Big Elk Campground

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Palisades - Big Elk Creek Campground

Campground will Open 5/15/2015

Big Elk Campground is situated along Big Elk Creek on a quiet arm of gorgeous Palisades Reservoir at an elevation of 5,700 feet, just 55 miles east of Idaho Falls, Idaho. Aspens and tall Douglas firs partially shade the campground, sagebrush and summer wildflowers dot the area. Big Elk Creek has great fishing for cutthroat trout and occasional kokanee salmon. Canoeing and swimming are also popular activities. Big Elk Creek Trail, for hiking, biking, and horses, begins at the campground and meanders up a beautiful canyon brimming with wildflowers, towering trees, and views of the surrounding mountains. Big Elk Campground has 10 single units, 5 double units and 3 group sites. Full time campground host located on site. Firewood is for sale at campground.

At a Glance

Reservations: Group sites can be reserved by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777) or
Area Amenities: Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees $12/Night single sites, $24/Night double sites  Group sites are $50/night up to 35 people, $1/person thereafter. $6/night extra vehicle, $6/Day for Day Use Fee
Open Season: May
Usage: Light-Medium
Restrictions: ATV's or ORV's allowed on Forest Service Roads only, trails in the area are non-motorized. No riding in the campground.
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Passes: Interagency Senior Pass and Interagency Access Pass will receive a discount on Single sites only.
Operated By: Concessionaire

General Information


Located 55 miles southeast from Idaho Falls, ID on Highway 26.  Take Forest Service Road # 262 to campground and trailhead.


From Idaho Falls, Idaho, travel approximately 56 miles on Highway 26 to Palisades Dam. Once at the dam, continue 6 miles east on Highway 26, then turn left onto Forest Road #262 (Big Elk Creek Road) and travel 2 miles to campground.

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Group Camping

$50/night up to 35 people, $1/person thereafter.

Reservation Info
Fire Information Yes
No. of Sites 3
No. of Accessible sites 2 - Loop A Gravel
Reservation required?: Y

Campground Camping

$12/night single sites, $24/night double sites. Campground could be utilized after the snow in the spring and before the snow in the fall.

Reservation Info First come, First served
Fire Information Yes
No. of Sites 15
No. of Accessible sites 2 (Gravel)


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Boat ramp
Camping trailer
Picnic tables
Tent camping
Drinking water
Fire Danger Level: Moderate
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