Camping

Stanley lake camping  Credit Carol Waller 2011   SawtoothNationalRecreationArea credit RV Idaho
Photo credits:  Carol Waller, RVIdaho

 

There are so many beautiful spots to camp in the Wood River Valley, whether you prefer to pitch a tent, need full hook-up facilities, or anything in-between.

The Wood River Valley is surrounded by five mountain ranges: Pioneers, Whiteclouds, Boulders, Smokeys and Sawtooths.  The campgrounds in these areas are outside the heavily populated areas.  There are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy while camping: hiking, biking, fishing, bird watching, rafting and much more.

The campsites vary in size and have different amenities.  Most campgrounds do have restrooms but do not have showers.  Complete information on nearby campground facilities can be found here:

Sawtooth National Forest/Recreation Area campgrounds

  • Sawtooth National Recreation Area (SNRA)  Visitor Center: (208) 727-5013, (800)260-5970
  • Sun Valley/Ketchum Ranger District: (208) 622-5371
  • Stanley Ranger Station: (208) 774-3000
  • Redfish Lake Visitor Center: (208) 774-3376  (mid June – Labor Day)

Campground Reservations:  Eleven USFS fee campgrounds and five picnic sites in the SNRA may be reserved in advance. The sites that may be reserved (generally the most popular) include several on Redfish Lake, Stanley Lake, and the Salmon River, as well as a few along Idaho Highway 21 west of Stanley. We advise making reservations in advance as several of the more popular sites do fill up at peak times during the summer season.

Campsite reservations are made by contacting the U.S. Forest Service by phone at (877-444-6777) (TDD 877-833-6777) or online at: www.recreation.gov

COMMERCIAL RV PARKS

  • The Meadows RV ParkHwy 75 – 3 mi. S. of Ketchum   (208) 726-5445   Open Year Round
  • Riverside RV Park: Broadford Road, Bellevue.  (208) 788-2020

 

Campgrounds – North of Ketchum

  • Fee boxes located at campground entrances
  • No trailer or camper hookups for electricity or water

The following campgrounds have restrooms, drinking water, picnic tables and fire rings as part of the facilities

North Fork Campground
Number of Units:  28
Location:  8 miles north of Ketchum
Fees:  $12.00 per unit (extra vehicle $5.00)
Amenities:  garbage collection, accommodates trailers up to 36 feet in length for some locations, some are

Wood River Campground
Number of Units:  29
Location:  10 miles north of Ketchum
Fees:  $12.00 per unit (extra vehicle $5.00)
Amenities:  garbage collection, interpretive trail, amphitheater, accommodates trailers

Murdock Campground
Number of Units:  11
Location:  2 miles north on North Fork Road.  Turn right at SNRA Headquarters off Hwy 75 and go north on North Fork road.
Fees: $12.00 per unit (extra vehicle $5.00)
Amenities:  Tables, fire rings, water

Easley Campground
Number of Units:  9, 2 group sites
Location:  14 miles north of Ketchum
Developed Fee Campground can be reserved by calling:  1-877-444-6777 or www.recreation.gov
Cost:  $10 per unit (extra vehicle $5.00)
Amenities:  garbage collection, extra vehicle parking, physically challenged restrooms, walking distance to Easley store & pool, accommodates trailers up to 18 feet

Campgrounds Northeast of Ketchum – Trail Creek Road

Boundary Campground
Number of Units:  8
Location:  3 miles northeast of Ketchum (via Sun Valley Road)
Fees:  $10.00 per unit
Amenities:  picnic tables, grills, potable water, restrooms, accommodates small trailers, 7 day maximum stay

Park Creek Campground
Number of Units:  15, 1 group unit
Location:  12 miles northeast of Ketchum (via Trail Creek Summit Road)
Fees:  $5.00 per unit
Amenities:  picnic tables, potable water, restrooms, pack out your own garbage, accommodates trailers up to 32  feet in length

Phi Kappa Campground
Number of Units:  21
Location:  15 miles northeast of Ketchum (via Trail Creek Summit Road)
Fees:  $5.00 per unit
Amenities:  pack out your own garbage, accommodates trailers 32 feet in length

Campgrounds – Southeast of Ketchum

Federal Gulch Campground
Number of Units:  3
Location:  6 miles north on Hwy 75 from Hailey, on East Fork Road
Cost:  no fee
Amenities: restrooms, potable water, picnic tables and grills, pack out your own garbage, accommodates small trailers

Sawmill Campground
Number of Units:  3
Locations:  6 miles north on Hwy 75 from Hailey, on East Fork Road
Fees:  no fee
Amenities: restrooms, no water, tables and grills, pack it in, pack it out, accommodates small trailers

Campgrounds – Southwest of Ketchum

Deer Creek Campground
Number of Units:  3
Location:  20 miles south of Ketchum
Fees:  no fee
Amentities:  picnic tables, grills, no drinking water, pack out your own garbage, accommodates small trailers

   

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