• Campground Hot Springs sits on the bank of the South Fork Payette River
• There are remnants of the old bathhouse
Campground Hot Springs sits 20 miles from Lowman on South Fork Payette River in scenic Boise National Forest. Visitors enjoy the relaxing soak surrounded by Ponderosa pines with wildflowers blooming during summer while the rushing river passes by you.
Geothermal Water & Soaking
Hot mineral water emerges from the source at 115° F (46° C) and flows into 3 soaking pools. The best soakable pool is located at the end of the path at the old bathhouse remnants. In July, the water in this pool maintained about 110° F (43° C).
Two other pools are rock and sand constructions, sitting right by the river. The temperature here varies depending on the season and river level. Those pools are seasonal since the high water submerges them during winter and spring.
Bathing suits are highly recommended since you will be soaking not far from the highway.
Adventures and Amenities
The location is a perfect base camp for rafting, canoeing, kayaking, and other adventures. Hot Springs Campground is situated on the opposite side of the road. The area can get noisy because it is right next to the highway.
The stretch along Highway 21 and 17, recognized as the Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway and the Banks-Lowman Highway, is known for its abundance of natural hot springs. These scenic byways not only provide breathtaking views but also offer opportunities for wildlife observation, informative historical kiosks, and various trail options to enhance the overall experience.
Payette River isn't the most productive gold-panning river in Idaho. However, South Fork has not been panned much in the past, so there's a good chance to discover some treasure. Make sure you are comfortable and experienced panning in the rough waters.
Rockhounding can be a productive pastime here too. Rushing river consistently moves rocks around, and new collectible pieces can appear anytime.
Ensure to review the regulations regarding gold panning and rock collection at the particular location you are in.
Camping & Lodging
Hot Springs Campground has 8 single sites and 3 group sites with picnic tables, grills, and campfire circles. Amenities include vault toilets, drinking water, and garbage service.
The nearest lodging is available in Stanley and Lowman.
Campground Hot Springs | Facts
Location: 20 miles east of Lowman • Central Idaho • USA
Amenities: Campground, picnic tables, grills, fire rings, vault toilet, drinking water, and garbage service
Hiking distance: Short
Road access: Any vehicle
Day-use fees: No
Managed by: US Forest Service
Elevation: 3,211 ft (979 m)
Directions to Campground Hot Springs
From Highway ID 55 at Bank,
- Take County Highway 17 east toward Garden Valley and travel 14 miles to milepost 14
- Turn right to pullout at the river edge.
Hot Springs Campground is located on the left.
A steep 250-foot trail on the left of the parking lot leads down to the river and hot spring pools.