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Yankee Fork area

The area of the Yankee Fork on the Salmon River north of Stanley.

File Photo by PAUL BROWN

STANLEY • The Sawtooth National Recreation Area has opened campgrounds along the Salmon River in response to demand created by the steelhead fishing season.

Mormon Bend and Salmon River campgrounds are downriver from Stanley, close to popular fishing areas, and are available to the public for an overnight fee of $5, the Forest Service said. No water or trash collection are available, but restrooms are open.

SNRA Acting Area Ranger Barbara Garcia stressed the need for anglers to use the campgrounds rather than camping along Idaho 75.

“Camp trailers in turnouts along the narrow, twisty Salmon River road create considerable safety hazards due to limited visibility, especially in the vicinity of the Yankee Fork confluence,” Garcia said in a release.

SNRA Recreation Manager Susan James asked that anglers refrain from building fires outside of designated fire rings to prevent damage to paved surfaces underneath the snow and to limit the cleaning required of the campsites after the snow melts. She also asked that anglers scout the area before they leave and take any garbage with them, including discarded fishing line.

Information: Stanley Ranger Station, 208-774-3000.

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