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Old 03-29-2006, 02:22 PM   #1
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Cheap or Free in Idaho

I don't get to Idaho that often so most of these are un-verified! My current list for IDAHO:
ARCO: Craters of the Moon Nat'l Mon, 19 mi SW of Arco on HWY-93. Free
during winter (11/1-4/30). No water, no hookups. Tables, grills, porta-lets.

BLACKFOOT: Corner of W Main St & Pacific Ave, next to old train station
museum. No facilities. Ask about free potatoes for out-of-staters.

BRUNEAU: Cove BLM Reclamation Area on CJ Strike Reservoir, 2 mi W on Rt-51, 6 mi N on Rt-78. Pit toilets.

CHALLIS: Cottonwood Recreation Site (BLM) 15 mi N of Challis on HWY-93. Open all year. 16-day limit. Tables, pit toilets along Salmon Riv.

DELL: small town park, outhouse next to deserted house. 100 feet away is cafe with antiques including shepards wagon etc..the restaurant spells its name calf-a

DILLION: .Kiwanis park, across from Safeway, movie house, gas station and Mcdonalds, but no services, just a place to park...quieter place is a pull over on the frontage road, with shade trees, can be found by going frontage road west towards I-15 about two miles west of town

DOWNEY: Flaggs West Truck Stop, I-15 exit 31. Free camping with full hookups with fuel purchase. Approx 20 sites. Restaurant. Check /manager.

DUBOIS: Free overnight city park, water. Propane and milk cheap.

GRANGEVILLE TO WEISER: Anywhere along Hwy-95 are great boondock spots.

HAGERMAN: City park on RT-30, on side street opposite SeniorCenter.

IDAHOCITY: N. on 21 for 1.5 mi. Turn right at Steamboat Gulch. Camping area on roads going left & right. Nicest area is right with pit toilets and tables. Water, dump, fishing. No time limit. IdahoCity is a historic mining town.

KAMIAH: City park allows 48 hr parking with free electricity (5 hookups) and ample dry camping.

KAMIAH: On US 12, Free parking (5 day limit) in city park on river. Point of interest: Nez Perce Nat'l Historic Park in E. Kamiah.

KOOSKIA: Free parking (5 day limit) in city park with electric, water.

LAKECOEUR d'ALENE: Bell BayNF cg on E side of lake. 7 mi E on I-90 and SW on ID-97 for about 15 mi. Upper loop is free.

MACKAY: Mackay Reservoir Recreation Site (BLM) 5 mi NW of Mackay on US-93 (MM 113). Open all year. Free 10/1-5/1. $5 from 5/1-10/1. No water during free season. Pit toilets, tables, grills, dump, boat ramp.

MONITA: (July 9, 2000) Monida.... no services, just a nice large pull over to spend night...has a pay phone 50 feet away across railroad tracks, and a train comes thru very fast at midnight...otherwise nice quiet spot. Town has two lights that come on at dark...provide enough light at pullover so its not too dark

MOSCOW: LionsClubPark, HWY-8 E thru Moscow, turn L on White Ave at Conoco Station. Take 3rd left at dump station sign. There are 5 sites on left.

MOSCOW: LatahCountyPark (RobinsonLake). HWY-8 E thru Moscow, turn L on White Ave at Conoco station. Continue on White Ave to Mt View Rd, turn L. Take 2nd R onto Joseph St (turns into Robinson Rd). Follow signs for Robinson Park for 4.5 mi. Turn R. Stop at mobile home on L & register. No hookups but very nice, level sites.

NAMPA: Karcher Mall at junction of Caldwell Blvd & Karcher Rd. Exit I-80
at Nampa Blvd, go S to 2nd St (one way turning right), into Caldwell Blvd. Mall on left about 1 mi.

OROFINO: HWY-12 1 or 2 mi W of Orafino. Pink House Hole Recreation Site. BLM. 14-day limit. No size limit, room for 15 or 20 rigs. No designated sites. On edge of Clearwater River. Easy on/off and smooth dirt parking.

PARMA: On US-95 just S of town on E side of hwy at Cenex gas station. Level, lighted area in back with water & air.

