Targhee National Forest Service Campgrounds

CAMPGROUND NAME: Big Springs VISIT DATE: 08/08/2000 STATE: Idaho REGION: Intermountain RANGER DISTRICT: Ashton-Island Park NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Island Park RESERVATIONS: 1-877-444-6777 DIRECTIONS: In Island Park, ID, from intersection of Koeger/A2 and US Rt. 20,take Rt. 20 north 3 miles to campground sign and S. Big Springs Ave./Forest Rt. 059. Turn right at sign onto Big Springs Ave and go 4.7 miles to another campground sign. Turn right at sign into campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 6,400 ft. The campground, near the crystal clear Big Springs, is a single loop running through a stand of young Lodgepole pine. All the camping sites have pull-through aprons with limited shade and privacy between sites is fair. Nature walks are held Saturday evenings; check fee board for locations, time and subject. Boat rentals, showers and laundry available at intersection of S. Big Spring Ave. and US Rt. 20 in Island Park, ID. Although the campground is not adjacent to Big Springs, it is well worth the short walk (0.1 miles) to see. Water pours (120 million gallons a day) through the lava stones like a well designed fountain, into a pool that is crystal clear. The bottom of the pool is speckled with black pebbles of black absidian. Big Springs is one of the 40 largest springs in the country and is a major source for Henry's Fork of the Snake River. The water originates from the Yellowstone Plateau and maintains a year- round temperature of 52 degrees. The kids (and adults) will enjoy watching the huge Brook and Rainbow trout swimming at the bridge. Unfortunately for anglers, fishing is not permitted in the vicinity. This is bear country; practice safe food storage techniques. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open week before Memorial Day through September 15. RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $8 per day Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 16 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 0 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 16 Total Sites: 16 Tent Pads: No Group Tent Sites: Yes Open Sites: Yes Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 16 No. Grilles on Sites: 16 RV INFORMATION No. Full Hookups (includes waste): 0 No. Water and Electric Only: 0 No. Water Only: 0 No. Electric Only: 0 Group RV Sites: No No. RV Pull Throughs: 16 Waste Station: No Potable Water at Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: Not applicable Comments: The parking aprons are paved. There is an RV waste station at intersection of S Big Springs Ave and US Rt. 20, Island Park, ID. The fee is $5 and there is potable water. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots (non-site): 7 No. Threaded: 3 WATER SPORTS - None Comments: No water sports or fishing is permitted (in the section of Henry's Fork of the Snake River) closest to the campground. HIKING Hiking: Yes Comments: Interpretive trail (foot - wheelchair friendly) - 0.5 miles FISHING - No


CAMPGROUND NAME: Box Canyon VISIT DATE: 08/10/2000 STATE: Idaho REGION: Intermountain RANGER DISTRICT: Ashton-Island Park NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Island Park RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: In Island Park, ID, at intersection of US Rt. 20 and County Rt. A2 (Kilgore-Yale Rd.), take Rt. 20 south 3.2 miles to campground sign. Turn right at sign onto gravel road and go 0.4 miles to another campground sign. Turn right at sign and go 1 mile to campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 6,400 ft. The campground, located on a canyon rim, is convenient to Henry's Fork of the Snake River. It is a single loop among Lodgepole pine. The understory is grass with fair privacy between camping sites. This is an attractive campground waiting to be discovered. This is bear country; practice safe food storage techniques. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open week before Memorial Day through September 15. RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $9 per day - single $16 per day - double Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 16 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 0 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 17 Total Sites: 17 Tent Pads: Yes Group Tent Sites: No Open Sites: Yes Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 17 No. Grilles on Sites: 17 RV INFORMATION No. Full Hookups (includes waste): 0 No. Water and Electric Only: 0 No. Water Only: 0 No. Electric Only: 0 Group RV Sites: No No. RV Pull Throughs: 2 Waste Station: No Potable Water at Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 12' X 50' Comments: The parking aprons are gravel. There are two RV waste stations. One is at the intersection of S Big Springs Ave and US Rt. 20 in Island Park, ID. The fee is $5 and there is potable water. The other is located at the southern end of Island Park off US Rt. 20. There is no fee and there is potable water. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots (non-site): 3 No. Threaded: 0 WATER SPORTS - None HIKING Hiking: Yes Comments: Box Canyon Trail (foot) - 3 miles FISHING - No Comments: Rainbow and Brook trout at the nearby Henry's Fork of the Snake River.


