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Cold Springs Campground


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.

Natural Features:

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.

Nearby Attractions:

Near the boat and kayak launch of the Payette River.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: When the campground is reserved, the gate will be open.  If there is no reservation, the gate will remain closed.
Reservations: Make your reservations HERE at or by calling 1-877-444-6777.
Rentals & Guides: Click here to download a "Print to Go" guide for Cold Springs Campground.
Area Amenities: Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees The group campground can be rented for $50.00 per night at  Maximum number of guests is 50.
Permit Info:   Group Campground - 5 sites.
Open Season: May 23 - August 31
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Emmett
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault
Information Center: 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.

General Information


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.

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Toilets vault
Parking up to 25 feet long recreational vehicle
Drinking water From hand pump
Fire Danger Level: Low
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