Fire Crew Hot Spring Central Idaho

• Fire Crew Hot Springs is a primitive soaking spot on the Middle Fork Payette River

Fire Crew Hot Springs sits on the Middle Fork of the Payette River in the Boise National Forest. This is a primitive soaking location with easy access from the road.

As the name suggests, this spot was named after forest firefighters who used springs after a hard and dangerous day of work. But you don't have to be a hero firefighter to enjoy the healing properties of geothermal mineral water.

Fire Crew Hot Springs is open year-round, with seasonal variations in pool temperatures and accessibility. Hot mineral water comes from the source at about 128° F (53° C) and flows to the volunteer-built rock-and-sand pools. The number of pools is season-dependent. River runoff destroys the pools, so some visitors rebuild those every season.

Before entering in the pool, check the water temperature. It might be too hot for soaking during summer. It is also a good idea to bring a bucket to add cold river water into the pool for a comfortable soak.

While hot springs are easily accessible during spring, summer, and fall, snow covers the Forest Service Road as late as May. Bring tire chains for safety.

Don't drive with RVs or trailers down the Forest Service Road; you would not be able to turn around.

Fire Crew Hot Springs is a primitive location with no amenities. The closest services are in Crouch.

Fire Crew Hot Springs Central Idaho

Beyond Hot Springs: Other Adventures

Rockhounding is very productive on the river bank and in the river, especially for quartz and agates.

Middle Fork of the Payette River is a fantastic fishing spot, particularly for trout.

You can also enjoy nature viewing, wildlife watching, camping at nearby campgrounds, and hiking at multiple trails of Boise National Forest.

Camping & Lodging

The closest camping spot is Trail Creek Campground, about half a mile away. There are multiple additional campsites around, like Rattlesnake Campground.

The nearest lodging is available in Stanley and Lowman.

Affordable short and long-term rentals in Crouch

Affordable short and long-term rentals in Lowman

Mountain Village Lodge with a private hot spring in Stanley

Sourdough Lodge in Lowman

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Fire Crew Hot Springs | Facts

Location: 15 miles northeast of Crouch • Central Idaho • USA
Open: Year-round
Development: Undeveloped
Clothing: Recommended
Amenities: None

Hiking distance: Short
Road access: Any vehicle
Day-use fees: No
Managed by: US Forest Service

Elevation: 3,725 ft (1,135 m)

Water T° (source): 128° F (53° C)
Water T° (pools): Varies
Odor None

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Directions to Fire Crew Hot Springs

From Crouch,

  • Take S Middlefork Road for 3.2 miles
  • Turn left onto Middlefork Road and follow it for 11.9 miles
  • Turn left onto Forest Road 698L8.

GPS: N 44°16.892' W 115°52.444' | 44.28153, -115.87407

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