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Deer Creek Campground

Name: Deer Creek Campground

Deer Creek Campground is not what one would expect by looking at a map. Our map showed Wolftone Campground, Bridge Campground and Deer Creek Picnic Area. However, what we found was a series of 12 to 15 mostly primitive campsites scattered over about 6 miles along Deer Creek, with Deer Creek Picnic Area as the last site. There are 3 or 4 sites at the "Picnic Area", each having a picnic table and fire ring. This campground seems to be a popular place, and the campsites here are trimmed and maintained. Campsite 5 is right on the creek set among the willows and has only a fire ring. Check out our pictures. The southern exposed hills are mostly sagebrush covered while any shaded slopes are fully forested. The mountains are steep enough but are not the granite peaks of the Sawtooth Mountains to the north or the Pioneer Mountains to the east.

Campsites: There are 12 to 15 campsites along Deer Creek scattered over approximately 6 miles. Some sites have a picnic table and fire ring with attached grill while some just a fire ring and others yet have nothing but a primitive stone fire ring.

Host on Site: No.

Water: No.

Garbage Services: No.

Electricity Available: No.

Restroom: One vault style outhouse at Deer Creek Picnic Area. It was clean and well stocked.

Handicap Accessible: Only the outhouse at Deer Creek Site is handicap accessible.

Firewood: Provide your own firewood.

Pets: No stipulations posted.

Picnic Area: Deer Creek is actually a picnic area so feel free to picnic.

Recreation: Camping, fishing and ATVing would appear to be the most popular recreations here.

Fishing: Deer Creek is pretty much the only fishing, check the regulations here.

Boating: No.

Swimming: Deer Creek is very small so it is great for wading.

Wildlife: We did not see any wildlife during our visit but I would expect to see deer, coyote, fox, squirrel and many species of birds. Wolves, elk and bear also live here.

Additional Camping Opportunities: We have reviews for these nearby campgrounds; Sawmill Campground, Federal Gulch Campground and Boundary Campground.

Phone service: Cell phone reception is spotty up Deer Creek but is available along Hwy 75. Pay phones are available at several locations along Hwy 75.

Nearby Services: Ketchum, Idaho has all the supplies and services a camper might need and a few more.

RV Dumping Site: There is an RV Dumping station in a big open flat just north of the SNRA Visitors Information Center.

Location/Driving instructions: From Ketchum, Idaho, take Hwy 75 south 9.1 miles to Deer Creek Road which will be on your right. Deer Creek Campground / Picnic Area will be 10.2 miles west and on your left side.

Coordinates: 43.528759,-114.504908

Elevation: 6070 Feet

Reviewed Date: July 2010

Fees And Reservations: No. Free.

This information is accurate as of the date of the review.

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Paula Justin:

We camped here last weekend, July 13-15. The site states that there are 12 to 15 camp areas. We didn't find that to be true. There were only 3 or 4 actual places decent to camp. There are big boulders everywhere in the camp area. We ran over one and messed up our truck because it was hidden in the tall grassy area. I wouldn't recommend this place to camp if you're wanting to have a good camping experience.  It is very dry and dusty. Too hot in the day and no where to get out of the sun. Lots of SNAKES!We stayed here only because it's close to the town of Hailey and it was free. Basically we had a place to stay. We wouldn't come here again. It was nice because it's close to town, but that's it.