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Status: Open through Sat Oct 03 2015   Season Dates


Bird Creek Recreation Area is located in the Duck Creek Basin, high on the Schell Creek Range. It sits at an elevation of 8,200 feet, approximately 25 miles from the small city of Ely. Hiking and off-road vehicle riding are popular activities enjoyed by visitors to the area.

Natural Features:

Duck Creek flows perennially through the campground. A mixed forest of juniper, pinyon pine and alder trees covers the area, but provides only limited shade.


The Ranger Trail can be accessed from this campground. The Ranger Trail is a designated ATV trail that also accommodates hiking and mountain biking use as well. The partially paved, 38-mile Success Loop Scenic Drive is also in the area, with views of high desert and mountain terrain.


The campground has four day-use group picnicking sites: Sites C and F can accommodate up to 25 people each, Site G can hold up to 50 people, and Site H, up to 100 people. Some sites require a short walk from the parking area, on a bridge over Bird Creek. All sites have picnic and serving tables, a campfire circle, grill and a cement pad.

Four overnight campsites are available within the recreation area, for tent camping only. Those sites can accommodate up 12 people each and are equipped with a table, campfire ring, grill and cement pad.

Vault toilets and drinking water are provided, but there is no trash collection. This is a "pack it in, pack it out" facility.

Nearby Attractions:

Ward Charcoal Ovens State Park is a few miles southeast of Ely. Interesting historic stone ovens and an interpretive trail are available there. The Northern Nevada Railway in Ely has a museum and offers train rides.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Berry Picking
  • Birding
  • Campfire Circles
  • Climbing
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Group Cooking Facilities
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Parking Area
  • Self Pay Station
  • Skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Tables
  • Tent sites
  • Trailheads
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Scenic Drive
Know Before You Go
  • Group sites are available for day-use only
  • Utility hookups are not available
  • Click here for more information on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
  • Don't Move Firewood: Help prevent the spread of tree-killing pests in our national forests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
39.46333, -114.65306
39°27'48"N, 114°39'11"W

From Ely, travel north on Highway 93 to the town of McGill. From McGill, go north 3 miles on Highway 93, to the Duck Creek Basin turnoff. Proceed east on Duck Creek Basin Road and turn left at the sign for Bird Creek Recreation Area.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

ELY  NV  89301

Phone Number:

Information:  (775)289-3031
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