Recreation

person snowmobiling

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.

Be Careful With Fire!  Campfire Podcast  (transcript)

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

  • Reset Map
    Reset Map
Loading Icons...

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Big Creek Campground Open to Visitor
Big Flat Campground Open to Visitor Campground accessible.  Estimate opening May 15th with water, services and fees.
Brownlee Campground Open to Visitor
Buckhorn Bar Campground Open to Visitor Campground is still open however water has been shut off for the season effective 9/28/15.
Burgdorf Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the 2015 season.
Cabin Creek Campground Open to Visitor Campground accessible.  Estimate opening May 15th with water, services and fees.
Camp Creek Campground Open to Visitor
Chinook Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the 2015 season.
Cold Springs Campground Open to Visitor
Deadman Bar Campground Open to Visitor
Evergreen Campground Open to Visitor Campground accessible. 
Four Mile Campground Open to Visitor
Huckleberry Campground Open to Visitor Beginning with the 2016 season, potable water will no longer be available at this campground.
Jeanette Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the 2015 season.
Kennally Creek Campground Open to Visitor
Lafferty Campground Open to Visitor  Available for use without water or fees at this time.
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 Closed to Visitor The campground is currently closed due to a fire closure.
Ponderosa Campground Open to Visitor Campground is still open however water has been shut off for the season effective 9/28/15.
Poverty Flat Campground Open to Visitor Campground is still open however water has been shut off for the season effective 9/28/15.
Shiefer Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the 2015 season.
Spring Creek Campground Open to Visitor Campground accessible.  Estimate opening May 15th with water, services and fees.