Mountain View Campground is very close to Lowman, Idaho, on flat land between Highway 21 and the Payette River. The area is open forest with a few low bushes scattered about, resulting in a natural setting. It is not high here so the summer can be very hot which is a good reason to play in the river.
Campsites: There are 14 tent / RV camping sites, each with a picnic table, barbecue grill, and fire ring. The driveways vary throughout the campground from very short to very long.
Host on Site: Yes, there is a host on site.
Water: There is potable water from a hand-pump equipped well. I tasted the water and marked it as "Ok".
Garbage Services: Yes, there is garbage service.
Restroom: The vault style outhouses are clean, well stocked, and actually smells pleasant!
Handicap Accessible: Yes, Mountain View Campground is handicap accessible.
Firewood: There is no firewood sold at the campground.
Pets: Pets are allowed but only on a leash.
Picnic Area: There is no designated picnic area.
Recreation: Recreational activities include camping, fishing, rafting, biking, hiking, wildlife viewing, photography, and there are hot springs scattered along the river.
Fishing: Check out the fishing in the North Fork of the Payette River which runs past the campground. See the regulations here.
Boating: There is raft access here.
Swimming: It is really more of a case of wading than swimming. There is access to the river for keeping cool and for playing.
Wildlife: Deer are common and so are bear so take care with your food and garbage.
Additional Camping Opportunities: There are 5 campgrounds nearby: Deadwood, Helende, Kirkham, Park Creek, and Pine Flats Campgrounds. You may wish to stop in a primitive campsite. There are several free primitive camping areas along the Payette River between Lowman and the turn off for Grandjean, especially around the Lowman Fishing Ponds Day Use Area.
Fee Schedule: Double sites are $30.00, singles are $15.00, and an extra vehicle or day use is $5.00 per day. The campground was nearly full on a non-holiday weekend when we were there.
Campground Reservations: Make your reservations at recreation.gov.
Phone service: There is no cell reception on our ATT phones but there is a pay phone at Lowman.
Nearby Services: For ice, pop, gas, propane, food and even a burger, I recommend the Sourdough Lodge, 11 miles east on Hwy 21.
RV Dumping Site: No RV dumping station nearby.
Location/Driving instructions: From Boise, take Hwy 55 to Banks. Take the Banks Lowman Road to Lowman. Turn left on Hwy 21 and the campground is just a short drive out of Lowman. If you are traveling light, it is quicker to take Hwy 21 to Idaho City and up over Mores Creek Summit to Lowman. However, it is a very steep road down from the summit to Lowman taking this route.
Elevation: 3876 Feet
Reviewed: July 2010
This information is accurate as of the date of the review.
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