Creekside Camp

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About Creekside Camp

Hipcamp host John & Lesley
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NOTE: During the wet, winter months, these spots get muddy and cars can get stuck. Unless you have 4WD, we do not recommend staying here until the weather dries out a bit in the Spring. In the late Spring/Summer and Fall, these spots can be glorious. When the creek is too high to cross, it is difficult to access the 400 acres of trails and our Mercantile without driving around Read more...

NOTE: During the wet, winter months, these spots get muddy and cars can get stuck. Unless you have 4WD, we do not recommend staying here until the weather dries out a bit in the Spring. In the late Spring/Summer and Fall, these spots can be glorious. When the creek is too high to cross, it is difficult to access the 400 acres of trails and our Mercantile without driving around to our main entrance at 1400 Bay Hill Rd., Bodega. Because of this, we are offering a $40 discount while the creek is high. Email us for current creek conditions and if its high, we'll email you the discount code.

Our Creekside Camp offers secluded tranquility on the banks of Salmon Creek, home of collaborative efforts to restore native Coho Salmon. Up to 4 campers are included in the base price and sites can accommodate a few additional people. If your group is larger than 4 people (and over the age of 7), please utilize the additional person feature. Early check in and late check out are sometimes possible—but check with us first. Well-behaved dogs are most welcome, despite what it might say during the booking procedure.

During most months of the year, this private camp (REACHED BY VEHICLE VIA SALMON CREEK ROAD, NOT OUR MAIN RANCH ENTRANCE ON BAY HILL ROAD) offers access to the many miles of hiking trails on the ranch via a convenient log bridge over the creek. After crossing the creek by foot and heading uphill through the redwood, fir and bay laurel forest to the open uplands, you will be able to view the hundreds of acres of natural pasture lands of the ranch (with our ducks, goats and Scottish Highland cattle). Please note, that during times of high rainfall (winter), the creek gets too high to cross and if you want access to the trails and the rest of the ranch, you may need to drive around to the Bay Hill Rd. entrance.

This listing currently offers four sites, each with a picnic table, a fire pit and a nearby port-a-potty. Creekside #1, #2 & #3 are easily accessible by car via Salmon Creek Rd (a very seldom traveled 1.5 lane country road) and are in an open area between the creek and a stand of redwoods. Camper vans and small RV's (up to 16'), can be accommodated at these sites (however no hookups). Creekside #4 is across the creek and can be accessed either via Salmon Creek Rd and hiking in across the creek (during summer conditions), or via Bay Hill Rd for vehicles with good ground clearance (4WD recommended during winter). In very wet winter conditions Creekside 1, 2 and 3 may be temporarily closed due to the creek crossing being impassable -- check the booking calendar, which is adjusted according to weather forecasts a month ahead of time in the winter).

Each site is invisible from the others. Bring your own firewood and potable water, and be prepared to take away your trash, although recycling bins are provided for aluminum cans and plastics.

If you want a creek side camp that is a hundred times more quiet and secluded than any public or Forest Service campground, check us out!

Fires are allowed
Potable water is not available
Pets are allowed

Details

  • Listing type: Private
  • No. of sites: 4
  • Accessible by: Drive
  • Accommodation: Tent
  • Check in after: 2PM
  • Check out before: 1PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: None
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out

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Hipcamper Jarrett

This was a great getaway from the city! We really enjoyed the ranch and our campsite. The owners are great and were more than happy to show us around. We were even able to buy some fresh Top Sirloin from the cattle on their ranch, along with some duck eggs, both of which we cooked on the campfire for Dinner and breakfast

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Hipcamper Oralia

A large spot with loads of space. The firepit is set low which was really nice for a lot of heat. Walking through the forest was a serious dream, was in awe of it! The owners really make this place, they're awesome. Definitely take the tour of the ranch and meet the animals!

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Hipcamper Kendra

super sweet and helpful. they made sure we had all the fire wood we needed as well as a map of some hiking to do on their property. it was lovely. they sent us a lot of information and directions before arriving so we found the place no problem and were excited to hear about fresh farm eggs we could get for breakfast. be sure to bring rain boots for creek crossing if you have them!

