Riverside Campground is located along the Salmon River on Hwy 75 between Stanley and Challis, Idaho. The area is forested with brush along the river. The river valley is narrow here so there is little extra room. Most of the sites are exposed to the highway. The White Cloud Mountains are to the south across the river.
Campsites: There are 17 tent / RV camping sites. Each is equipped with a picnic table and fire ring with attached grill. The roads and driveways are gravel. The campground is divided by Hwy 75 so there are two loops; one loop is by the Salmon River where the sites are quite nice. The other loop is above the highway, where a couple of the sites are back against the hills and offer more privacy and access to the hills for hiking in the woods.
Host on Site: No.
Water: Potable water is available from a hand-pump equipped well. The water smelled metallic.
Garbage Services: Garbage service is available.
Electricity Available: No.
Restroom: There were two vault style outhouses.
Handicap Accessible: The outhouses are handicap accessible.
Firewood: Yes, firewood is available for $6.00 per bundle from the Mormon Bend camp host.
Pets: On a leash only.
Picnic Area: No.
Recreation: Fishing, rafting, camping, riding ATVs, hiking and photography.
Fishing: Fly fishing the Salmon River is very popular. Check the regulations.
Boating: No boating facilities at Riverside Campground.
Wildlife: Deer, elk, bear and wolves live in this area so take care with your dogs and dispose of your garbage carefully.
Additional Camping Opportunities: Check out our reviews of these nearby campgrounds; Casino Creek Campground, Mormon Bend Campground, Blind Creek Campground, Upper O'Brien Campground and Lower O'Brien Campground. I didn't see any free, primitive sites in this area. There are some up the Yankee Fork of the Salmon River.
Fee Schedule: The fees for Riverside Campground are $13.00 per site per day and $5.00 for your extra vehicle. This campground was not busy and did not look like it was normally full.
Campground Reservations: No. This is a first come, first serve facility.
Phone service: Both a pay phone and cell reception is available at Stanley.
Nearby Services: Stanley, Idaho, is the nearest location to fill up on camping supplies if you run low on things such as gas, propane, food, ice or pop.
RV Dumping Site: There is an RV dumping station just south of Stanley.
Location/Driving instructions: Riverside campground is only 6.1 miles NE of Stanley, Idaho, on Hwy 75. Watch for the signs. This campground is split by the highway.
Elevation: 6118 Feet
Reviewed: July 2010
This information is accurate as of the date of the review.
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