CAMPGROUND NAME: Buffalo VISIT DATE: 08/09/2000 STATE: Idaho REGION: Intermountain RANGER DISTRICT: Ashton-Island Park NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Island Park RESERVATIONS: 1-877-444-6777 or make on-line reservation DIRECTIONS: In Island Park, ID, from intersection of Koeger/A2 and US Rt. 20, take Rt. 20 south 1.8 miles to campground sign. Turn left at sign into campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 6,200 ft. The campground, composed of seven loops - A, B, C, D, E, F, and G, is located primarily in Lodgepole pine of various ages. Each loop has some camping sites that either overlook or are adjacent to Buffalo River, which is popular for fishing and family floating. There are communal grey water disposal sites throughout the campground. Loops A and B are the closest to US Rt. 20 where traffic noise is apparent. These two loops also have paved interior roads and parking aprons, some tent pads, numerous pull-throughs and flush toilets. Loop C is the most heavily wooded with electric hook-ups, tent pads and paved parking aprons. Loop D has the least cared-for appearance and gravel parking which create a rustic feel. This loop has vaults and flush toilets which are shared by the campers from Loop C. Loop E, called the Reunion Loop, is for groups and is not included in this survey. Loop F has a pleasant mixture of Aspen and Lodgepole pine with a heavy middlestory providing the best privacy between sites in the campground. This loop also has vaults and flush toilets and paved parking aprons. The sites in Loop G are more open than those found in the other loops. It is closest to the wheelchair friendly fishing dock and is comprised of grass and sagebrush understory and Lodgepole pine. It has a flush toilet and paved parking aprons. Although wildlife is not often seen during the warmer weather, the number and variety of birds is delightful. It is not unusual to find an Osprey perched on a snag across the river from the campground looking for dinner or to spy heron standing at the river's edge. Informal "beater" trails connect the loops and provide access to the river. Nearby lodges provide an excellent opportunity for a cook's night out. This is bear country; practice safe food storage techniques. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open week before Memorial Day through October 15. There is no water from September 16 through October 15. RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $9 per day - no electric hookups $12 per day - single with electric hookups $24 per day - double with electric hookups Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 16 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 0 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 105 Total Sites: 105 Tent Pads: Yes Group Tent Sites: Yes Open Sites: Yes Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 105 No. Grilles on Sites: 105 RV INFORMATION No. Full Hookups (includes waste): 0 No. Water and Electric Only: 0 No. Water Only: 0 No. Electric Only: 17 Group RV Sites: No No. RV Pull Throughs: 36 Waste Station: No Potable Water at Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 11' X 48' Comments: The parking aprons are paved. There are two RV waste stations. One is at the intersection of S Big Springs Ave and US Rt. 20 in Island Park, ID. The fee is $5 and there is potable water. The other is located at the southern end of Island Park off US Rt. 20. There is no fee and there is potable water. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: Yes Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots (non-site): 25 No. Threaded: 14 Comments: Wheelchair friendly toilets are in Loop A. WATER SPORTS - None Comments: Buffalo River is a good family floating river. HIKING - No FISHING Fishing: Yes Comments: Rainbow and Brook trout. There is a wheelchair friendly fishing dock adjacent to Loop G.


CAMPGROUND NAME: Buttermilk VISIT DATE: 08/10/2000 STATE: Idaho REGION: Intermountain RANGER DISTRICT: Ashton-Island Park NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Island Park RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: In Island Park, ID, at intersection of US Rt. 20 and County Rt. A2 (Kilgore-Yale Rd.), take Kilgore-Yale Rd. west 1.9 miles to campground sign (Forest Rt. 126). Turn left onto Rt. 126 and go 2.8 miles to campground sign. Turn right at sign to campground map board. Continue straight 0.1 miles to campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 6,200 ft. The campground, adjacent to a channel of the Island Lake Reservoir, is composed of two loops - A and B. Loop A is closest to the channel with some sites overlooking it. There are private residences on the other side of the channel. This loop is heavily wooded and provides more shade than that found in Loop B. There is also a dock for mooring boats off Loop A. Loop B has all the pull-throughs with little shade. Although privacy is minimal in this loop, it is quieter because it is further away from the channel. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open week before Memorial Day through September 15. RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $9 per day - single $16 per day - double Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 16 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 0 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 52 Total Sites: 52 Tent Pads: No Group Tent Sites: Yes Open Sites: Yes Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 52 No. Grilles on Sites: 52 RV INFORMATION No. Full Hookups (includes waste): 0 No. Water and Electric Only: 0 No. Water Only: 0 No. Electric Only: 0 Group RV Sites: Yes No. RV Pull Throughs: 41 Waste Station: No Potable Water at Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 16' X 47' Comments: The parking aprons are gravel. There are two RV waste stations. One is at the intersection of S Big Springs Ave and US Rt. 20. The fee is $5 and there is potable water. The other is located at the southern end of Island Park off US Rt. 20. There is no fee and there is potable water. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots (non-site): 13 No. Threaded: 7 WATER SPORTS Lake: Yes Swimming (provided): No Sailing: No Boat Ramp: Yes Boat Carry Down Access: No Power Boating: Yes Boating (no power): Yes Water Skiing: Yes Rafting (whitewater): No Kayaking (whitewater): No Comments: Island Park Reservoir is 11,000 acres. The reservoir is used for irrigation which can reduce its depth considerably during the summer months. Check with the Ashton-Island Park Ranger District Office for depth level. HIKING - No FISHING Fishing: Yes Comments: Rainbow and Cutthroat trout


