This guide consolidates the various campground and camping areas in the Burgdorf, Idaho area.
There are a couple more single camping sites on the Riggins Road to the north and one next to the Secesh River on the Warren Wagon Road in route to the Chinook Campground. These sites have fire rings, but are not included in this guide.
This whole area is very scenic with clear creeks, a river, meadows, lakes, and mountains. Wildlife abounds in the area. It is not unusual to see wildlife from your campsite.
Camping, walking, hiking, mountain biking, dirt biking, ATVing, hunting, fishing, and wild life viewing are popular activities. Enjoying the Burgdorf Hot Springs is also high on activity lists.
The elevations in the area range from about 6000' to about 8500'. It gets cold, usually freezes, at night in the summer and the area is snowbound in the winter.
Potable water is available at the Burgdorf Campground. The "Camp Host" there can advise of camp ground availability, fires, and other useful info.
Depending on the seasons' snowfall, the roads are usually clear by July and open through October, sometimes a little longer. It gets cold in October.
Clothing depends on the weather, but it usually freezes at night all summer. Thunder storms are possible at any time.
Take drinking water with you as none of the ground water in this area is safe to drink without filtering or boiling.
Wild animals, including moose, elk, deer, bear, wolves, cougars, river otters, pine marten, and others are in the area. Chinook Salmon usually arrive in the middle of August. This is also "Bear Country".
Be aware that wolves are very territorial and may attack any dogs with you. Moose cows with calves may attack anything. Don't push your luck with moose!
Read and abide by the information at the trail heads on how to interact with horses and pack stock you may encounter.
There is no cell phone service in the area.
Contact the McCall Ranger Station, Payette National Forest, Idaho, telephone #208 634-0400 for maps, fire info, and camp ground availability.