITY OF ROCKS NATIONAL RESERVE RAFT RIVER DIVISION 10 © Zschnepf To Pocatello B efore venturing on to the Sawtooth National Forest, please pickup a map with the level of detail appropriate for your planned activities: Snake River For motorized travel: Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM) are available at all Forest Service offices, and may be downloaded from www.fs.usda.gov/sawtooth 86 For hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding: Topographic maps are recommended. Visit the US Geological Survey for online purchases: www.usgs.com/ National forest maps may be purchased at: www.nationalforeststore.com ft Ra er Riv 81 a Mill Flat Sawtooth NRA Wilderness Forest Supervisor’s Office 5 56 Sawtooth National Forest Sublett ! Malta a SUBLETT DIVISION 77 42 84 ft Ra 005 r ve Ri a c Campground x Point of Interest V Scenic Overlook k Boat Launch q Information Center s H 2 Guard Station Picnic/Day Use Area Lodge Downshill Ski Area District Ranger Office 89 U.S. Highway 143 State Highway 48 Forest Route 549 Forest Road Paved Roads Unpaved Roads Scenic Byway or Backway ¯ BLACK PINE DIVISION a Clear Creek 30 To Snowville, UT 30 © Terrance Emerson Mountain lion 11 C ampgrounds Sawtooth National Recreation Area # OF UNITS NAME SEASON AMENITIES See map on page 8. RESERVATION REQUIRED 12 Caribou 7 May-Sept. gLj No Easley 10 May-Sept. g ZL, j - Yes Murdock 10 May-Sept. g ZL, j No North Fork 28 June-Sept. g ZL, j Yes Wood River 30 May-Sept. g ZL, jW No Wood River Group Tent Site 1 May-Sept g ZL, jW ( Yes Alturas Inlet 28 June-Sept. g ZL m , jk Yes Chemeketan Group Site 1 June-Sept. g( Yes North Shore Alturas 15 June-Sept. g ZL j No Pettit Lake 13 May-Sept. g ZL mjk No Smokey Bear 11 June-Sept. g ZL jk No Alturas Tent Camping Site 6 June-Sept g ZL, j No Chinook Bay 13 May-Sept. g ZL j No Glacier View 65 May-Sept. g ZL mj Yes Mount Heyburn 20 May-Sept. g ZL mjk No Mountain View 7 May-Sept. g ZL j No Outlet 19 May-Sept. g ZL m j Yes Point 17 May-Sept. g ZL m j Yes Redfish Inlet 6 June-Sept. gL ,j No Sockeye 23 May-Sept. g ZL, j k No Sunny Gulch 45 May-Sept. g ZL Yes Elk Creek Group Site 3 May-Sept. g ZL( Yes Grandjean 31 May-Sept. g ZL, j No Iron Creek 9 June-Sept. g ZL, No Lakeview 6 May-Sept. g ZL j No Sheep Trail Group Site 4 May-Sept. g ZL( Yes Stanley Lake 19 May-Sept. g ZL j Yes Stanley Lake Inlet 14 May-Sept. g ZL m , jk No Trap Creek Group Site 3 May-Sept. g ZL( Yes Casino Creek 19 May-Sept. g ZL, j No Holman Creek 10 May-Sept. g ZL j No Lower O’Brien 10 May-Aug. g ZL j No Mormon Bend 15 May-Sept. g ZL jk No Riverside 17 May-Sept. g ZL j No Salmon River 30 May-Sept. g ZL j No Upper O’Brien 9 May-Sept. g ZL j No Whiskey Flats 4 May-Sept. g ZL j No All campground units have tables and firerings, along with other amenities as noted. Pets must be on a leash in campgrounds. To make reservations, use the National Reservation Service at 1-877-444-6777 or www.recreation.gov Toilets Z L Drinking Water Garbage Collection Hiking Trail Swim m Beach ( Hot Springs Group Site Boat Ramp k Horse [ Facilities Nature W Trail j Fishing Salmon River Campground Glacier View Campground Reservable Group Picnic Sites Salmon River Canyon Area Stanley Lake & Highway 21 Area Redfish Lake Area Alturas & Pettit Lake Area Wood River Area Campsite fees range from $5-$42 depending on campsite size and season, and are subject to change. These picnic sites can be reserved on Recreation.gov Wood River - 10 miles north of Ketchum Sunny Gulch - 3 miles south of Stanley North Shore - at Redfish Lake Fairfield, Ketchum, & Minidoka Ranger Districts NAME FEE # OF UNITS SEASON AMENITIES Fairfield & Ketchum: see map on pages 8-9. Minidoka: see map on page 10-11. RESERVATION REQUIRED Minidoka Ranger District Ketchum Ranger District Fairfield Ranger District For campgrounds with fees, they range from $5-$20 in the Fairfield Ranger District depending on campsite size and season, and are subject to change. Abbot Yes 7 May-Sept. gLj No Baumgartner Yes 39 May-Sept. g ZL W j ( Yes Bear Creek No 5 May-Sept. g[ No Bird Creek Yes 5 May-Sept. gj No Bowns Yes 12 May-Sept. g Zj No Canyon Yes 10 May-Sept. g Z[ No Chaparral Yes 12 May-Sept. gLj No Five Points No 7 May-Sept. g No Hunter Creek No 4 May-Oct. g[ No Pioneer No 5 May-Sept. gZ No Willow Creek Yes 3 May-Sept. gj No Willow Creek Transfer Camp No 5 May-Sept. g[ No Boundary Yes 8 May-Sept. g LZ, No Copper Creek No 8 June-Oct. g No Deer Creek No 2 May-Oct. g No East Fork Baker Creek No 7 May-Oct. g No Federal Gulch No 4 May-Oct. g, No Sawmill No 3 May-Oct. g No Bear Gulch No 8 May-Sept. g No Bennett Springs No 6 June-Sept. g No Bostetter No 10 June-Sept. g No Clear Creek No 14 June-Oct. g No Diamondfield Jack Yes 7 June-Oct. gZ No Father and Sons No 5 June-Oct. g No Independence Lakes No 9 July-Oct. g[ No Lake Cleveland Yes 29 July-Sept. g Yes Lower Penstemon Yes 6 June-Sept. gZ Yes Mill Flat No 7 June-Oct. g No Pettit Yes 8 June-Sept. g