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Cove Recreation Site at CJ Strike Reservoir

May 1, 2015 - NO DRINKING WATER AVAILABLE ON SITE! In order to minimize risk to public health the Bureau of Land Management has shut down the public drinking water system at Cove Recreation Area. The Cove Recreation Area RV Dump site remains functional for dumping black /gray water. The faucet at the RV Dump is signed as Non-Potable (not for drinking); it is not suitable for drinking, cooking, bathing, or laundry and should NOT be used to fill RV water tanks. Drinking water may be obtained nearby from the RV dump station located below CJ Strike Dam. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. For more information, please contact the BLM Boise District at (208) 384-3300 or 3948 Development Ave., Boise, Idaho 83705.

Experience the magnificence of the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area from the waters and shorelines of the Cove Recreation Site, a popular place to fish, hike, view wildlife, boat (motorized and non-motorized), waterski, swim and picnic. Day-use and overnight camping facilities are found on the south shore of C.J. Strike Reservoir, about one mile east of the dam.  Fees are charged for day and overnight use, payable at self-service stations near the entrance to the campground and at the end of Buford Road (map).

CJ Strike's 7,500-acre reservoir area impounds the Snake and Bruneau Rivers and offers fishing, boating and camping, with camp units, restrooms and potable water.  The site is the beginning of a day of hiking, horseback riding, hunting, picnicking, swimming, water skiing, and wildlife viewing. CJ Strike Reservoir is one of the area's major destinations for fishermen seeking sturgeon, yellow perch, crappie, small- and large-mouth bass, rainbow trout, bluegill and catfish.  

Detailed camping rules

Location: 45 miles south of Boise, Idaho. From Grand View, travel southeast on Highway 78 approximately 15 miles.


  • Developed campground
  • 14-day stay limit
  • Boat ramp
  • Restrooms
  • RV sites
  • Seasonal camp hosts
  • Fee: Day Use $2 per day; RV/Trailer camping $12 per night; tent camping $5 per night

map of Cove Recreation Site

CJ Strike Reservoir