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Sawtooth National Recreation Opens 3 Campgrounds for Spring Steelhead Fishing Season

As the spring steelhead fishing season gets underway, the Sawtooth National Recreation in Idaho, is opening three campgrounds along the Salmon River to accommodate anglers. 

Starting March 24, Whiskey Flat Campground, Mormon Bend Campground, and the river side of the Salmon River Campground will provide a total of 32 campsites for anglers near popular fishing areas.

According to Acting Deputy Area Ranger Kate Olsen, “Dedicated anglers will take advantage of the steelhead season regardless of the weather, but the Salmon River road corridor presents a number of safety concerns.”

“We’re opening these sites to provide anglers camping options that improve public safety by reducing congestion and allowing for continued snow removal,” Olsen added. 

The $5 campsite fee provides overnight use and access to restrooms. However, there will not be any water or trash collection available at these campsites, so authorities ask that campers be sure to remove any garbage they accumulate, including discarded fishing line. 

Additionally, they request that fires only be built inside the designated fire rings to prevent unnecessary damage.

Campers are limited to a ten-day stay with 30 days between visits to allow more fishermen to take advantage of the sites. 

For those seeking additional information, the Stanley Ranger Station can be reached at 208-774-3000.

As the steelhead fishing season gets underway, anglers are eager to take advantage of the abundant fishing opportunities and stunning scenery that the Salmon River has to offer. 

Aside from the Sawtooth National Recreation Staff’s campgrounds, private campgrounds in the area can also benefit from the increased traffic of anglers during the steelhead season. 

In addition to providing basic amenities like water and trash collection, private campgrounds often offer a range of additional services and recreational opportunities, such as laundry facilities, swimming pools, and more extensive fishing access.

Another advantage of private campgrounds is their flexibility in terms of length of stay and number of guests allowed. This can be particularly appealing to anglers who are planning an extended fishing trip or who are traveling with a larger group.

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April 22, 2024 6:24 pm

For all you fishing enthusiasts eager to reel in some spring steelhead in Sawtooth National Recreation Area, these campgrounds are the go-to spots! Let’s soak up nature and play it safe following Ranger Olsen’s tips for an epic adventure!


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