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HELENDE, ID

part ofBoise National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: HELENDE
Status: Open through Tue Sep 30 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Helende Campground is located 10 miles east of Lowman, Idaho, along Highway 21 at an elevation of 4,100 feet. The South Fork Payette River lies a few hundred yards away. Visitors enjoy fishing and rafting on the river, soaking at nearby Kirkham Hot Springs and exploring the extensive Kirkham Ridge Trail.

Natural Features:

The campground is situated in a dense forest of lodgepole and Ponderosa pine, which offers plentiful shade in most sites. Summer wildflowers dot the landscape. Deer and elk may be seen wandering through the area on occasion.

Recreation:

The South Fork Payette River offers whitewater rafting, kayaking and trout fishing. The Deadwood and Danskin River Access areas are nearby.

Popular Kirkham Hot Springs is less than 5 miles west of the campground along Highway 21. A trail with staircases leads down to the soaking pools on the riverside.

Kirkham Ridge Trail is one of the Lowman Ranger District's premier trails. It begins near Kirkham Campground and stretches through beautiful country for 35 miles, connecting with many other trails in the area. It is open to hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Sections of the trail are open seasonally to off-road vehicles.

Facilities:

The campground contains single-family sites, all of which are accessible. Each site is equipped with a picnic table and campfire ring with grill. Vault toilets, drinking water and trash collection are provided.

Nearby Attractions:

Numerous natural hot springs pools can be found along the Banks-Lowman Highway, also known as the Wildlife Canyon Scenic Byway and Highway 21, the Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway. Both byways offer scenic views, wildlife watching, historical information kiosks and several trail opportunities.

Whitewater rafting and kayaking are popular activities on the South Fork and Main Payette Rivers. Several companies in the area offer guided half and full-day trips.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Picnic Areas
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Swimming
  • Accessible Trails
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Drinking Water (Hand Pump)
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking Area
  • Paved Parking Spurs
  • Paved Roads
  • Skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Trash Collection
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Hot Springs
  • River Access
Know Before You Go
  • Idaho OHV Safety Message
  • Maximum two vehicles per site; additional vehicles must use parking lot and pay a fee
  • Day use fee for non-campers is $5
  • Additional sites may be available on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Please contact the Lowman Ranger District at 208-259-3361 for off-season camping information
  • Click here for more information on the Boise 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):
44.09278, -115.47583
44°5'34"N, 115°28'33"W

From Boise, Idaho, take State Highway 55 to Banks. Turn east and travel on Forest Highway 24/Banks-Lowman Highway to Lowman. Turn left on Highway 21. Campground is located at milepost 82.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

HELENDE
7359 Hwy 21
LOWMAN  ID  83637

Phone Number:

Project Office: (208)259-3361
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