The $5 Campground On The Salmon River In Idaho

We stayed at the Morgan Bar Recreation Site in August 2020

Our Previous Stop: Free Campground By The #1 Hike In The Bitterroot Mountains

Our Next Stop: Idaho

Campground Info

Location: 45.252887, -113.907588
Cost: $5
Camping Limit: 14 Day
Amenities: Potable Water, Vault Toilet, Fire Pit, Picnic Table, Garbage Disposal, Reservable Group Pavillion

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Essentials Nearby

Town: Salmon, ID6 miles
Gas Station: Texaco Salmon 5 miles (Also Refill Propane)
Dump Station & Potable Water: Century II Campgrounds5 miles ($12)
Grocery Store: Saveway Market – 6 miles

Cell Phone Service

Verizon – Excellent
AT&T – Excellent

Nearby Attractions

Salmon River – 0 miles
Sacajawea Interpretive, Cultural & Educational Center – 7 miles
Goldbug Hot Springs – 35 miles
Darby, MT (Yellowstone TV Show Filming Location) – 75 miles
Clark Canyon Reservoir, Montana – 75 miles
Redfish Lake, ID – 130 miles
MT Borah (Tallest Mountain in Idaho) – 96 miles
Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve – 176 miles

Morgan Bar Campground entrance sign near Salmon Idaho

Camping At Morgan Bar Recreation Site On The Salmon River

The Morgan Bar Recreation Site is a small campground a few miles north of Salmon, ID. There are around 8 official campsites one of which is a tent site (number 8), it’s the campsite closest to the boat ramp. The campground only costs $5 a night plus a $2 charge for extra vehicles. The camping limit is 14 days.

14 Day stay limit sign at Morgan Bar Recreation Area

There are 2 vault toilets and a large day-use pavilion you can rent out for $20 a day.

At every campsite, there is a picnic table and a fire pit. Most have trash cans and some have small shade structures over the picnic table. A couple are even pull-through sites like the one we camped in. All of the 7 RV campsites are big rig friendly and the campground is in a large loop so you don’t have to worry about getting stuck somewhere.

Almost every campsite at Morgan Bar Recreation Area has a picnic table, a fire pit, and a trash can.

There is a camp host near the boat ramp and even if you don’t get a campsite next to the river there is plenty of access for fishing.

There is a water hydrant near the boat dock and one by the large pavilion. The camp host said the water was potable but it could be sandy at times so make sure you use a filter when filling up your RV or jugs.

When driving to the campground you go past the county fairgrounds to get onto Diamond Creek Road. Google maps wanted to take us through some private land so if you are following Google make sure you stay on the designated road and you will end up at the campground eventually.

My Review The Morgan Bar Recreation Site

We don’t usually camp in places that cost money but the free camping area near Salmon, ID was full and wasn’t a very nice place to camp anyways. Because of this we had to find somewhere else to go and ended up at the Morgan Bar Recreation Site. It isn’t far from town and the campground and surrounding area are beautiful.

The town of Salmon, ID is a pretty cool place. They have a lot of tourist attractions and museums because it’s such a popular fishing destination that gets a lot of tourists. I highly recommend walking through the town and grabbing some breakfast or lunch at the Baker Shack on the south end of town.

You have the mountains to the east, the best fishing river in Idaho right next to you, and some beautiful cliffs and hills to the west.

The Salmon River from our campsite at the Morgan Bar Recreation Area near Salmon, ID.

The area was quiet at night and the campground host was friendly and very helpful.

For just $5 a night camping doesn’t get much better than that.

Have any questions about camping near Salmon, ID? Leave a comment below.

by Jenni
Jenni grew up in a small town in Idaho. With a family that loves camping, she has been towing trailers since a very young age.

6 thoughts on “The $5 Campground On The Salmon River In Idaho”

  1. Thanks for this great review! Was wondering if you think it will be impossible to get a site at Morgan Bar in mid July of this year? We are hoping to go through this area and would love to stay there.

    • I don’t think it would be impossible. There are quite a few spots and it seemed like most people only stayed for a few days which means spots should open up throughout the week.

  2. Hello,

    Is it all first come first served? I’ve been having a hard time finding any information about reservations.



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