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Carmel USFS campground

Heading South from Manila, Utah on Hwy 44 takes you to the Sheep creek Geological loop. Heading up into the Canyon about 2 mi brings you to the Carmel Campground. This site has trees a creek and amazing beauty, along with wildlife and tons of great outdoor activities, being in such close proximity to Flaming gorge. When I was there the Kokanee salmon were spawning and filled the creek with their vibrant colors. Up the road you can see bighorn sheep that graze in the fields of the ranch and take in the exquisite wonder of what nature has created via the loop road. Manila is close by for any food or drink needs and fresh water in the campground. Please pack out what you pack in and leave it better than you found it. Enjoy.

Beautiful scenery

Expensive but beautiful campground full of plots with full hookups. Next to the river.

Great bathrooms and wildlife

We came late in the year, however one section was still open. There was plenty of spots to choose from. The site had rabbits, deer and antelope roaming around. The bathrooms were clean and well kept. No soap dispensers but there was a hand air dryer.

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Secluded and off the main path

First thing I noticed about Browne Lake was that most of the campsites were pretty nice, with plenty of trees and well placed amenities like the picnic table and a fire ring. Second, you are not right on top of your neighbors, sites have a nice distance between them so you have the privacy you need. It has vault toilets scattered around the grounds and were well taken care of. Firewood has been picked over pretty good, so you can either drive, not to far to forage for some or by a bundle from the nearby camp host for $7. The scenery around the lake and campground is gorgeous and there are plenty of trails to hike or ride an ATV. At $14 a night it is a bit pricey but worth the money for what you get. It's $4 for an extra vehicle. The lake itself is small and does not have a boat launch, all I saw on the lake was kayaks and some fishing pontoons. There are no close places for any food so pack accordingly, also no cell coverage. Overall this was a great little site that I will go back to. Leave it better than you found it. Enjoy!

Beautiful and quite

The cost is $25 a night but $12.50 with a senior parks pass. ATT Has 3 bars and LTE coverage The campground is very clean, there are very well maintained restrooms with flush toilets and showers free to register guests and $4 fee for others, the roads and sites were all paved with picnic tables and fire pits, there is potable water available throughout but no electric, water or septic hookups in the campground. Potable water and a dump station are located just down the road, for a fee of $6 you can dump and refill your tank. This campground is very close to the Flaming Gorge Reservoir. A hydro electric dam is located about one mile away with a great visitor center. There is fishing in the Reservoir, and great fly fishing on the Green river on the downstream side of the dam with great access. A boat launch is available on the downstream side of the dam for those hearty souls who wish to float the Green river and fish. There is a Marina located just a short way from the campground with a boat launch, a fuel dock, restaurant and small store with very friendly staff. There are several different boats available to rent, which we took advantage of and spent the day enjoying the fantastic views of Flaming Gorge from the water. We spent three days here and enjoyed it greatly, a great place to stop and recharge.

Beautiful Greens Lake

Greens lake is a beautiful little spot with a couple of amenities most campgrounds may not have. Yes it has the obligatory vault toilets that smell and are a bit buggy, but hey, its a camping spot. Picnic tables are a nice addition as well, but still standard fair thus far. Trees are ample for some shade and the grounds are clean and well taken care of. Make sure you get firewood from somewhere, because this place is picked clean. One of the gems of all this is the lake, a short walk from any camp spot, you can fish and just enjoy its peace and tranquility. NOW for the best part!!! You are walking distance from Red Canyon Lodge, super great food when you get tired of Hotdogs and Chili, plus horseback riding and beautiful views of the canyon just up the road. Also Flaming Gorge Lodge a bit futher but easy driving distance has another great restaurant and guide services. I am heading back this weekend. Enjoy.

Quiet river campsite down a dirt road

Down a 30 minute dirt road sits this breathtaking park with 4 campsites. We visited on a busy weekend (labor day weekend) and we only had 1 neighbor. This made for a very quiet, relaxing stay.

