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CAMPGROUND NAME: Big Springs

VISIT DATE: 07/24/2001

UPDATE DATE:  5/19/2016

STATE: Idaho

REGION: Intermountain

RANGER DISTRICT: Westside North

NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Lava Hot Springs

RESERVATIONS: 1-877-444-6777 or make on-line reservation

DIRECTIONS:
In Lava Hot Springs, ID, at the intersection of US Rt. 30 and
Blaser Hwy./Old US Rt. 30, take Blaser Hwy. north 9 miles to
"Campground Big Springs" sign (Pebble Creek Rd.).  After sign
turn left onto Pebble Creek Rd. (gravel) and go 0.6 miles to a
"T" intersection.  Turn left and go 6.2 miles (wide single-lane)
to a "Y" intersection.  Bear left and go 0.2 miles to campground.

GENERAL COMMENTS:
The elevation is 6,500 ft.

The campground, pack it in, pack it out, is composed of two
sections.  All camp sites have lantern posts and good privacy. 
The first section, with longer parking aprons and more sun, is
located on the right before the fee station and directly across
from the Boundary Trail parking area.  This section has two
unnamed loops on a flat, sagebrush and Aspen area.  Some camp
sites are tucked into widely spaced Douglas fir located on the
perimeter.  The second section is a long single spur with Pebble
Creek separating the more open, juniper-shaded sites from those
that meander up a hillside into a dense stand of mixed conifers
and maple.  The Big Springs Nature Trail provides a pleasant
after-dinner stroll.  A day trip to Lava Hot Springs is a
possibility.

SEASONS
Open Seasonal: Yes
Open All Year: No

Seasonal Comment:
Open May 24 through October 24

RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED
Rate: $10 per day - single
$20 per day - double
Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14

CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION
No. RV Sites: 0
No. Tent Sites: 0
No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 29
   
   Total Sites: 29

Tent Pads: Yes
Open Sites: Yes
Wooded Sites: Yes

No. Tables on Sites: 29
No. Grilles on Sites: 29
Equestrian Camping:  No

RV INFORMATION
Hookups: None
No. RV Pull Throughs: 0
Waste Station: No
Average Parking Apron Size: 12.5' X 50'

Comments:
The parking aprons are gravel.

FACILITIES
Vaults: Yes
Flush Toilets: No
Hot Showers: No
Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes

Public Phone: No
Playground: No
No. Water Spigots (non-site): 8
  No. Threaded: 7

WATER SPORTS - None

HIKING
Big Springs Nature Trail (foot) - 0.5 miles
Boundary Trail #072 (multi-use) - 7 miles
    provides access to a network of trails

FISHING   
Cutthroat and Rainbow trout

CAMPGROUND NAME: Cloverleaf VISIT DATE: 07/20/2001 UPDATE DATE: 5/19/2016 STATE: Idaho REGION: Intermountain RANGER DISTRICT: Montpelier NEAREST CITY/TOWN: St. Charles RESERVATIONS: 1-877-444-6777 or make on-line reservation DIRECTIONS: In St. Charles, ID, at Minnetonka Cave sign, turn onto an unidentified paved road and go west 8.1 miles to campground sign. Turn left at sign into campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 7,100 ft. NOTE: The campground is actually in Cache National Forest, but is administered by Caribou National Forest. The campground, located near St. Charles Creek, is comprised of a large and small loop in a pleasant mixture of Aspen, Lodgepole pine and fir trees. While a few campsites are on a small grassy meadow, most are tucked well back into the trees. However, the closeness of the sites provides poor to fair privacy. The interior road is narrow and has close-growing trees giving the campground a closed-in feeling. The understory is grass with a heavy middlestory of young Aspen and conifers. Two good day trips from the campground are the Minnetonka Cave and North Beach of the Bear Lake State Park. Minnetonka Cave has nine rooms and is about 2 miles from the campground. The excellent 90-minute guided tour involves 400 steps; bring a jacket or sweater. The state park is 4.8 miles from St. Charles and provides a boat ramp and large sandy beach. There are no restrictions on the 160-square mile Bear Lake, but there is a fee to access the state park. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open May 15 through October 15. No potable water after Labor Day. RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $10 per day - single $16 per day - double Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 0 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 18 Total Sites: 18 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: Yes Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 17 No. Grilles on Sites: 16 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 1 Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 12' X 35' Comments: The parking aprons are paved. An RV waste station with potable water is available for no fee in Paris, ID off US Rt. 89. FACILITIES Vaults: No Flush Toilets: Yes Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: No Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots (non-site): 5 No. Threaded: 0 WATER SPORTS - None HIKING Minnetonka Cave Trail (foot) - 1 mile access the Minnetonka Cave FISHING - No Comments: Cutthroat and Brook trout are available in the nearby St. Charles Creek.

