Name: Blind Creek Campground
Blind Creek Campground is just .8 mile up the Yankee Fork of the Salmon River from where it joins the main Salmon River. It is located in a steep canyon where the river is rapid with poor access due to the steep banks along this stretch. However, the river becomes much more accessible just a short distance up stream. I can picture Blind Creek Campground being used by rafters when the main campgrounds are full, or by the camper drifting through, just looking for an out of the way campground.
Campsites: There are 5 tent / RV camping sites. Each site has the normal picnic table and fire ring with attached grill. The road and driveways are gravel. The campground is covered with lodgepole pine. Most sites have good shade.
Host on Site: No.
Garbage Services: No.
Electricity Available: No.
Restroom: There is one vault style outhouse which was nicely cleaned when we passed through.
Handicap Accessible: The outhouse is.
Pets: On a leash only.
Picnic Area: No.
Recreation: There is camping, rafting, kayaking, fly fishing, or for me, spinner fishing and sight seeing. Check out the Sunbeam Dam, the Yankee Fork Dredge and the town of Custer. There are tours through the dredge which are very interesting. Custer is also very interesting and has shops where I bought a "Custer" shirt. As I understand, JR Simplot still owns the mineral rights, so don't pan for gold.
Fishing: There are trout in the Yankee Fork, but check the regulations for restrictions.
Boating: Rafters float the Salmon River and there is a put in ramp at Sunbeam.
Swimming: The Yankee Fork is very swift along here. Try upstream.
Wildlife: At the campground, one would likely see deer. Bear live here so use care to store your food and dispose of your garbage. There are elk, wolves, mountain lions and mountain goat in the mountains around.
Additional Camping Opportunities: We have reviews for these nearby campgrounds; Mormon Bend Campground, Upper O'Brien Campground, Flat Rock Campground, Pole Flat Campground, Custer Campground and Eightmile Campground. There are free primitive campsites further up the Yankee Fork of the Salmon River.
Phone service: There is a pay phone in front of the store at Sunbeam, and Stanley has both pay phone and cell reception.
Nearby Services: There is a store at Sunbeam but I am not sure it is still open. Stanley has a grocery store, gas station / convenience store and many shops and hotels. If you run low on camping supplies, Stanley is just a 15 minute drive away.
RV Dumping Site: The nearest RV dumping station that I am sure of is south of Stanley on Hwy 75.
Location/Driving instructions: From Stanley, Idaho, take Hwy 75 toward Challis and drive 13.0 miles to Yankee Fork Road at the historic town of Sunbeam. Yankee Fork Rd is a left turn, and Blind Creek Campground is .8 miles to the north.
Elevation: 6000 Feet
Reviewed Date: July 2010
Fees And Reservations: No, first come, first serve. $5.00 per day. Campground Reservations: No, first come, first serve only.
This information is accurate as of the date of the review.
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