Name: Trail Creek Campground
Trail Creek Campground is set on a hill above the Middle Fork of the Payette River. We visited in September and the fall colors were beautiful. The Payette River upstream from camp has some gorgeous fishing water. Some of which is hard to get to, which means a great fishing opportunity for those willing to work a bit. This is a busy area during the season so come early. There are many primitive campsites available along the river if the campgrounds are full.
Campsites: There are 12 campsites in Trail Creek Campground. The host occupies site #2. The road and driveways are gravel and dirt. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring with attached grate. Campsites 3, 5, 7, 9, 10 and 11 are pull-through while the rest are back in.
Host on Site: Yes, The camp host for 2012 was Jerry Hicks.
Water: There is a new hand pump equipped well and the water is good.
Garbage Services: No.
Electricity Available: No
Restroom: There are 2 vault style outhouses which were clean and well stocked at the time of our visit.
Handicap Accessible: The outhouses are handicap accessible.
Firewood: Firewood is available from the camp host.
Pets: Pets are allowed but are required to be on a leash.
Picnic Area: No.
Recreation: Camping, fishing, four-wheeling, prospecting, photography and berry picking.
Fishing: Fishing is available in the Middle Fork of the Payette River and tributaries. Check the regulations from our Idaho Fishing Review.
Swimming: There is no designated swimming area but many people keep cool in the river.
Wildlife: Deer, elk, black bear, fox, squirrel and birds. I took some pictures of a pair of American Dippers and a Steller's Jay. This is bear country so use care in the disposal of garbage and storage of your food.
Additional Camping Opportunities: We have reviews for these nearby campgrounds; Tie Creek Campground, Hardscrabble Campground, Boiling Springs Campground, Rattlesnake Group Campground, Peace Valley Campground, Peace Creek Trailhead and Silver Creek Plunge and Campground..
Phone service: None available. There is a phone at Silver Creek Plunge but costs $2.00 per minute.
Nearby Services: Silver Creek Plunge is 9 miles to the north and offers a swimming pool and a small convenience store.
RV Dumping Site: None anywhere near.
Location/Driving instructions: From Boise, Idaho, follow this Google Map.
Elevation: 3662 Feet
Reviewed Date: September 2012
Fees And Reservations: Trail Creek Campground is a first come first served facility. All campsites are singles and cost $12.00 per day, while your extra vehicle will cost another $5.00.
This information is accurate as of the date of the review.
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