Alturas Tent Camping Area

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

This tent camping area is accessible by hiking in, and consists of 4 single-sites and 2 double-sites on the east side of beautiful Alturas Lake. It is first-come, first-serve. Experience a quiet, serene, relaxing time in the heart of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area with the Sawtooth Mountains to the west, Smoky Mountains to the south and the Hemingway-Boulder Mountains to the east. Fishing is terrific in Alturas lake along with swimming, kayaking and canoeing. Capturing the scenic beauty, plants and wildlife through photography is ideal at this unique location. It includes flush tiolets, potable water, trash pick-up and fire rings. There is access to Alturas Lake Creek trail head towards Eureka Gulch, Jakes Gulch, Cabin Creek trail and Alpine Creek trail to the north.  

At a Glance

Operational Hours: This tent camping area is open. This site will close September 15th for water system repair.
Reservations: This is a first-come, first-serve site. 
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water
Fees $14 per day for single-sites including 1 vehicle and $28 per day for double-sites including 2 vehicles. $7 per day for an additional vehicle. 
Open Season: June - September
Restrictions: Pets must be on a leash. 10 day maximum stay length for campsites. Campers must occupy the site the first night and cannot go more than 24 hours thereafter without occupying the site. Motorized vehicles and bicycles are not permitted in any of the designated wilderness areas.
Closest Towns: Stanley, Idaho
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Flush
Information Center: For information contact Recreation Resource Management of America at (928) 537-8888.

General Information


From Stanley, go south 21 miles on ID 75, then west about 2 miles on Forest Road 205.

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7025 ft.