Challis Field Office

Cottonwood Recreation Site

This site sits among groves of cottonwoods along the scenic Salmon River and provides a beautiful setting for fishing and camping.  It was renovated in 1998 to allow use of RVs and to provide accessible camp sites and includes a day use area with barbecues, tent sites, and group camp sites.

Location: north of Challis, Idaho. Travel north from Challis on Highway 93 for approximately 14 miles. The recreation site will be on your left between the highway and the Salmon River.

Travel Map: main map download / detail area map download

• 13 campsites
• Camping fee: $10/night
• Picnic tables
• Fire rings/grills
• 2 sets of vault toilets
• Boat launch and parking
• Potable water
• Trailer dump station
• Day use area with horse shoe pits and reservable covered group shelter ($25, call Challis Field Office at 208-879-6200 for reservation)
• Garbage collection
• No horses allowed in camp area
• Year-round use
• Campground hosts mid-May to October

Cottonwood Day Use Area

Cottonwood Recreation Site