The Upper O'Brien Campground is composed of 9 campsites under lodgepole pines along the Salmon River. Visitors can fish for steelhead and trout or soak in the fabulous Sunbeam Hot Springs which maintains a temperature of 169 degrees fahrenheit. You can adjust the temperature by moving rocks to allow river water to flow in. A boat ramp at Yankee Fork is available for floating the river, which has 14 miles of Class III and IV rapids. An interesting trip is to explore the mining history of the area by touring the Land of the Yankee Fork north of the Sunbeam Dam and resort on Forest Road #013. Sunbeam Dam was the only dam ever built on the Salmon River, which remains one of the last free-flowing rivers in the west. The dam was intended to provide power to mining operations located on the Yankee Fork, but in 1911, the mine property was sold at a Sheriff`s auction and part of the dam was dynamited in 1934.
At a Glance
This is a concession operated, first come/first serve campground.
Mid-May - November
Pets must be leashed.
There is a 10 day camping limit.
Sawtooth NRA. For general campground information, contact the Sawtooth NRA Visitor Center at 208-72
Mid May through mid September Concession operated
Mid September through November 30th FS operated with reduced fees/services
For general information contact the Sawtooth NRA Visitor Center at 208-727-5000 or the Stanley Ranger Station at 208-774-3000.
From Stanley, travel northeast 14 miles on ID 75. Follow Forest Road #454 south into the campground.