Water stored in Blackfoot Reservoir is used to irrigate lands on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation and other lands in the vicinity of Blackfoot, Idaho. Blackfoot Reservoir is managed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) in Fort Hall. Blackfoot Reservoir Campground and 5 campgrounds along the Blackfoot River are managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Both BIA and BLM are agencies in the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Blackfoot Reservoir has a very good population of rainbow, cutthroat trout and carp. Its islands are home to pelicans, cormorants and gulls. Its waters are used by waterfowl, water birds and shorebirds.
Blackfoot Reservoir covers 18,000 surface acres when full, the second largest reservoir in southeastern Idaho. The main dam was built 55 feet high above the streambed. Blackfoot Reservoir has a usable storage capacity of 413,000 acre-feet at a design maximum water surface elevation of 6124’.
This BLM managed site has developed campgrounds with fishing, camping, picnicking, boating, swimming, and hunting opportunities. Further site information, as well as, rules and regulations are posted at the site.
Facilities: This site is equipped with a boat ramp, camp sites, picnic tables, fire rings, vault toilets, accessible fishing trail, parking lots, drinking water, electrical hook-ups, and dump station.
Camping: 16 developed camp sites, 6 developed day-use sites—with one large group site, 12 semi-developed camp sites. At this time, there is not a reservation system in place for the campsites. Campsites are on a first come first serve basis.
Campground Fees: $10.00 per vehicle/per night in the developed camping area--additional vehicles in camp site are $5.00 per vehicle/per night, $5.00 per vehicle/ per night in the semi-developed camping area. Use of electricity is an additional charge of $5.00 per night.
Day Use Fees: $5.00 per vehicle/per day. Seasonal passes for $50.00 available.