The Payette's five Ranger Districts offer a variety of camping opportunities. Deep, low-elevation canyons and high peaks can keep the more adventurous camping almost year round. Campground information is divided by Ranger District.
Reservations for individual or group sites at Cold Springs, Grouse, Spring Creek, and Upper Payette Lake campgrounds can now be made in advance by contacting the National Recreation Reservation Service by visiting www.recreation.gov.
If you are more spontaneous and don't plan ahead, some sites at these units will still be available for first-come first-serve campers. Reservations or early arrival are recommended for holiday weekends.
Leave No Trace is a national and international program designed to assist outdoor enthusiasts with their decisions about how to reduce their impacts when they hike, camp, picnic, snowshoe, run, bike, hunt, paddle, ride horses, fish, ski or climb.
The program strives to educate all those who enjoy the outdoors about the nature of their recreational impacts as well as techniques to prevent and minimize such impacts. Leave No Trace is best understood as an educational and ethical program, not as a set of rules and regulations.