Gowen Field

 
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Gowen Field

Location

Installation
Gowen Field, Idaho National Guard, Boise, ID
GPS Coordinates
43.561073, -116.236
Location Information
Boise, ID
RV Gate Coordinates
43.55605, -116.23105

Directions

Directions
HEADING WEST ON I-84: Use exit 57 (Gowen Road). After exiting I-84 head West on Gowen Road. Gowen Field main gate located on the right on General Manning Ave. ---- HEADING EAST ON I-84: Use exit 52 (Orchard St.) head South on Orchard. Main gate located to the left on General Manning Ave. ---- CHECK-IN: After stopping at the main gate, proceed North on General Manning Ave. Turn left onto Ellsworth St. Continue down Ellsworth St. Turn left on Junker St. Turn right into parking lot, South of Billeting Office, located in building 720 (inside the Fitness Center). If you are arriving after hours your key and site assignment will be at the main gate for pickup. ---- FROM BILLETING TO RV PARK: Head East on Ellsworth St. Turn left on Ingalls St. Turn left on Cessna St. Follow Street to the RV Sites.

Map

Map and Detailed Driving Directions
Map of Gowen Field

Contact Information

Phone Number
(208) 272-4451
Fax Number
(208) 272-4450
Mailing Address
Billeting Office, 4484 West Ellsworth St. Bldg. 720, Boise, Idaho 83705
Email Address
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Campground Information

Authorized Users
Active, National Guard, Reservists, Retired, 100% DAV.
Season
Year-round.
Reservations
Reservations are required. Accepted within 30 days of arrival.
Internet Access
None at the RV Park.
Mail Forwarding
(Your Name), c/o Gowen Field Billeting RV, 4200 W. Ellsworth St. BLDG 669, Boise, ID 83705-8033
Pet Information
Pets allowed. Has nice walking areas. Normal leash and cleanup rules.
Campground Information
30 day stay limit. Laundry is 2 blocks away (10 washers and 10 dryers). Lower rates for non-peak season (October-March).
Big Rig Friendly?
Yes
Amenities
  • Dump, Sewer
  • Water
  • Electric
  • Laundry
  • Playground
  • Exchange
  • Museum

Site Information

Type of site
Spaces
Hook-ups
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
RV Sites
7
W/20,50A/S
$12 - $15
N/A
N/A

Other Information

Firearms Policy
Firearms not allowed on base.
Weather Information

Nice, small RV Park. Good base for exploring the area.

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August 4 - September 4 2018

Nice small camp ground close to Boise & surrounding area!

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July 25 - 30, 2018

Enjoyed our stay here. Stayed in site RVP-C. It backed up to a tree but we had plenty of room for our 45ft. We parked our car on a side lot close by, it pays to have military tags. We went to the Galley to eat while here. The food was okay and at a great price of $8.00 per person. It was nice seeing the military come in and eat. Boy did they eat fast, ha. There's a nice 24/7 gym. It's the same area where you check in and get your key to unlock your electrical box. There's also two showers there that you can utilize as well. The sites were pretty close but the way they have them staggered, you still had a little window privacy, depending on rig size of course. We weren't able to park close enough for sewer due to it sitting way back behind the RV but we emptied at our last stay so it was fine. The ladies in the office are very nice. Betsy gave me plenty of information about the base and what to do while here. It got really hot like up to 115° one day and the power shut off twice but each time someone did arrive to get it back working in the RV Park. There is a running or walking track next to the RV Park which is great if you like that kind of stuff, ha. Anyway, overall it was a very nice, hot stay and a good spot to stop and stay a few days or a week if that's what you need. We'll keep this one on our list. Oh and there is a museum and plenty of outside museum things to see as well around the base. Enjoy!

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4.7
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May 2018

We pulled in after 4:30 and the Gate had our site # and key to the electrical box. Stopped into Billeting the next morning.Their office is located in the gym, just in front of the tract that borders the Fam Camp. Very nice and helpful workers there. The only reason we didn't give this 5* across the board is lack of WiFi. Feel in this day and age WiFi should be available everywhere. Very small Fam Camp, but no issues at all. Where they only have 7 sites it is probably best to have reservations. It was full while we stayed.

