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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.

First to Review
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.