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Due to the pristine nature of the river cooridor, camping only allowed in designated camp areas identified by a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) or US Forest Service (USFS) map or sign. Sixteen designated camp areas between Conant Boat Ramp and Byington Boat Access, with most containing multiple designated camps sites available on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

A free self-issue permit is required and is also available at the boat access areas. The trip leader must have a copy of this permit in possession during the overnight river visit and display it to BLM or Forest Service personnel upon request. Please print two copies - Keep one with you during your trip and insert the additional copy into the permit box at your launch site. 

Camping and entering the river bank with 1/4 mile of Bald Eagle habitat is prohibited from February 1 through July 31. Signs and BLM maps show the locations of restricted wildlife habitat.


Portable RV-type toilets will not be approved for use on the South Fork of the Snake River.

An approved portable toilet or waste carryout system is required for overnight camping.

Local Dump Stations

  • Palisades Dam (located in campground)
  • Byington Boat Access
  • Beeches Corner (Junction of Highway 26 and Ammon Road)


Designated Campsites below Lufkin Bottom

River Hazards

Several water diversion structures are located 1/2 mile above the Byington Boat Access to the confluence with the Henrys Fork. Never attempt to boat near them.

The Dry Beds Canal Diversion, 1.5 miles downstream from Byington access is extremely hazardous.  The head gate is located on the south bank and nearly half of the river is funneled into it. Carefully float the north bank to safely avoid the diversion.

Swift water produces strong currents, standing waves, and frequent whirlpools that may overturn small boats and canoes. Boaters should avoid rocks, overhanging brush, fallen trees, log piles, bridge support piers, and irrigation canal diversions.

More Information

Eastern Idaho Visitor Information Center in Idaho Falls, (208) 523-1012 or toll-free, (800) 634-3246.

All boats and non-motorized vessels (canoe, kayak, raft, drift boat, etc.) are required to purchase and display Idaho Invasive Species Law and Boat Registration stickers in order to legally launch and operate in Idaho.