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. Visitors to Rock Creek Campground are near many of the attractions in the park.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In the fall and winter fish for salmon and steelhead.
  • Attend a summer interpretive program at the campfire center.

Key Rock Creek Campground Regulations

  1. Dogs must be kept on a leash and must be confined to a tent or vehicle at night.
  2. Gathering wood is not allowed, including twigs and leaves.
  3. Generators may only be operated sparingly from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
  4. Jumping or diving into the river is not allowed. Campers should stay back from the edge of the bluff.
  5. 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.

Changes in California State Parks Reservation System

California State Parks is switching to a new reservation system beginning August 1, 2017. ReserveCalifornia will replace the previous ReserveAmerica. "Beginning on midnight July 26, 2017, the website and telephone reservations for California's state parks will be temporarily offline to prepare for the exciting launch of the new system on August 1. During this time, all existing reservations will be honored. An electronic or hard copy from ReserveAmerica will need to be presented to State Parks staff when checking in for reservation made prior to July 26, 2017."

Rock Creek Campground Basics
Rock Creek Campground 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 for Rock Creek Campground
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 at ReserveCalifornia: Rock Creek Campground Reservations
or call (800) 444-PARK (7275) between 8 AM and 6 PM
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
Attractions near Rock Creek Campground: Try fishing in the river. Swim in Eel River when water level is safe. Try fishing in the river. Enjoy hiking trails and redwood groves. Drive to the nearby Smithe Redwood Grove. Stop in at the Drive-Thru Tree Park. Visit a tourist favorite, Confusion Hill.


ReserveCalifornia Reservations Tips

California State Parks' new reservation system - ReserveCalifornia - now allows campers "to make reservations 6 months to the day in advance of their arrival date." For example, on January 1 reservations can be made for stays beginning on July 1. In the past, reservations were released in one-month blocks. Now it is day by day. For months with fewer days than the month 6 months away, reservations for the remaining days will be released in a small cluster on the first of the next month. For example, on March 1 (because February is a short month) you can make reservations for stays beginning August 29-31. Read details at ReserveCalifornia.

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