CAMPGROUND NAME: Cave Falls VISIT DATE: 08/09/2000 STATE: Idaho REGION: Intermountain RANGER DISTRICT: Ashton-Island Park NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Ashton RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: From Ashton, ID, take State Rt. 47 east 5.3 miles to Yellowstone National Park/Cave Falls sign. Turn right at sign and go 18.3 miles to campground sign. Turn right at sign into campground. NOTE: After 5.9 miles, the access road enters Targhee National Forest and becomes Forest Rt. 582 with gravel surface. After 16.7 miles, the road becomes paved again upon entering Wyoming. Overall, access to the campground is on RV friendly roads. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 6,200 ft. NOTE: The campground is physically located in Wyoming. The campground, adjacent to Yellowstone National Park and Vinegar Hole Wilderness, stretches out along Falls River among a mixture of conifers. Most camping sites overlook the river, which can be heard throughout the campground. The campground has a wilderness feel to it without the inconveniences. Two nice day trips are to the Yellowstone National Park - 0.2 miles east of campground and Cave Falls - 1.1 miles from campground (in Yellowstone National Park). The campground is pack it in, pack it out. This is bear country; practice safe food storage techniques. There are communal food storage containers provided by the Forest Service. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open week before Memorial Day through Septmber 15. RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $7 per day Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 16 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 0 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 23 Total Sites: 23 Tent Pads: No Group Tent Sites: Yes Open Sites: Yes Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 23 No. Grilles on Sites: 23 RV INFORMATION No. Full Hookups (includes waste): 0 No. Water and Electric Only: 0 No. Water Only: 0 No. Electric Only: 0 Group RV Sites: No No. RV Pull Throughs: 23 Waste Station: No Potable Water at Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: Not applicable Comments: The parking aprons are gravel and grass. The pull-through parking aprons are tightly configured. There is an RV waste station located at the north end of Ashton, ID at the Ashton Visitor Center. The fee is $3 and there is potable water. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: No Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots (non-site): 1 No. Threaded: 0 WATER SPORTS - None HIKING - No Comments: The campground is convenient to numerous trails in the Yellowstone National Park. FISHING Fishing: Yes Comments: Rainbow, Cutthroat and Brown trout



 CAMPGROUND NAME: Flat Rock VISIT DATE: 08/08/2000 STATE: Idaho REGION: Intermountain RANGER DISTRICT: Ashton-Island Park NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Island Park RESERVATIONS: 1-877-444-6777 DIRECTIONS: In Island Park, ID, from intersection of Koeger/A2 and US Rt. 20, take Rt. 20 north 3.5 miles to campground sign. Turn left into campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 6,400 ft. The campground is composed of two sections: Lower - A and Upper - B. Section A is on a hillside and is the nearest to Henry's Fork of the Snake River. Some of the camping sites in this section overlook the river, are the most open and have tent pads. Section B loops through a stand of Lodgepole pine. Most of the sites are shaded with parking aprons larger than the lower section. There are grey water disposal stations at some of the sites in this section. The understory is grass and wildflowers. Traffic noise from US Rt. 20 can be distracting. Nature walks are held Saturday evenings; check fee board for locations, time and subject. Boat rentals, showers and laundry available at intersection of S. Big Spring Ave. and US Rt. 20 in Island Park, ID. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open week before Memorial Day through September 15. RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $9 per day Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 16 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 0 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 38 Total Sites: 38 Tent Pads: Yes Group Tent Sites: Yes Open Sites: Yes Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 38 No. Grilles on Sites: 38 RV INFORMATION No. Full Hookups (includes waste): 0 No. Water and Electric Only: 0 No. Water Only: 0 No. Electric Only: 0 Group RV Sites: No No. RV Pull Throughs: 0 Waste Station: No Potable Water at Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 16' X 45' Comments: The parking aprons are dirt or paved. There is an RV waste station at intersection of S Big Springs Ave and US Rt. 20. The fee is $5 and there is potable water. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: Yes Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots (non-site): 14 No. Threaded: 13 WATER SPORTS - None HIKING - No FISHING Fishing: Yes Comments: Rainbow and Brook trout


