Trail Creek Campground - (Emmett)


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EM - Family enjoying camping at Trail Creek Campground


Trail Creek Campground is one of 5 campgrounds that lie along the Middle Fork of the Payette River, north of Garden Valley.

The campground was reconstructed in 1998.  Drinking water is not available.

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. Check on the Boise National Forest map and the Emmett Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) for information about trails and road open to OHV use.  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

Operational Hours: May – September
Reservations: No reservations are necessary.  This campground is first come, first serve.
Area Amenities: Toilets,Parking
Fees This campground is a fee campground.  Fee envelopes and a collection box are provided near the entrance. Please bring cash or checks.  Overnight camping is $12.00 per site and Day-Use Fee is $8.00 - 11 units total.  Extra vehicle fees may apply.
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Garden Valley, Idaho
Water: No Drinking water available
Restroom: Vault
Information Center: Facilities:  There are 11 units with a capacity of 8 people per unit.  Units can accomodate any RV length of up to 35 feet.  All units have tables, grills and fire pits.

General Information


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

From Crouch, continue north on Forest Service Road 698 (Middle Fork Payette River Road) approximately 17 miles to Trail Creek Campground.


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

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Parking up to 35 feet long recreational vehicle
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