CAMPGROUND NAME: Emigration VISIT DATE: 07/18/2001 UPDATE DATE: 5/19/2016 STATE: Idaho REGION: Intermountain RANGER DISTRICT: Montpelier NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Montpelier RESERVATIONS: 1-877-444-6777 or make on-line reservation DIRECTIONS: From Montpelier, ID, take US Rt. 89 south 4.7 miles to State Rt. 36 (in Ovid, ID). Continue straight onto Rt. 36 and go 10.9 miles to campground sign. Turn left at sign and go 0.1 miles to campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 7,100 ft. NOTE: The campground is actually in Cache National Forest, but administered by Caribou National Forest. The campground, comprised of two loops, is in a dense, lush stand of spruce, other conifers, and Aspen. It is convenient for an overnight stay from State Rt. 36 or longer for a great forest experience and access to the 55-mile multiple-use Highline Trail. During mid-August Huckleberries are abundant. Good privacy between campsites; grass and wildflower understory. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open June 9 through September 3 RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $12 per day - single $24 per day - double Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 1 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 23 Total Sites: 24 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: Yes Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 24 No. Grilles on Sites: 24 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 1 Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 12' X 46' Comments: The parking aprons are paved. An RV waste station is located at Montpelier Visitor Center at the intersection of US Rts. 30 and 89 - no fee. FACILITIES Vaults: No Flush Toilets: Yes Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: No Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots (non-site): 6 No. Threaded: 0 Comments: Kitchen water can be disposed in a deep sink located at each toilet. WATER SPORTS - None HIKING Highline Trail #316 (multi-use) - 55 miles FISHING - No

CAMPGROUND NAME: Mill Canyon VISIT DATE: 07/19/2001 UPDATE DATE: 5/19/2016 STATE: Idaho REGION: Intermountain RANGER DISTRICT: Soda Springs NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Soda Springs RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: From Soda Springs, ID, take State Rt. 34 north 10.2 miles to Black River Park sign. Turn right at sign and go 10.4 miles to an intersection. Continue straight over railroad tracks and go 3.2 miles to campground sign. Turn left at sign and go 0.2 miles to campground. NOTE: Last 2.7 miles are gravel surface. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 6,700 ft. This little campground stretches up Mill Canyon between a babbling brook called Mill Creek and a dense stand of Lodgepole pines. This is a quiet campground far from crowds with lots of solitude and privacy. The Blackfoot River is across from campground entrance. The understory and middlestory is comprised of grass, wild roses and other wildflowers, and River willow shrubs. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open weekend afer Memorial Day through October 15 RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $8 per day Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 1 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 9 Total Sites: 10 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: Yes Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 10 No. Grilles on Sites: 9 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 3 Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 16' X 40' Comments: The parking aprons are gravel and grass. An RV waste with potable water is located in Soda Springs, ID. On US Rt. 30 at intersection of 2nd South and 2nd East, take 2nd East north to waste station on right - no fee. 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 WATER SPORTS - None HIKING - No FISHING In Blackfoot River - Cutthroat and Rainbow trout

CAMPGROUND NAME: Montpelier Canyon VISIT DATE: 07/18/2001 UPDATE DATE: 5/19/2016 STATE: Idaho REGION: Intermountain RANGER DISTRICT: Montpelier NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Montpelier RESERVATIONS: 1-877-444-6777 or make on-line reservation DIRECTIONS: From Montpelier, ID, take US Rt. 89 north 2.8 miles to campground sign. Turn right at sign into campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 6,400 ft. The campground has two unnamed loops stretching along Montpelier Creek among a dense growth of River willows, which provide excellent privacy between camp sites. The loop to the right of the entrance is smaller with shorter parking aprons and a tight radius on the loop's curve. The loop on the left of the entrance has longer parking aprons but some sites limit area for tents to parking apron. The lack of shade and location in a steep sided canyon can produce very warm days and mosquitoes. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open May 19 through September 11 RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $8 per day Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 0 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 14 Total Sites: 14 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: Yes Wooded Sites: No No. Tables on Sites: 11 No. Grilles on Sites: 7 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 0 Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 12' X 37' Comments: The parking aprons are gravel and grass. An RV waste station is located at Montpelier Visitor Center at the intersection of US Rts. 30 and 89 - no fee. 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 WATER SPORTS - None HIKING - No FISHING Rainbow, Brook, and Brown trout

