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South Fork of the Boise River

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This review covers an area below Anderson Ranch Dam and outlines the camping opportunities along the South Fork of the Boise River. The river is flowing through a deep valley here with forest in the shaded areas and sagebrush everywhere else. Away from the river this is a dry place during the summer. Watch for snakes as rattlesnakes live here. However, you are far more likely to see a bull snake.

Campsites: Camping areas are scattered along the river and are generally labeled with the road #121 and a letter. Each camping area is different, most are primitive.

Host on Site: There are no hosts.

Water: No.

Garbage Services: No.

Electricity Available: No.

Restroom: There is a vault style outhouse at Tailwaters, another at 121i and another at 121o.

Firewood: You will need to provide your own firewood. Be careful with your fires as weeds grow right up to many of the stone fire rings.

Pets: No restrictions posted.

Picnic Area: Picnicking is allowed anywhere through this area.

Recreation: Trophy trout fishing is the main attraction here but some do go four-wheeling, hiking, or just camping. There are some beautiful vistas for a photographer as well.

Fishing: The South Fork of the Boise River is a trophy rainbow trout stream. Whitefish are also caught here. Check the regulation as special regulations are enforced here.

Boating: Drift boats are very popular and there are several river access points. Tailwaters has a boat ramp while 121i and 121o have gravel access points. I didn't drive all the way to Danskin but there is a river access point there also.

Swimming: Could and do people swim here? Sure, but fishing is the draw to this area.

Wildlife: Deer are common, bear do live here as well as snakes and birds.

Additional Camping Opportunities: We have reviews for the following nearby campgrounds; Anderson Ranch Reservoir Area, Little Camas Reservoir, Little Wilson Creek Campground, Evans Creek Campground, Castle Creek Campground (BNF), Pine Recreation Site, Deer Creek Recreation Site and Curlew Creek Boat Ramp Campground.

Fee Schedule: The camping here is free and there are no day use fees.

Campground Reservations: No reservations available. This is a first come first serve area.

Phone service: None.

Nearby Services: Mountain Home is the location for your nearest services such as gas, food, propane and pop. Be sure you have what you need before you come. If you are driving up the north side of Anderson Ranch Reservoir, you will find services including food and beverages at Fall Creek Resort. I did see it listed for sale so I don't know what it's status is now.

RV Dumping Site: According to RV Dumps.com there is one in Mountain Home on E 12th St S, no charge. Take I-84 Bus to E 12th St, turn north. The dump is down a block on your left. Potable water is also available.

Location/Driving instructions: Follow this GoogleMap from Mountain Home, Idaho.

Coordinates: 43.3535360,-115.4597820

Elevation: 3881 Feet

Reviewed: June 2011

This information is accurate as of the date of the review.

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