Rock Creek Campground

Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area


Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area


Rock Creek Campground, Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area, CA

Rock Creek Campground

Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area Attractions

Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area in northern Mendocino County offers a range of recreation activities and natural wonders.

  • Swim in the South Fork of the Eel River when water levels are safe.
  • Stroll along the Grove Trail and enjoy the virgin redwood stands. Visit the 225-foot Miles Standish Tree.
  • Hike along the Taber Nature Trail and the Mill Creek Loop Trail.
  • Watch for black-tailed deer, gray foxes, and river otters.
  • Overhead watch for osprey, woodpeckers, owls, eagles, and hawks.
  • Enjoy a picnic in the day-use area.
  • In the fall and winter fish for salmon and steelhead.
  • Attend a summer interpretive program at the campfire center.


Key Campground Regulations

  1. Wood collecting is not allowed, including twigs and leaves.
  2. Generators may only be operated sparingly from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
  3. Bicycles are only allowed on paved roads.

Rock Creek Campground

Rock Creek Campground is in Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area off Highway 101 in northern Mendocino County. Standish-Hickey marks the southern edge of what is called the Redwood Empire, which stretches north to the Oregon border. Visitors to Rock Creek Campground find well-spaced campsites among the trees on the bluff above the South Fork Eel River. By mid-summer the river is usually low enough for wading. Across the river, trails lead through groves of redwoods.

Rock Creek Campground has 35 campsites in a single loop. Fences protect campers from the edge of the steep bluff overlooking the river. Eight campsites are designated as tent-only. The rest of the campsites can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. A Hike & Bike campsite is included in the campground loop. Some campsites are kept as first-come, first-served sites or may be reserved directly through the park. See Attention Campers below.

Campground Basics
Location: Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area, Highway 101, 1½ miles north of Leggett
Elevation: 885 feet
Camping season: year-round
Number of Sites: 35
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 1 vehicle and 1 legally towed vehicle or trailer (fee for additional vehicle)
Pets: On leash, always attended
Park Headquarters: (707) -925-6482

Reservations
Reservations recommended: Mid-May to mid-October
Booking Window: Reservations can be made from 2 days up to 7 months in advance of arrival date.
New dates are made available in 1-month blocks on the first of each month.
Maximum Vehicle Length: Trailer 24 feet, RV 27 feet
Wheelchair accessible sites: #7, 25, 33
Fees: $35 per night, plus an $8 reservation fee
Online Reservations: Rock Creek Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon

Rock Creek Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, food locker, fire grill
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, tap water
Showers: Yes, 25 cents for 2 minutes
Dump Station: No
Campground Map: Standish-Hickey Campground Map
Nearby attractions: Swimming in Eel River when water level is safe, fishing, hiking trails, redwood groves, drive to nearby Smithe Redwood Grove, Drive-Thru Tree Park, Confusion Hill


Reservations Tips

Reservations for all Standish-Hickey campsites are available from 2 days up to 7 months in advance. Reservations become available in one-month blocks on the first of the month, 7 months in advance. For example, on January 1 campsite reservations become available for all of July.

From the reservation website: "ATTENTION CAMPERS: Reservations may be made through the park at (707) 925-6482 for the following sites: [Rock Creek] 1, 15-22, 24, 26, 28-29, 31, [Hickey] 36-41, 43-44, 46, 55, 58-68, 70-71, 75, [Redwood] 101, 105, 110, 114-126, 128-129, 139, 142, 147-149."

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