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Home: Idaho Hot Springs: Bowery Hot Spring
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Sawtooth National Forest Overall Rating: B-
6,800 ft Water Temperature: Adjustable
Near Clayton, ID / E Fork Salmon River Usage Level: Low

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05.13.03: Ta Da!

05.13.03: Fill er up!

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Pool Condition
The 'pool' is an old fiberglass spa. Apparently it is a 2nd generation spa which doesn't have much life left. Be warned.
Dates Visited: Trash Levels: Bug Levels:
05.13.03 light none

Water Clarity:


Strong Sulfer

Wildlife Sighted: Deer & Badgers

Seasonal Notes
Seasonal road open from May 1st through December 1st.
Camping Notes
There are a few primitive sites near the springs (not very private). Also many other official camping opportunities and additional primitive sites accessible from the main road.


Bowery is a cracked (but still holds water) fiberglass spa built into a deck next to the East Fork of the Salmon River near a National Forest Guard Station. On the deck you will find two plugs inside a bucket... you'll need all 3 items for an optimal soak. Put in the plugs, then use the hose that transports hot water from the source above to fill the spa. Once full, (which takes up to an hour) you will need to either wait for it to cool off enough for a soak or use the bucket to bring in cold water from the river. All in all, this was a nice soak once everything was in order, great scenery and no people around were also plusses. The smell of sulfur is strong in the water emitting from the hot spring.
Rating: B-

Average Rating: B-

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