Recreation

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So Much To Do & See

Come visit the Payette National Forest spring, summer, autumn, or winter as a wide range of recreational activities abound during any of the four seasons. Hiking, fishing, camping, hunting, skiing, and snowmobiling. You can find a spot on the forest to indulge your recreational interest. Click here for an in-depth look at the Payette National Forest's niche.

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Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Big Creek Campground Open to Visitor
Big Flat Campground Open to Visitor
Brownlee Campground Open to Visitor
Buckhorn Bar Campground Open to Visitor
Burgdorf Campground Open to Visitor There will be no services provided for the 2016 season after September 19th.
Cabin Creek Campground Open to Visitor
Camp Creek Campground Open to Visitor
Chinook Campground Open to Visitor There will be no services provided for the 2016 season after September 19th.
Cold Springs Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the 2016 season.
Deadman Bar Campground Open to Visitor
Evergreen Campground Open to Visitor
Four Mile Campground Open to Visitor
Grouse Campground Open to Visitor There will be walk in availability for the 2016 season until September 25th and the gate will be closed September 26th.
Hazard Lake Campground Open to Visitor There will be walk in availability for the 2016 season until September 27th and the gate will be closed September 28th.  Due to freezing temperatures, the water may need to be shut off prior to September 19th.
Campground closed for the 2014 season. No water or fees and the campground gate is closed.
Huckleberry Campground Open to Visitor Beginning with the 2016 season, potable water will no longer be available at this campground.
Jeanette Campground Open to Visitor There will be no services provided for the 2016 season after September 19th.
Kennally Creek Campground Open to Visitor Water has been shut off for the 2016 season and will be closed effective September 26th.
Lafferty Campground Open to Visitor
Lake Fork Campground Open to Visitor Last date for use for the 2016 season is September 25th.  The gate will be shut on September 26th. 
Last Chance Campground Open to Visitor Water has been shut of for the 2016 season and the gate will be closed September 26th.
Mann Creek Campground Open to Visitor Campground open for the 2016 season with full services, fees,  and drinking water.  Traditionally this campground opens 5/15 but is open now due to the mild spring weather.  Spring weather can change rapidly so visitors should plan accordingly.
Paddy Flat Guard Station Rental Cabin Open to Visitor
Ponderosa Campground Open to Visitor
Poverty Flat Campground Open to Visitor
Shiefer Campground Open to Visitor
Spring Creek Campground Open to Visitor
Upper Payette Lake Campground Open to Visitor There will be no services provided for the 2016 season after September 25th.
Upper Payette Lake Group Campground Open to Visitor