Challis Field Office
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This area’s remote and beautiful expanses of land, towering mountains and scenic rivers are the backdrop for a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities. Most recreation centers on the East Fork of the Salmon River, the Main Salmon River and the Big Lost River System. The clear waters of the Salmon River Canyon offer outstanding steelhead and trout fishing. Other opportunities include Class I and II boating, big game hunting, nature viewing and camping along the river.
The popular camping destination of Joe T. Fallini Campground (formerly Mackay Reservoir Recreation Site) is the only recreational site in the area that offers full RV hookups. This scenic site has gorgeous views of the Lost River Range and offers boating in the summer and ice fishing in late winter.
History buffs will enjoy a visit to the ghost town of Bayhorse or learn about the unique mining history of the White Knob Mining District, one of the largest copper producers in Idaho. Take the self-guided Mackay Mine Hill Auto Tour to discover more about the area’s past.
Hikers will enjoy exploring this spectacular area. The Lost River Access Trail includes a ¾- mile trail designed for maximum accessibility (grade and slope) from the trailhead down to the Big Lost River. For those interested in a more arduous hike paired with a spectacular view of Mt. Caleb, another ¾-mile hike is also available.
OHV riders will find a multitude of rides available in this area. These include the Jimmy Smith Trail, Pennal Gulch Trail, Bayhorse Mine Area, Snake Ridge Trail and the Lombard Trail.