Monday, March 16, 2009

Matthews Creek Campground (NFS)

Matthews Creek Campground
(National Forest Service)

The route shown to this campsite is NOT recommended for RV's and/or trailers.

Name of Campground: Matthews Creek (NFS)

Elevation: 1,760 feet

Number of Campsites: 12 Tent Sites

Reservations: First come basis.

Price: $10 per day.

Open Dates: May to October: Maximum Stay, 14 days.

Location/address: Located 37 miles west of the town of Callahan along the South Fork of the Salmon River on Cecilville Road (Forest Hwy 93).

Contacts: Salmon River Ranger District
11263 N. Hiway 3
Fort Jones, CA 96032
(530) 468-5351


Vault toilets
River Access
Drinking Water
Swimming - River
Garbage pick up May to October

General Description: The campground is located in a remote area with oak and pine along with other trees and bushes. Portions of the road from Callahan are not advisable for trailers or RV's. Shaded and open areas near river gorge, campground is on higher ground with view to river below. River accessed by hiking trail. There is a wonderful natural swimming hole that is a welcome place on hot summer days. The deep clear pools are great for fishing. Poison oak in the area. Campsites offer picnic tables and grills.

Website: Matthews Creek

How to get here: Heading North on Interstate 5, turn off at the first Yreka exit (#774) turn left and go to the first stop light. Turn left onto Hwy 3 (Fort Jones Road) and drive towards Fort Jones. Follow maps and signs to Callahan, California about 41 miles from Yreka. At Callahan take Forest Hwy 93, (aka as Cecilville Road) along the South Fork of the Salmon River and travel about 45 miles along this route to the campsite. You will pass Cecilville before arriving at the campsite.


  1. have been camping here for years. The best swimming ever.

  2. Will it be really busy on a holiday weekend?