Thorn Creek Reservoir

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Thorn Creek Reservoir


(208) 732-7296

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Thorn Creek Reservoir is surrounded by Great Basin desert vegetation, with sagebrush and grasslands spreading over rolling hills. In the spring and fall waterfowl and shorebirds concentrate at the reservoir. It provides excellent fishing opportunities through mid-summer and is open to non-motorized craft. Hunting for antelope and deer. To the west is the Gooding City of Rocks, bizarre formations of welded tuff. Dispersed camping permitted throughout these areas.

The Shoshone Field Office offers a variety of recreational sites and facilities to help you enjoy the land and water resources of central Idaho. Most of the recreation sites are small and off-the-beaten track. You'll find interesting scenery, good hiking and fishing, and lots of solitude. Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve offers developed camping facilities with RV hookups. All other recreation sites are semi-developed, which means they provide basic facilities for camping, day-use, or boating access.

North Idaho is laced with lapis-blue swift-flowing rivers and cascading waterfalls and the greatest concentration of lakes in the Northwest. Southwest Idaho is a dramatic montage of desert, rivers and mountains that has lured visitors for centuries. Serene mountain lakes brim with trout, world-class whitewater waits to be kayaked and awe-inspiring canyons are home to birds of prey. And last, but certainly not least, Eastern Idaho is where the snow-capped peaks of the Tetons feed thundering waterfalls and free-flowing rivers, where wildflowers, pine and aspen create a kaleidoscope of autumn color and light.

Map of Thorn Creek Reservoir

Latitude, Longitude: 43.197897, -114.597088



  • Boating

    Small reservoir suitable for non-motorized watercraft.

  • Camping

    Semi-developed campsite with vault toilet and picnic tables. No drinking water. 14-day camping limit; no fees.

  • Hiking

    Excellent trails with great bird-watching in the spring.

  • Picnicking

    Many great picnic areas on the reservoir.



About 25 miles from Gooding, Idaho. Proceed north on Highway 46 from Gooding until the signed turnoff for Thorn Creek Reservoir.

Phone Numbers


(208) 732-7296