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Woodhead Park Campground Review
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map of woodhead park campground on brownlee reservoir
picture of boat ramp, dock and fish cleaning area at Woodhead Park Campground on Brownlee reservoir picture of typical campsites at Woodhead Park Campground on Brownlee reservoir picture of a group site in Woodhead Park Campground on Brownlee reservoir picture of one of the picnic areas in Woodhead Park Campground on Brownlee reservoir

Woodhead Park is an Idaho Power recreational facility located on Brownlee Reservoir a few miles above Brownlee Dam. Woodhead Park was built in 1959, remodeled and expanded in 1995. The park was named for Ed Woodhead, the chief engineer in the construction of Brownlee Dam. Woodhead Park Campground is situated across a few rolling hills on the Idaho side of Brownlee Reservoir. The mountains on both sides tower over the park. They are dirt covered, not the rocky, cliff covered slopes you will find deeper in Hells Canyon. Fishing, camping, water sports, and wildlife watching are the main attractions in this area. If you drive down to Oxbow Reservoir, check out the reflections on the water. Check out my picture from McCormick Park.

Woodhead Park is a beautifully developed and popular park which is very busy on most summer weekends. I recommend coming early.
Now for us country folk, the park doesn't offer enough privacy in the campsites, but the fishing is great so that may not be an issue. Take a look at our pictures and read the rest of this review to decide if this park is the one you're looking for.


Campsites: There are 124 RV camping sites that include water, a fire pit, electricity, and a picnic table. There are also 15 tent sites with water, fire pits and picnic tables. Picnic areas are located throughout the park as well as a group shelter or two. To arrange for a group to use one of these shelters, please call 1(541)785-3323.

Fees
as of February 2010: RV sites are $16 per night summer rate and $8 per night winter rate. Tents are $10 per night in the summer and $5 in the winter. Fees are due within the first 2 hours of your stay and these sites are not reservable. They are all on a first come, first serve basis.


Boating
: There are two boat ramps for accessing the reservoir. These are both in the same area and have a large boat parking area. The only fish cleaning facility in Hells Canyon is located by the restrooms at the boat ramps here in Woodhead Park. People use the reservoir for fishing, boating , skiing...just plain having fun on the water.


Public phones are available in Woodhead Park.  However, I had no reception on my AT&T cell phone.

An RV dump station is conveniently located for use at the exit of Woodhead Park..

Restrooms are flushing and very well kept. There are showers available also.

Woodhead Park is handicap accessible.

Fishing in Brownlee Reservoir includes many species of fish. Bass, crappie, bluegill and trout are a few favorites. Brownlee Reservoir is one of the best fisheries for crappie and bass in the state of Idaho. I personally know of several people that have returned home with a cooler full of crappie.

If you enjoy wildlife, there is an abundance of opportunities for your enjoyment. On my drive to Woodhead Park,  I saw flocks of turkey, 3 elk, 6 deer, 6 bighorn sheep, 2 bald eagles, as well as numerous ducks and geese. I am sure there are many more species to enjoy.  Note the bald eagle in the banner below. A note of caution, rattlesnakes do inhabit Hells Canyon!

There is a store located just 3 miles away. You pass it coming in. Other nearby camping sites include McCormick Park, Hells Canyon Park, and several undeveloped sites scattered along the shore. The Oregon side also offers a number of sites not included in this review.

For park info call (541)540-7209. See Idaho Powers map of Hells Canyon.

Location: From Cambridge, Idaho, turn west on Idaho 71 for about 28 miles until you reach the Hells Canyon area, then watch for the sign.

Reviewed February, 2010

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