Rattlesnake Campground and Group sites - reserve

Rattlesnake Campground


Rattlesnake Campground is located approximately 14 miles north of Crouch, Idaho along the Middle Fork Payette River at an elevation of 3,621 feet.

The Middle Fork drainage offers excellent trail opportunities. Fishing and hunting are popular activities as well.

Natural Features:

The campground is situated on the banks of the Middle Fork Payette River among Douglas fir and lodgepole pine trees, which offer partial shade. A few sites offer river views through the dense vegetation on the banks.

A variety of wildlife makes its home in the Middle Fork drainage, including deer, elk and red-tailed hawks.


The Middle Fork Payette River offers good to excellent fishing most of the year. Anglers cast for whitefish and rainbow trout.

Many trails for hiking, mountain biking, horseback and ATV riding can be found in the area. The One Spoon Trail, Rattlesnake Trail and 465 ATV Trail are all in the vicinity of the campground.

In-season big game hunting for deer, elk and bear is a popular activity in the surrounding mountains.



At a Glance

Current Conditions: 2021 Scheduled to open May 7.  
Operational Hours: May - October
Reservations: Reservations can be made HERE at www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees: Campground may be rented as one group site or is made up of several single sites. (Depending on reservations.) Individual sites are unavailable when reserved as a group site. This is a fee campground. Fee envelopes and a collection box are provided near the entrance.  Extra vehicle fees may apply.  No firearms allowed within 150 yards
Usage: Medium
Closest Towns: Garden Valley, Idaho
Water: drinking water
Restroom: Vault
Information Center:


The campground consists of 11 sites with the capasity of 10 people per site.  Units can accomodate an RV length of up to 35 feet.  Group site maximum is 100 people.  Two sites are handicap accessible, as is one of two vault toilets.  All units have tables, grills and fire pits.

Ten parking spurs are available, each 50-75' in length.

Additional camping is available at nearby Hardscrabble and Trail Creek Campgrounds.

General Information


From Boise, Idaho, take State Highway 55 north 35 miles to Banks, Idaho.  At Banks, turn east onto the Banks-Lowman Highway 17 and proceed to Crouch, Idaho.

From Crouch, continue north on Forest Service Road 698 approximately 14 miles to Rattlesnake Campground, which is located on the west side of the road.


Units have parking and can accommodate small to medium RVs up to a length of 35 feet.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

There are several trails in the surrounding area.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Campground Camping

Total of 11 sites.

Group Camping

Group Camping is available.  Visit the website:  www.recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777.

River and Stream Fishing

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game manages the river fisheries. Fishing is good to excellent most of the year. Fishing occurs from the riverbanks. Whitefish and rainbow trout are the predominate species.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Day Hiking

There are several trails in the surrounding area.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Horse Riding

There are several trails in the surrounding area.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Big Game Hunting

Big game (deer, elk & bear) is best on the higher slopes throughout the surrounding mountains during the legal season.
Difficulty Level: Difficult

OHV Camping


Picnic tables are in the surrounding area.

Group Picnicking

Scenic Driving

Take a drive and enjoy the beautiful scenery that surrounds you.


Picnic tables:
Parking: up to 35 feet long recreational vehicle
Toilets: vault, accessible for people with disabilities

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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