As per Idaho Code, Forest visitors may not camp on Forest roadways in the state of Idaho. Camping on a Forest Service road in the state of Idaho is considered a criminal action and persons could be charged with a misdemeanor. When camping outside of a developed campground, visitors are allowed to camp up to 300 feet from an open road, where allowed by the Motor Vehicle Use Map at no charge. As a reminder, potable water is not generally available.
In addition, forest visitors must park responsibly while recreating along the Salmon River Road. When parking, visitors must pull far enough off the road in order to allow two (2) lanes of traffic to continue. Failure to do so could result in a civil fine.
Signs will be posted at North Fork on the Salmon River Road and in the Dutch Oven Area to remind visitors of the rules and regulation.
The Salmon-Challis National Forest, Lemhi County Sheriff’s Office, and Idaho Department of Fish and Game – Salmon Region want to provide maximum access and use of public lands while ensuring public safety and will be conducting additional patrols this year with an emphasis on education of the above stated rules and regulations.
If you have further questions in regards to parking and camping rules and regulations along the Salmon River Road, please contact Ken Gebhardt, North Fork District Ranger at 208-865-2700, Lynn Bowerman, Lemhi County Sheriff at 208-756-8980, or Tom Curet, Regional Supervisor, Idaho Department of Fish & Game at 208-756-2271.