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Fir Creek Campground

Name: Fir Creek Campground

Fir Creek Campground is a small and out of the way campground. Set on the banks of the Salmon River northwest of Stanley, Idaho, the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area begins just across the Salmon River. The dirt road into the campground is rutted and narrow, but the recent improvements to the campground make it worth the rough ride in. I would certainly camp here myself. It is about 6300 feet in elevation so the nights are cool, even during the summer. The campground is fully forested with low brush.

Campsites: There are 6 tent / RV camping sites. Each have a picnic table and fire pit with a grill. The road and driveways are dirt and gravel.

Host on Site: The only host here is the sound of the Salmon River and the wind in the trees. This is my kind of place, not my wife's. Ha!

Water: Bring your own water as there is no potable water at Fir Creek Campground.

Garbage Services: Fir Creek Campground is a pack it in, pack it out campground so pack out your garbage with you.

Restroom: There is a newer, vault style outhouse here and it was clean and stocked.

Handicap Accessible: The outhouse is handicap accessible but that is the only thing remotely handicap accessible here.

Firewood: You will need to provide your own firewood.

Pets: Pets on a leash only.

Recreation: Fishing or floating the Salmon River, hiking, trail riding on bikes or horses in the hills and mountains in the surrounding area, camping, riding your ATVs, photographing the scenery or wildlife and other outdoor activities abound in this area.

Fishing: Fir Creek Campground is on the bank of the Salmon River. There are other streams in the area, but I recommend carefully check the regulations.

Boating: Rafting the Salmon River.

Swimming: I would not swim in the Salmon River as I can not swim, but you could swim at your own risk.

Wildlife: The Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area is just across the Salmon River so you can see most any kind of wildlife such as deer, elk, moose, wolves, bear, mountain lion and many species of birds.

Additional Camping Opportunities: There are many places to set up a primitive camping site along this area. For other campgrounds, check out our reviews for Bear Valley, Boundary Creek, Bull Trout, Dagger Falls, Lola Creek and Marsh Creek campgrounds.

Phone service: Nearest is at Stanley, Idaho.

Nearby Services: For supplies such as pop, ice, food, gas or propane, I would drive to Stanley, Idaho, 30 miles away. Of course, I look for any excuse to visit Stanley.

RV Dumping Site: The nearest RV dumping station is also just south of Stanley, Idaho

Location/Driving instructions: From Boise, Idaho, take Hwy 55 north to the Banks Lowman Road about 34.3 miles. Turn right and drive another 33.3 miles to turn left onto Hwy 21 at Lowman, Idaho. Follow Hwy 21 northeast toward Stanley, 36.6 miles to the Bear Valley Road. Turn left on Bear Valley Road and drive 7.9 miles to Forest Rd 579/582. Turn right onto Forest Rd 579/582 and it is .6 miles to Fir Creek Campground. This last .6 miles is pretty slow and rutted.

Coordinates: 44.428021,-115.286190

Elevation: 6356 Feet

Reviewed Date: July 2010

Fees And Reservations: No reserving these sites. They are on a first come first serve basis. When we drove through on a Sunday in July, 3 of the 6 sites were open. Camping here is free as of 2017.

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

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Renee Galligher:

Small Tight Campground. The pictures here give the impression that this is a shady campground, but it is actually quite open and surrounded by trees. The campground is not a loop, but instead a one way in and one way out. The road in is rough and narrow. We drove in with a dually pickup truck, and had a hard time turning around to get out. This is better suited for smaller vehicles and campers. The only large camper we saw there was at the end and run by Fish and Game, a fifth wheel camper, but they had the end of the campground with the widest section of road at their disposal for getting in and out.