Name: Riverside Campground - Deadwood
Riverside Campground is located along the Deadwood River on the north end of Deadwood Reservoir. The campground is covered in a mixed-growth forest offering plenty of shade on a hot summer day. Wildflowers abound in early summer.
Campsites: There are eight campsites equipped with a picnic table and fire ring. The road is gravel while the driveways are dirt. The sites are a natural mix of grass, dirt and rock. This is an "old school" campground.
Host on Site: No
Water: Yes, a hand pump equipped well is located in the campground.
Garbage Services: No
Electricity Available: No
Restroom: There is one vault style outhouse which was fairly clean and was stocked with toilet paper at the time of our visit.
Handicap Accessible: Other than the outhouse this is not a handicap accessible facility.
Pets: Pets are allowed on a leash. Not everyone follows this rule as I had to avoid one area due to aggressive dogs.
Picnic Area: You may use a campsite for your picnic but will need to pay a $5 daily use fee.
Recreation: Recreational opportunities include camping, fishing, hunting, hiking, boating, water skiing and more.
Fishing: Deadwood Reservoir offers fishing for Atlantic, Chinook and Kokanee salmon as well as rainbow and cutthroat trout. We had little success catching any of them...
Boating: Boating, water skiing, canoeing and kayaking are popular here. There is a small "developed" boat ramp at Cosy Cove Campground on the south end of the lake and a gravel bar type boat launch on the north end of the lake. You may want to take a look at the picture of the boat ramp in Cosy Cove before driving down to use it. I believe more boats are launched from the gravel bar than the developed ramp.
Swimming: Swimming at Riverside campground is limited as the banks are steep here. South along the reservoir there are wonderful beaches which are exposed as the water level drops during the summer.
Hiking: My boys and I hiked down the Deadwood River below the dam for a bit and caught a couple fish but the trail leaves the river at about one mile.
Wildlife: We found deer tracks in some of the campgrounds around the lake as we gathered material for our reviews and I know there are elk, black bear and wolves in this area.
Additional Camping Opportunities: There are 4 campgrounds around Deadwood Reservoir. So check out Riverside, Barney's, Howers and Cozy Cove. There is a large primitive camping area at a grvel bar type boat launch near Riverside Campground. Other primitive camping is available in various locations around the lake and on the Deadwood River north of the reservoir.
Phone service: No
Nearby Services: The nearest towns is are Stanley or Idaho City, both are a long trip so come prepared.
RV Dumping Site: No
Location/Driving instructions: From Boise follow this GoogleMap. If you choose to use forest road 555 from the south be aware that it is steep and narrow and is not recommended for trailers.
Elevation: 5320 Feet
Reviewed Date: July 2020
Fees And Reservations: To reserve your campsite go to recreation.gov. If this link fails search at recreation.gov for "River Side Campground". They seperate river and side.
This information is accurate as of the date of the review.
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