BLM’s Joe T. Fallini recreation site to offer scan and pay option for camp fees

Group shelter now reservable through

CHALLIS, Idaho – Paying for your favorite campsite at the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) popular Joe T. Fallini campground at the Mackay Reservoir will soon be as simple as scanning a QR code. Beginning May 20, campers can opt to pay overnight camping fees at the site through the free, easy-to-use mobile app using the ‘scan and pay’ option. Selecting a camping site will remain first-come, first-served; they will not be reservable in advance through the website.   

To take advantage of using scan and pay in lieu of other traditional forms of payment for camping fees, visitors simply download the free mobile app, create an account, and then scan the QR code at the Joe T. Fallini campground to complete the payment. A small service fee applies for payment through the app. For additional information on how to use the scan and pay option, please visit: 

“We are looking forward to offering this alternative form of payment for camping to our visitors at the Fallini recreation site,” said Matt Marsh, BLM Challis Field Office Manager. “We will continue to offer fee envelopes for payment by check or cash but hope that visitors take advantage of this new, seamless way to pay camp fees.”  

In addition, reservations for the popular group shelter can now be made through instead of contacting the Challis Field Office directly. To reserve the day-use shelter, follow the direct link: Joe T. Fallini Recreation Site or search on either the mobile app or online at:   

Rental fee for the Group Shelter is $25 per day. This facility has electricity, lighting, standing BBQ grills, accessible picnic tables, and views of Mackay Reservoir and the surrounding mountains, making an ideal location for a family get-together. Reservations through require a small service charge.

Mackay Reservoir Recreation Site (also known as Joe T. Fallini Campground) is located north of Mackay and south of Challis. The site is 6 miles from Mackay on the west side of the highway and has a view of the spectacular Mt. McCaleb in the Lost River Range and includes a large, developed campground with an on-site volunteer camp host. The recreation site is dedicated to Joseph T. Fallini who grew up in Mackay and served as the BLM Idaho State Director from 1959-1970. During his time with BLM Idaho, Joseph Fallini was a strong advocate for outdoor recreation on public lands. Visitors to this site enjoy camping, world class fishing, boating, tubing, picnicking, and wildlife viewing. 

The mobile app from is available to the public for free download on iOS and Android devices. From the convenience of a mobile device, users can find the information they need to plan their adventures on public lands all in one place. The app enables users to browse interactive maps, tours, and accessibility information; make and manage reservations; review location details for past and upcoming trips; register for permits, tickets, and lotteries; manage their accounts; and more. 


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

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