Boiling Springs Campground is located north of Garden Valley along the scenic Middle Fork of the Payette River.
Every year in late July, the area hosts the Wild Idaho Endurance Run. Runners are camped at Boiling Springs dispersed site. Participants run from Boiling Springs dispersed up Forest Service Road 678 to Silver Creek Lookout, then down to Forest Service Road 671 and return to Boiling Springs dispersed; then up Skunk Creek Summit to East Mountain Lookout and return to Boiling Springs dispersed area. Please use caution and be considerate of others.
The Campground is located in a narrow mountain valley situated between a hot springs, a stream and the Middle Fork Payette River. The surrounding mountains are steep and densely forested with conifers.
Wildlife enthusiasts may spot nesting ospreys along the Middle Fork Payette River. Elk and deer are often spotted grazing along its banks. Bald eagles, hawks, quail and a variety of waterfowl also inhabit the area.
Numerous hiking, biking, horse and off-road vehicle trails are in the vicinity, including the Middle Fork Trail. Many miles of groomed snowmobile trails crisscross the area in winter. Snowshoers and cross-country skiers can also use the trails in winter. Click here for an Idaho OHV safety message.
The Middle Fork Payette River offers opportunities for rafting, canoeing, kayaking and swimming. Anglers can fish for rainbow and bull trout. Big game hunting is a popular activity in the surrounding mountains.
At a Glance
Scheduled to open in May.
||No reservations are necessary. The campground is first come, first serve.
||This is a fee campground. Fee envelopes and a collection box are provided near the entrance. Overnight camping is $15.00 per site and the Day-Use Fee is $8.00.
||Garden Valley, Idaho
||Drinking water is available
||UPDATE: A special use permit has been authorized to allow an endurance run in the Boiling Springs area. The event will take place the first week of August. The Boiling Springs dispersed site will be the staging area for the event. The runners will be using Forest Road 678 from Boiling Springs to Forest Road 671 and return to Boiling Springs. They will also be utilizing the wet foot trail up Skunk Creek Summit to East Mountain and return to Boiling Springs. Facilities: Units have parking and can accommodate small to medium RVs up to a length of 30 feet. The 9 units have tables, grills and fire pits. Artesian drinking water is available from one hand pump.
From Boise, Idaho, take State Highway 55 north 35 miles to Banks, Idaho. Turn east onto the Banks-Lowman Highway 17 and proceed to Crouch, Idaho.
At Crouch, proceed on Forest Service Road 698 north for approximately 24 miles. Watch for recreation signs.
Alternate Route: Take Forest Service Road (FS) 698 from Crouch to Trail Creek Campground (17 miles). Turn right on FS Road 671 to Silver Creek Plunge.
Turn left at FS Road 678 and drive 7 miles to the campground. Total mileage from Crouch to the campground via the alternate route is 38 miles.
If you reserve the Boiling Springs Cabin in winter, all access is over snow. From Crouch, take Middle Fork Road (Forest Service Road 698) north 13 miles to the snowmobile parking lot at the end of the plowed road on FS Road 698, just north of Tie Creek Campground. Distance to the campground from the trailhead is 11 miles.
The Middle Fork Payette River / Wet Foot Trailhead is near the campground and includes a hitching rack and visitor information.
It serves Middle Fork Payette River (#033) and Wet Foot (#441) / Skunk Creek-Wet Foot (#041) trails.
Southeast from the trailhead across the river is a dispersed camping area that will accommodate horses. The trailhead is located near Boiling Springs Campground and Boiling Springs rental cabin. All trailheads have space for parking.