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Bull Trout Campground

Name: Bull Trout Campground

Bull Trout Campground is near the Sawtooth National Recreation Area with an elevation of 6900 feet. Summer time temperatures are up to 90? but the nights will almost always be cool. This is beautiful alpine country, with abundant wildlife and scenic vistas. The campground varies from densely treed, to more open and flat, to hilly near the lake. One of the cool things about this campground is that there is a large area outside the campground for free camping if you are self-contained. Some of these "sites" are very inviting and are situated around three other small stocked lakes. There are several other nearby campgrounds.

Campsites: There are 34 RV camping sites. 15 are on Bull Trout Lake and 16 - 34 at Martin Lake, of which 6 are double sites (up to 16 people) and 2 group sites which can accommodate up to 50 persons. There are equestrian facilities for you horsemen out there, sites 35 -38.

Water: There is drinking water available by hand pumps.

Garbage Services: Garbage service is available.

Restroom: There are restrooms scattered about. All are vault/outhouse style, clean and well maintained.

Handicap Accessible: The campground is handicap accessible.

Pets: Pets must be kept on a leash.

Recreation: Whether you want to hike, bike, ATV, ride your horses, practice your photography, fish or hunt, you will find what you are looking for in this area.

Fishing: There is a variety of fishing near Bull Trout Campground. Within 10 miles there is the So Fork of the Payette River, Knapp Creek, Valley Creek, Beaver Creek, Marsh Creek and Warm Springs Creek, just to name some of them. Fishing is available in Bull Trout Lake, Martin Lake and two other lakes or nearby waterways for rainbow trout, cutthroat trout and brook trout. Check your fishing regulations for the different waters.

Boating: is limited to non-motorized.

Additional Camping Opportunities: There are several other lakes nearby, some of which have primitive camping for free. We camped at this lake in July 2010. Campsites are right on the lake, probably 8 groups can fit around it. There is plenty of firewood for the gathering. The lake is stocked in the spring, and we caught 14 nice trout and released a few more. I am not sure how well the water level will hold up late in the season. There are no improvements or toilets. However, the Bull Trout Campground is just a mile away where there are vault style outhouses and water from hand pump wells. The kids really enjoyed the swimming!

Phone service: There is no phone service or cell phone reception at Bull Trout Campground.

Nearby Services: Services are available at Lowman (limited) or Stanley, Idaho. It is a good drive if you run out of any supply.

Location/Driving instructions: From Lowman, Idaho, travel northeast on Highway 21 for 34 miles then 2 miles on forest road 250. From Stanley, Idaho, travel southwest on Highway 21 23.8 miles then turn right onto forest road 250 for 2 miles to Bull Trout Lake Campground.

Coordinates: 44.302245,-115.258927

Elevation: 6969 Feet

Reviewed Date: July 2010

Fees And Reservations: 15 sites are reservable at phone: 1-877-444-6777 | link: As of April 2017 fees are; $15.00 single, $30.00 double and $75.00 per group site. Camping season is July through September.

This information is accurate as of the date of the review.

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Renee Galligher:

Beautiful campground with a lot of outdoor activity. As of June/July 2018, the campground is open with no problem of bears although as is standard, there is a bear warning sign posted. If you have a large camper and prefer sites well spaced and easy to get in and out of, select the Martin Lake section. Some large campers were down by the lake in the Bull Trout Lake section, but you have to be very adept at moving a large rig around in tight spaces. Both Bull Trout and Martin Lake are great for swimming, paddle boarding, or canoeing. The CG is great for bike riding for the kids and there are many trails around for hiking. This campground also offers a horse camp section. The signs state you must have a horse to camp there, but I've hiked through that section many times and not every camper had a horse, so it's not enforced. This is a dusty place, but it is very peaceful and the growth between sites offers privacy. 
Renee Galligher:

Note that the sign of Bull Trout Campground here is after you've driven 2 miles off the highway. The sign for the turn off to the campground is very small and easy to miss.