The Cold Springs Campground is a group campground. It is reserved through www.recreation.gov.
Concessionaires manage the campground. The concessionaire visits weekly from mid-May to Labor Day weekend.
Cold Springs Campground is one of 4 campgrounds that lie along State Highway 55, next to the North Fork of the Payette River.
This group campground has 5 individual units. Drinking water is supplied from a well with a hand pump. One vault toilet is located within the campground. Three of the units have paved parking and can accommodate small to meduim RVs up to a length of 25 feet. All units have tables, grills and fire pits. Vacationers traveling through Idaho use this campground heavily.
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
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.