Herd Lake Overlook

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Herd Lake Overlook


(208) 879-6200

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Remote overlook near the top of a ridge between the Lost River Range and the White Knob Mountains. Good hiking trail to ridgetop. Herd Lake Campsite offers a great place to camp and includes a vault toilet.

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 Herd Lake Overlook

Latitude, Longitude: 44.064030, -113.953972



  • Camping

    One campsite with picnic table and fire ring. One vault toilet. Open May through October. No fees.

  • Fishing

    The single campsite is below Herd Lake and offers wonderful opportunities to fish for rainbow trout.

  • Hiking

    Trailhead to Herd Lake. Hike north around Mosquito Creek, or check out the scenic valley overlook of the East Fork of the Salmon River.

  • Horseback Riding

    Visitors may explore the area on horseback.

  • Picnicking

    There is a picnic table and fire ring at the campsite.



Approximately 35 miles south of Challis, Idaho; 10 miles southeast of the East Fork Road on Herd Lake Road. From Challis, go 18 miles southwest on US 93 and ID 75, then 16 miles southeast on East Fork Road (Forest Road 120) and Herd Creek Road. The overlook is 1 mile further east on Herd Lake Road beyond the spur to the campsite.

Phone Numbers


(208) 879-6200