CAMPGROUND NAME: McCrea Bridge VISIT DATE: 08/10/2000 STATE: Idaho REGION: Intermountain RANGER DISTRICT: Ashton-Island Park NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Island Park RESERVATIONS: 1-877-444-6777 DIRECTIONS: In Island Park, ID, at intersection of US Rt. 20 and County Rt. A2 (Kilgore-Yale Rd.), take Kilgore-York Rd. west 2.1 miles to campground sign. Turn left at sign into campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 6,200 ft. The campground, located adjacent to an inlet of the Island Park Reservoir, is composed of two loops - A and B. One loop is closer to the reservoir with some sites overlooking the inlet. Lodgepole pine are sparsely scattered throughout the campground. Grass, wildflowers and sagebrush comprise the understory. The camping sites are mostly in the open. The parking aprons in Loop B tend to be longer. There are private residences located across the inlet. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open week before Memorial Day through September 15. RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $8 per day - single $14 per day -double Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 16 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 0 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 24 Total Sites: 24 Tent Pads: No Group Tent Sites: Yes Open Sites: Yes Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 24 No. Grilles on Sites: 24 RV INFORMATION No. Full Hookups (includes waste): 0 No. Water and Electric Only: 0 No. Water Only: 0 No. Electric Only: 0 Group RV Sites: No No. RV Pull Throughs: 6 Waste Station: No Potable Water at Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 13' X 43' Comments: The parking aprons are gravel. There are two RV waste stations. One is at the intersection of S Big Springs Ave and US Rt. 20 in Island Park, ID. The fee is $5 and there is potable water. The other is located at the southern end of Island Park off US Rt. 20. There is no fee and there is potable water. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots (non-site): 6 No. Threaded: 6 WATER SPORTS Lake: Yes Swimming (provided): No Sailing: No Boat Ramp: No Boat Carry Down Access: Yes Power Boating: Yes Boating (no power): Yes Water Skiing: Yes Rafting (whitewater): No Kayaking (whitewater): No Comments: Island Park Reservoir is 11,000 acres. Boats can be moored at the outside of boat dock. The reservoir is used for irrigation. During summer months the depth can be reduced considerably. Check with the Ashton-Island Park Ranger District Office for water level. HIKING - No FISHING Fishing: Yes Comments: Rainbow and Cutthroat trout



CAMPGROUND NAME: Riverside VISIT DATE: 08/09/2000 STATE: Idaho REGION: Intermountain RANGER DISTRICT: Ashton-Island Park NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Island Park RESERVATIONS: 1-877-444-6777 DIRECTIONS: From Island Park, ID, take US Rt. 20 south 6.2 miles to campground sign (Forest Rt. 304). Turn at sign onto Rt. 304 and go 0.8 miles to campground on left. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 6,200 ft. The campground is composed of three loops - A, B and C. Loop A stretches along Henry's Fork of the Snake River with most camping sites adjacent to the river. The parking aprons are paved and there is little shade. Loop B meanders away from the river through a stand of scattered Lodgepole pine. The tables and grilles are on cement pads next to paved parking aprons. Many of the sites are pull-throughs. Loop C has the most rustic camping sites with no cement or pavement to be found. This loop enjoys the most shade, however, from mature pines. The sound of the river can be heard throughout the campground. Firewood is available for a fee. Nature walks are offered on the weekends; check the fee board for subject, time and place. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open week before Memorial Day through September 15. RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $10 per day - single $16 per day - double $8 per day - Loop C Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 16 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 0 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 55 Total Sites: 55 Tent Pads: Yes Group Tent Sites: Yes Open Sites: Yes Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 55 No. Grilles on Sites: 55 RV INFORMATION No. Full Hookups (includes waste): 0 No. Water and Electric Only: 0 No. Water Only: 0 No. Electric Only: 0 Group RV Sites: Yes No. RV Pull Throughs: 23 Waste Station: No Potable Water at Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 13' X 46' Comments: Some parking aprons are paved and others are gravel. There are two RV waste stations. One is at the south end of Island Park, ID off US Rt. 20. There is no fee and there is potable water. The other is located at north end of Ashton, ID in the Ashton Visitor Center. The fee is $3 and there is potable water. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots (non-site): 13 No. Threaded: 9 WATER SPORTS - None HIKING - No FISHING Fishing: Yes Comments: Rainbow trout



