Cold Springs 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 across the highway from the river. It is often used by kayakers and rafters because it is close to Banks, Idaho, which is known for its whitewater access. It can be a bit noisy at night due to highway traffic.
Campsites: This campground has five sites situated as a group area, each with a picnic table and campfire ring.
Water: There is water at the campground from a hand pump.
Garbage Services: You must carry out your own garbage at Cold Springs Campground.
Electricity Available: There is no electricity at Cold Springs 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 whitewater boat access for rafting and kayaking on the Payette River south, near Banks, Idaho.
Swimming: There are nice sandy beaches across the highway along the river. We are not swimmers, but our kids waded and we had a good time.
Wildlife: We have seen deer in the campground, and I hear hunting is good both sides of the river during hunting season.
Fee Schedule: As of April 2017 the group site will cost $50.00 per night. I could not find information on the cost of using an individual campsite or if you could use an individual site. I have left my info from 2010 but am not sure it is valid... "For 2010 camping season, May - Sept: Campsites are $12 per day. Additional vehicles are $5 per day. $6 for day use."
Campground Reservations: These campsites can only be reserved as a group site. To reserve this campground go to recreation.gov.
Phone service: There is not a telephone at Cold Springs Campground. The nearest telephone is 6.5 mi. south at Banks.
Gas and Food: is 6.5 miles south at Banks.
Location/Driving instructions: From Boise, drive 41.5 miles north on Idaho State Road 55 to Cold Springs Campground. It is 6.5 miles north of Banks, Idaho.
Elevation: 3840 Feet
Reviewed: February 2010
This information is accurate as of the date of the review.
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