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Camping and Parking Along the Salmon River Road 10-9-15
North Fork, Idaho – The Salmon-Challis National Forest, Lemhi County Sheriff’s Office, and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game- Salmon Region would like to remind forest visitors of parking and camping rules and regulations along the Salmon River Road (#030 – North Fork to Corn Creek Boat Launch).
As per Idaho Code, Forest visitors may not stop, stand, park, or camp on Forest roadways in the state of Idaho. Camping on a Forest Service road in the state of Idaho is considered a criminal action and persons could be charged with a misdemeanor. When camping outside of a developed campground, visitors are allowed to camp up to 300 feet from an open road, where allowed by the Motor Vehicle Use Map at no charge. In addition, people who park vehicles must have their right wheel within 18 inches of the edge of the roadway. As a reminder, potable water is not generally available.
The Salmon River Road is maintained to allow for ten (10) feet lanes. Parking camp trailers at any location that interferes with 20 feet of improved roadway impeding two-way traffic is illegal. The Salmon River Road covers approximately 46 miles from North Fork to Corn Creek Boat Launch. Forest visitors should not expect to see signage along this stretch of road indicating where they can or cannot park, but rather visitors need to allow for 20 feet of improved roadway surface, which allows two (2) lanes of traffic to continue. Failure to do so could result in a civil fine.
A sign will be posted at North Fork on the Salmon River Road to remind visitors of the rules and regulation. A copy of the Occupancy and Use Order (For Public Safety & Resource Protection) can be found by clicking on the following link: http://1.usa.gov/1McGxkz.
Overnight parking will be considered an abandoned vehicle and is subject to towing.
The Salmon-Challis National Forest, Lemhi County Sheriff’s Office, and Idaho Department of Fish and Game – Salmon Region want to provide maximum access and use of public lands while ensuring public safety and will be conducting additional patrols this year with an emphasis on education of the above stated rules and regulations.
If you have further questions in regards to parking and camping rules and regulations along the Salmon River Road, please contact Ken Gebhardt, North Fork District Ranger at 208-865-2700, Lynn Bowerman, Lemhi County Sheriff at 208-756-8980, or Tom Curet, Regional Supervisor, Idaho Department of Fish & Game at 208-756-2271.
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