Lowman Ranger District and Office


Winter Elk Range

Visit the Lowman Ranger District and explore the Deadwood Reservoir or Bear Valley for camping and fishing fun. The scenic drive from Boise along the Wildlife Canyon Scenic Byway can be accessed at Banks along Idaho State Highway 55. 

The route offers many opportunities to view wildlife especially in the winter months. Temperatures in the summer on the District range into the upper 90s, and are generally dry.

There are many recreation opportunities in the area ranging from roadside hot springs to backcountry travel and white water kayaking. Winter activities include a visit to the hot springs, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and winter wildlife viewing.



SPRING AND SUMMER HIGHLIGHTS  will always include a trip to Deadwood reservoir.  The reservoir has great fishing, camping, motorized and non-motorized trails and day hikes to explore.  Visit the beautiful Bull Trout Lake where you will find every type of summer recreation fun.  The kids will love catching a a trout for dinner from the Lowman Nature Ponds!



Deadwood area campgrounds are normally closed in late September. Bathrooms at Bull Trout Campground are locked in fall.

Remaining campground bathrooms are open, but without amenities or trash disposal. Please bring your own water. Gates remain open until snow fall.

Please call the District if you have further questions.  (208-259-3361)

Make your reservations at www.recreation.gov.



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! 

For more information on passport renewal, registrations, regulations and permits for winter recreation visit: Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation.

Specific Areas for Snowmobiling in Southern Idaho





Lowman Ranger District

7359 Highway 21

Lowman, ID 83637

(208) 259-3361

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

District Ranger: John Kidd


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At a Glance

Operational Hours: Weather and conditions permitting most campgrounds are open from late May until mid September. Depending on conditions, some campgrounds may extend closure date until September 30. Deadwood Campgrounds and Bull Trout Campgrounds are the exception. Both are high elevation areas and unually don't open until the end of JUNE, due to snowpack and close in September. Also, the Scott Mountain Road 555 is a bad choice to travel to the Deadwood area. Better to go through Cascade along 579 road or Banner Summit along 579 road. Scott Mountain road is rocky, narrow and inacessible for boat trailers or mobile homes. Check with the District for updates.

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