Camping

Forest Service rents cabins for campers

BOISE NATIONAL FOREST

Cascade Ranger District

Johnson Creek Guard Station, cabin

Closest town: Yellow Pine.

Season: June through October

Details: Rustic cabin built in 1922 with two twin beds, kitchen, refrigerator, cookware, flush toilets and shower.

Stolle Meadows Guard Station, cabin

Closest town: Cascade

Season: Year round, but accessible only by ski or snowmobile during winter.

Details: The cabin contains four single beds with foam pads, a table and chairs, dry sink, wood stove and firewood, propane cooking stove with fuel, pots and pans, dishes, tableware, solar lights. An outhouse with vault toilet and drinking water is available from a hand pump outside the cabin. Bedding and pillows are not provided. No electricity is available at the cabin.

Emmett Ranger District

Boiling Springs, cabin

Closest town: Crouch

Season: May through October, full services; limited services during winter.

Details: The cabin accommodates six people and has one double bed and three single beds with mattresses. A couch, table and chairs, sink, propane cook range and wood stove are located in the front room. Some dishes, pots and pans available.

Deadwood Fire Lookout

Closest town: Garden Valley.

Season: July through October.

Details: The lookout is a 14 by 14-ft. room equipped with two single beds with mattresses. A wood stove is available for heating and cooking. A wood counter with shelf and a table with two chairs complete the furnishings. A vault toilet is located outside and below the lookout.

No water, electricity or firewood is available. Guests must bring their own water, bedding, pillows, cookware, kitchen utensils and tableware are not provided.

Third Fork Guard Station, cabin

Closest town: Ola.

Season: April through fall.

Details: This cabin sleeps four people with one double bed and two single beds with mattresses. Other amenities include a propane cook range, table with chairs, refrigerator, hot water heater, indoor flush toilet, shower and propane heater. A picnic table, campfire ring and pedestal grill sit within the fenced yard.

Guests should bring their own supply of drinking water. Bedding, lighting, cookware and utensils are not provided.

Idaho City Ranger District

Atlanta Guard Station, cabin

Closest town: Atlanta.

Season: Year round

Details: The cabin can accommodate up to four people with one set of bunk beds and two single beds with mattresses. The couch also folds out into a bed. The cabin has electricity and the kitchen has a sink with hot water, a table with chairs, a propane stove and a propane refrigerator. The indoor bathroom has a flush toilet, sink and shower. A broom and dustpan are provided.

Barber Flat, cabin

Closest town: Idaho City.

Season: Year round.

Details: The cabin near the Middle Fork of the Boise River sleeps six people on two bunkbeds and a futon. The kitchen is equipped with a table and chairs, cookware, dishes, utensils, a propane stove, refrigerator and sink with hot water. The bathroom has a sink, bathtub and flush toilet. A wood stove is provided for heat and firewood may be gathered from the surrounding forest. A picnic table and a campfire ring with benches are located outside.

The cabin has no electricity. Bedding, pillows and towels are not provided.

Beaver Creek, cabin and group site

Closest town: Idaho City.

Season: Year round, but accessible only by ski, snowshoes, etc. during winter.

Details: The cabin sleeps six people with one double bed, one set of bunk beds and a futon. The kitchen is equipped with a sink, table, chairs and a propane stove. A wood stove provides heat. A picnic table and a campfire ring are located outside. The indoor bathroom is open in the summer and equipped with a sink, flush toilet and shower. Water is available from May 20 through Oct. 1. The propane refrigerator in the kitchen is only available during the summer. Garbage service is also provided in the summer months.

Deer Park Guard Station, cabin

Closest town: Idaho City/Atlanta.

Season: May through September.

Details: The cabin sleeps six people on a futon and two sets of bunkbeds. The kitchen is equipped with a table and chairs, propane stove, refrigerator, cookware, dishes, utensils and a sink without running water. A wood stove is provided for heat. Garbage collection is provided.

The cabin has no indoor plumbing or electricity. Bedding, pillows, lighting and emergency supplies are not provided.

A vault toilet outhouse is outside. A shed to the right of the cabin houses a hand pump for potable water. A picnic table and campfire ring are located out front.

