Camping and Reservation 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. Any person violating applicable laws or Idaho Power’s terms of use including but not limited to, engaging in disruptive or destructive behavior (determined by the sole discretion of Idaho Power staff) shall be considered in trespass and shall immediately vacate the area, and no refunds for reservations shall be issued.

Public Use and Access

Idaho Power’s intent is to allow reasonable access to designated public use areas. 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

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. MST 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 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. Check-in time is 2 p.m. MST (local park time).
  3. Check-out time is 1 p.m. MST (local park time).
  4. You must receive permission from park management staff for any special needs not listed in the general camping regulations.
  5. Only one camping unit per designated campsite is permitted. Keep all equipment, personal belongings and vehicles within the designated campsite. Campsites cannot be reserved or used for equipment only; they must be occupied.
  6. Visitors cannot move from one campsite to another without permission from park staff. No exceptions.

    If a person’s equipment, personal belongings, camping unit and/or vehicle are in a reserved site after the check-out time or left unattended; or considered a hazard, Idaho Power reserves the right to relocate these items within its own discretion. As a term of use and access, visitors release Idaho Power of any potential liability for damage to such items that may occur during said relocation.

    • 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
      • A boat moored to a dock or shore used for sleeping
      • One vehicle and boat used for sleeping
  7. Park boats and trailers in designated areas only, UNLESS using it as the primary camping unit.
  8. All motorized vehicles must stay on established roads or parking areas and operators must possess a valid operator’s license.
  9. Motorized Vehicle: Any self-propelled vehicle except for motorized wheelchairs.
  10. Visitors must have a state issue disability sticker or ADA placard to operate ATVs or any OHVs in campgrounds. No exceptions.
  11. All parks have a noise curfew from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Mountain Time. Idaho Power requires all guests observe this curfew.
  12. 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 waste receptacles.
  13. Dump all wastewater and gray water in designated dump stations. Place all trash in the waste receptacles, never in the fire pits.
  14. Keep all fires in either the grills or the fire rings provided by Idaho Power.
  15. Idaho Power prohibits fireworks or the discharge of any firearm or device that propels a projectile within or near any park.
  16. 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.

Reservations, Payment, Cancellations, No Shows and Refund Policies

Making a Reservation

  • Campsites and day-use picnic shelters can be reserved between the first Friday in April through the last Sunday in October. You can make reservations up to nine months in advance.
  • Campground reservations are available via the internet, or by phone at 1-844-472-7275.
  • Reservations must be made at least 24 hours before the first night of your stay (no same day reservations).
  • Online reservations are available 24/7/365.
  • The call center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST Monday through Friday, except holidays.
  • All times are Mountain Standard Time (MST).
  • A non-refundable reservation service fee of $10 will be assessed for online reservations.
  • A non-refundable reservation service fee of $15 will be assessed for phone reservations.

Group Reservations

  • All group reservations must be made by calling our toll-free number 1-844-472-7275.
  • Two campsites may be reserved at one time, and five additional campsites can be put on hold for up to 48 hours for a service fee of $15. A confirmation email link will be provided with the initial reservation to send group members to claim their campsite. Each reservation claimed will be assessed a service fee of $15 by phone, or $10 if claimed online.
  • Two reservations can be made by phone at one time for a service fee of $15. Each additional reservation will be assessed a service fee of $15 by phone, or can be made online for $10.

Payment

  • Full payment is required upon completion of your reservation.
  • Reservation and transaction fees are non-refundable. No exceptions.

Reservation Cancellations

  • A cancellation fee of $10 will be assessed for the cancellation of a reservation, and will be assessed for each cancelled reservation.
  • If a customer cancels a reservation after the scheduled arrival date, the customer forfeits all fees for the time period already expired.
  • Cancellations received after 1 p.m. MST will result in the forfeiture of that day’s usage fees for the campsite or day-use picnic shelter.
  • At no time shall the customer be charged a cancellation fee that exceeds the amount originally paid.
  • Idaho Power or its reservation service provider may cancel a customer’s reservation for insufficient payment of fees due.
  • With the exception of the reservation service fees, all fees paid will be reimbursed.

Reservation Forfeitures

  • Campsites will be held until 1 p.m. MST on the second day of the reservation at which time the reservation and all monies will be forfeited.
  • In the case of an unforeseen event (vehicle breakdown, etc.), a reservation can be held if Idaho Power is notified through the call center 1-844-472-7275, or by email questions@idahopower.com.

Reservation Modifications: By Phone Only 1-844-472-7275

A modification fee of $10 will be assessed for any modification to a previously made reservation that involves changing the planned length of stay.

No Shows

  • A reserved campsite will be held until 1 p.m. MST on the second day of the reservation.
  • If a customer does not arrive at the park, or call 1-844-472-7275 to cancel by the day after the initial reservation arrival date, they will be marked as a No Show and will not be eligible for any refund.

Refunds

  • A reservation can be cancelled up to 48 hours before the arrival date.
  • There is a $10 charge to cancel a reservation.