Warm River Campground

Area Status: Open
Warm River Campground Sign

Warm River Campground is located on its namesake in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest of southeastern Idaho. Visitors love the campground for its river tubing opportunities. Fishing and hiking are popular as well.

Natural Features: The campground is situated along the slow-moving Warm River at an elevation of 5,200 feet. Thickets of willow line the riverbanks and pine trees offer partial shade.

Recreation: Warm River is a popular location for tubing and fishing. Anglers cast for whitefish, brook, rainbow and cutthroat trout. Numerous hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails are in the immediate area, leading to natural springs, waterfalls and old railroad lines and tunnels.

Facilities: The campground offers one large group site that can accommodate up to 100 guests. Several single sites are also available, 11 of which are for tent camping only. Vault toilets, drinking water and trash collection are provided. Firewood is available for purchase from the host.

Nearby Attractions: Ashton, Idaho, about 9 miles away, offers gas and grocery services.  Island Park is nearby, with numerous lakes, rivers, streams and trails, offering plentiful outdoor activities for visitors of all ages.  Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks are within a couple hour's drive as well, with outstanding scenery and wildlife.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Campground is open for the season.
Operational Hours: Caampground closes 30 September. Open for camping after 9/30. One bathroom will be left opem, NO WATER or GARBAGE SERVICES. Fee will be posted at kiosk.
Reservations: Reservations can be made at www.recreation.gov.  Reservations must be made 4 days ahead of arrival.
Area Amenities: Tent camping, Camping trailer, Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water
Fees: For current fees, please go to Recreation.gov
Open Season: May
Usage: Heavy
Busiest Season: July and August
Closest Towns: Ashton, ID
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Operated By: Concessionaire
Information Center: RVs over 30 feet in length and/or any single vehicle over 15,000 pounds are not permitted on the bridge in the campground that accesses sites 6-13 $6 fee for extra vehicles Off-road vehicles not permitted Please bring reservation confirmation to the campground First Come/First Served sites may be available without reservation.

General Information


GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
44.12, -111.31361
44°7'12"N, 111°18'49"W

From Ashton, Idaho, travel northeast on Highway 47 to Warm River. Turn right onto Fish Creek Road and continue 1/4-mile to the campground entrance.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Hiking, Fishing, Tubing, Horseback Riding

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General Info:


Located adjacent to the campground, Warm River is a slow moving shallow river well loved for its floating and play areas.  It is also know for its fishing.

North on Highway 47 (3 miles) you can stop at the Bear Gulch Parking Area, from there you can take a short trail down to an abandoned railroad bed now utilized for hikers, ATV's, bicyclists and horse back riders.  There are access/exit points along the way.  The trail goes to the Montana border.  Farther north on Highway 47 is Upper and Lower Mesa Falls (~6 miles).  Lower Mesa Falls may be viewed from a distance, but Upper Mesa Falls has boardwalks and viewing platforms to give you a spectacular view of the Upper Falls.  The Mesa Falls Lodge serves as a information center and gift shop and is jointly managed by the Forest Service and the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation.

If you continue north on Highway 47 it will rejoin Highway 20 just north of Harriman State Park.  Harriman State Park offers hiking/biking trails, a horseback riding concession and guided tours of the historic ranch buildings.

Seasonal Information

Warm River Campground is an extremely popular, well-used campground.  Early reservations are recommended and can be made up to 180 days in advance for single sites and 360 days for the group site.  Warm River Campground is under concessionaire management with a campground manager and host couple staying on site.

No. of Sites 13 Single Sites, 2 Double Sites, 1 Group Site and 13 Tent Sites
Status: Open

RV Camping

Warm River Campground is an ideal location for RVs and will accomodate up to a 40 foot trailer in most campsites.

Status: Open

Group Camping

The Group Area was reconstructed in 2002 with a new pavilion, new tables, a group eating area and electricity.  The Group Site will accomodate a maximum of 100 people.  There is Hiking, Biking, Horseback Riding, Tubing, and Fishing areas available.

Reservation Info http://www.recreation.gov
Status: Open
Reservation required?: Y

River and Stream Fishing

Warm River is a slow moving shallow river known for its fishing. A handicapped accessible fishing ramp provides fishing opportunities for all.


You can enjoy a picnic or drop the kids off to go tubing or hike/bicycle the old railroad bed for a day.  There is no day use charge for these activities.


Toilets: 5 toilet buildings

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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