CAMPGROUND NAME: Coffeepot VISIT DATE: 08/09/2000 STATE: Idaho REGION: Intermountain RANGER DISTRICT: Ashton-Island Park NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Island Park RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: In Island Park, ID, from intersection of Koeger/A2 and US Rt. 20, take Rt. 20 north 3.7 miles to campground sign. Turn left at sign onto gravel road and go 1.1 miles to a "Y" intersection (Forest Rt. 311). Bear right onto Rt. 311 and go 0.4 miles to another campground sign. Turn right at sign and go 0.2 miles to campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 6,300 ft. The campground stretches along a floatable section of Henry's Fork of the Snake River. Some camping sites are adjacent to the river and all have a view of the river. Most of the sites are in the open with Lodgepole pine providing some shade to sites at either end of the campground. The campground is ideal for anglers who can step from some of the sites into the river or to its bank. The understory is grass and wildflowers and privacy between camping sites is minimal. Nature walks are held Saturday evenings; check fee board for locations, time and subject. Boat rentals, showers and laundry available at intersection of S. Big Spring Ave. and US Rt. 20 in Island Park, ID. This is bear country; practice safe food storage techniques. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open week before Memorial Day through October 15. There is no potable water between September 15 and October 15. RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $10 per day - no electric hookups $13 per day - single, electric hookups $24 per day - double, electric hookups Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 16 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 0 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 14 Total Sites: 14 Tent Pads: Yes Group Tent Sites: Yes Open Sites: Yes Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 14 No. Grilles on Sites: 14 RV INFORMATION No. Full Hookups (includes waste): 0 No. Water and Electric Only: 0 No. Water Only: 0 No. Electric Only: 7 Group RV Sites: No No. RV Pull Throughs: 0 Waste Station: No Potable Water at Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 14' X 46' Comments: The parking aprons are gravel. There is an RV waste station at intersection of S Big Springs Ave. and US Rt. 20. The fee is $5 and there is potable water. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots (non-site): 6 No. Threaded: 3 WATER SPORTS - None HIKING Hiking: Yes Comments: Coffee Pot Rapids Trail (foot) - 2 miles FISHING Fishing: Yes Comments: Rainbow and Brook trout


CAMPGROUND NAME: Warm River VISIT DATE: 08/09/2000 STATE: Idaho REGION: Intermountain RANGER DISTRICT: Ashton-Island Park NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Ashton RESERVATIONS: 1-877-444-6777 DIRECTIONS: From Ashton, ID, take State Rt. 47 east 8.2 miles to campground sign. Bear right and go 0.4 miles to campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 5,200 ft. The campground, divided into two family sections which are separated by a small bridge, stretches out along a shore of the Warm River. A group area is located between the two sections where a number of tent sites are also located. The first section has older, larger trees, which are Weeping willows, gravel aprons, and a gentle slopping bank. The second section, located above the river, has little shade, paved aprons, and tables and grilles anchored in cement. The campground's appearance is manicured with nicely trimmed lawns and trees. The Warm River is a gentle flowing river providing excellent float or tubing activities for the whole family. There are several hiking trails nearby with the Upper and Lower Mesa Falls available for a day trip. All the tent sites are walk-ins. While the majority of the tent sites are located near the group area, there are some that are more secluded and private in the second section. Most of the camping sites are either adjacent to or overlook the river. Firewood is available for a fee. This is bear country; practice safe food storage techniques. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open week before Memorial Day through October 15. No potable water between September 16 and October 15. RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $8 per day - tent $10 per day - single $16 per day - double $21 per day - full hookup Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 16 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 13 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 16 Total Sites: 29 Tent Pads: No Group Tent Sites: Yes Open Sites: Yes Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 29 No. Grilles on Sites: 29 RV INFORMATION No. Full Hookups (includes waste): 1 No. Water and Electric Only: 0 No. Water Only: 0 No. Electric Only: 0 Group RV Sites: Yes No. RV Pull Throughs: 1 Waste Station: No Potable Water at Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 12' X 46' Comments: There are paved and gravel parking aprons. There is an RV waste station located at the north end of Ashton, ID at the Ashton Visitor Center. The fee is $3 and there is potable water. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots (non-site): 7 No. Threaded: 0 WATER SPORTS Lake: No Swimming (provided): No Sailing: No Boat Ramp: No Boat Carry Down Access: Yes Power Boating: No Boating (no power): Yes Water Skiing: No Rafting (whitewater): No Kayaking (whitewater): No Comments: The Warm River is 52 degrees year-round and is a nice family floating river. HIKING Hiking: Yes Comments: The Railroad Right of Way Trail #001 (foot & horse) - 3 miles FISHING Fishing: Yes Comments: Rainbow and Cutthroat trout - there is a wheelchair friendly fishing dock


