East Fork Recreation Site

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East Fork Recreation Site


(208) 879-6200

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Nestled between the main Salmon River and the mouth of the East Fork of the Salmon River, the site encompasses a 20-mile segment of the East Fork Salmon River that is eligible for inclusion in the National Wild and Scenic River System. The site is popular during the summer months and offers diverse recreational opportunities such as fishing, hunting, camping, nature viewing and hiking along four nearby trailheads (Sheep Creek, Jimmy Smith Lake Trailhead, Herd Creek and Little Boulder Creek Trailhead).

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 East Fork Campground

Latitude, Longitude: 44.247658, -114.506722



  • Boating

    Boat ramp available. Nestled between the main Salmon River and the East Fork of the Salmon River.

  • Camping

    The campground has 3 tent-camping sites and 8 RV campsites with picnic tables and fire rings available. Amenities include drinking water, potable water, garbage collection, one vault toilet, and seasonal campground hosts. No horses in camp area.

  • Fishing

    Nestled between the main Salmon River and the East Fork of the Salmon River, this area has access to great fishing.

  • Picnicking

    The area has covered picnic tables, shade trees, grills and fire rings.



Approximately 19 miles southwest of Challis, Idaho and 4 miles north of Clayton, Idaho. Travel south from Challis on Highway 93 for 2 miles, turn right on Highway 75 and drive southwest approximately 17 miles. The site will be on your right at the confluence of the East Fork and main Salmon Rivers.

Phone Numbers


(208) 879-6200