SE Idaho Campsites for RV Boondocking

These are the SE Idaho Campsites we've occupied in our RV Boondocking Travels. The Arbitrary lines I've drawn to mark off the SE Quarter of the state is an East/West line through Cascade and Challis. The western boundary is a line from Challis down through Bellevue


Mackay, Idaho

Mackay Reservoir
Joe T. Fallini Campground

Elevation: approximately 5891'

Bureau of Land Management, Challis Field Office
1151 Blue Mountain Road
Challis Idaho 83226

208-879-6200

Type of Camp: Developed Campground Fee: $10 single site, $16 double site + $4 for available electric. Golden access and other inter-agency passes are accepted.

Number of Sites: 18 single and 4 double

Rig Size Limitations: Paved sites would accept any rig on the road

Road Surface: Freshly paved road and sites

Cell Signal: sufficient signal without amplfication for air card to function on Verizon. Weak to intermittent voice signal without amplification.

Joe T. Fallini Campground, Mackay Rervoir, Mackay, Idaho



Directions: The site is located on the west side of U.S. Highway 93 approximately 4 miles from the northern edge of the small town of Mackay

How I found This Camp: I was referred to this location by a USFS Employee at the Ranger Station in Mackay.... the poor map we were using that day only showed the reservoir and no campgrounds.

Season/Month I Observed: Early June Weather I experienced: From cold and windy to warm and sunny over 4 days

Available Services Noted:

  • Fresh Water:
  • Fresh water at each site
  • Dump Station:
  • There is a Dump station in The campground as well as on Custer street/East side of Mackay, Idaho
  • Fuel:
  • Mackay, Idaho and 40 miles+_ to the North in in Challis
  • Medical:
  • Banking:
  • Mackay, Idaho!
  • Repair Shops:
  • Grocery:
  • Mackay has a small grocery
  • Hardware:
  • WiFi:
  • Veterinarian:


Comments:

Mackay, Idaho is just about the most RV and visitor friendly place we've travelled through.

Mackay Reservoir has a good boat ramp and though I don't know what they're fishing for, I did see some variety of what I took to be small Salmon of some sort jumping into the outflow tube below the damn, and lots of folks trolling for "Something" on the water :)

There are several locations for dispersed camping in the area. Both North and south of Joe T. Fallini campground are multiple free locations.With very visible signage on the highway. Generally referred to in the area as "Sportsman Access"South of the Dam is "Big Lost River" and "Mackay Dam" areas. There were also two, much more open areas, just to the north of Joe T. Fallini campground. Those areas on the south side are fairly tight... so I'd advise "scoping" them out before you pull in.

Back in the Town of Mackay;At the end of Capitol Street on the West side of Mackay is a small grassy, shady park provided by the city with FREE parking with a 3 Day limit.There is a Camp Host on Duty that can fill you in on any particulars.

Also, for just an OVERNIGHT parking spot, a block East of Hwy 93, on Custer is a graveled lot provided by the city with a 16 hour parking limit.The City has also provided a Dump Station at that location.

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RV Boondocking Campsites

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Stay in one of the developed campgrounds. You're still boondocking. From there, make daytrips checking on Campsites using This campsite search method.

When your confidence has grown sufficient, you can start going straight there rather than the short stay in a paid, developed camp.

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