CAMPGROUND NAME: West End VISIT DATE: 08/10/2000 STATE: Idaho REGION: Intermountain RANGER DISTRICT: Ashton-Island Park NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Island Park RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: From Island Park, ID, take US Rt. 20 south 3 miles to campground sign (Forest Rt. 167). Turn right onto Rt.167 (gravel) and go 9.5 miles to a "Y" intersection. Bear right and go 1.4 miles to campground on right. NOTE: Forest Rt. 167 is rough and washboard. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 6,200 ft. The campground, located near Island Park Reservoir, is a single loop in a thick stand of Lodgepole pine. Although there are cement fire pits, they are in disrepair and most do not have a grille. The campground is pack it in, pack it out. It has an unkept feel and is under-maintained. There are a number of waterfowl seen on the reservoir, such as Blue Heron, ducks, geese, etc. SEASONS Open Seasonal: No Open All Year: Yes RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: No charge Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 16 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 0 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 19 Total Sites: 19 Tent Pads: No Group Tent Sites: Yes Open Sites: No Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 19 No. Grilles on Sites: 6 RV INFORMATION No. Full Hookups (includes waste): 0 No. Water and Electric Only: 0 No. Water Only: 0 No. Electric Only: 0 Group RV Sites: No No. RV Pull Throughs: 3 Waste Station: No Potable Water at Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 12' X 38' Comments: The parking aprons are grass and dirt. There are two RV waste stations. One is located at the north end of Ashton, ID at the Ashton Visitor Center. The fee is $3 and there is potable water. The other is found at the southern end of Island Park, ID off US Rt. 20 - no fee and there is potable water. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: No Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots (non-site): 0 No. Threaded: 0 Comments: Potable water is available from hand pump 1 mile before campground entrance. WATER SPORTS Lake: Yes Swimming (provided): No Sailing: No Boat Ramp: Yes Boat Carry Down Access: No Power Boating: Yes Boating (no power): Yes Water Skiing: Yes Rafting (whitewater): No Kayaking (whitewater): No Comments: Island Park Reservoir is 11,000 acres. The reservoir is used for irrigation. During summer months the depth can be reduced considerably. Check with the Ashton-Island Park Ranger District Office for water level. HIKING - No FISHING Fishing: Yes Comments: Rainbow and Cutthroat trout

aCamping in and around Yellowstone is an awesome experience but there are a few things to be careful of. Wild animals, especially females with young, are unpredictable. Keep a safe distance from all wildlife. Each year a number of park visitors are injured by wildlife when approaching too closely. Approaching on foot within 100 yards of bears or within 25 yards of other wildlife is prohibited. Please use roadside pullouts when viewing wildlife. Use binoculars or telephoto lenses for safe viewing and to avoid disturbing them. By being sensitive to its needs, you will see more of an animal's natural behavior and activity. If you cause an animal to move, you are too close!
Campgrounds in Yellowstone Park
Yellowstone River Sunrise from Fishing Bridge
Yellowstone River Sunrise from Fishing Bridge, this is between Fishing Bridge Campground and Bridge Bay Campground

Bridge Bay Campground • Bridge Bay is situated near Yellowstone Lake, 30 miles from the East Entrance to Yellowstone. It's also conveniently adjacent to Bridge Bay Marina/boat launch and store. A sanitary dump is available but no utility hook-ups. Pay showers and a coin laundry are also within four miles. Group sites are available.

Canyon Campground • You'll find this campground close to the breathtaking Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone near the center of the park. Camping in this area, offers stores, restaurants, pay showers and a coin laundry, but no utility hook-ups. A gas station, as well as repair service, is available

Grant Campground • This woodsy campground is located at the southwestern edge of Yellowstone Lake, 22 miles north of the South Entrance. Within a half mile, you'll find stores, restaurants, pay showers, a coin laundry, and a sanitary dump station, but no utility hook-ups. Group sites available.

