Emmett Ranger District and Office


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The Emmett Ranger District encompasses 350,000 acres of National Forest. The District manages more than 150 camping units in 21 developed campgrounds. There are additional dispersed camping opportunities across the District and some of these even include a few facilities such as toilets and ramps. There are three cabins that are available for rental, with one cabin available throughout the year.

There are also many hot springs across the district, and five of these are found near our trails and campgrounds. There are over 150 miles of trails to meet needs for motorized and non-motorized use. All campers please remember that there is a 14 day limit for camping at the same campsite, or within a 5-mile radius of the same campsite in any undeveloped area or developed campground during any 28-day period.


SPRING AND SUMMER HIGHLIGHTS:  might include fishing along the Middle Fork Payette River. Riding motorcycles or ATVs and hiking on one of the many trails are all fun activities while camping at the Silver Creek Campground.


Please call the District if you need further information:  208-365-7000

Make your reservations at: www.recreation.gov


Find out more about the Payette River System Passes. 

The $3 standard amenity fees begin, the gates are opened and restrooms are available.


WINTER RECREATION HIGHLIGHTS  -  Check out the updated Idaho Parks and Recreation website!

Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation Activities:  Snowmobiling   Nordic skiing   Rent a Yurt! 

Click and print the Garden Valley Area 8B Snowmachine Grooming map.


Emmett Ranger District
1857 Highway 16, Suite A
Emmett, ID 83617
(208) 365-7000

Office hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

District Ranger:  vacant

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At a Glance

Operational Hours: Most of the campgrounds open in late May and close in September.  For the early bird campers, Tie Creek Campground, Hot Springs Campground are the earliest to open when conditions permit. Silver Creek Campground  usually opens mid May.  Check with the District for updates:  208-365-7000.
Reservations: www.recreation.gov  
Closest Towns: The District office is located in Emmett, ID. The duty station for this position is located in the Garden Valley Field Office, approximately 50 miles north of Boise and approximately 48 miles northeast of Emmett, ID.
Information Center: There are numerous recreational opportunities located in and around Garden Valley, including golfing, whitewater rafting, hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, visiting natural hot springs, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and horseback riding and the newest Snow Tubing hill in Idaho.

General Information


From Boise, Idaho, travel west along State Street past Eagle, Idaho to the intersection of Idaho State Highway 44.

Travel west along Highway 44 to the intersection of State Highway 16. 

Turn right and proceed north along Highway 16 toward Emmett, Idaho to the Ranger District Office on the left side of the Highway. The address is 1857 Highway 16 Suite A, Emmett, Idaho  83617.

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10-17-2019 Sharing your space - Forest friends may share your rental cabin! Link opens in a Pdf Document

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