Recreation

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So Much To Do & See

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. Click here for an in-depth look at the Payette National Forest's niche.

Are you looking for your next great adventure?

Whether you are looking for details on day hikes, convenient campgrounds, or an awesome ATV ride, here are some resources to get you on the road to your next outing:

Recreation.gov: Reservations for individual or group sites at Cold Springs, Grouse, Spring Creek, and Upper Payette Lake campgrounds can now be made in advance.

Payette National Forest Interactive Trail Status Map: Check out this link for information about the maintenance status of trails on the Payette National Forest.

Interactive Visitor Map: For all things recreation on the National Forests, check out this link, or scroll down to the Recreation Map below. You’ll find information on campgrounds, trails and trailheads, picnicking, water play and more! Check out the link to learn about any National Forest in the country. It’s All Yours.

Some tips to help you enjoy your recreation experience...

Be Careful with Fire! Never leave your campfire unattended. When you leave, put it out, dead out!  See Forest Orders for any current fire restrictions. Click here to listen to the 30 second Campfire Podcast or here for the transcript.

FIREWORKS are not allowed on the National Forest.

Bag your trash and take it home with you. Help us keep our forests clean and green by "Packing It Out!"

When camping or picnicking, please keep your site clean, free from trash and food. Otherwise animals and insects are attracted to your site.

Human waste is a big problem when thousands of people converge on the Forest. Please see Leave No Trace - Dispose of Waste Properly for detailed instructions on handling this "delicate" situation.

Driving motorized vehicles on the Forest

Keep motor vehicles on designated routes and areas. If you plan on camping, driving off-highway vehicles, hunting, or exploring the backcountry, get a free Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) to know which roads are open to motor vehicle use. Know before you go. This map is also available for download on the Avenza app.

With your help, we can protect our natural resources for future generations. Thank you!

Sharing the trail with horses

When encountering a horse on a trail, remember it is us humans who have control over our actions and the ability to communicate with each other.  The horse can spook and take an action that may not be desirable.  The best way to approach a horse is to STOP, Communicate with the Rider, and Move to the Side of the Trail.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Big Creek Campground Closed to Visitor
Big Flat Campground Closed to Visitor
Brownlee Campground Closed to Visitor
Buck Park Cabin Closed to Visitor
Buckhorn Bar Campground Open to Visitor
Burgdorf Campground Closed to Visitor Tentative opening: Mid-June.
Cabin Creek Campground Closed to Visitor
Camp Creek Campground Open to Visitor
Chinook Campground Closed to Visitor Tentative opening: Mid-June
Cold Springs Campground Closed to Visitor Tentative opening: mid-June. Reserve six months in advance at: recreation.gov.
Cold Springs Group Campground Closed to Visitor Open/close dates vary from year to year. Reserve six months in advance at: recreation.gov.
Deadman Bar Campground Open to Visitor
Evergreen Campground Closed to Visitor
Four Mile Campground Open to Visitor
Grouse Campground Closed to Visitor Tentative opening: Mid to Late-June. Reserve six months in advance at: recreation.gov.
Hazard Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Tentative opening: Late June or Ealy July
Huckleberry Campground Closed to Visitor
Jeanette Campground Closed to Visitor Tentative opening: Mid-June
Justrite Campground Closed to Visitor
Kennally Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Tentative opening: Mid-June
Kiwanis Campground Closed to Visitor
Lafferty Campground Closed to Visitor
Lake Fork Campground Closed to Visitor Tentative opening: Mid-June.
Last Chance Campground Closed to Visitor Tentative opening: Late June-Early July
Mann Creek Campground Closed to Visitor
Paddy Flat Dispersed Camping Area Closed to Visitor
Paddy Flat Guard Station Rental Cabin Closed to Visitor Reserve six months in advance at: recreation.gov. Open/close dates vary from year to year.  
Paradise Campground Closed to Visitor
Ponderosa Campground Closed to Visitor
Poverty Flat Campground Open to Visitor
Secesh Horse Camp Closed to Visitor
Shiefer Campground Closed to Visitor
Spring Creek Campground Closed to Visitor
Upper Payette Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Tentative opening: mid-June. Reserve six months in advance at: recreation.gov.
Upper Payette Lake Group Campground Closed to Visitor Reserve six months in advance at: recreation.gov. Open/close dates vary from year to year.
Areas & Activities
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https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/payette/recreation