Madison Campground • A central location for camping in Yellowstone National Park, this site is just 14 miles east of the West Yellowstone entrance and 16 miles north of Old Faithful near the junction of the Gibbon, Madison and Firehole Rivers. Offers a sanitary dump station and limited group sites but no utility hook-ups or showers. Madison Campground Yellowstone National Park is located 14 miles east of the West Entrance and 16 miles north of Old Faithful. Madison Campground Yellowstone National Park is not far from the Old Faithful area and in a wooded spot along the Madison River. Open from early May to mid-October, Madison is a popular pick for a vacation camping spot. You'll find Madison Campground, a beautiful camping spot along the Madison River, will meet all your needs as the perfect central home base for a Yellowstone National Park vacation. It is a favorite of fisherman in the fall because of the trout spawn wich brings many large fish up from Hebgen Reservior. Photographers love it in the fall also because of its proximity to the easily photographed bull elk during the fall rutting season. You will need to make reservations to stay at Yellowstone's Madison Campground. Simply call 307-344-7311 or the toll free number: 866-GEYSERLAND (439-7375).

Fishing Bridge RV Park • Situated by Fishing Bridge near beautiful Yellowstone Lake, this RV Park features sites with full hook-ups. It's designed for hard-sided units only with a maximum length of 40'. The area also offers a coin laundry, pay showers, store, electricity, water, sewer, hook-ups and a sanitary dump station. A great site for your camping experiences. Sightseeing tours are also available.

boy fishing Indian Creek in Yellowstone National Park
Boy fishing Indian Creek

Indian Creek Campground •  Indian Creek campground is located mid-way between Mammoth and Norris, near Sheepeater Cliff, in the northwest quadrant of the Park. Because of bear activity, special restrictions are often placed on this campground. Indian Creek Campground is open from early June to mid-September. Listen to the wolves howl at the night when staying at Indian Creek Campground Yellowstone, the perfect place to camp out and sleep under the stars during your Yellowstone vacation. The most liberal fishing regulations in Yellowstone are in Indain Creek and the Gardiner River close to the campground

Mammoth Campground •  Mammoth Hot Springs camping is the only Yellowstone campground open year round. Located at a popular part of Yellowstone National Park, it is in close proximity to a number of beautiful geothermal features and plenty of outdoor recreation. Mammoth Hot Springs Campground is located near the Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces and is five miles from Yellowstone's North Entrance. With its close proximity to many wondrous sights in Yellowstone, Mammoth Campground is the ideal place to pitch your tent or park your RV when you come here on vacation. No reservations are necessary. This campground is first-come, first-served.

Pebble Creek Campground • Pebble Creek Campground in northwest Yellowstone is in the heart of the easiest place to see the wolves. It's in close proximity to some great hiking as well as some wonderful fishing spots in Soda Butte Creek, the Lamar River and Trout Lake. Open from mid-June to late September, it makes a summer or fall vacation something special. Pebble Creek Campground is located in the northeast corner of Yellowstone Park, 9 miles west of the Northeast Entrance. No reservations are needed, as the Pebble Creek Campground Yellowstone is first-come, first-served.

Sunrise at Slough Creek
Sunrise at Slough Creek

Slough Creek Campground • Trees and open sage meadows welcome you to Slough Creek Campground, in the northeast corner of Yellowstone National Park. The famous trout waters of Slough Creek have beconed fishermant to this spot for decades. It is also a favorite campground for photographers. Slough Creek Campground is located along the banks of Slough Creek, five miles east of Tower Junction. The access is two and a half miles down a dirt road. You don't need reservations at Slough Creek Campground Yellowstone. It's first-come, first-served. Slough Creek Campground in Yellowstone is a primitive camping location that gets you out in the wilderness and sleeping under the stars, with plenty of outdoor fun nearby. Open from late May to the end of October, it's the perfect place to experience a primitive camping spot in the park.

Tower Falls Campground •  Tower Falls Campground, in Yellowstone south of Tower Junction, has plenty of attractions nearby, like Tower Falls and the Tower-Roosevelt Petrified Tree. it is ground center for viewing the Black Bears for which the Tower area is famous. Tower Falls Campground is located in the Washburn Range in Yellowstone's northeast portion, 2 miles south of Tower Junction. No reservations are required at Tower Falls Campground as it is first-come, first-served. For a nice central location within Yellowstone National Park, you will find Tower Falls Campground meets your every need, from fabulous outdoor recreation to nearby natural attractions.