CAMPGROUND NAME: Porcupine VISIT DATE: 07/20/2001 UPDATE DATE: 5/19/2016 STATE: Idaho REGION: Intermountain RANGER DISTRICT: Montpelier NEAREST CITY/TOWN: St. Charles RESERVATIONS: 1-877-444-6777 or make on-line reservation DIRECTIONS: In St. Charles, ID, at Minnetonka Cave sign, turn onto an unidentified paved road and go west 7.5 miles to campground sign. Turn left at sign into campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 6,900 ft. NOTE: The campground is actually in Cache National Forest, but is administered by Caribou National Forest. The campground, composed of two unnamed loops, stretches along St. Charles Creek in an area lightly wooded with Aspen and conifers. The loop on the right of the campground entrance has only vaults and is a bit more shaded. The left hand loop has the flush toilet. Some camp sites are adjacent to the creek. Although there is a lush understory of grass and wild roses, most sites enjoy only poor to fair privacy. Two good day trips from the campground are Minnetonka Cave and North Beach of the Bear Lake State Park. Minnetonka Cave has nine rooms and is about 2 miles from the campground. The 90- minute guided tour involves 400 steps; bring a jacket or sweater. The state park is 4.8 miles from St. Charles and provides a boat ramp and large sandy beach. There are no restrictions on the 160-square mile Bear Lake, but there is a fee to access the state park. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open May 24 through September 9. No potable water after Labor Day. RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $10 per day - single $16 per day - double Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 0 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 15 Total Sites: 15 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: Yes Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 15 No. Grilles on Sites: 15 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 2 Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 13' X 40' Comments: The parking aprons are paved. There is an RV waste station with potable water in Paris, ID. It is 6 miles north of campground off US Rt. 89; follow signs in Paris - no fee. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: Yes Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots (non-site): 3 No. Threaded: 0 Comments: Only the vaults are wheelchair friendly. WATER SPORTS - None Comments: See General Comments about the 160-acre Bear Lake. HIKING - No FISHING Cutthroat and Brook trout

CAMPGROUND NAME: Scout Mountain VISIT DATE: 07/25/2001 UPDATE DATE: 5/19/2016 STATE: Idaho REGION: Intermountain RANGER DISTRICT: Westside North NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Pocatello RESERVATIONS: 1-877-444-6777 or make on-line reservation DIRECTIONS: From Pocatello, ID, take I-15 south 3.7 miles to Mink Creek Recreation Area sign (Exit 63). At end of exit ramp, turn right, following Mink Creek Recreation Area sign, and go 0.1 miles to next sign (Ft. Hall Mine). Turn left onto Ft. Hall Mine and go 0.2 miles to still another sign. Turn right onto Portneuf and go 0.3 miles to a "Y" intersection and "Mink Creek X-C" sign. Bear left, then turn left onto Mink Creek and go 4.6 miles to Scout Mountain Recreation Area sign. Turn left at sign and go 5.3 miles to campground sign. Turn left at sign into campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 6,900 ft. The campground, pack it in, pack it out, has three overlapping loops (A, B, and C) in a pleasant stand of Douglas fir. Most camp sites are surrounded by a thick middlestory of Aspen, wild roses and deciduous trees. Loop A is the largest loop and follows the campground's perimeter. Loop B is the smallest and least maintained. Loop C has camp sites with paved parking aprons and the least middlestory. The campground is convenient to the Pocatello Archery Range. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open May 24 through October 30 RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $10 per day - single $20 per day - double Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 0 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 25 Total Sites: 25 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: Yes Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 22 No. Grilles on Sites: 22 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 3 Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 13' X 50' Comments: Some parking aprons are paved, others are gravel. A waste station is available in Pocatello, ID with potable water and no fee. From I-15, take Exit 67 (US 30 & 91) - follow dump symbol signs. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots (non-site): 12 No. Threaded: 3 WATER SPORTS - None HIKING Scout Mountain Nature Trail (foot - loop) - 1 mile East Mink Trail #64 (multi-use) - 4 miles FISHING - No

