Deadman Hole Recreation Site


Deadman Hole has 5 first come, first served campsites adjacent to the scenic Upper Salmon River. Anglers have access to great fishing opportunities. Amenities include restrooms, picnic shelters and tables, drinking water, ample parking and a boat ramp. This site has limited cell service.

The site is named after the ill-fated story of gold prospector, Isaac T. Swim, from the 1880's. In search of gold, Swim forded the Salmon River during high water conditions and was never seen again. Later that year, an unidentified body, presumed to be Swim, was found down river at the site now known as Deadman Hole.

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Challis Field Office
721 East Main St Suite 8

Geographic Coordinates

44.345, -114.2683333


12 miles southwest of Challis, Idaho. Travel south from Challis on Highway 93 for 2 miles, turn right on Highway 75 and drive southwest for approximately 12 miles. Site is on the river side of Highway 75 between the river and the highway.


Primitive campsites are first come, first served.

Camping fee: free.

Stay limit: 14 days.

Stay Limit

14 Days