Recreation


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Deep Canyons, Deep Snow, Deep Wilderness

Come visit the Payette National Forest spring, summer, fall, or winter for a wide range of recreational activities during any of the four seasons: hiking, fishing, camping, hunting, skiing, and snowmobiling. You can find a spot on the Forest to indulge your recreational interest. Explore the Payette National Forest's special places.

Take a look at some Frequently Asked Questions for recreation on the Payette National Forest. 

Winter Recreation

The Payette National Forest offers a variety of winter recreation activities. High elevation terrain throughout the Forest receives an abundance of annual snowfall that allows for snowmobiling, skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing among numerous additional activities.

The McCall area boasts 500 miles of groomed snowmobile trails and 19,000 acres of backcountry skiing and snowboarding terrain. Snowmobiling continues to increase in popularity and the Payette National Forest has identified 245 miles of snowmobile trails available for grooming. The Payette National Forest hosts two ski resorts providing some of Idaho’s best inbounds skiing and snowboarding. The Forest also maintains 25 km of groomed Nordic routes that range in skill level from beginner to expert. 

For more information, see Winter Sports on the Payette National Forest. 

Recreation Map

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Recreation Conditions Report

Area Name Status Area Conditions
Big Creek Campground Closed Closed
Big Flat Campground Closed Closed
Brownlee Campground Closed Closed
Buck Park Cabin Closed Closed Check availability and make reservations up to six months in advance at: Recreation.gov.​
Buckhorn Bar Campground Closed Closed
Burgdorf Campground Closed Closed
Cabin Creek Campground Closed Closed
Camp Creek Campground Closed Closed
Chinook Campground Closed Closed
Cold Springs Campground Closed Closed Check availability and make reservations up to six months in advance at: Recreation.gov.
Cold Springs Group Campground Closed Closed Sites may be reserved up to 12 months in advance at: recreation.gov.
Deadman Bar Campground Closed Closed
Evergreen Campground Closed Closed
Four Mile Campground Closed Closed
Grouse Campground Closed Closed Check availability and make reservations up to six months in advance at: Recreation.gov.​
Hazard Lake Campground Closed Closed
Huckleberry Campground Closed Closed
Jeanette Campground Closed Closed
Justrite Campground Closed Closed
Kennally Creek Campground Closed Closed
Kiwanis Campground Closed Closed
Lafferty Campground Closed Closed
Lake Fork Campground Closed Closed
Last Chance Campground Closed Closed
Mann Creek Campground Closed Closed
Paddy Flat Guard Station Rental Cabin Closed Closed Check availability and make reservations up to six months in advance at: Recreation.gov.​
Paradise Campground Closed Closed
Ponderosa Campground Closed Closed
Poverty Flat Campground Closed Closed
Secesh Campground Closed Closed
Spring Creek Campground Closed Closed
Upper Payette Lake Campground Closed Closed Check availability and make reservations up to six months in advance at: Recreation.gov.​
Upper Payette Lake Group Campground Closed Closed Check availability and make reservations up to 12 months in advance at: Recreation.gov.​