Salmon-Challis National Forestwrite a review Highway 75 Stanley, ID 83278 208-727-5000 208-737-3200
GPS: 44.263, -114.819
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Moosegooser would stay here again
“Dispersed camping near the creek, above the hot springs”
Reviewed Jun 11, 2018
Some of the hot springs books and maps still in print refer to the Basin Creek Campground & hot spring. The campground was flooded and removed years ago. However, there's a narrow FS road going up the right side of Basin Creek with several nice, flat dispersed sites about 1/2 mile up. The road's a little narrow, with steep approaches, so I wouldn't take a big rig in. There's no point in going further up the road...we did so and found no campsites. We spent the night there in a teardrop and went down to the hot springs for a dip. The spring is at the edge of the creek below the rock formation, just as you leave the highway. There may be some blue tarps and hand-made rock soaking pools, depending on the time of year. In the fall the hot spring water was quite hot, and the creek water is quite cold, so it takes some thermal management. A short distance upriver on the highway is the parking area and changing room for Kem Hot Spring, a very hot pool on the edge of the Salmon River. In low water you need a bucket to cool it off with river water. We didn't even check for cell service at our camp. It's in a tight canyon, and I doubt there's any.
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