Lewis Lake Campground • Lewis Lake Campground is on a wooded hill near Lewis Lake, providing a peaceful setting but still close to Grant Village and the many facilities there. Close to the lakeshore and in the woods, the Lewis Lake Campground in Yellowstone National Park is the ideal spot to stay when fishing the waters of this fabulous lake is your goal. Open from the middle of June to early November, it is one of the last to fill. This makes it fairly easy to get a nice spot. You need no reservations for Lewis Lake Campground Yellowstone. It's first-come, first-served. Lewis Lake Campground is located on the southeast shore of Lewis Lake, about eight miles north of the South Entrance to Yellowstone.

Campgrounds Outside of Yellowstone Park
Paradise Valley Montana
Paradise Valley Montana

Livingston / Paradise Valley KOA • (Paradise Valley) Towering cottonwoods shade this mountain country KOA along the Yellowstone River. You are never much more than a long cast from KOA's 500 feet of frontage on the Yellowstone, a blue-ribbon trout stream. If you lose your favorite fly, replace it at the campground store! Livingston boasts a fly-fishing museum, art galleries and antique shops. Find outdoor activities in every direction. Don't miss a visit to Yellowstone National Park, 40 miles south. Your hosts can arrange raft trips on the Yellowstone or horseback rides and direct you toward great hikes in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Area.

Yellowstone Park KOA • (West Yellowstone MT) Closest KOA to Yellowstone National Park. Base camp with us while touring upper and lower loops of the park, Teton National Park, Quake Lake and ghost town area. 34 miles from Old Faithful.

Grand Teton Park RV Resort • (Moran WY) Grand Teton Park RV Resort has the best location for visiting both National Parks. Located just 6 miles east of Moran Junction, you will be camping only 32 miles from Yellowstone National Park and just outside the east entrance of Grand Teton National Park. Also just 36 miles from the town of Jackson.

Yellowstone Valley Inn & RV Park • (Cody WY) Yellowstone Valley Inn's campground/RV area allows you to stay with us either in your RV or for those more adventurous, in a tent. We have nightly, weekly or monthly rates. Yellowstone Valley Inn Campground Features: Full Hookups/ pull thrus,20, 30 & 50 amp Service,Water/Electricity, Outdoor Heated Pool, Indoor Hot Tub, Playground Equipment, Dump station, Coin-Op Laundry, Restrooms with Showers, New bathhouse with unlimited hot water, Restaurant/Lounge on premise, The scenic grounds also include picnic tables, new state-of-the-art bath house with the only handicap accessible bathroom in the entire 50 mile valley and a majestic view of Wapiti Valley

Shoshone River, Cody Wyoming
Shoshone River, Cody Wyoming

Cody KOA • (Cody WY) Gateway to Yellowstone adventure. Leave rig at camp and enjoy majestic mountain vistas, abundant wildlife, back country hiking, world-class fishing, old west legends and pure mountain air. Guided tours. Make a splash in pool complex. Free rodeo shuttle. Free pancakes. Playground and game room. Trail rides at camp. Planned itineraries and special events.

Rocky Mountain Campground • (Gardiner MT) 4 Blocks to the Yellowstone National Park North entrance Gardiner Montana. Your Base camp to see Yellowstone National Park. " From Memorial day through Labor day. Sitting on a hill top, Overlooking Gardiner, The Yellowstone River and being overlooked by snow capped mountains.

Dubois / Wind River KOA • (DuboisWY) Find your campsite nestled along the Big Wind River, in a beautiful valley between the Wind River and Absaroka mountain ranges. You and your family will be in the heart of Dubois, a rustic western cowboy town just 90 minutes east of both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. It’s mountain camping at its best, with all of the shopping, services and conveniences of town.

Yellowstone Park / West Entrance KOA • (West Yellowstone) Find a pine-shaded site here near Yellowstone’s west entrance, the most popular and convenient entry point, and you’ve found the perfect base camp for exploring this amazing national park. Old Faithful puts on its steamy regular-as-clockwork show just 34 miles east. Have a tour bus pick you up at KOA’s office for a ride to the park. Or take the wheel yourself to tour Yellowstone’s driving loops. The area offers horseback riding, world-class fly-fishing, whitewater rafting and hiking and biking trails that begin near the KOA.

 

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