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part ofSawtooth National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Sat Sep 12 2015   Season Dates


Baumgartner Campground is situated alongside the South Fork Boise River, 11 miles from Featherville, Idaho.

Aside from excellent fishing, hiking and off-road vehicle riding opportunities, the campground features Baumgartner Hot Springs, where visitors can enjoy soaking in the pool while admiring the scenic natural setting.

Natural Features:

The campground is nestled beneath towering ponderosa pines at an elevation of 5,200 feet. The gentle South Fork Boise River runs along the site, offering beautiful scenery and recreation.

A variety of wildlife is commonly seen in and around the campground, including deer and moose.


The campground's main draw is Baumgartner Hot Springs. The 101-degree water is piped into a large concrete soaking pool. The pool is open during daylight hours and is drained, cleaned and refilled daily.

The South Fork Boise River provides great fishing for wild and stocked rainbow trout. Younger campers love splashing in the cool mountain waters. An accessible path and fishing pier are located next to the river.

The John Baumgartner Gravesite is a short walk from the hot springs. A 1/4-mile interpretive nature trail begins at the hot springs and meanders up the hill through the forest.

Kelly Creek/Iron Mountain, Virginia Gulch, Willow Creek, Van Gulch and Big Water Trails all begin in the area. Ponderosa Trail ATV Learner's Loop is located in the Kelly Creek Recreation Area.


The campground offers single and double-family sites, as well as two group sites, all with picnic tables, fire rings and grills. Vault toilets and drinking water are provided. Roads and parking spurs are paved.

Nearby Attractions:

Numerous hiking, biking, horseback and off-road vehicle riding trails crisscross the surrounding area. Kelly Creek Flats Recreation Area is adjacent, with horse corrals on-site.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Biking
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Host
  • Hot Springs
  • Picnic Area
  • Playground
  • River Access
  • Trails
Know Before You Go
  • Idaho Off-road Vehicle Safety Message
  • No electricity, water or sewer site hookups at this campground
  • No livestock permitted
  • Live music and sound systems not permitted
  • Only off-road vehicles licensed for highway use are allowed on campground roads
  • Alcohol, glass, soap and shampoo are prohibited in the pool area; swimsuits are required
  • Don't Move Firewood: Help prevent the spread of tree-killing pests in our national forests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
43.6125, -115.08028
43°36'45"N, 115°4'49"W

Take I-84 to Exit 95. Go east on State Highway 20 to mile marker 127.5. Turn north and follow signs to Featherville. Once at Featherville, head east on Forest Road 227 for 11 miles on dirt road. At Baumgartner Campground sign, turn right and cross the bridge to the campground, on the left hand side.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

PO BOX 189 102 FIRST ST. E

Phone Number:

Information:  (208)764-3202
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