ROBERTS: between Roberts and Rigby on hwy 48 after exit from I - 15 .... state run campground/boat launch...$3 half for senior/golden access...has picnic tables, outhouse, fire rings...

STANLEY: RedFishLake, 5 mi N. of Stanley on Hwy-93. Cross over steel
bridge and park in many places along river. Trees & dump. Summer months.

SUNVALLEY: 20 mi to intersection of SH-75 & US-20. Beautiful rest area
with rest rooms only. May stay 12 hours.

SWANVALLEY: E. of Idaho Falls. 10 mi E. of Swan Valley near Palasides Dam. Water, dump, fishing, easy access and lots of room.

TWINFALLS: Blue Lake Mall on Blue Lake Blvd near visitor center at Perrine Bridge crossing Snake Riv.

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Old 03-29-2006, 03:36 PM   #2
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Add my applause to Bob.

OK: So far I have Texas, Idaho, and California. Were there others I missed. I too am keeping a list. I sure would like to see this under one thread, especially since I may miss some.

Thanks Bob.


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Old 03-29-2006, 04:13 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by OpenHigher
I sure would like to see this under one thread, especially since I may miss some.
Just go to Forums: Airstream Community Forums: Boondocking sub-forum and look for the region you want. It's all neatly categorized there:

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Sub-Forums: Southern Boondocking, Mid-Atlantic Boondocking, Mid-West Boondocking, Southwest Boondocking, Western Boondocking, New England Boondocking, Canadian Boondocking, Mexico & Baja California Boondocking

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Old 04-10-2006, 08:04 AM   #4
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For Idaho, here is my companion list of Cheap or Free Dump Stations:
Arco…………..Carrolls Travel Plaza, Hwy 20
Ashton………..VisitorCenter, Hwy 20
Blackfoot……..Flying J TravelPlaza, I-15 Exit 93
Boise………….Boise Stage Stop, I-84 Exit 71
Boise………….Flying J Travel Plaza, I-84 Exit 54
Caldwell………Flying J TravelPlaza, I-84 Exit 29
Caldwell………UniMerc I-84, I-84 Exit 29
Chubbuck…….Cowboy Hitching Post, I-86 Exit 61
Coeur D'Alene..Qwik Stop Big Y, I-90 Exit 15
Downey……….Flags West Truck Stop, I-15 Exit 31
Emmett………..Gem CountyFairgrounds, Hwy 52
Hailey………….South of Valley Car Wash, Hwy 75
Idaho Falls……Yellowstone Truck Stop, I-15 Exit 113
Jerome………...Honker's Mini Mart, I-84 Exit 168
Kendrick………FREE site maintained by City, Hwy 3
Lewiston………Flying J TravelPlaza, Hwy 12
Lewiston………North Lewiston Dynamart, Hwy 128
Nampa…………Gem Stop Truck Stop, I-84 Exit 35
Nampa…………Jackson Food Stores, I-84 Exit 36
Orofino…………Donations - maintained by local Good Sam Club Hwy 12
Pocatello……….Pocatello City Sewer, I 86 exit 58 rt to frontage Rd. to Reovista Rd.
Post Falls……….Flying J Travel Plaza, I-90 Exit 2
Salmon………….Salmon Oil Semi Stop, US 93
Stanley………….Sawtooth Ranger Station, US 93
Twin Falls………Petro 2 #82, I-84 Exit 173 US 93
Wendell…………Wendell Gas & Oil, I-84 Exit 157
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There is also a dump station in Shoshone on your way North from Twin Falls,
Also one at SNRA (Sawtooth Nat,l Rec. Area) north about seven miles from
Sun Valley. There are many places to Boondock up Trailcreek. Just drive by
or stop and visit "World Famous Sun Valley" go north about four miles and you
will come to a nice camp ground USFS on the creek called Boundry If you want Boondock go a couple miles further and many, many places to pull off.
What a view most have of Bald Mt. (Baldy famous ski Mt.) If you drive a hour north to beautiful Stanley and then head toward Boise there is a beautiful
meadow with lots of Elk to see in your camp. Idaho is a gorgeous state to
visit if you get off the freeways. RGDS, Betty
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