Cold Springs Campground is one of four campgrounds along Idaho’s State Highway 55, next to the North Fork of the Payette River. This area is a popular location for river rafting trips and camping. This campground rests at 3,900 feet.
The campground is situated in 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 of the 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.
Near the boat and kayak launch of the Payette River.
At a Glance
When the campground is reserved, the gate will be open. If there is no reservation, the gate will remain closed.
Make your reservations HERE at www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777.
The group campground can be rented for $50.00 per night at www.recreation.gov. Maximum number of guests is 50.
Group Campground - 5 sites.
May 23 - August 31
Facilities: This campground has five sites situated as a group area, each with a picnic table and campfire ring. Vault toilets are provided. Because of its proximity to the highway, some noise from passing traffic is to be expected.
Cold Springs Campground is located in southwestern Idaho, 41.5 miles north of Boise. Take State Highway 55 north to Banks (35 miles). Proceed north on Highway 55 (6.5 miles) to campground. Watch for recreation signs.
3 of the 5 units can accomodate a 25 feet long recreational vehicle.
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game manages the river fisheries. Fishing is good to excellent most of the year. Fishing occurs from the riverbanks. Whitefish and rainbow trout are the predominate species.
Big Game Hunting
Hunting is good on both sides of the river during the legal season. Due to the heavy highway traffic, hunting is best on the higher slopes. Big game (deer, elk & bear) is located throughout the surrounding mountains.
Picnic tables are in the surrounding area.
The area is in high, forested mountains along the North Fork of the Payette River. Highway 55 is a State Scenic Byway.
Boating - Non-Motorized
The Payette River is famous for white water kayaking. There are many small access sites along the river. During the summer you can observe rafts and kayaks on the river every day.
Banks river access site is located 8.5 miles south on the highway. This site has been developed for this sport. It is also the mouth of the South Fork of the Payette River and the location of the Banks Store and Cafe.