What kind of road can I expect up to the Plunge?
About 8 miles out of Crouch, the paved road ends as it enters the Boise National Forest. Extensive work was completed on the road in the summer of 2010 and its condition is the best it’s ever been. The posted speed limit on the non-paved road is 25 MPH.
Is the road to the Plunge open all year?
The road in winter is kept groomed as a snowmobile trail and is passable only by snowmobiles.
In the spring, when is the road open for all vehicles?
It’s usually mid-April before the road is open for regular car traffic. Patches of snow can remain on the North side of the summit, needing a good 4-wheel drive vehicle to get through it. If you’re in doubt of the road conditions, call us at the Plunge at 208.739.3400 (please be aware that our phone is a cell phone and sometimes the reception is poor or non-existent.)
Pool hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., except for Wednesday. The pool is closed and drained each Wednesday morning for cleaning and re-opens at 7 p.m.
Is it an indoor or an outdoor pool?
It’s an uncovered outdoor pool.
What’s the depth of the pool?
14″ to 5’6″.
Is there a lifeguard?
Under 35 people in the pool, there is no lifeguard. Over 35 people, we provide one lifeguard.
What are the pool’s flow rate, temperature and volume?
The water flows through the pool at a rate of 540 gallons per minute. The water enters the pool at 100º F. and exits the pool at 98º F. The pool holds 186,000 gallons of water. This type of pool is known as a “flow through pool.” The water flows in one side of the pool and out the other, changing the entire volume of water in about 6 hours.
Is chlorine added to the pool?
40 oz. of chlorine is added to the pool each morning to control algae growth. The chlorine dissipates by early afternoon.
Are there showers?
Not at this time.
What does it cost to swim?
$10.00 per day per adult, $8.00 for children 12 and under, $8.00 for seniors (age 60+). Under age 2 is free. The evening-only swim from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. is priced at $8.00 per person. All prices are subject to change.
Do you rent swimsuits and towels?
Yes, for $2.00 each. All prices are subject to change.
Can we reserve campsites / campgrounds?
Campsites on our private land are on a first come – first served basis. The Forest Service campsites can be reserved at www.recreation.gov. and search “Silver Creek Campground”. The single sites hold up to 8 people and are $15.00 per night. The double sites hold up to 16 people and are $30.00 per night. All tents must be on the designated tent pads, and there is a $5.00 fee per night for extra vehicles. We have two group sites; Lodgepole group area holds up to 100 people with no running water and is $150.00 per night, Cabin All prices are subject to change. Cancellation policy. Creek group area holds up to 80 people, has running water and is $150.00 per night.
Pool use charge is separate from camping fees.
Do sites have water & power for RVers? Do you have an RV dump station?
All the campsites have potable water, but no electricity. We do not have a dump station.
Do you have a trash dump?
We have no trash service. You must carry out everything that you carry in.
What is the charge for the campsites?
$15.00 per night per sleeping unit (tent, RV, etc.) on our private campsites, and $15 for a single and $30 for a double on the F.S. campsites. Pool use charge is separate from camping fees. Prices subject to change.
Are pets allowed?
Yes, but all dogs must be on a leash.
All cabins have power, potable water, a picnic table and a fire pit.
Cabins do not have bedding, dishes, utensiles or pots and pans. You must provide these yourself.
Children 5 and under are not included in the total sleeping capacity of each cabin.Pets inside cabins require a non-refundable $20.00 charge per pet. All dogs must be on a leash. Price subject to change.
Tell me about your A-frame cabins.
The 6 A-frame cabins sleep 4 each. They are one-room cabins with 2 double beds, a kitchenette with a kitchen table, a sink with cold running water, and an outdoor toilet. The cost is $69 per night (plus tax.) All prices are subject to change. Cancellation policy
What are your Family cabins like?
Our 6 Family cabins sleep 6 each. They are two room cabins — 1 bedroom with 2 double beds and a living room with a fold-out hide-a-bed. There’s a full kitchenette with cold running water, a sink, and a refrigerator. Each unit has a wall mounted propane heater and an outdoor toilet. The cost is $89 per night (plus tax.) All prices are subject to change. Cancellation policy
How about your Luxury cabins?
We have 4 Luxury cabins. Each has a wall mounted propane heater, attached bathroom with flushing toilet, living room with hide-a-bed, full kitchenette, running hot & cold water, refrigerator, sink and kitchen table. The cost is $119 per night (plus tax.) All prices are subject to change. Cancellation policy
Cabin 7 sleeps 8.
It is a 2 room cabin — 1 bedroom with 2 double beds and bunk beds in addition to 1 hide-a-bed in the living room. It is located at ground level and 150 feet from the pool.
Cabins 15 & 16 sleeps 8.
They are 2 room cabins — 1 bedroom with 2 double beds, 2 mattresses in the closet, and 1 hide-a-bed in the living room. These cabins are located above the store, overlooking the pool. They are accessed by outside staircases.
Cabin 17 sleeps 8.
It is a 3 room cabin — 1 bedroom with a double bed and closet and a living room with bunk beds in addition to the two hide-a-beds and a couch. It has a deck, is handicapped accessible and 150 yards from the pool.
Pool use charge is separate from cabin fees.
We are open all year, but access in the winter is limited to snowmobiles only.
Are there cabins available in the winter?
Yes. Most of our cabins have insulated ceilings. In winter the cabins do not have running water (except Luxury cabins #15 & #16) but we do provide 7 gallon containers of water for each cabin. Cabins do not have dishes, utensiles or pots and pans. You must provide these yourself.
During snowmobile season, bedding is provided.
Is there power in winter?
Yes. 24-hour power is available with your cabin rental.
Are there wood stoves in the cabins?
Is there fuel available?
Are the pool, snack bar & convenience store open in winter?
Yes. The pool use prices remain the same as
in summer, but the snack bar prices may vary.
What snowmobile routes are available to get there?
- From Hwy. 55, go east on Banks-Lowman Rd. (Hwy. 17). Turn left onto Middlefork Rd. and proceed through Crouch all the way out the Middlefork Rd. to the snowmobile unloading area. We’re about 15 miles from the unloading area.
- From Clear Creek on Hwy. 55, approximately 25
miles of groomed trail to the Plunge.
- From Couger Mt. Lodge, 35 miles of groomed trail brings you to us.
What kind of snowmobiling opportunities are there in the area?
The riding conditions consist of groomed trails, old logging roads and small meadows.
In winter we have an enclosed patio with windows and 2 wood stoves adjoining the restaurant and pool.We also offer 24-hr. emergency phone and sheriff’s radio.
Activities & Services
Things to do at Silver Creek Plunge:
- Picnic Area
- Stream Fishing – the stream is stocked every two weeks during the summer.
- Motorcycle & ATV Trails – ATVs can be rented in Boise at Outdoor Adventures.
Convenience Store — open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.A full convenience store with canned foods, pop, ice, candy, t-shirts, sweatshirts, firewood, and limited fishing supplies. We do not offer fishing licenses.
Snack Bar — Open only during winter Featuring chicken sandwichs, hamburgers, hot dogs, corn dogs, fries & tater tots.Group meals for 6 or more people are available with a 10 day notice.
Emergency phone & sheriff’s radio always available.