Big Eddy Campground


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Big Eddy Campground


Big Eddy Campground is located approximately 15 miles north of Banks, Idaho, just off Highway 55 at an elevation of 4,000 feet.  The North Fork Payette River flows next to the highway, where whitewater rafting and kayaking are popular activities.

Big Eddy used to be a water stop for the old steam engines. The foundation of the old water tower can still be seen across the river.

Big Eddy Campground is one of 4 campgrounds that lie along State Highway 55, on the North Fork of the Payette River between Banks and Smiths Ferry.


Natural Features:

The campground is situated is a scenic canyon just above Highway 55. The mountains are forested with a mix of Ponderosa and lodgepole pines and shade is plentiful within most of the campground. Summer days are warm, reaching 80-90 degrees; nights are cooler.



The North Fork Payette River is a very popular location for whitewater rafting and kayaking. The Payette Whitewater Roundup is held annually in July along different sections of the river.

Anglers will find good to excellent fishing for whitefish and rainbow trout.

At a Glance

Operational Hours:

Scheduled to open in May.

Reservations: No reservations are necessary, this campground is first come, first serve.
Fees This is a fee campground.  Fee envelopes and a collection box are provided near the entrance.
Permit Info: 4 sites /  $15.00 - overnight   $8.00 day use.
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Horseshoe Bend, Idaho
Water: Not for Drinking
Restroom: Vault
Information Center: Facilities: The campground contains single-family sites, each with a picnic table and campfire ring. Vault toilets are provided. Roads and parking spurs are paved. Because of its proximity to the highway, some noise from passing traffic is to be expected. Three of the units have paved parking and can accommodate small to medium RV's up to a length of 30 feet.

General Information


From Boise, Idaho travel north along State Highway 55 for approximately 38 miles to Banks, Idaho.

From Horseshoe Bend, continue north along State Highway 55 for approximately 15 miles to the campground sign.

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