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ELK CREEK CAMPGROUND (CLEARWATER NF), ID

part ofNez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, US Forest Service
Photo: ELK CREEK CAMPGROUND (CLEARWATER NF)
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

Elk Creek Campground offers visitors a little bit of everything. From scenic views and vistas, to attractive waterfalls and ancient foliage, the campground provides a great place to stay in the mountains of north central Idaho. Recreational opportunities abound in the area and a variety of services are located nearby.

Natural Features:

The campground is situated in a mature pine forest in the Clearwater National Forest, next to Elk Creek, at an elevation of about 6,000 feet. The surrounding area is home to the tallest waterfall in Idaho, as well as the largest cedar tree east of the Cascade Range.

Elk, deer, moose, bear, cougar and mountain goats make the steep canyon country their home.

Recreation:

Elk Creek and nearby Elk River Reservoir provide visitors with opportunities for fishing and other water-related recreation. Cutthroat and rainbow trout, chinook salmon and steelhead swim in the clear waters. Fishing or hunting are popular activities in the rugged and primitive landscape.

Hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding are available on the area's many trails and forest roads. The Elk Creek Falls Trail takes hikers 3.5 miles to the tallest waterfall in the state.

Facilities:

The campground offers single-family sites for tent and RV camping, most of which are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Electrical hookups are available at six sites and parking surfaces are paved or gravel, depending on the section of the campground.

Each site is equipped with a table and campfire ring with grill. Accessible vault toilets and drinking water are provided. A more rustic overflow section offers additional campsites.

Nearby Attractions:

The town of Elk River is less than a mile from the campground and offers a variety of basic services, including gas, groceries, showers and fishing equipment.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Trails
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Berry Picking
  • Creek Access
  • Drinking Water
  • Electrical Hookups
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Host
  • Mountain Biking
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • RV sites
  • Tables
  • Trailheads
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Bait Shop
  • Dump Station
  • Fuel Available
  • General Store
  • Grocery Store
  • Showers
Know Before You Go
  • There are multiple Elk Creek Campgrounds; this is in Elk Creek County, Idaho
  • Click here for more information on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
46.79198, -116.17313
46°47'31"N, 116°10'23"W

From Moscow, Idaho, travel northeast on State Road 8 to Elk River. Turn north onto Forest Road 382 and then east onto Forest Road 1705. The campground is about 45 minutes from Moscow.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

ELK CREEK CAMPGROUND (CLEARWATER NF)
1700 HIGHWAY 6
POTLATCH  ID  83855

Phone Number:

Information:  (208)875-1131
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