Big Roaring River Lake Campground


Beautiful lake in early morning reflections


Set within the beautiful Trinity Recreation area, the Big Roaring River Lake Campground has12 campsites in a dense lodgepole forest on the river.

The Trailhead to the north follows the Upper Roaring River and the Trailhead to the south accesses the William H. Pogue National Recreation Trail and the Lava Mountain Trail.

Both trails are open to two-wheeled ATVs, horses, bikes, and people. The Lava Mountain Trail itself passes three lovely lakes on its way south to Lava Mountain.

Fishing in the river or in Big Roaring River Lake for rainbow trout. Hand-carry boat launch for canoes and other small craft.

Several Campgrounds in there area offer a quiet retreat in a beautiful high alpine landscape.

The Trinity Recreation area has a limited season due to late snow melt, but campgrounds they are accessible by car.

Natural Features:

Campgrounds are located in a dense lodgepole pine forest close to the East Fork Roaring River at an elevation of 7,900 feet. They're nestled among four subalpine lakes: Big Roaring River Lake, Little Roaring River Lake, Big Trinity Lake and Little Trinity Lake. The peaks of the Boise Mountains surround the cabins, and Trinity Mountain, the tallest in the range at 9,700 feet, is just to the south.

Snow can make this area inaccessible until early July, but soon afterward, the land is blanketed by colorful summer wildflowers. This area is a haven for elk and deer, but wildlife watchers may also spot an occasional black bear.


Hikers can access the 4-mile Rainbow Basin Trail System from Big Trinity Lake. The William H. Pogue National Recreation Trail and Lava Mountain Trail are for off-road vehicle enthusiasts, mountain bikers, hikers and horseback riders. Both of these trails can be accessed near Big Roaring River Lake. The Little Roaring River Trail at Little Roaring River Lake is also open to mountain bike, off-road vehicles and hiking. Click here for an Idaho OHV Safety Message.

Anglers can fish in any of the nearby lakes for rainbow and cutthroat trout. The lakes are also ideal for exploring by canoe or kayak.

Nearby Attractions:

The summit of Trinity Mountain is the highest drivable point in Idaho, although the road may be blocked by snow until early July. A short, steep hike takes visitors to the lookout tower for panoramic views of several subalpine lakes and other mountains in the Boise Range.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: July 15 - October 1  (or until closed by snow) 
Reservations: No reservations are required.  First come, first serve.
Fees This is a fee campground. Fee envelopes and a collection box are provided near the entrance. 12 sites / $10.00 - overnight.
Closest Towns: Mountain Home, Idaho
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault

General Information


From Boise, Idaho travel east along Interstate 84 (I-84) to Mountain Home, Idaho.

At the I-84 and State Highway 20 junction, take Highway 20 east for 35 miles to the Pine/Featherville turnoff.

Travel north on Forest Highway 61 for 29 miles to Forest Service (FS) road 172.

Proceed 15 miles northwest to FS road 129.

Continue 3 miles to the Guard Station junction.

The roadway is paved up to the junction of FS road 172. FS Road 172 is native material (dirt) and trailer traffic is not recommended. There are signs noting each of the junctions.

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