Monday, March 23, 2009

Shadow Creek Campground (NFS)

Shadow Creek Campground

Out of the way and often private camping area, suitable for tents, small campers, and possibly small trailers. Parts of the access road are quite narrow, check with Forest Service for details prior to traveling in this area.

Elevation: approx. 2900ft.

Number of campsites: 5 family sites – Day use available

Affiliation: National Forest Campground – Klamath National Forest – Salmon River Ranger District.

Open Dates: May to October: Maximum Stay, 14 days.
Location/address: Located 23 miles southwest of the town of Callahan on Hwy 3 (Forest Route 93). Campground sign was missing at last visit. Look for “Certification Area” sign to help locate campground from road. From Yreka and Interstate 5 travel Hwy 3 from Yreka to Fort Jones and on to Callahan, this portion of the drive is 41 miles. Together with the "leg" from Callahan to the campground will be approximately 64 miles. Note the majority of the route is on small 2 lane country roads with portions one lane wide.

Contacts: Klamath National Forest Headquarters
1711 South Main Street
Yreka, CA 96097
(530) 842-6131

Salmon River Ranger District
11263 N. Hwy 3
Ft. Jones, CA 96032
(530) 468-5351

Reservation information: Campsites on a first come basis.

Price for camping: Free!


· Vault toilets
· River next to campground
· Drinking Water – hand pump
· Fishing
· Mountain Bikes
· Hiking
· Nearby wilderness trail heads

General description: Campground is located in shaded area in conifer on the East Fork of the Salmon River. Fish for salmon and trout. Poison oak may be in the area. Campsites offer picnic tables and brick/stone fire pits. Due to budget cuts garbage pickup may not be available, you may need to pack out what you bring in. Campground is a “little use” campground. You should find a site available most of the time. Wildlife in area includes deer, black bears, and birds. Currently campground is not well marked from the road, however, it is adjacent. Campers may gather firewood, check for permit requirements.


  1. So, there is water available, but only in pump form ? So for instance, if I wanted use some water to clean cookware, I could refer to the hand pumps as I would do for Water Spigots?

  2. This is a small campground and there is only one water hand pump available. You can use the water for cleaning cookware, but likely would want to have a bucket or other device to be able to carry the water back to your campsite. I would suggest you double check with the KNF office before going to be sure the water is turned on for the season.