Palisades Creek Campground

Area Status: Closed
Palisades Creek Campground Sign

Palisades Creek Campground is nestled in the Palisades Creek Canyon.  Hiking the trails and fishing Palisades Creek and the Upper and Lower Palisades Lakes will keep you busy all day. Trails in this area are in the Palisades Backcountry and are non-motorized; ATV's and Motorcycles are not allowed in the campground. Palisades Reservoir and the South Fork of the Snake River are minutes away from the campground. Palisades Creek flows through the campground which has 5 single units and 2 double units. Full time campground host located on site. Firewood is for sale at campground.

First Come/First Served; Dry Camping (No Host, Bathrooms Locked); N0 Fee after Fall Closure

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Closed for normal season, but still accessible, no host, no water, no bathrooms. 
Reservations: First Come, First Served
Area Amenities: Tent camping, Camping trailer, Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water, Parking
Fees: $12/Night for single unit, $24/Night for double unit, $6/Night for extra vehicle and Day Use Fee is $6/day.
Open Season: May
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Swan Valley and Irwin, ID
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Passes: Interagency Senior Pass and Interagency Access Pass will receive a discount on Single sites only.
Operated By: Concessionaire
Information Center: Palisades Creek Area offers two trailheads; one for trucks with horse trailers and another for single vehicles (hikers), which has a restroom provided and a bridge that leads to the Palisades Creek trail.

General Information

Directions: From Swan Valley go 7 miles east on US 26, then 2 miles northwest on Forest Road 255.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

No. of Sites 8
Fire Information yes

River and Stream Fishing

Palisades Creek is closed for fishing from April 1 - June 30. Palisades Lakes are open year around and the trout limit is 2. Please refer to the Idaho Fish and Game - Fishing Seasons and Rules handbook.

Day Hiking

Take a leisurely hike to the Lower Palisades Lake which is 3 miles from the Trailhead.  Want to make a day out of it? Hike another 4 miles to the Palisades Upper Lake. Please visit our Maps and Publications page for more information.

Horse Riding

Travel the Palisades Creek Trail #84 to the Lower and Upper Palisades Lakes. Want to make an overnight trip out of your ride? Stay the night at the Upper Palisades Lake and ride out of Waterfall Canyon to Sheep Creek. Please visit the Maps and Publications page for a detailed map of the Palisades Creek trails.

Viewing Plants

At the peak of the summer take a hike in the Palisades Creek area and see the abundance of wildflowers and you may even catch a glimpse of some wildlife.


Cabin Fever?  Take a ride up the Palisades Backcountry and see the winter wonderland that awaits you.  Make sure to check the avalanche danger and go prepared.

Difficulty Level: More Difficult


Camping trailer:
Picnic tables:
Tent camping:
Parking: Two parking areas outside of the Campground; Truck with Horse trailers and Single vehicle
Drinking water:

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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