Standard (tent/RV)
Dispersed
Group
Tent Sites
Equestrian
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Drinking Water
About Clear Creek Campground

Clear Creek Camp is a non-fee campground and picnic area composed of 12 individual units and reservations are not required. This area is accessible for a season that varies usually between June through October. Campground amenities include toilets and the campground is well suited for tent and RV camping.

Operator
National Forest
Access
Drive In
Features
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
No Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
No Market
Pets Allowed
No Phone Service
Picnic Table
Not Reservable
No Sanitary Dump
No Sewer Hookups
No Showers
Toilets
No Trash
No Water Hookups
No WiFi
Location
Clear Creek Campground is located in Sawtooth National Forest in Idaho
Latitude
41.9528 N
Longitude
-113.3198 W
Elevation
5 ft
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4 Reviews of Clear Creek Campground
Private, small campground off the beaten path

Free NFS campground with 12 well distanced sites along a tiny creek.

The good: Privacy, quiet, free!, babbling brook to fall asleep to, mostly flat sites.

The not so good/things to be aware of: The 9 miles of gravel road to get there are extremely bumpy with washboard surfaces for most of the way. In a small RV, things were bouncing around, shifting in cupboards, and at one point the hood of our engine popped open because of all of the jostling. We ended up needing to go about 10-15 miles per hour most of the way. The pickup trucks whipping around us seemed to have no trouble going a normal speed, even the ones hauling campers and ATVs so this may just be a challenge for RVs and probably regular cars.

The site we ended up at in mid September had two big negatives: 1) cow patties everywhere, and 2) millions of small flying white bugs (not exaggerating) that seemed to be particularly drawn to the cow patties. It actually made it impossible to enjoy spending any time outdoors. There were several sites where they weren’t as bad, but they didn’t work for us due to size or needing to cross a small creek to get to the site. Not sure if its like this all the time, but it was the worst bug situation I’ve ever encountered and I have been camping for more than 40 years. They mostly disappeared after dark and didn’t come back until after 8 am the next morning.

One other thing to be aware of—it is extremely difficult to turn around at the end of the road in an RV or larger vehicle unless you are able to go through a creek that’s above ankle deep. In our jeep, I would not have thought twice, but I wasn’t comfortable in our RV and we had to back out down a windy, narrow road with many encroaching tree branches, making for a very frustrating experience.

All in all, I’m rating the site better than our experience because I think in a tent or in a more heavy duty pickup/trailer combo, this would be a fantastic site. Once we finally got settled and were enjoying dinner, listening to the creek, and drinking a bottle of wine, it was very relaxing and peaceful. Still, if I’d had a crystal ball, I probably would have skipped, given our equipment.

Very private

Long gravel road to access but worth it. No facilities so bring what you need lots of excellent dispersed sites. Cold streams near sites. Hiking is great

beautiful and Secluded

come here during the week and there’s a very good chance you’ll be the only at the whole campground! there’s fishing and hiking and the world famous City of Rocks for climbing!

First to Review
Lots of shade next to the creek

There is a large group site that has 2 large tables and a fire pit and most of the other 1 and 2 tent sites have cemented fire rings. Right next to the creek and plenty of Shade make it a perfect place for hammocks. For most of the year this campground is sparsely populated so it's a nice place for solitude. There is also a large ~200' cirque at the end of a 3 mile hike that continues onto the high point of the range and of Box Elder County! Nearby are numerous archaeological sites and the Joshua Tree-esque devils playground