The Sawtooth National Recreation Area (Sawtooth NRA) consists of 756,000 acres of scenic mountain country. The Sawtooth NRA has over 700 miles of trails, 40 peaks rising over 10,000 feet and 300 plus high mountain lakes that add to the spectacular scenery and vistas. Recreational pursuits include outdoor activities of camping, hiking, backpacking, fishing, boating and canoeing, rafting, observing nature, photography and bicycling.
The camping season usually extends from Memorial Day to about mid-September. Fee boxes are located at each campground. Regulations and camping limits are posted at each campground. In developed campgrounds, there is a 10 day camping limit except for the 6 day limit during irrigation at Outlet, Glacier View and Point Campgrounds located at Redfish Lake. Approximately, fifty percent of the sites are first come first serve.
Areas for Campground Camping at Sawtooth National Recreation Area
Major watersheds on the Sawtooth NRA include the North and Middle Fork of the Boise River, South Fork of the Payette River, Big Wood River and East Fork and Main Salmon River. Regulations regarading fishing seasons, bag limit, and licenses are established by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. A valid Idaho license is required when fishing the Sawtooth NRA streams and rivers. Licenses can be obtained from sporting good stores and from local Drug Stores. Forest Service offices Do Not sell licenses. General season opens in late May (usually Memorial Day). Resident game fish species include cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, golden trout, brook trout, Dolly Varden, and grayling. Whitefish are present in most streams and help extend angling season. Idaho Fish and Game stock the streams and lakes.
Areas for Backpacking at Sawtooth National Recreation Area