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Hipcamper Graham

This is an awesome campsite. Very secluded, off a small, paved ranch road. Beautiful trails, big trees, clean facilities, wonderful host: We wish we could have stayed longer.

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Hipcamper Jared

The owners made this a truly remarkable experience.
The location was idyllic.
And before it was time to leave, we had already begun planning a return trip.

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Hipcamper Mathew

What a wonderful space! Quiet site by the creek. Such great hosts, took us around for a tour in his range rover when we arrived and made sure we had everything we needed. With 400 acres to explore there's not much need to leave the property! Will definitely return.

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Hipcamper David

We had an amazing time at Creekside Camp. Our group was about 18 people and we had sites #1 and #2. The campsites have a good amount of space and there are some shaded areas for setting up tents. Each comes a picnic table and a fire pit. They are also a short walk to the creek where we had a wonderful time with our dogs and they were able to swim. We crossed the creek and walked along trail which gave a nice tour of the surrounding forest.

If you have a group of more than 6 people, I would recommend getting sites #1 and #2. They are very close to each other; only about 20-yards apart. Site #3 is much nicer for a couple or small group. It's about 75-yards from the other sites, near the water and very secluded. There's even an observation deck for your tent and chairs that overlooks the creek.

The road is right next to the campsites. It's not that big of a deal since the the road is so inactive, but you will definitely hear every vehicle that goes by. There's only about 15-20 feet between your tent and the pavement. If you're extra curious, you can look up the sites on Google street view.

Overall, I highly recommend this campsites and we'll definitely be returning.

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Hipcamper Sandy

Creekside 4 seems to be a mystery, as no one else has mentioned it in other reviews, however, we had a wonderful time. Big meadow for our dog to run, big tree to pitch the tent under. Yes, there is a short walk from your car but no big deal, you can see your car from site. Can't wait to go back!

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Hipcamper Sarah

We stayed at Creekside Site 2 for two nights and it was great. Very close to the road, as others have mentioned, but hard to remember it's a road as there are only a few cars a day and it's a tiny and inconspicuous road. Fantastic grounds for hiking (and dogs can hike too unlike so many other parks/sites!), very quiet, beautiful stream. Amazing farm eggs, etc. available at the Mercantile. All of the campsites are fairly large, but I'd recommend sites 2 and 3 at Creekside as they are more private (or check out the other camps also within Salmon Ranch for even bigger / more private spaces). Sites 1 and 2 are very close together and in site of one another - great for groups. What an amazing space!! Huge thank you to the hosts for making this available.

Hipcamper John

Really great site, I HIGHLY recommend site 3 as it is the most secluded and overlooks the river. Site 3 is also shielded quite well from the road and passing cars (which there were / are very few). The duck eggs are superb as well as the selection of meats and other products for sale from the farm. The only thing we weren't prepared for was the 'uphill hike' to the Mercantile, which is quite steep - we tried it on mountain bikes but failed miserably and had to walk / push the bikes uphill. The ride down was nice, but definitely exciting (and much quicker!). One thing I would recommend heavily is sourcing local wood, we found this supplier only a short distance from Bodega: Doug Gore, Salmon Creek Firewood, Seasoned Eucalyptus, Doug Fir, and Pine, ph: +1.707.527.2900, e: trouthab@sonic.net (NO affiliation, FYI).

Hipcamper Aaron

We had a really nice time at Creekside Camp on the Salmon River Ranch. The creek is lovely, the property has excellent views and there is plenty of livestock to keep you entertained. Lesley was an excellent host. While we had a great time, please be aware that some of the campspots are somewhat close to each other, so there isn't complete privacy. It didn't majorly detract from our stay, but is worth noting.

Hipcamper Annie

Such a fantastic place! We went on a rainy weekend and had the place to ourselves. It was gorgeous - lots of beautiful paths to walk/hike, a creek right by camp, super peaceful. Our van got stuck in the some mud and the owner, John, came to our rescue in no time and towed us out. He was incredibly kind and wonderful. We will definitely be back!

