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.
The North Fork 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.
At a Glance
Scheduled to open in May.
Make a reservation HERE at www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777.
This is a fee campground. Fee envelopes and a collection box are provided near the entrance.
11 sites $15.00 - overnight $8.00 Day use.
Horseshoe Bend, Idaho
The campground contains single-family sites, each with a picnic table and campfire ring. Vault toilets are provided. Roads and parking spurs are paved. Because of its proximity to the highway, some noise from passing traffic is to be expected.
From Horseshoe Bend, ID, take State Rt. 55 north for 21.5 miles to the campground sign. Turn right after the sign into the campground.
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 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.
Take a drive and enjoy the beautiful scenery that surrounds you.