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4.9
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Oct 27 - Nov 26 2017

This is our 3rd time staying at Gowen Field. All 3 times we were met by the Billiting Staff that is very friendly and very helpful. As the others have stated, this is a great place to stop for a night, a week, or even a month. There is so much to do in and around Boise, all you need to do is look. From the zoo to the Birds of Prey to the Discovery Center to hiking the foothills trails, there is tons of things to do and see. We have family in Boise which prompted the extended stay. We use the track across the street from the park for our morning walk. Laundry in Building 714 is only .75 per load for each washer and dryer. Everything was clean and in working order. $12/night Oct-Apr (?) $15/night May-Sep Cash or CC. They do not take checks. Oh, by the way, although the black basalt rocks remain on either side of the camp sites (reason for the downgrade in facilities), there is new sod behind every site with automatic sprinklers making for a pleasant area to sit and relax. We will be returning next year as we transition from our Idaho mountain summer camp to our Arizona winter camp. 

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May 11 - Jun 6 2017

The sites are the same concrete pads with some scratch-your-head touches that make you wonder if they consulted an RVer before they went to work. For one there is a large bollard protecting the electrical box which also blocks slides and baggage doors. They also planted a nice tree directly behind the pad. Without it I could put the back wheels on the end of the pad and have enough room in front to park our towed. As it is we have to park on the lava rocks between sites, and we were unable to get the sewer drain in between the two MH valves. I have my rear valve about 3' away with my 15' hose making a few curves. In 3 weeks we weren't able to get a straight answer on package delivery. The billeting office said no package delivery at all. We used General Delivery at the central post office, but without the words "PO box" in the address, Amazon didn't detect it as a Po Box and shipped via UPS. The UPS driver said they go to the base every day and absolutely can deliver to the RV park. In the end we forced Amazon's system to use "Po Box General Delivery" and the rest of our orders shipped via USPS. Overall a good stay, and we'd happily stay here again if in the area.

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4.2
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5.0
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4.0
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4.0

2-5 September 2016

The billeting folks were great! We called in for a short notice reservation for a Holiday weekend. Hoping to get a spot for that afternoon which was Friday in front of the long weekend. Jessica was able to get us in. She gave us driving directions to the Billeting office which were spot on. The park itself leaves a bit to be desired. The parking pad is concrete but the area surrounding the pad is rock which is not inviting to sit outside. We were in site G close to the dumpster. If you can have your pick I recommend site A. It has grass to the rear and drivers side of the site. Noise from the airport is negligible and quiets down at night. It is a great place to stay for a few days. We paid $15/night. Not sure what it takes to get the $12/night rate but then again, I didn't ask. 

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June 2016

We decided to come to this campground because we read here that they offer free laundry. Although we were disappointed to find out they don't have free laundry anymore and they changed this policy 3 years ago! This place is good for a quick stop over but it's very tiny and very, very hot with no shade. Theres a small BX but nothing else to do on base.

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Oct 2, 2014

Great staff at billeting office, billeting office is across Ellsworth St from the parking lot that the directions sent you to. Stayed one night only, had reservations, we filled the last open site (G) which is on the end on the Cessna St corner. Great stop over if passing thru or for short stay, even though next to Boise Airport, it was quite most of the time, with no plane noise at night. Can't beat the price, a real DEAL. Would recommend reservations or a call ahead to check availability due to the limited number of sites. Power boxes are locked so not sure how they handle non reservation arrivals after 1615, if you have a reservation billeting office leaves electrical box key at Main Gate with the guards for you to pick up with instructions. Price still $12 a night.

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AUG 2-5 2014

V.O. left this review using the Directory software: - ANOTHER GEM. GREAT VISIT; WONDERFUL FHU FACILITIES. EXPANSIVE AREA TO RIDE BIKES, WALK, JOG, AND PLAY WITH PETS.

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April 29, 2014

I have been here for a week already amd this is a great place for a Base to see Idaho. The price is going up to $15.00 A DAY STARTING May 1, 2014. The people are great in the office! Ignore the previous review. I think he had a bad day! The base is not very busy. It's very clean and well kept! There is internet a block away night or day! I understand that weapons are not allowed on base!

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Oct 2013

The most unprofessional and inexperienced RV park staff ever encountered. RV park policies are non-existent, many are quoted but absolutely do not exist.

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July 2013

This was a great stay! We spent 7 days there and enjoyed it. For $10/night it is hard to beat. The staff was among the most friendly and helpful we have met in all of the Travel Camps and FamCamps we have been to. They were outstanding. The facility was a bit of a parking lot, but it was completely adequate and was near the fitness center which I used almost daily. The laundry was free and I was able to wash my RV on site which I appreciated. The campground itself was small, but it is a place we would stay again. Great value and nice place.

