"Season Start Notice: Due to construction delays, all sites with exception of site 100 will now open on July 1, 2016 ATTENTION: As a result of recent renovations in Baumgartner Campground, all the campsites have been assigned new numbers. Your favorite campsite number may have changed, so be sure to double check the map of the campground before reserving your campsite. Due to ongoing renovations in the campground, some campsites and campground roads may not be paved for the summer of 2016. We appreciate your patience while we update the campground facilities."
We will need to review Baumgartner Campground after the construction is complete as our current information is now out of date.
Baumgartner Campground is located along the South Fork of the Boise River east of Featherville, Idaho. The area is heavily forested in shaded areas which fades to sagebrush covered on southern exposures. The traditional campground with the hot spring pool and nature trails is on the south side of the river against the hills. Site 100 is a group campground on the north side of the river on the road into the main campground. Kelley Creek Flats is a semi primitive camping area scattered along the river from the entrance road extending downstream as much as a mile. Baumgartner Campground offers a wide variety of camp settings and activities.
Campsites: There are 8 double camping sites, 23 singles and Site 100 which is a group "campground". Site 100 is located along the river in the Kelley Creek Flats area. It has its own vault style outhouse, approximately 10 individual sites and a group fire pit. The double campsites are numbers 11 thru 26 and are on the "Family" loop in the main campground. The remaining 23 campsites are "singles". The roads and driveways in the main campground are paved and each site has a picnic table, fire pit with attached grill and a tent square. Site 100s road and driveways are all gravel. Each site there has a picnic table and fire pit with attached grill. Kelley Creek Flats offers primitive camping along the river and has at least one vault style outhouse available.
Host on Site: The host is located near the entrance.
Water: Yes, it is available through a pressurized system with fountains scattered throughout the main campground area.
Garbage Services: Yes.
Electricity Available: No.
Restroom: There are several vault style outhouses in the campground. One at the Hot Spring Pool, one in the Family Loop another near the host in a single loop. There is one in the RV Group site and one more in Kelley Creek Flats.
Handicap Accessible: Baumgartner Campground is very handicap accessible, including a paved trail leading east along the river. I didn't hike this trail so I don't know how far it is paved.
Firewood: You needed to provide your own firewood in 2011 but more and more campgrounds are offering firewood for sale so maybe it will be available here soon.
Pets: Pets are welcome but must be kept on a leash.
Picnic Area: No.
Recreation: There are many recreational opportunities in this area. One of the main attractions at Baumgartner Campground is the hot spring pool. There is a play ground area near the pool and a nature trail with educational signs along the way. There are several hiking / riding trails in mountains nearby and motorized traffic is allowed on many of them. Check trail access through the state for info on these trails. There is also a horseshoe pit near the family loop along the river.
Fishing: Fishing for trout and white fish is available in the South Fork of the Boise River. Check the regulations for seasons and limits. The river was a trophy trout stream starting about a mile upstream the last time I fished it and we caught a 14 1/2" rainbow!
Swimming: There are places in the river one could wade or swim but there is no "swimming area".
Wildlife: Deer are common in this area and one should use caution when disposing of their garbage and when storing food to avoid trouble with black bear.
Additional Camping Opportunities: We have reviews for these nearby campgrounds; Anderson Ranch Reservoir Area, Abbot Campground, Dog Creek Campground, Elks Flat Campground, Chaparral Campground, Bird Creek Campground, Willow Creek Campground and Willow Creek Transfer Camp.
Fee Schedule: I saw no fee schedule for the Kelley Creek Flats camping area. Site 100 is available with a fee of $100.00 per day and can accommodate up to 100 people. In the main campground each site is $10.00 but the double sites cost $20.00.
Campground Reservations: To reserve a site for your camping trip go to recreation.gov. This includes Site 100 a Group RV camp. The peak season is from May 18th through September 18th.
Phone service: There is a pay phone located near some garbage dumpsters along the road before you get to the main Baumgartner Campground sign at a split in the road.
Nearby Services: Featherville, Idaho is the nearest location for those camping supplies , like food, candy, pop or gas, you may have forgotten. If they don't have what you need then hopefully you can find it in Pine, Idaho further to the south.
RV Dumping Site: I don't know of a RV dump station in this area. If you are leaving to the east there is an RV dump station at Big Smokey Guard Station.
Elevation: 4895 Feet
Reviewed: June 2011
This information is accurate as of the date of the review.
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