Swinging Bridge

Boise National Forest



Swinging Bridge Campground is situated in a scenic canyon off Highway 55, 10 miles north of Banks, Idaho. It is popular for extreme kayaking on the North Fork Payette River, as well as fishing for whitefish and rainbow trout, and whitewater rafting on nearby sections of the Payette River. The campground offers single-family sites with picnic tables and campfire rings, as well as vault toilets. It is surrounded by a mix of Ponderosa and lodgepole pines and summer days are warm and nights cooler.


Swinging Bridge Campground is located 10 miles north of Banks, Idaho just off Highway 55 at an elevation of 4,000 feet.

The North Fork Payette River flows next to the highway, where extreme kayaking is a popular activity.


The North Fork of the Payette River is a very popular location for expert kayaking. Whitewater rafting is nearby on the Main and South Fork sections of the Payette River.

Anglers will find good to excellent fishing for whitefish and rainbow trout.


The campground contains single-family sites, each with a picnic table and campfire ring. Vault toilets are provided. Roads and parking spurs are paved. Because of its proximity to the highway, some noise from passing traffic is to be expected.

Natural Features

The campground is situated is a scenic canyon just above Highway 55. The mountains are forested with a mix of Ponderosa and lodgepole pines and shade is plentiful within most of the campground. Summer days are warm, reaching 80-90 degrees; nights are cooler.
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