Warm River Campground

Area Status: Open
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Warm River CG

Warm River Campground is located nine miles northeast of Ashton, Idaho, along the slow-moving Warm River at an elevation of 5,200 feet. Willows line the riverbanks and pine trees offer partial shade. Tubing and fishing for brook trout, rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, and whitefish are popular activities on the river. Numerous hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding trails are in the immediate area, leading to natural springs, waterfalls, old railroad lines and tunnels, all with beautiful scenery. It has 13 single units, 2 double units, 1 group site with pavilion and 13 tent sites.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: The campground is open with limited services; no water and garbage services.
Operational Hours: The campground is open for the 2015 season until the end of September.
Reservations: Sites can be reserved by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 or on-line at http://www.recreation.gov
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water
Fees Single Family Campsite - $15.00/day use or overnight
Double Family Campsite - $30.00/day use or overnight
Second Vehicle Charge – 7.00/car
IA Senior Pass – Single Site - $7.50/dayuse or overnight
Tent Site - $13.00/night Warm River Group Site : Friday and Saturday – $150.00/dayuse or overnight
Warm River Group Site : Sunday - Thursday - $75.00/dayuse or overnight
Open Season: May - September
Usage: Heavy
Busiest Season: July and August
Restrictions: No ATVs or OHVs allowed. Walk-in sites may be available, even if reservable sites are full. The bridge inside the camground which allows access to sites #6 thru #13 has the following weight limits. No RV over 30 feet in length and/or any single vehicle over 15,000 lbs. is permitted on the bridge.
Closest Towns: Ashton, ID
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Operated By: Concessionaire

General Information


From Ashton, Idaho, drive through the town of Ashton heading east on Highway 47.  Follow the main road until you cross Warm River.  Just after you cross Warm River turn right onto the Fish Creek Road (FS Road 082) and continue 1/4 mile to campground entrance.

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Camping & Cabins

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Group Camping

The Group Area was reconstructed in 2002 with a new pavilion, new tables, a group eating area and electricity.  The Group Site will accomodate a maximum of 100 people.  There is Hiking, Biking, Horseback Riding, Tubing, and Fishing areas available.

Reservation Infohttp://www.recreation.gov
Status: Open
Reservation required?: Y

RV Camping

Warm River Campground is an ideal location for RVs and will accomodate up to a 40 foot trailer in most campsites.

Status: Open

Campground Camping

Hiking, Fishing, Tubing, Horseback Riding

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General Info:


Located adjacent to the campground, Warm River is a slow moving shallow river well loved for its floating and play areas.  It is also know for its fishing.

North on Highway 47 (3 miles) you can stop at the Bear Gulch Parking Area, from there you can take a short trail down to an abandoned railroad bed now utilized for hikers, ATV's, bicyclists and horse back riders.  There are access/exit points along the way.  The trail goes to the Montana border.  Farther north on Highway 47 is Upper and Lower Mesa Falls (~6 miles).  Lower Mesa Falls may be viewed from a distance, but Upper Mesa Falls has boardwalks and viewing platforms to give you a spectacular view of the Upper Falls.  The Mesa Falls Lodge serves as a information center and gift shop and is jointly managed by the Forest Service and the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation.

If you continue north on Highway 47 it will rejoin Highway 20 just north of Harriman State Park.  Harriman State Park offers hiking/biking trails, a horseback riding concession and guided tours of the historic ranch buildings.

Seasonal Information

Warm River Campground is an extremely popular, well-used campground.  Early reservations are recommended and can be made up to 180 days in advance for single sites and 360 days for the group site.  Warm River Campground is under concessionaire management with a campground manager and host couple staying on site.

No. of Sites 13 Single Sites, 2 Double Sites, 1 Group Site and 13 Tent Sites
Status: Open


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Camping trailer
Toilets 5 toilet buildings
Picnic tables
Tent camping
Drinking water
Fire Danger Level: Moderate
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