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part ofBoise National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Wed Oct 28 2015   Season Dates


Third Fork Cabin is a former guard station, first established in 1906 as Station 10 and renamed Third Fork in 1908. A cabin was built at that time, which existed until the site was rebuilt by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1933. The current cabin's exterior has changed little since that time, with the exception of a metal roof being added sometime before 1984.

The cabin is available between mid-April until late October, and it's accessible by car. Many modern comforts are provided at the cabin, but guests may need to bring some additional supplies and gear for their stay.

Natural Features:

Third Fork Cabin sits in a steep mountain landscape heavily forested with old-growth Ponderosa pine at an approximate elevation of 4,700 feet. Tall grasses and various hardwoods grow on the site. Small mountain streams with native fish flow nearby, and the area is marked by unusual juxtapositions of basalt and granitic rock.

Wildlife watchers may spot elk or deer wandering through the area during dawn or dusk, as well as glimpse a bear or moose. Birders can look for a wide variety of bird species.


Anglers can fish in adjacent Squaw Creek, and big game hunting is also a popular pastime.


This rustic cabin sleeps four people with one double bed and two single beds with mattresses. Other amenities include a propane cook range, table with chairs, hot water heater, indoor flush toilet, shower and propane heater and refrigerator. A picnic table, campfire ring and pedestal grill sit within the fenced yard.

A camp host is located at Antelope Campground, 18 miles east in the Sagehen Reservoir area, where firewood can be purchased.

The water at the cabin is potable. Guests should bring their own supply of drinking water as a back up. Bedding, lighting, cookware and utensils are not provided. Guests are expected to clean the cabin before leaving.

Nearby Attractions:

Sagehen Reservoir is a popular recreation area about 18 miles east of the cabin, offering numerous trails for off-road vehicles, hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Click here for an Idaho OHV safety message. Fishing and boating are permitted in the reservoir, and there is also a picnic area at Sagehen Dam.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Bed(s)
  • Birding
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Campfire Rings
  • Creek Access
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilet
  • Grill
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Mattress(es)
  • Mountain Biking
  • Picnic Area
  • Propane Heat
  • Propane Refrigerator
  • Propane Stove
  • Shower
  • Table & Chairs
  • Trailheads
  • Water
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • Please call the Scenic Canyons Recreational Services at (435) 245-6521 or Emmett Ranger District at (208) 365-7000 four days prior to your arrival to confirm the lock combination for the cabin; the combination will be on the reservation confirmation letter but can change at any time
  • Please pack out trash and clean the cabin before leaving
  • Please do not use tents, motor homes or RVs at the cabin
  • Livestock, such as saddle, pack or draft animals, is not allowed at this site
  • Parking is limited
  • Click here for more information about Boise National Forest
  • Please click here for further information about the facility and recreation opportunities in the area.
  • 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):
44.37306, -116.30083
44°22'23"N, 116°18'3"W

From Boise, Idaho, take Highway 55 north to Horseshoe Bend. Turn left on Highway 52 and drive west 9 miles to the junction at Sweet/Ola Highway (no road number), then take a slight right. Take this road north 17 miles to Ola. Make a slight left and continue north through Ola on Road 618 (Third Fork Road) to the Third Fork Cabin. This road changes from pavement to gravel a few miles north of Ola. Third Fork Cabin will be on the right-hand side of Rd. 618.

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Information:  (435)245-6521
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