Helende is hidden in a thick conifer forest which shades the campground nicely. The South Fork Payette River lies a few hundred yards from the campground. Use is moderate during the summer months and is occasionally full on weekends. Use during hunting season is becoming increasingly popular.
At a Glance
Usually opens in May.
This is a fee campground.
15 sites / $15.00 per night, $5.00 day use.
This campground is part of NRRS. Reserve units by calling NRRS at 1-877-444-6777 or visit the websi
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game manages the South Fork of the Payette River as wild fishery. No stocking occurs along the river. However, fishing is a popular activity with rainbow trout and whitefish being the predominant species. The Lowman Nature Fish ponds are located about 4 miles east of Helende Campground, just off Highway 21. The ponds are stocked with rainbow trout and provide an excellent fishing opportunity for young anglers.
Highway 21 winds along the South Fork of the Payette River below forested mountains. Interpretive signs along the highway north of Lowman describe the Lowman Fire of 1989. The forest was replanted and many of the small trees are now 4-5 feet in height. An Auto Tour on tape supplies interesting information along the Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway (Hwy 21). It is available at the Lowman Ranger Station during normal business hours, or at the Idaho State Parks and Recreation Office on Warm Springs Ave. in Boise.