Recreation


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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. 

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Current Recreation Conditions

Area Name Status Area Conditions
Big Creek Campground Closed Closed
Big Flat Campground Open Open
Brownlee Campground Open Open
Buck Park Cabin Closed Closed Check availability and make reservations up to six months in advance at: Recreation.gov.​
Buckhorn Bar Campground Open Open Open with limited services. Plan to bring your own cooking/drinking water or plan to boil. (updated 5/16/24)
Burgdorf Campground Closed Closed
Cabin Creek Campground Closed Closed Campground is closed for the 2024 season for renovation. 
Camp Creek Campground Open Open Open with limited services.
Chinook Campground Closed Closed
Cold Springs Campground Closed Closed Planned opening date: May 22, 2024. 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.
Evergreen Campground Open Open
Four Mile Campground Open Open Open with limited services.
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 Open Open Plan to bring your own water for drinking and cooking. (updated 5/22/24)
Jeanette Campground Closed Closed
Kennally Creek Campground Closed Closed
Lafferty Campground Open Open
Lake Fork Campground Closed Closed
Last Chance Campground Closed Closed Planned opening: 5/23/24. The road to Last Chance Campground (Goose Creek Road-50453) will be closed near Highway 55 beginning July 8, and will be closed into October. 
Mann Creek Campground Open Open
Paddy Flat Guard Station Rental Cabin Closed Closed The rental cabin is undergoing renovation in 2024, and will be closed all year. 
Ponderosa Campground Open Open Open with limited services. Plan to bring your own cooking/drinking water or plan to boil. (updated 5/16/24)
Poverty Flat Campground Open Open
Secesh Campground Open Open Open with limited services. 
Spring Creek Campground Open Open Check availability and make reservations up to six months in advance at: Recreation.gov.
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.​