Swinging Bridge Campground


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North Fork Payette Recreation Sites

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Swinging Bridge Campground

Swinging Bridge Campground is located 10 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.

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

Concessionaires manage the campground. The concessionaire visits weekly from mid-may to Labor Day weekend. This area is accessible for a season that varies usually between April 20 and October 20 due to snow levels.

Swinging Bridge Campground was named for the small suspension bridge (removed in 1991) that was used for access to the railroad tracks across the river. Swinging Bridge Campground is one of 4 campgrounds that lie along State Highway 55, next to the North Fork of the Payette River. This campground has 11 units. All units have tables, grills and fire pits. Vacationers traveling through Idaho use this campground heavily.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Opens May 23, 2014.
Fees This is a fee campground. Fee envelopes and a collection box are provided near the entrance. To reserve a site, visit the website:  www.recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777.
Permit Info: 11 sites  $15.00 - overnight  $8.00 Day use. 
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Emmett
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault

General Information


Swinging Bridge Campground is located in southwestern Idaho, 39 miles north of Boise. Take State Highway 55 north to Banks (35 miles). Proceed north on Highway 55 (4 miles) to campground. Watch for recreation signs.

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Fire Danger Level: Low
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