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part ofSalmon-Challis National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Closed through Sat Jun 13 2015   Season Dates


Boundary Creek Campground is located within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, adjacent to the boat launch for the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho. The site generally provides overnight camping for boaters awaiting the next day's launch on the Middle Fork.

Natural Features:

The campground is situated among lodgepole pine trees adjacent to the Wild and Scenic Middle Fork of the Salmon River at an elevation of 6,280 feet. The Middle Fork is a 104-mile free-flowing river in the heart of the Wilderness, originating 20 miles northwest of Stanley, Idaho, at the confluence of Bear Valley and Marsh Creeks.

It was one of the original eight rivers in the nation designated as Wild and Scenic on October 2, 1968. The river moves through a variety of climates and land types, from alpine forest to high mountain desert to sheer canyon, the third deepest in North America.


Boundary Creek Campground is a popular spot for boaters running the Middle Fork of the Salmon. A nearby transfer camp provides long-term parking and trail access into the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Visitors enjoy hiking, horseback riding, picnicking, fishing and viewing wildlife.


The campground offers 15 campsites, each equipped with a picnic table and campfire ring. Five of these sites are reservable; the other 10 are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Vault toilets and drinking water are provided.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Birding
  • Boat Ramp
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Parking Area
  • River Access
  • Tables
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Rafting
Know Before You Go
  • Reservations are available from June 15 through August 15. Camping outside of this date range is first-come, first-serve.
  • No livestock allowed in the campground
  • Please bring garbage bags; this is a "pack it in, pack it out" facility
  • Permits to float the river are required all year; Click here for permit information on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River
  • Click here for more information on the Salmon-Challis National Forest
  • 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):
44.53139, -115.29306
44°31'53"N, 115°17'35"W

Boundary Creek is accessed by a dirt road from Idaho State Highway 21, and is often closed by snowdrifts until late May or early June. The turnoff to Boundary Creek is located 23 miles west of Stanley, Idaho, or 107 miles east of Boise between mileposts 109 and 110. This road is commonly referred to as the Bear Valley Road, which is rough and narrow. Your vehicle and/or trailer should be prepared for 25 miles of single-lane dirt road.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

HC 63 Box 1669
Challis  ID  83226

Phone Number:

Information:  (208)879-4101
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