Cottonwood Recreation Site


The Cottonwood Recreation Site sits among groves of cottonwoods along the scenic Upper Salmon River and provides a beautiful setting for fishing and camping. It has a campground, day-use area, and boat ramp. There is typically reliable cell phone service at this site. 

The campground contains 13 campsites and two walk-in tent sites along with four vault toilets, picnic tables, fire rings, and potable water. 

The day-use area have a reservable covered pavilion with water, electricity, grills, firepit, and horseshoe pit.


Accessibility Description (ABA/ADA)

Campsites contain raised tent pads for easier access, and ADA compliant restrooms.

Adventure is at Your Fingertips



Challis Field Office
721 East Main Street, Suite 8

Geographic Coordinates

44.667778, -114.079444


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


Camping fee: $10/night. Day use area with horse shoe pits and reservable covered group shelter: $25/day (Call Challis Field Office at 208-879-6200 for reservation)

Stay Limit

14 Days