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
Cabin Creek Campground Open to Visitor
Camp Creek Campground Open to Visitor
Chinook Campground Open to Visitor
Cold Springs Campground Open to Visitor
Deadman Bar Campground Open to Visitor
Evergreen Campground Open to Visitor
Four Mile Campground Open to Visitor
Grouse Campground Open to Visitor Boil order in place.  Some sites have damaged picnic tables and will be fixed as soon as possible.
Hazard Lake Campground Open to Visitor Boil order in place.  Some sites have damaged picnic tables and will be fixed as soon as possible.
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
Kennally Creek Campground Open to Visitor
Lafferty Campground Open to Visitor  Available for use without water or fees at this time.
Lake Fork Campground Open to Visitor
Last Chance Campground Open to Visitor
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
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 Open to Visitor
Spring Creek Campground Open to Visitor Campground accessible.  Estimate opening May 15th with water, services and fees.
Upper Payette Lake Campground Open to Visitor
Upper Payette Lake Group Campground Open to Visitor