Idlewild Campground

Klamath National Forest

Klamath National Forest
Attractions and Activities

Visitors to the Klamath National Forest find many scenic places to enjoy. Those camped at Idlewild Campground are right on the North Fork Salmon River, but still near many popular attractions in the area.

  • Fish along the beautiful Klamath River.
  • Get your thrills river rafting on the On the Klamath River with an experienced rafting company: River Country Rafting, Klamath River Rafting
  • Visit the historic Fort Goff Cemetery along the Klamath River near Seiad Valley.
  • Hike on the famous Pacific Crest Trail using the Seiad Trailhead.
  • Hike from the Happy Camp Town Trailhead for views of the local area.
  • Saddle up for a trail ride starting at the Grider Creek Trailhead. The trail follows Grider Creek south for approximately 12 miles through old growth forest and eventually crosses the Kelsey National Recreation Trail.
  • Enjoy a picnic at the covered shelter at Grouse Gap Picnic Area. Take in views of Mt. Shasta.
  • Spend time touring some of the local botanical areas such as Sutcliffe Creek (featuring old growth Port Orford-cedar), Rhododendron Patch, and Preston Peak Botanical Area (featuring a variety of conifers).
  • Head out to the Humbug OHV Recreation Area.

Nearby Campgrounds

Klamath National Forest Campgrounds

Key Idlewild Campground Regulations

  1. Obtain firewood locally to avoid the spread of invasive pests.
  2. Secure food and scented items so that bears cannot get to them.
  3. Dogs must be on leash and attended at all times.
  4. Fires are only permitted in provided fire rings.

Idlewild Campground

Idlewild Campground is deep in the Klamath National Forest on the North Fork of the Salmon River, 20 miles west of the town of Etna and Highway 3. This remote campground is most popular with hikers and anglers. Several interesting trails are nearby, some leading to the north into the Marble Mountain Wilderness. Wading and swimming are available off the gravel bar when water levels in the Salmon River are safe.

Idlewild Campground offers 11 scenic and spacious campsites for RVs, trailers, and tents. Drinking water is available in the summer but may not be at other times of the year. All campsites are first-come, first-served.

Idlewild Campground Basics
Idlewild Campground Location: Sawyers Bar Road, 20 miles west of Etna
Elevation: 2,575 feet
Mileage and driving time from gateway cities: Yreka - 48 miles, 1:17
Redding - 143 miles, 2:40
Number of Sites: 11
Open - Closed: May through October
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2
Pets: on leash, always attended
Scott River Ranger District: (530) 842-6131

No Reservations All campsites are first-come, first-served.
Maximum RV/trailer Length: 24 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: Some facilities are accessible
Fees: $10 per night
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 11:00 AM

Idlewild Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring with grill; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, tap water available in summer
Showers: No
Dump station: Available in Etna
Attractions near Idlewild Campground: Fish the Salmon River. Hike the trail leading north up the river to Lake of the Island. From Etna Summit hike on the Pacific Crest Trail. Take side trails off the PCT to Hogar Lake and Paynes Lake. Drive south for the day to Trinity Lake for boating, waterskiing, and fishing.

General Camping Information

Opening and closing dates of campgrounds are only estimates, usually dependent on snow conditions. Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the website when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.

In order to prevent the spread of invasive insects, obtain firewood locally.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate.

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