Boundary Creek Campground

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Boundary Creek Campground is located at the edge of 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 waiting to launch the next day on their permit to float the Middle Fork.

Of the 15 campsites, 5 can be reserved during the high-use season (June 15-Aug. 15); the remaining 10 are first-come, first-served. Outside of those dates, all 15 sites are first-come, first-served.

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

Need to Know

Natural Features

At an elevation of 6,280 feet, the campground is situated among lodgepole pine trees, near the Wild and Scenic Middle Fork of the Salmon River. The air is crisp and fresh, even in the heart of summer, due to it's high elevation.

Nearby Attractions

The Middle Fork of the Salmon River flows over 100 miles through the heart of the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, and originates 20 miles northwest of Stanley, Idaho, at the confluence of Bear Valley and Marsh Creeks. Float permits are required year round. It was one of the original eight rivers in the nation designated as Wild and Scenic on October 2, 1968.


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.

Contact Information


311 N US Highway 93 Challis ID 83226

Phone Number

For campground inquiries, please call: 208-879-4100

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Driving Directions

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 on SH21. This road is commonly referred to as the Bear Valley Road, #579, which is rough and narrow. Travel this road for approx. 13 miles, then turn onto the Boundary Creek Road, #568, and travel another 13 miles. Your vehicle and/or trailer should be prepared for 26 miles of rough, busy, single-lane dirt road.

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