The best thing about Mountain View Campground in the Boise National Forest near Lowman is the cool water of the South Fork of the Payette River. It's a good place to dangle your feet on a hot day, or let the dog take a swim.
Mountain View Campground is one of those campsites that travelers pass by on the way to somewhere else. But it has shade, a river and is in the mountains. What more can you ask for?
How to get there: Drive north from Boise on Idaho 55 to Banks and turn east on the Banks to Lowman Highway. Go all the way to Lowman and turn east on Idaho 21. The campground is six-tenths of a mile. GPS coordinates: 44 degrees 04.760 N, 115 degrees 36.172 W.
Activities: Fishing in the river, strolling around the campground, scenic drives in the mountains. Definitely take your bathing suit and visit Kirkham, Bonneville or Pine Flats hot springs, which are all in the Lowman area.
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Amenities: 14 camping units, outhouses, drinking water, picnic tables and fire rings.
Nearest place to get supplies: Limited supplies at nearby lodges and restaurants in the Lowman area.
Fees/reservations: $15 a night; reservations at www.recreation.gov.
Information: Lowman Ranger District, (208) 259-3361.