Elk Creek Campground

Area Status: Open

Less than a mile from the quiet town of Elk River in the mountains of north central Idaho, the Elk Creek Campground is found in a picturesque setting of mature pine forests and next to the tinkling waters of Elk Creek.  Only minutes from the largest waterfall in Idaho and the largest and oldest cedar tree east of the cascade range, and a favorite for berry pickers everywhere, this 24 site campground with host and a group shelter is an ideal place for your next family getaway.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Some sites are reservable; reservations are accepted on www.Recreation.gov. Open seasonally.
Operational Hours: 2024 Operating Season: 05/14/2024-10/01/2024.  No water effective 9/30/2024.
Reservations: The campsites are available on a first-come first-serve basis, except for 6 reservable sites. Visit Elk Creek on Recreation.gov or call 877-444-6777 to reserve.
Fees: Electrical hookup sites are $20.00/night
Open Season: May 14, 2024 - October 1, 2024
  • Camper length maximum is 30-40 feet in the campground.
  • Garbage services not available. Pack It In, Pack It Out.
Closest Towns: Elk River, Idaho with basic services as gas, groceries, showers and fishing equipment
Water: 4 water spigots
Restroom: Yes (3 total)
Operated By: US Forest Serrvice
Information Center: Palouse Ranger District, 208-875-1131

General Information


From Moscow, Idaho, travel northeast on State Road 8 to Elk River. Turn north onto Forest Road 382 and then east onto Forest Road 1705. The campground is about 45 minutes from Moscow. 

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

Campground Camping

RV Camping

24 units, all electric hook ups (14 of which are traditional-style camping sites with individual parking spaces), 2 loops and 10 of the hook-up sites are grouped together in a group overflow area in the campground.  Host is available during open season.

Group Camping

10 of the hook-up sites are grouped together in a group overflow area in the campground

River and Stream Fishing

Day Hiking

Horse Riding

Viewing Wildlife

Viewing Plants

This area is ideal for huckleberry picking, so grab your buckets and come on out!

Viewing Scenery

Group Picnicking

1 group picnic shelter is available and can be reserved at recreation.gov

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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