Graham Guard Station, cabin

Closest town: Idaho City.

Season: June to early October (opener depends on road conditions and snowpack).

Details: The road to Graham is extremely rugged and a high-ground clearance vehicle is required. Cabin sleeps up to six people on twin beds with mattresses. Other furnishings include a table with chairs. The kitchen has a wood stove for cooking and heating, as well as a sink with running, non-potable water. This water is only available from about July 15 through Sept. 1, but there is a river nearby.

It has no potable water or electricity. Guests need to provide their own drinking water or bring a water filter. Bedding, lighting, cookware, kitchen utensils are not provided. A supply of firewood may be needed.

An outhouse sits behind the cabin. A picnic table and campfire ring are located outside.

Lowman Ranger District

Elk Creek Guard Station, cabin 1 and cabin 2

Closest town: Lowman.

Season: April through November.

Details: Cabin 1 can accommodate up to 10 people on three double beds and four cots with mattresses. The kitchen is equipped with a sink without running water, propane stove and refrigerator. A fireplace, couch, chairs and dining table with chairs are in the front room. A wood stove is located off the kitchen for heating.

A picnic area and an outhouse with a vault toilet are located outside. Both cabins come equipped with some cookware and utensils for cooking and eating. Firewood for both cabins is provided in a woodshed, but may need to be split. An ax and splitting maul are provided.

Cabin 2 has two bedrooms that can accommodate a total of eight people. One single bed with mattress, three cots and two additional mattresses are provided. The kitchen is equipped with a sink without running water, propane stove, table and chairs, a couch and wood stove.

Neither cabin has electricity or water. Guests must bring their own water as well as garbage bags for packing out trash. Bedding, lighting and emergency supplies are not provided.

Warm Springs Guard Station, cabin

Closest town: Lowman.

Season: Year round, but access road can be blocked by snow into spring.

Details: The cabin sleeps six people and comes with one double bed and three single beds with mattresses. A futon and a wood stove are located in the front room. Firewood is provided in the adjacent barn. The kitchen is equipped with a sink without running water and table with chairs. Some pots and pans and a coffee pot are provided.

A campfire ring and an outhouse with vault toilet are located outside the cabin, along with a hand pump for water from late spring until fall. No electricity or cooking facilities are provided.

Guests must bring garbage bags to pack out trash. Items like bedding, lanterns or flashlights, matches, first aid supplies, extra toilet paper and an ax are not provided.

Mountain Home Ranger District

Trinity Lakes Guard Station, cabins

Closest town: Featherville.

Season: Mid to late June (or later depending on snowpack) into fall.

Details: The larger cabin sleeps six and is equipped with one double bed, a sofa bed, side tables, a drop-down kitchen table, cleaning supplies, dishes and tableware, chairs and a dining table, cookware and a fire extinguisher. A wood stove is available for heating and cooking. The smaller cabin sleeps four, and has the same amenities. A picnic table and a campfire ring with grill are provided outside. Drinking water is available from a nearby hand pump. A shed located behind the cabin is stocked with seasoned wood. No electricity or propane is available.

An outhouse with vault toilet is located outside. Guests must bring garbage bags to pack out their trash. Bedding, lighting and emergency supplies are not provided.

PAYETTE NATIONAL FOREST

Lake Fork Guard Station, cabin

Closest town: McCall.

Season: July through Sept. 15.

Details: The cabin sleeps four and has flush toilets, potable water, shower, propane lights, a heating system and kitchen appliances. There is room outside for up to two medium sized tents for additional sleeping accommodations. Electricity is provided by a generator that operates only portions of the day.

Paddy Flat Guard Station, cabin

Closest town: Donnelly.

Season: July 1 through Sept. 15.

Details: Cabin sleeps four people and has room outside for RVs and tents. Cabin has potable water and indoor plumbing. Kitchen utensils are are not provided.

Buck Park, cabin

Closest town: Council.

Season: July through early fall.

Details: Access to the lookout is via a 15-mile, four-wheel drive road. This is a very rustic cabin sleeps four with bunk beds and futon. You must bring your own water, cooking utensils, sleeping bags and firewood. A wood stove is on site for cooking. No plumbing or electricity, but there is an outhouse.

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