Aquarius Campground and Purple Beach Group Site

Area Status: Open
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: 2024 open season: May 24, 2024 - Oct. 14, 2024
Operational Hours: Aquarius Campground is open 5/24/2024-10/14/2024. No water is available effective 9/30/2024
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 24, 2024 - Oct. 14, 2024
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 accessible toilets.
Operated By: US Forest Service
Information Center: North Fork Ranger District, 208-476-4541

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


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

River and Stream Fishing

Great fly-fishing location!

Big Game Hunting

Viewing Wildlife

Viewing Scenery

OHV Trail Riding


Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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