Each shaded site is equipped with fire ring with attached grill, an adjacent picnic table, and spots for a maximum of 2 tents in each campsite. The skies were very dark at night, perfect for seeing shooting stars and the milky way. You can park your car abut to the site, increasing ease of access to things stored in there, and walk down to the rocky beach for some toe-dipping. Note that you are not allowed to launch boats from there (even kayaks) without a permit, as the water gets fast quickly past the beach.

Sites are $6/night at the campsite payable via personal check or with cash. River rafting trips launch from the adjacent beach daily, so you'll have company at 10am and 6pm daily for ~15 minutes.

Pro tips:

- There is little firewood around these sites, bring your own from in town.

- Site has pit toilets, hand sanitizer, recycling/trash, but no running water. 

- Closest grocery store is the Walmart in Vernal, UT.

- Bring bug spray! The mosquitoes are vicious here.

- Road is easily accessible by sedans, SUV's etc…just not in the rain (the road will easily wash out).

- Be on the lookout for the house about 10 minutes away from the main road that is equipped with its own residential water slide…that was a fun discovery!

Awesome In Late August

We were the only ones there and it was great, that’s definitely the time to go here!👍🏻

Basic campground

Clean sites, very overpaved. Picnic tables, firepits, pit toilets. Firewood sold by host $7/bundle. $24/night single site. The campground is kind of on a cliff overlooking the water but there really isn’t any good view or way down to the water. Very pretty sunset.

Great campground. Spots aren't too close together.

Great campground.  The sites are separate enough where you're not to close to your neighbors.  The area was burned several years ago, so there are no trees.  However, the grass has grown back in and its still a very, VERY beautiful campground (IMO). I was able to get a spot on back to back weekends despite not having a reservation (Lucky, maybe).b The bathrooms are clean and if you park further back in the campground, that bathroom has a flushable toilet, sink and an air dryer for your hands. Pretty impressive.

Convenient

We hadn't done much research in this area and hadn't planned where to go so we decided to "glamp" at the KOA.  For a KOA this was pretty nice. Restrooms were clean. Lots of activities for children.  It was expensive for close together sites and only electric and water hookups.  We did have a nice shade tree however and were able to run our A/C.  The proximity to Dinosaur National Monument was the reason we stayed 2 nights.  We explored the Utah part of the Monument (where the dinosaurs are) and thoroughly enjoyed seeing the quarry, petroglyphs and cabin.

Close to lake

We stayed here suring the annual paddlefest 2019. They had a waterslide down the boat ramp and water trampoline that arent normally there. This year they have added a hammock rack to the campground that holds 9 hammocks. Theyve also added an on site kayak/ paddle board rentals. Dogs are allowed on leash. They do,have running water spigots and bathrooms on site

Pretty Decent

Good spot, close to the town of Manila if you need some supplies! Sheep Creek runs behind the camp ground and the Flaming Gorge is just down the road. We enjoyed our stay there in our brand new motorhome!👍🏻

Nice views

Nice campground but a little cramped for my taste, spaces were pretty close together. Running water & flush toilets but no electricity. It does sit along the banks of the Green River with mountains in the background.

Great view of Flaming Gorge

A nice clean & quite campground with a great view of Flaming Gorge from the site we stayed at. Flush toilets, no showers, & no electricity but did have access to running water. Flaming Gorge resort less than five minutes away with restaurant, general store, & sporting goods available.

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Roomy and Gorgeous

Pleasantly surprised by this campground. Unlike many campground where you are elbow to elbow with your neighbors, this one is very spacious and gives you quite bit of breathing room. Very well kept. Clean and quiet. There are several nearby trails that are easily accessed plus the nearby Red Canyon Lodge where you can fish, rent a paddleboat/canoe, have a bite to eat or ride horses. This campground is about 20 minutes from Flaming Gorge Dam.

Awesome swimming

Nice campground. Fairly busy. Great for water sport and kids.

Beautiful view

Quiet spots, beautiful view, nice hiking, great for kids.

Beautiful view and quiet!

Nice spots not too close together. Amazing view. Bathrooms, aka holes in the ground but well kept!

Roomy campground

Nice campground plenty of space for any RV/trailer. bathrooms were clean. not the best campground for tents if you don't like being in open space. Couple minutes from Manila where there is store, gas, and rv dump spot. etc

Clean and well kept campground with clean flush toilets.

