Upper O'Brien Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

The Upper O'Brien Campground is composed of 9 campsites including 1 double-site under lodgepole pines along the Salmon River. All sites are first-come, first-serve. Visitors can fish for steelhead and trout or soak in the fabulous Sunbeam Hot Springs which maintains a temperature of 169 degrees fahrenheit. You can adjust the temperature by moving rocks to allow river water to flow in.  A boat ramp at Yankee Fork is available for floating the river, which has 14 miles of Class III and IV rapids. An interesting trip is to explore the mining history of the area by touring the Land of the Yankee Fork north of the Sunbeam Dam and resort on Forest Road #013. Sunbeam Dam was the only dam ever built on the Salmon River, which remains one of the last free-flowing rivers in the west. The dam was intended to provide power to mining operations located on the Yankee Fork, but in 1911, the mine property was sold at a Sheriff`s auction and part of the dam was destroyed with dynamite in 1934. The campground closes on August 15 to allow for streambank revegetation to occur.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: This campground is open.
Reservations: All sites are first-come, first-serve. 
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees $16 per night for single-sites including 1 vehicle and $32 per day for double-sites including 2 vehicles. $8 per day for an additional vehicle. 
Open Season: May - September
Restrictions: Pets must be on a leash. There is a 10 day maximum stay length at 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: Vault
Information Center: For general information contact the Sawtooth NRA Visitor Center at (208)727-5000 or the Stanley Ranger Station at (208)774-3000.

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From Stanley, travel northeast 14 miles on ID 75.  Follow Forest Road #454 south into the campground.

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5800 ft.