Pine Flats Campground - reserve

Pine Flats Campground


Pine Flats Campground is located a few miles west of Lowman, Idaho, along the Banks-Lowman Highway at an elevation of 3,700 feet. Visitors enjoy rafting, kayaking and fishing on the South Fork Payette River, and soaking in the hot springs at the river's edge.

Natural Features:

Towering Ponderosa pines cover the campground, offering partial shade in most sites. Summer wildflowers dot the landscape. Deer and elk may be seen wandering through the campground on occasion.


The South Fork Payette River flows next to the site, down a small hill, and offers trout fishing, rafting and kayaking. The Danskin River Access area is 5 miles west of the campground.

A 1/4-mile nature trail begins in the campground and leads to a natural hot springs soaking pool on the riverside.

Nearby Attractions:

Numerous natural hot springs pools can be found along the Banks-Lowman Highway, also known as the Wildlife Canyon Scenic Byway. The area offers scenic views, wildlife watching, historical information kiosks and several trail opportunities.

Whitewater rafting and kayaking are popular activities on the South Fork and Main Payette Rivers. Several companies in the area offer guided half and full-day trips.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: May  - September
Reservations: Reservations can be made HERE at or by calling 1-877-444-6777.
Fees: This is a fee campground with 24 sites total. Additional single-family sites may be available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please bring cash or check. Extra vehicle fees may apply.  Please contact the Lowman Ranger District at 208-259-3361 for off-season camping information.
Closest Towns: Boise, Idaho
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault
Information Center:


The campground contains several single and double-family sites, most of which are accessible, each with a picnic table and campfire ring with grill. Vault toilets, drinking water and trash collection are provided. Roads and parking spurs are paved, as are some campsite pads. This campground does have a gate that will be closed in the winter season.

General Information


From Boise, Idaho, travel north along State Highway 55 to Banks, Idaho approximately 38 miles.

At Banks, turn right (east) onto State Highway 17 (Banks/Lowman Road) and proceed 28 miles to Pine Flats Campground.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Total of 26 sites.

River and Stream Fishing

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

Day Hiking

Hot Springs Trail (foot) - 0.25 miles; leads to the hot springs
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Viewing Wildlife

Opportunity to see big game roaming the area.
Difficulty Level: Easy

Scenic Driving

The area consists of high, forested mountains along the South Fork of the Payette River. The river lies in a steep canyon. The canyon has steep rock cliffs and beautiful vistas.


Along the South Fork of the Payette River and can be accessed from the Banks-Lowman Highway.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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