We stayed three nights at the Antelope Flat Campground on the east shore of Flaming Gorge. The campground itself is a bit dated, but we were OK with it. Seems to be best for tent camping, there are RV spots available but without hook ups. There is a dump station. Tent sites are well kept and well maintained. We met the camp hosts for 2019, they were a very nice older couple. Seems like the wife maintains the bathrooms with flush toilets. Super clean! And her husband maintains the sites. All sites and fire rings were clean and free of weeds and debris. He worked everyday we were there on a new site. Kudos to them! Campground had super easy access to the boat ramp where we launched our kayak. Great spot to launch. Also it can get very windy!!!!!

Great views!

Trash dumpster was far away but great sites.

Clean and big sites

Friendly host.

This is an easy place to camp with amazing views.

So this is on the Sheep Creek canyon loop which is a 2 lane road all paved that goes through some of the most amazing views around. There are lots of trails and lots of caves you can hike to and explore. If you like to explore caves this is a really awesome place. We camped here on the way to Flaming Gorge and it in an amazing place. The camp ground is nice they have outhouse style bathrooms and picnic tables and lots of trees and close to the creek so that is relaxing and helps you fall asleep fast at night. We stayed in June and there was lots of space and hardly no one on the road up the loop only saw a few other cars. This drive is worth going to go camping there. Red rocks and beauty all around.

Fun place to stay close to Flaming Gorge/Green River.

We stayed here on a scout camp out for a couple of days we stayed in a group sight # 10 and it had 2 picnic tables and offered lots of room. We had 6 tents set up and there was still lots of room. There was plenty of parking we had at one time 2 cars a big van and my truck and drift boat and had no trouble with parking in the double spot.  We were right next to the camp host and next to the bathrooms with running water and hot showers.

The campground is a short walk or drive to the marina. We caught lots of fish and crawfish from the shore at the marina and the kids all had fun.

The camp sight has lots of Cider trees, and pine trees and amazing views. Amazing sunset and sunrises as well. There is running water for RV and lots of room. It wasn't full in June and there were still lots of places to camp.

This is in a great location if you are going fishing in the Green river or on Flaming Gorge. We were only 10 minutes to the put in of the A section and within walking distant to the marina for Flaming Gorge. We did the free dam tour it is a must see if in the area. You are only a couple of minutes drive to Flaming Gorge Lodge if need a hot meal or fishing equipment they have a great fly shop, store, and cafe. If you forget any food items like ketchup they sell everything at good pricey. Plus it's a great place to get more ice and a coke.

Fire pits with a nice heavy grill on them. We used it to cook steaks and they were excellent. Also helpful when we cooked crawfish one night. The camp host sells firewood if needed. I was able to try out my new Grubsticks and made some awesome s'mores #grubstick, #Ilovemynewgrubsticks, #bestsmoresever.

Amazing views and saw sheep

This is an amazing campgrounds. Nice big spots. I camped in June and there was only 2 people using the campground. There is water hookups with outhouse style bathrooms and picnic tables. Amazing views of Flaming Gorge resivore.

We saw big horn sheep right by camp. The look out is within walking distance and it is close to the trailhead to the loop trail. Tent camping and RV this is a nice set up.

Basic but nice

This was a last minute stop for us and we ended up staying two nights. We were in Rangley to UTV and glad we found this place. We were the only ones there! Great shade throughout and this is welcomed in this high country desert. The bathrooms are serviceable at best. Not really clean, but useable. There are showers and dump station available. It was quiet and we felt safe there.

Group camping

this campground has a lot of wide open spaces for group campaigns but you lacked the tree coverage to do that it's also nice because it's right on the Green River so it is a spot where rafting boats come off just to know that.

Fun little camp spots on the Green River

It's a nice little Kim spot about 9 miles from the dinosaur national monument visitor center Utah side. There's a lot of chipmunks and if you have allergies cottonwood trees. Also the ground not to level so for tent camping it's takes a little bit to find a spot to lay your tent. just a few minutes up the road there split mountain which is for group Canton so there's more white out spaces for Tent's but you also sacrifice to tree cover on hot days.