Aquarius Campground and Purple Beach Group Site

Area Status: Temporarily Closed
This area is Closed

Aquarius Campground

Aquarius Campground boasts 9 developed sites and 2 group campsites (Purple Beach) on the bank of the scenic North Fork of the Clearwater River. Swimming, fly fishing, tubing and whitewater rafting (May and June) are just a few of the many water sports frequently enjoyed by visitors here. Hunters, anglers, and families looking for a quiet spot to take a dip and get away with the kids can all find respite here. Hiking trails near the campground take hikers and backpackers alike into the Mallard Larkins Pioneer Area and to the Black Mountain summit, one of the few remaining places in Idaho where Mountain Goats can still be seen! 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Currently CLOSED for public safety due to active wildfire in the area. // Open seasonally.
Reservations: Campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Fees Aquarius Campground sites are $10.00 per night; Purple Beach group sites are $15 per night.
Open Season: May 28 - October 2021
Best Season: May to October
Busiest Season: Summer, Fall
Restrictions: Garbage services not available. Pack It In, Pack It Out.
Closest Towns: Headquarters, ID
Water: Yes, from a faucet.
Restroom: Yes, 2 disability accessible toilets.
Operated By: US Forest Service
Information Center: North Fork Ranger District, 208-476-4541

General Information


From Pierce go 11 miles north on ID 11, then 25 miles northeast of town of Headquarters on FS Road 247

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Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

9 developed sites

General Info:


From Pierce go 11 miles north on ID 11, then 25 miles northeast of town of Headquarters on FS Road 247

Group Camping

The Purple Beach area has 2 developed group sites


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