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(Updated: October 03, 2012)
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3.9
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August 2012

We made our 1st stop at this Boise, ID campground in late afternoon August 2012 in a 40' Class A with tow. We traveled into Boise on the interstate, the exit was marked for Gowen Field only. We did not see any RV campground signs, but went into the front gate of the Gowen Field Reserve Center which was about 2 miles around the road after leaving the interstate. Turned left into the gate over several large speed bumps but no barriers. We received instructions to the Billeting Office which was still open to receive the key to the electric box and site number. Had the office been closed, the key and site number would have been available at the main gate with your name on it. The campsites were clean and across the street from a small park. There is a very small PX on base, but no eating or recreation facilities, not many soldiers or airmen and no families after work hours. We ate at the only mess hall the first night, located a couple streets from the RV campground. It was OK but not many military were eating that night. The ladies in the office were very nice and helpful. A little noise from firefighting helicopters landing and taking off but not much from nearby commercial airport. A good overnight stop, but not much in the area to do. Free laundry on base - not near the RV camp and no showers or bathrooms near the campground. A parking pad, picnic table, and electric, water and sewer is all that is available at this small RV campground - no tents allowed. We were grateful for a stop for a couple nights but not a must stop campground in the future. $10 a night.

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4.7
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22Oct to 1Nov 2011

J.C. left this review using the Directory software: - Everyone was as friendly and helpful as they could be. Planned to stay 3 days and liked it so much we stayed 10. Free laundry facilities in Building 714 which is 2/10's of mile by road from RV Sites.

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(Updated: October 12, 2011)
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4.7
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5.0
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Oct 3 -12 2011

The jersey barriers have been removed from the entrance road; speed bumps, easily navigated by a big rig, have been installed, so there is no need to use the commercial gate. On arrival, proceed through the main gate to Ellsworth Avenue, just short of the flagpole, and turn left. The billeting office is located just down the street on the right, you must get a key to open the power box. If arriving after hours, ask the gate guard for a key. Leaving billeting, turn right on Ingalls Street and look for the blue signs with arrows to the left, it is the second street. Follow the street around to the RV sites. This is a gem of a military park. Concrete pads, rock landscaping, ample sites, some shade, and good hookups make this a bargain. It's on an airport, so be prepared for aircraft noise, although it becomes quiet late at night. The folks in billeting were very friendly and helpful in describing things to see in the area. Reservations are a good idea since guard/reserve personnel use the park during their training periods, and if arriving after hours it is the only way to ensure you can get a key for the power box.

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(Updated: November 02, 2010)
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4.0

Oct 29 - Nov 2, 2010

Found this RV Park to be another hidden gem for a short stay! Very friendly staff and the rates are perfect. A good place to stop for a few days if in the area. Few amenities and not much on the National Guard base, although the installation is in great shape. No problems getting my 40' MH and towed Jeep through the main entrance gate, but had to be VERY careful. At first, I went to the truck gate, which was closed. There is a phone to the security desk. Although they would have come open the truck gate for me, they said semi trucks go through the main gate. So I gave it a try. My 40' also fit in the RV sites. The 7 RV sites were full one night. Aircraft noise was very minimal.

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April 15 - 2010

First time staying here, found it to be convenient to the interstate, and pretty easy to navigate through the security gate. On entry I chose to use the "Contractor" truck gate on the east side of the base since I was towing and didn't know how tight the snake K-rails were at the main entrance, upon departure I was able to depart through the main gate just fine with my tow and 40' Rig.

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July 18 - 22, 2009

We are currently at Gowen Field and after reading the reviews I think that for $10 the air traffic at Laughlin AFB Tx was much worse touch and goes from early to dark. We also had no trouble getting thru the from gate (34' Fifth wheel with a long bed Dodge pulling it, plenty of room. The SPs at the gate were more the helpful. I thanked one of them for the fine job they were doing and the then thanked me for my service. I would recommend a stay here, I have been to worse places and paid 3 times the amount.

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March 21 - April 09

We are visiting family in Boise, and this was a great deal for our stay here. Free laundry was super, the staff (Jennifer) was friendly & helpful. The airport although close by was not bothersome at all. Most flights went out during the day and it was fun watching some of the planes take off and land. A beautiful view of the Boise Mountains from the back of our trailer. If traveling through, good overnight stay. We were here for 30 days +, a few neighbors in and out. Never completely crowded. Close to movie theaters & shopping.

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29-30 Sep 2008

Arrived after hours. Gate guard had the key to electrical box (make sure you ask if they don't give it to you). Folks with dogs need to clean up after them. A lot of "deposits" around the area. We'll be back.

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