Pine Flats Campground

Boise National Forest

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Banks Lowman Rd.
Lowman, ID 83637
208-259-3361
208-373-4100
Reservations: 877-444-6777
Official Website

GPS: 44.0632, -115.6823

Last Price Paid: $15
Number of Sites: 24
Reservations: Yes
Elevation: 3743 ft
Tent Camping: Yes
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Nightly rate: $15
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: 16
“It's all about the hot springs.”

Reviewed Jul 16, 2017

Overall Rating

This campground is sandwiched between the Banks-Lowman Road and the South Fork Payette River, in a dense stand of ponderosa pines.

The 188,000-acre Pioneer Fire burned the hillsides surrounding this campground in September 2016, but left the campground itself largely unscathed thanks to obvious efforts by wildland firefighters. There are no hookups available here, and some of the sites (like ours) are disappointingly close to neighbors. During our midweek visit in July 2017, however, there were only a few other campers to contend with. I was surprised by the low 3,700-foot elevation, which meant that it was unpleasantly warm here despite the shade provided by towering ponderosa pines throughout the campground.

The key amenity to this campground is the Pine Flats Hot Springs, located down a short and easy quarter-mile trail from the campground. The springs sit high on a rock face lining the South Fork Payette River, and spill down the cliff into about a half dozen soaking pools created by stacking rocks. I'd guess that the water temp was somewhere around +/- 100ºF, and varied slightly from pool to pool. The springs are spectacular (see photos I've uploaded).

We had no cell service on Verizon, and the trees prevent any hope of satellite television. That, however, may not be a bad thing. Sites are far enough from the road that noise is minimal, unlike the Hot Springs Campground some distance west towards Garden Valley. Sites are not necessarily level. Group sites ring a parking area and are therefore less attractive. I enjoyed our one night, but I don't think that I'd stay here for two.

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Hookups:
  • dry camping
Recreation:
  • fishing
  • recreation trail
  • water access
Site Amenities:
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • pull thru
Facilities:
  • restrooms: vault
  • trash
  • water available
Pets:
  • pets

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