Slate Creek Recreation Site
Guide

Introduction

Located in Cottonwood, Idaho, the Slate Creek Recreation Site is a beautiful area for anyone who loves nature. It is managed and maintained by the Bureau of Land Management. Several other BLM areas surround Slate Creek Recreation Site. Many visitors enjoy a wide selection of water activities that are available.

You can spend your summer days fishing, kayaking the river, swimming, or just relaxing on the boat. The Slate Creek Recreation Site is near White Bird, Idaho, which offers rolling hills and unique vegetation. This is the perfect place to get away from the city and enjoy the natural wonders that the area has to offer. With towering trees, lapping water, and mountain views, there are worse places to escape to.

It's vast enough that you will rarely feel crowded or overwhelmed. While you can camp at the Slate Creek Recreation Site itself, there are some nearby campsites that are great as well. You can enjoy hiking, photography, and horseback riding in the area. Many families enjoy wildlife viewing in hopes of spotting an American black bear or timberwolves in their natural habitat.

RV Rentals in Slate Creek Recreation Site

Transportation

Driving

Located along the Salmon River in Idaho, Slate Creek Recreation Site is often traveled to by taking Highway 95. This is the best way to take if you're looking for paved and well-maintained roads. Many roads in the area are winding and curvy, which can pose a bit of difficulty for larger vehicles.

Due to the mountainous terrain, four-wheel-drive is highly recommended. Cell phone service tends to go in and out in the area. Because of this, it's a good idea to print directions before heading out the door. The roads stay open all year round and are rarely closed for construction or due to poor conditions. The Slate Creek Recreation Site itself has a paved parking lot and is easy to travel around.

The majority of visitors get around on foot or watercraft. Either way is a great way to see the area. If you're traveling by water, there are several shuttles along the Salmon River to take you to and from the Slate Creek Recreation Site. Be sure to look up a schedule ahead of time so that you don't have to wait around for the next boat!

Parking

Public Transportation

Campgrounds and parking in Slate Creek Recreation Site

Campsites in Slate Creek Recreation Site

Reservations camping

Evergreen Picnic Site and Campground

Evergreen Picnic Site and Campground has 19 campsites available. Campers can stay in a tent or an RV that is 38 feet long or less. Camping here is available by reservation over the summer and first-come, first-served basis during the rest of the year. Staying there you will enjoy a private campsite with a picnic table and a fire ring. There are tables, vault toilets, trash bins, and benches throughout the campground as well. You will not find any RV hookups at this campground.

Many people enjoy staying at Evergreen Picnic Site and Campground when visiting the Slate Creek Recreation Site because it doesn't get too crowded. You get to enjoy your stay without being distracted by noisy neighbors. Each campsite is surrounded by trees and has a gravel pad available. If you're traveling with someone who enjoys getting away from modern amenities for a night or two, they will likely enjoy staying at Evergreen Picnic Site and Campground.

First-come first-served

The Slate Creek Recreation Site Camping

The Slate Creek Recreation Site itself offers camping to a handful of visitors. There are six campsites in total that are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each campsite is equipped with a fire ring and picnic table. There are many benefits to staying at the Slate Creek Recreation Site. You won't have to worry about wasting gas going from the Slate Creek Recreation Site to a campground or getting lost in the middle of the night.

There are no modern amenities there, including a lack of RV hookups. You will be in close proximity to the boat launch and have plenty of shade to keep you cool during the warmer months. There are many other areas that are managed by the Bureau of Land Management that is around the Slate Creek Recreation Site as well. You will have access to potable water, vault toilets, a dump station, and a small parking lot. This is a great spot to stay for couples and individual campers.

Grouse Campground

Grouse Campground has camping available for solo travelers as well as large families that are visiting the Slate Creek Recreation Site. If you want a scenic view during your camping excursion, you'll enjoy the lake views that nearly every campsite has to offer. There are vault toilets and drinking water available for campers as well. You will find 21 campsites in total. Twelve campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis, while the remaining nine are available by reservation only.

The campsites at Grouse Campground offer picnic tables and fire rings for campers. If you're camping in an RV, you'd likely want to know beforehand that there are no hookups available at Grouse Campground. This is a beautiful area that allows you to focus on the nature around you and leave the stress of your busy life at home. You can even hit up the hiking trails or enjoy a water activity in the nearby lake during the summer!

Seasonal activities in Slate Creek Recreation Site

In-Season

Fishing

With the Slate Creek Recreation Site being so close to water, fishing is one of the most popular peak season activities that visitors enjoy. There is a boat launch that is easily accessible, or you can throw a line in from the dock or shore.

Anglers find themselves catching different types of trout and bass in the area. You may also have the opportunity to catch a sturgeon! Be sure to have a fishing license before hitting the water.

Boating

Who doesn't like spending a hot summer afternoon relaxing on a boat? You can do just that while visiting Slate Creek Recreation Site. You are also able to paddle canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, or any other watercraft.

There aren't any floatation devices or watercraft for rent in the area, meaning you have to bring your own gear. Be sure to keep young children and inexperienced swimmers away from the water or equipped with a life jacket.

Swimming

You can take a dip in the water of the Salmon River, as long as the current is calm enough! This is a perfect way to cool off, get some exercise and have a good time when visiting the Slate Creek Recreation Site in the summer. The area rarely gets crowded, which is a big plus for many visitors. It's important to note that there isn't a lifeguard on duty, so be sure to keep a close eye on small children.

Off-Season

Picnicking

The Slate Creek Recreation Site is best known for the amazing areas where you can enjoy a picnic. There are several picnic tables and benches throughout the Slate Creek Recreation Site. This is a great way to spend a morning, afternoon, or evening.

You can enjoy a picnic for breakfast to fuel up for a busy day of activities or you can catch a few fish and have yourself a picnic for lunch or dinner! Just be sure to pick up after yourself to keep the Slate Creek Recreation Site preserved!

Hiking

When you're not in the water, camping, or enjoying a meal, hiking is a fun activity that many people enjoy. The Slate Creek Recreation Site offers plenty of areas to get in a great hike.

Whether you're looking for a calm, flat trail, or a steep incline is more up your alley, there is something for everyone at the Slate Creek Recreation Site. This also doubles as a fun way to get exercise and explore the land!

Wildlife Viewing

Last but not least, an activity that the whole family can enjoy is wildlife viewing. This is a relaxing activity that can be done by just about anywhere within Slate Creek Recreation Site.

If you like birds, there are plenty of different species flying around the area. They are best seen with binoculars. You may also see a variety of different fish in the water. On land, there are raccoons, rabbits, bears, wolves, and even elk.