Swan Falls Campground
BLMwrite a review Swan Falls Road Dirt Extension
Murphy, ID 83650
GPS: 43.2379, -116.3751
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“Beautiful Spot, Uncontrolled Partying”
Reviewed Oct 10, 2016
I've stayed at the Swan Falls Campground twice - once in late winter (February) and once in fall (October).
The campground is in a beautiful spot along the Snake River, close to Swan Falls Dam. Many of the campsites were built and are maintained by Idaho Power, and at some point along the dirt road the ownership switches to BLM.
The majority of the sites are riverfront, and all are free. Few sites are suitable for bigger rigs. The sites are small, uneven, and have a thick layer of fine-particle dust. The sites are fine for tents, camper vans, popup trailers, etc.
The access road is steep with one tight switchback. It is paved and well maintained. The campsites are along a one-lane dirt road with pullouts which follows the river.
The biggest challenge with this location is partying. Both times I've stayed I've been surrounded by large groups drinking, yelling, playing loud music from their trucks, burning palettes, and driving recklessly (and, presumably, drunkenly) down the dirt road from campsite to campsite at all hours of the night.
The scenery and water access are excellent, but until the partying gets a bit of regulation I'll be steering clear.
This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com
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