Antelope Campground & Annex Group sites - reserve

Antelope Campground

Sage Hen Campgrounds may have temporary closures in 2021 for logging operations.  Please check for closures before you head out.


Antelope Campground and Antelope Annex sites are both located on the shores of the scenic Sage Hen Reservoir in the Boise National Forest, perched at an elevation of 4,800 feet. Visitors enjoy boating, fishing and exploring the Sage Hen Reservoir Trail.  The 5 Sage Hen campgrounds are a beautiful, scenic destination for recreation and adventure.

Natural Features:

The campgrounds are situated in a forest of towering Ponderosa pine, Engelmann spruce, Douglas fir and grand fir. Most sites have plentiful shade and some have partial lake views. Summer temperatures range from 80-90 degrees during the day to crisp, cool nights.

A variety of berries and mushrooms can be found throughout the area. Local wildlife includes deer, elk, black bear, goshawk, woodpeckers and boreal owls.


Sage Hen Reservoir offers excellent boating, canoeing, and rainbow trout fishing. A boat ramp and dock are located within the campground. 

Hiking, biking, horse and off-road vehicle trails are abundant in the area. The Sage Hen Reservoir Trail, a 4-mile loop around the lake, offers great fishing spots, beautiful viewpoints and abundant wildlife watching opportunities.

The Sage Hen and KYAOTT ATV Trail Systems can be accessed near the reservoir, offering more than 35 miles of trails for off-road vehicles and motorcycles, but hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders can enjoy these trails as well. Check with the Emmett Ranger District Motor Vehicle Use map (MVUM) and the Boise National Forest map for open trails and roads in the area.



At a Glance

Current Conditions: 2021 Scheduled to open May 14.  
Operational Hours: May-September
Reservations: Reservations can be made HERE at or by calling 1-877-444-6777.
Fees: This is a fee campground. Fee envelopes and a collection box are provided near the entrance.  Please bring cash or check. Antelope Annex Campground is across the road.  A per-day per-vehicle fee will be collected at both campgrounds for extra vehicles.  
Usage: Medium
Closest Towns: Emmett, Idaho
Water: Water is shut off in winter season.
Restroom: Vault
Information Center: Facilities: The campground offers a large, tent-only group site that can accommodate up to 30 people, with several picnic tables, a grill and campfire ring. Numerous single-family sites are available as well, also equipped with picnic tables and campfire rings. Vault toilets and hand-pumped drinking water are provided. Roads and some parking spurs throughout the campground are paved; other spurs are gravel. Firewood is available for purchase from the host.

General Information


Units have paved parking and can accommodate small to medium size RVs. The site includes parking for cars and boat trailers.


From Boise, Idaho, travel north on State Highway 55 to Horseshoe Bend, Idaho approximately 30 miles.

At Horseshoe Bend, turn west and travel State Highway 52 for 9 miles to the junction with the Sweet/Ola Highway. Then turn north and travel 16 miles to Ola, Idaho.

From Ola, continue 10 miles northeast on Forest Service (FS) Road 618, then 7 miles on FS Road 626.

Lastly, travel approximately 2 miles northeast on FS Road 614 and you will arrive at Sage Hen Reservoir.

Antelope campground is on the north end of the reservoir. Campgrounds circle the lake and are easy to find after arriving at the reservoir.

General Notes:

The Sage Hen Nature Trailhead is a signed site with visitor information and picnic table.

It is located near several campgrounds that surround Sage Hen Reservoir, including Sage Hen Creek, Cartwright Ridge, Antelope, Hollywood and Eastside Campgrounds.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

There are several trails in the surrounding mountains. With the exception of Joe's Creek Trail and portions of West Mountain Trail, all trails are non-motorized.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Campground Camping

20 Campsites available.  One group site. 

Group Camping

Group camping is available.  Visit the website: or call 1-877-444-6777.

Lake and Pond Fishing

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game keeps the reservoir stocked with trout. Fishing is good to excellent most of the year. Fishing occurs from lakeshore and from small boats.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Day Hiking

Sage Hen Nature Trail (foot) - 0.5 miles. Unnamed trail connecting campground to dam (foot and wheelchair friendly) - 0.5 miles
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Big Game Hunting

Hunting is good in the area. Big game (deer, elk & bear) is located throughout the surrounding mountains.
Difficulty Level: Difficult

OHV Camping


Picnic tables are in the surrounding area.

Group Picnicking

Boating - Motorized

Small boats are allowed on the reservoir. There is a 15 mph speed limit on the lake. The lake is 700 acres. Two boat docks exist, one at Antelope Campground.

Boating - Non-Motorized

The lake is 700 acres. Two boat docks exist, one at Antelope Campground

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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