Today we will be traveling about one to three
hours from Boise, Idaho north along Highway 55 to the very small community of Banks. Turning
east at Banks, we will then follow Highway 17, also known as the Wildlife Canyon Scenic
Byway, 9 miles to the turnoff of the Middle Fork of the Payette River road heading to
Crouch. From Crouch we travel north along Forest road
698 known as the Middle Fork Payette River Road, and discover seven campgrounds and one
cabin all located within a beautiful forest canopy. Many of the campsites are nestled
next to a creek or river providing optimal trout fishing opportunities.
Forest road 671 road is a good choice and the shorter route to the Silver Creek Campground,
Peace Valley Campground or the Silver Creek Plunge if that is your destination.
Our last stop along the Forest road 671 is the Silver Creek Campground. This large fully
accessible campground has 57 sites and includes two large group sites. It was totally reconstructed
in 2010 and now offers a paved road and parking spurs, drinking water, and vault toilets.
The two large group sites include Lodgepole Springs which can accommodate up to 80 people,
and the Cabin Creek site which can accommodate up to 100 people.
Campsites are next to Silver Creek and there is plenty of ATV riding, hiking and fish opportunities.
Another favorite attraction adjacent to Silver Creek Campground is the Silver Creek Plunge.
It is a privately owned and developed hot springs resort with a large pool, horseshoes,
volleyball, basketball, a snack bar and grocery area and campsites.
reservations for the Silver Creek Campground are available through: www.recreation.gov
or by calling 1-877-444-6777. Further information is available by calling Boise National Forest
at area code 208-373-4007.