Big Eddy Campground is one of four campgrounds located along Hwy 55 on the North Fork of the Payette River between Banks and Smiths Ferry. The campground is right along the river. It is often used by kayakers and rafters because it is close to Banks, Idaho, which is known for white water rafting and kayaking trips. It can be a bit noisy at night due to highway traffic, but it is a nice little place to camp.
Campsites: Big Eddy Campground has 4 campsites, 3 of which can accommodate an RV up to 30 ft. long. The camping sites include a fire pit and a picnic table. There are places to put tents or you can park an RV.
Host on Site: There is not a host on site.
Water: There is no drinking water in the campground.
Garbage Services: You must carry out your own garbage at Big Eddy Campground.
Electricity Available: There is no electricity at Big Eddy Campground.
Restroom: There is a vault style toilet in the campground which is handicap accessible.
Fishing: There is great trout fishing as well as whitefish along the North Fork of the Payette River.
Boating: There is white water boat access for rafting and kayaking on the Payette River near Banks, Idaho.
Swimming: There are nice sandy beaches along the river. We are not swimmers but our kids waded and we had a good time. These little beaches are probably what we liked best camping here.
Wildlife: We have seen deer in our campground, and I hear hunting is good both sides of the river during hunting season. There are black bear in this area however we have never seen one or their handiwork here.
Fee Schedule: As of April 2017 campsites are $15 per day. Additional vehicles are $5 per day. $8 for day use.
Campground Reservations: These campsites are available on a first come first serve basis.
Phone service: There is not a telephone at Big Eddy Campground. The nearest telephone is 9 mi. south at Banks. Cell reception is unlikely.
Gas and Food: is 9 miles south at Banks, Idaho.
Location/Driving instructions: From Boise, drive 44 miles north on Idaho State Road 55 to the campground. It is nine miles north of Banks, Idaho.
Elevation: 4092 Feet
Reviewed: February 2010
This information is accurate as of the date of the review.
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