Falls Campground

Area Status: Closed
Falls Campground Sign

Falls Campground is located next to the Snake River in beautiful Swan Valley at an elevation of 5,100 feet. 

Idaho Falls, Idaho is just 45 miles west. Visitors enjoy fishing and canoeing on the Snake and viewing local wildlife.

Natural Features:  The campground is situated alongside the Snake River among cottonwood trees, which provide partial shade. Grassy meadows and summer wildflowers dot the landscape. Wildlife is plentiful in the river bottom. Eagles, osprey, moose and deer are frequently spotted. 

Fall Creek Falls is less than 1/4 mile from the campground. This scenic cascade drops 60 feet over a travertine outcropping on the river's edge. It is visible from some parts of the campground.

Recreation:  The Snake River offers excellent cutthroat trout fishing, canoeing, floating, rafting and kayaking. Conant Boat Ramp is nearby and open to the public.

Facilities: The campground offers one group site that can accommodate up to 150 people. Several single sites are also available, all with picnic tables, campfire rings and grills. 

Vault toilets, drinking water and trash collection are provided, but there is no electricity. Firewood is available for purchase from the host. Roads and parking spurs are gravel.

Nearby Attractions: Palisades Reservoir is less than 20 miles from Falls Campground, with great boating, water skiing, canoeing, fishing and swimming. The Fall Creek area has many trails for hiking, mountain biking, horseback and ATV riding.

At a Glance

Reservations: This site can be reserved by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777) or on-line at www.recreation.gov
Area Amenities: Accessible, Boat ramp, 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.  Group Site: $50/Night up to 35 people, $1/person thereafter.
Open Season: May
Usage: Light-Medium
Restrictions: No ATVs or ORVs allowed at campsites, an established parking area is available. All equipment must fit on the site pad. Vehicles must be parked in developed areas only.
Closest Towns: Swan Valley, ID
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Passes: Interagency Senior and Interagency Access Pass holders will receive 50% discount on Single sites only.
Operated By: Concessionaire
Information Center: A fee of $5 per extra vehicle will be collected at the campground No ATVs/OHVs allowed in the campground

General Information

Directions: From Idaho Falls, travel east 45 miles on Highway 26, turn off right before Snake River Bridge, then go 3.5 miles on gravel road to the campground.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

16 Single Units, 7 Double Sites are available for either reservation or First Come, First Served.

No. of Sites 24
Reservation Info http://www.recreation.gov
Fire Information yes
Fees: $10/NIght Single, $20/NIght Double
Reservation required?: Y

Group Camping

Group area is set aside from the main campground.  Group site will accommodate 150 people. There are 20 picnic tables, 4 upright grills and one 60" fire ring,  restrooms, potable water and garbage service available.

No. of Sites 1
Reservation Info www.recreation.gov
Fire Information Yes
No. of Accessible sites 150
Fees: $35/Night up to 25 people, $1/person thereafter

Lake and Pond Fishing

Palisades Reservoir is approximately 20 minutes from Falls Campground.  The reservoir offers great fishing for lake trout, kokanee salmon and mackinaw.  All types of watercraft can be seen recreating on the Palisades Reservoir.

River and Stream Fishing

The majestic South Fork of the Snake River flows for 66 miles across southeastern Idaho, through high mountain valleys, rugged canyons, and broad flood plains.  The South Fork is known as a premier blue ribbon trout fishery; two sub-species of ancient trout have called this area home about 10,000 years, including the Yellowstone and the Snake River Fine Spot. Other fish species here include rainbow trout, brown trout and whitefish. More than 300,000 visitors each year enjoy fishing, camping, hiking, and boating.

Fees: $3/Vehicle/Day to park at Boat Ramps

The Idaho Invasive Species Fund

Any boat that is registered in Idaho or another state, and any non-motorized vessel (canoe, kayak, raft, drift boat, etc.) will be required to purchase and display IISF stickers in order to legally launch and operate in Idaho. Inflatable, non-motorized vessels must be less than 10 feet in length to be exempted from this requirement.

Horse Riding

Falls Campground is nearby miles of trail riding. Please visit the Maps and Publications page for detailed maps.

OHV Trail Riding

OHV trails are an abundance in the Caribou subsection of the Forest. South Fork Fall Creek Trail offers access to Bear Creek, Commissary Ridge and many other places. Trails are specific to either Motorcycle or ATV's so please visit the Maps and Publications page for detailed maps.

Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult


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Tent camping:
Accessible: 2
Boat ramp: Spring Creek Boat Ramp is 3.5 miles away on Highway 26 and Snake River-Calamity Road #076
Drinking water:

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