Mackay Reservoir Recreation Sites

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Mackay Reservoir Recreation Sites


(208) 879-6200

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Mackay Reservoir is a large campground five miles north of Mackay on Highway 93. Most water-based activities are available at the reservoir, including ice fishing in the winter months. This site has a wonderful view of the Lost River Range and has had major renovation during the 2004-2005 years. These have included new RV campsite hookups, picnic shelters, and overall upgrades.

The Challis Field Office offers a diversity of recreational sites and facilities for central Idaho visitors including five developed fee sites and ten non-fee, less developed sites. Developed fee sites include: Cottonwood Campground, East Fork Campground, Little Boulder Creek Campground, Mackay Reservoir Recreation Site and Bayhorse Campground. The newly renovated Mackay Reservoir Recreation Area/Joe T. Fallini Campground provides the most amenities to visitors.

An abundance of recreational activities are available in the Challis Field Office for people of all interests and age levels. Most recreation activity is concentrated in three areas: the East Fork Salmon River, the Main Salmon River and the Big Lost River System. The Salmon River Canyon offers outstanding recreational opportunities such as Class I and II water floating, fishing for steelhead and trout, big game hunting and nature viewing. Other popular activities in the area include: camping, hiking, nature study, photography, picnicking, wildlife viewing, backpacking, rockhounding, mountain biking, cross-country skiing and OHV use.

Once proper precautions are taken, visitors can explore the expansive Idaho scenery without borders or restrictions. Visitors are also encouraged to explore off the beaten path and camping is allowed in non-designated areas on BLM land. But if you choose to do this, please remember to stay on established roads and trails, "leave no trace," and "pack out, what you pack in." Also, be prepared for wide temperature changes and dry conditions in this arid, high desert climate, and be alert for fire/fuels conditions and seasonal restrictions.

Map of Mackay Reservoir Rec. Sites

Latitude, Longitude: 43.963662, -113.694077



  • Boating

    Boat launch and fishing access.

  • Camping

    26 campsites. RV hook-ups, day use area, potable water, fire rings, picnic tables, restrooms, garbage collection, dumpstation.

  • Fishing

    Fishing access, including ice fishing in the winter.

  • Hiking

    Access to several great trails in the area.

  • Picnicking

    Day use areas are perfect for picnics.

  • Water Sports

    Boating, fishing and swimming are available at the reservoir.



Travel north from Mackay, Idaho on Highway 93 for approximately 6 miles. The site will be on the west side of the highway.

Phone Numbers


(208) 879-6200