Yellow Pine Campground

The Yellow Pine Campground offers 14 sites in a peaceful, remote setting near mountain slopes covered in dense pine forest. Peak season for the campground is typically early June through late September. It can be accessed by most vehicles; however the road is narrow and may be rough in spots.

Natural Features:

The campground sits in a pretty mountain meadow a stone's throw from scenic Johnson Creek, a tributary of the South Fork Salmon River. Wildlife watchers may see deer, elk, bear and moose. Bald eagles are often spotted soaring overhead.


The campground is near several trailheads into the Frank Church - River of No Return Wilderness. Check on the Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) for non-motorized and motorized trails.  The area is a popular destination for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. 

The South Fork Salmon River and Johnson Creek offer opportunities for fishing. Berry picking and hunting are popular pastimes in season.

Nearby Attractions:

The tiny community of Yellow Pine established in 1902 is just north of the campground and offers limited services. The popular Yellow Pine Music & Harmonica Festival is held annually in August.

At a Glance

Reservations: No reservations are necessary and there are no fees with 14 campsites that is on a first come, first serve basis.
Open Season: Mid-May - Mid-September
Closest Towns: Cascade, Idaho
Water: No drinking water available
Restroom: Vault

General Information

  • From Boise, Idaho, travel north on State Highway 55 approximately 80 miles to Cascade, Idaho.

  • From Cascade, Idaho, travel north on State Highway 55 only a short distance to the turnoff at the Warm Lake Road (Forest Highway 22). 

  • Take Forest Highway 22 northeast approximately 25 miles.

  • When you arrive at the Warm Lake area, Forest Highway 22 become the Forest Service (FS) Road 579.  Continue east along FS Road 579 until it intersects with the FS Road 413 approximately 10 miles. 

  • Turn north on the FS Road 413 and proceed approximately 25 miles to Yellow Pine Campground. It is located just south of the the small community of Yellow Pine, Idaho.

General Notes:


The campsites have a fire ring, grill, picnic table and vault toilet.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Total of 14 sites.

Lake and Pond Fishing

Take a break at Warm Lake on your way to the campground and enjoy fishing for kokanee and several species of trout including rainbow, brook, lake, and bull.

River and Stream Fishing

Enjoy fishing Johnson Creek for salmon, steelhead, whitefish and several species of trout including bull, brook, rainbow and cutthroat.

Day Hiking

Big Game Hunting

Check with the Idaho Fish and Game for hunting opportunities in the area.

Viewing Scenery

OHV Camping


Picnic tables are in the surrounding area.

Scenic Driving

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


There are yearly snowmobile trips from Warm Lake to Yellow Pine, Idaho with overnight accommodations.

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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