Camping Policies

Public Use, Safety Standards and Camping Regulations

Idaho Power’s public use, safety standards and camping regulations are intended to promote public safety on Idaho Power lands. Respect the rules, the property and privacy of other visitors and Idaho Power employees. All applicable county, federal and state laws are in effect. A violation may result in trespass. Idaho Power does not accept responsibility for the safety or well-being of recreation area guests.

Public Use and Access

Idaho Power’s intent is to allow reasonable access to designated public use areas. General public access includes, but is not limited to, activities such as hiking, fishing, hunting and camping.

Hunting, trapping and fishing are permitted on Idaho Power lands, unless the area is posted otherwise. Hunting and trapping are not allowed in developed recreation sites or parks. Hunters and anglers must comply with all federal, state and local regulations. Nothing in this section shall revoke the rights of Native Americans to hunt, fish and gather.

On Idaho Power land subject to an existing agreement, hunters and anglers must obtain permission to hunt or fish from the user.

Idaho Power will cooperate with federal, state and local agencies and private landowners regarding access improvements and maintenance.

Idaho Power requires compliance with the American Disabilities Act and provides barrier free access to appropriate public use areas.

Responsible stewardship of natural resources is a fundamental Idaho Power value. In return for the privilege of using Idaho Power lands, Idaho Power asks that the public also respect the special resource values associated with these lands by demonstrating good stewardship.


Trespass on Idaho Power lands not open for public use is prohibited.

Camping Stay Limits

Idaho Power 14 day stay limit applies to developed campground facilities and undeveloped/dispersed sites. You are required to remove all camping equipment and relocate at least 5 miles from your original camping area for at least five days. During those five days you may visit any other Idaho Power lands, including parks. After the five days, you may return to your original area, if space is available. Any deviations to this rule are at the discretion of Idaho Power personnel.

All 14-day stay limits begin at 2 p.m. the day of your arrival. Idaho Power personnel may extend stay limits under unique circumstances at their discretion. Written permission must be received before an extension is granted.

Camping equipment includes, but is not limited to:

  • Tents
  • Vehicles
  • Boats, floating craft
  • Sleeping bags
  • Recreation vehicles
  • Cooking equipment
  • All personal possessions including pets

During your stay you must use the appropriate sanitation facilities. Please remove all of your waste and trash when you leave. Help us maintain the incredible beauty of the area by leaving the site in better condition than when you found it.

General Camping Regulations

  1. All overnight camping, with or without hookups, is subject to the posted fees when applicable and are due within two hours of your arrival.
  2. All campsites are available on a first-come, first-occupy basis. Idaho Power does not allow reserving camping sites by any means, for any reason. Leaving an unoccupied vehicle, trailer, tent or other belongings for more than 24 hours as a means of reserving a site is strictly prohibited. Please respect this policy by not saving, holding or reserving any site. These rules help ensure equal camping opportunities for all visitors. Those who reserve and those persons for whom the space is reserved, may be asked to leave.
    • Occupy means to take or hold a campsite by paying for the site with the intent to use the site for camping. Advanced payments are NOT accepted
  3. You must receive permission from park management staff for any special needs not listed in the general camping regulations.
  4. Only one camping unit per designated campsite is permitted. Keep all equipment, personal belongings and vehicles within the designated campsite.
    • Campsite: Defined site designated for overnight camping.
    • Camping Unit: Any party consisting of not more than eight persons and any one of the following:
      • A camper/vehicle combination
      • One vehicle and two tents
      • Three tents
      • A boat moored to a dock or shore used for sleeping
      • One vehicle and boat used for sleeping
  5. Park boats and trailers in designated areas only, UNLESS using it as the primary camping unit.
  6. All motorized vehicles must stay on established roads or parking areas and operators must possess a valid operator’s license.
    • Motorized Vehicle: Any self-propelled vehicle except for motorized wheelchairs.
  7. All parks have a noise curfew from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Mountain Time. Idaho Power requires all guests observe this curfew.
  8. Pets. It is the pet owner’s responsibility to ensure pets do not disturb other visitors. Pets may not be left unattended and must be restrained and/or kept on a six foot leash at all times. Pet owners must clean up and properly dispose of animal feces in the trash cans.
  9. Dump all wastewater and gray water in designated dump stations. Place all trash in the garbage cans, never in the fire pits.
  10. Keep all fires in either the grills or the fire rings provided by Idaho Power.
  11. Idaho Power prohibits fireworks or the discharge of any firearm or device that propels a projectile within or near any park.
  12. Companies, organizations or individuals wishing to use Idaho Power facilities for large gatherings, picnics, vending merchandise or providing other services such as catering, etc., must obtain permission in advance from Idaho Power personnel.

Park Information

Hells Canyon Area: 208-388-2231
C.J. Strike Area: 208-388-2231
Idaho Power’s toll-free Recreation Information Line: 1-800-422-3143.