Boiling Springs Cabin is currently CLOSED and will reopen for the summer season on May 23, 2014.
To reserve the cabin up to 6 months in advance go to:www.recreation.gov!
The Area 8B Snowgrooming program will be grooming a trail to the cabin’s parking lot. Therefore, access via snowmobiles will be extremely easy!
Boiling Springs Cabin is located on the Middle Fork of the Payette River. The cabin sleeps six people. Facilities provided include beds (1 double and 3 single), a couch, table and chairs, propane cook range, outdoor toilet, and wood stove.
Bring your own bedding, utensils, light, axe (particularly in winter) and water. Currently there is no refrigerator at the cabin. As the name implies, there are several hot springs in the area, one at the site, and three more just north, along the river.
The Middle Fork Trail, from the campground, leads to all of these, plus a fifth one about 8 miles north. From October 15 through May access is over snow.
The cabin is best accessed by snowmobiles from the snowmobile parking lot at the end of the plowing on Forest road 698, just north of Tie Creek Campground. The area provides many miles of groomed snowmobile trails. Camp Host is located east of the Garden Valley Ranger Station at Hot Springs.
Third Fork Cabin is a former guard station, first established in 1906 as Station 10 and renamed Third Fork in 1908. A cabin was built at that time, which existed until the site was rebuilt by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1933. The current cabin's exterior has changed little since that time, with the exception of a metal roof being added sometime before 1984.
The cabin is typically available between mid-April and late October, and it's accessible by car. Many modern comforts are provided at the cabin, but guests may need to bring some additional supplies and gear for their stay.
Third Fork Cabin sits in a steep mountain landscape heavily forested with old-growth Ponderosa pine at an approximate elevation of 4,700 feet. Tall grasses and various hardwoods grow on the site. Small mountain streams with native fish flow nearby, and the area is marked by unusual juxtapositions of basalt and granitic rock.
Wildlife watchers may spot elk or deer wandering through the area during dawn or dusk, as well as glimpse a bear or moose. Birders can look for a wide variety of bird species. There are several mountain biking and hiking trails crisscrossing the area. Anglers can fish in adjacent Squaw Creek, and big game hunting is also a popular pastime.
Emmett RD -Third Fork Cabin Slide Show
This rustic cabin sleeps four people with one double bed and two single beds with mattresses. Other amenities include a propane cook range, table with chairs, refrigerator, hot water heater, indoor flush toilet, shower and propane heater. A picnic table, campfire ring and pedestal grill sit within the fenced yard.
A camp host is located at Antelope Campground, 18 miles east in the Sage Hen Reservoir area, where firewood can be purchased.
The water at the cabin is not potable and may not be available. Guests should bring their own supply of drinking water. Bedding, lighting, cookware and utensils are not provided. Guests are expected to clean the cabin before leaving.
Sage Hen Reservoir is a popular recreation area about 18 miles east of the cabin, offering numerous trails for off-road vehicles, hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Fishing and boating are permitted in the reservoir, and there is also a picnic area at Sage Hen Dam.