CAMPGROUND NAME: Summit VISIT DATE: 07/23/2001 UPDATE DATE: 5/19/2016 STATE: Idaho REGION: Intermountain RANGER DISTRICT: Westside North NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Malad City RESERVATIONS: 1-877-444-6777 or make on-line reservation DIRECTIONS: From Malad, ID, take I-15 north 8.5 miles to Devil Creek Reservoir (Exit 22). At end of ramp, turn right onto roadway that parallels I-15 and go 3 miles to "Campground Summit" sign (11000 North). Turn left at sign onto 11000 North (gravel) and go 1.2 miles to 100 West. Turn right onto 100 West (single-lane, gravel and dirt) and go 1.8 miles to campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 6,400 ft. The campground, pack it in, pack it out, stretches along Mill Creek in a stand of Douglas fir and mostly maple trees. A few camp sites have "V" shaped parking aprons. The creek can be heard throughout the campground. The moisture from the creek produces a lush understory, dominated by wild roses and other shrubs all of which provide good privacy between camp sites. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open May 24 through October 30. RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $10 per day Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 0 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 10 Total Sites: 10 Tent Pads: Yes Open Sites: No Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 10 No. Grilles on Sites: 10 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 1 Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 12' X 32' Comments: The parking aprons are gravel. The interior road is a narrow, single-lane dirt road. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots (non-site): 4 No. Threaded: 4 WATER SPORTS - None HIKING Summit Trail #1230 (Multi-use) - 12 miles Convenient to the following multi-use trails: Wright Lake National Recreation Trail - 6.5 miles Indian Mill Trail - 5 miles South Canyon #1232 (loop) - 8 miles Kents Canyon - 8 miles FISHING Cutthroat and Rainbow trout

CAMPGROUND NAME: Summit View VISIT DATE: 07/20/2001 UPDATE DATE: 5/19/2016 STATE: Idaho REGION: Intermountain RANGER DISTRICT: Montpelier NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Montpelier RESERVATIONS: 1-877-444-6777 or make on-line reservation DIRECTIONS: From Montpelier, ID, take State Rt. 30 west 10.7 miles to Georgetown, ID. In Georgetown, at Georgetown Canyon sign, turn east at sign and go 2.3 miles to campground sign (Forest Rt. 095). Turn left at sign onto Rt. 095 and go 5.5 miles to another campground sign. Turn right at sign into campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 7,200 ft. The campground is comprised of two sections in a stand of Lodgepole pine and other conifers. While the understory is only grass, the widely spaced camp sites and dense growth of trees provide good privacy. The section on the left side of the campground entrance includes group sites (not included in site count) and has a small turn-around for RVs; to avoid problems, recommend taking left turn before group area. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open May 24 through October 2. No potable water after Labor Day. RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $12 per day - May 24 through September 3 $6 per day - September 4 through October 2 Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 0 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 17 Total Sites: 17 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: No Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 17 No. Grilles on Sites: 17 Equestrian camping: No RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 1 Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 13' X 45' Comments: The parking aprons are grass and dirt. An RV waste station is located at Montpelier Visitor Center at the intersection of US Rts. 30 and 89 - no fee. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: No Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots (non-site): 4 No. Threaded: 4 WATER SPORTS - None HIKING - No FISHING - No

CAMPGROUND NAME: Willow Flat VISIT DATE: 07/18/2001 UPDATE DATE: 5/19/2016 STATE: Idaho REGION: Intermountain RANGER DISTRICT: Montpelier NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Preston RESERVATIONS: 1-877-444-6777 or make on-line reservation DIRECTIONS: From Preston, ID, take US Rt. 91 south 2.7 miles to Cub River- Deer Cliff sign (Cub River Rd.). Turn left at sign onto Cub River Rd. and go 12 miles to a Willow Flat sign at an intersection. Turn right at intersection and go 2.2 miles to campground. NOTE: Last 5.5 miles are on a gravel surface. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 6,300 ft. NOTE: The campground is actually in Cache National Forest, but administered by Caribou National Forest. The campground has two unnamed sections located along Cub River. Most camp sites are tucked into a forest of mixed pine, cottonwood, willow, maple, Aspen, and juniper - quite a variety of trees! Most camp sites are adjacent to the clear-running Cub River which is about one stride wide in places. Wild roses, other wildflowers, and butterflies decorate the campground. Elk, deer and moose visit occasionally to check on campers. The tables for some camp sites are across the "river" from the parking apron. This is a nice campground for the whole family. There are lamp poles at some sites. Site #1 is accessed via a low-water bridge. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open May 24 through October 3. No potable water after Labor Day. RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $12 per day - May 24 through September 3 $6 per day - September 4 through October 3 Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 4 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 47 Total Sites: 51 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: Yes Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 51 No. Grilles on Sites: 51 Equestrian camping: No RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 6 Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 14' X 50' Comments: The parking aprons are gravel. 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: 14 Comments: Wheelchair friendly toilet is in section on north side of river. WATER SPORTS - None HIKING Sam Parkinson Spring (foot) - 0.5 miles Cub River Springs-Willow Flat (foot) - 3 miles connects with the Highline Trail FISHING Rainbow, Brook and Cutthroat trout




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