Hipcamper Britt

A great campsite. It's right next to the creek under the redwoods. It's close to the road but there's very little traffic, especially at night (maybe 1-2 cars). The hosts are awesome! They were super nice and even pulled our VW camper out when it got stuck in the mud. I would recommend site #1 or #2, #3 is more private but not as large and meadowy.

Hipcamper Martin

Very nice, quiet location by redwoods (site #1) and the creek, very pleasant and helpful hosts, and lovely grounds for walking along the creek or up the hill for great views over surrounding valleys. The only caveat is the porta-potty was particularly smelly (even for a porta-potty); seemed due for a servicing. We'd definitely stay here again.

Hipcamper Christina

A magical experience on a beautiful and diverse landscape run by down to earth people.

Hipcamper Nelson

This was such a pleasant surprise. Very easy to book, directions were spot on, and the hosts made sure we were comfortable.

My friends and I loved the spaced out sites, which offered privacy and lots of room. The grounds and creek are beautiful. I'd definitely stay here again!

Hipcamper Morgan

Creekside camp was a great place to spend the weekend. The land was beautiful and well kept, and the land owners were very friendly and welcoming. There is lots of land to explore throughout the day, ranging from a creek to grassy meadows to redwood forest. We felt refreshed and rejuvenated after our night on this serene ranch.

Hipcamper Geoffrey

Amazing experience! Super friendly hosts and can't wait to go back

Hipcamper Beth

Beautiful campsite and the folks that run the farm are really kind. The farm is up and over the hill, but it's an easy walk to see the goats/cows/ducks if you're into that! The sites themselves are nicely segregated and the creek is really close and a wonderful sound at night. Thanks for the great place to camp Creekside!

Hipcamper Jodi

We had a great time at Creekside Camp! The location is beautiful with redwoods and a lovely creek. We stayed in Campsite 2, which had plenty of room for 2 big tents and a great fire pit. The hosts were very responsive and helpful.

Hipcamper Richard

I highly recommend Creekside Camp, Site # 3. It's the most secluded and has a sweet deck overlooking the creek where you can place your tents. Although all the sites seemed more than adequate-

Hiking around the property was fun, and getting to see the livestock was a nice treat (the anatolian shepherd dogs are also very impressive).

To top it all off, the cuts of meat for sale at the mercantile were divine, particularly the flank steak and tenderloin. Even our clumsy campfire cooking skills resulted in delicious tender meat for dinner.

The ownership (Lesley) does everything possible to ensure a great experience. Strong recommendation for anyone looking to get away while only driving 1-1.5 hours outside the city.

Hipcamper Jamye

This place is beautiful! Each campsite has its own unique feel and are far away enough from each other that you have a private experience. Lesley & John are wonderful hosts. We stayed in campsite #4 which is a spacious and peaceful area under a oak tree by a beautiful meadow. It is on the side of the creek that the redwood camp sites are on. There are pretty hiking trails. Also we took a farm tour which was very fun! We will definitely be back.

Hipcamper Susannah

Super mellow car camping with plenty of room to roam. We were there for 5 days, 4 nights. We left twice for hikes along the coast. Bodega village is awesome - full of cool folks, farmers and artists. We bypassed Bodega Bay which was packed for the holiday weekend. Owners Lesley and John are lovely. They keep a close eye on the lands's visitors which is nice. This isn't a cheek-by-jowl campground. You bring everything in and take everything out. It's safe, serene and special. We really hope that Salmon Creek Ranch continues to offer just a few camp sites so that the solitude and sounds of nature don't get overwhelmed by its certain popularity. Be sure to order meats, eggs and ranch offerings for your fireside dinners!

Hipcamper Christina

i love this place- it's so big you can have a new adventure every day. the creek, the goats, the redwoods, the owners- we will keep coming back as often as we can.

Hipcamper Steve

We had 3 families at site 2 Creekside, and it was a great spot. The creek was fun for the kids to play in, with lots of steep hiking. The owners were very helpful and welcoming. The site is situated between two stands of redwoods, so you don't see anyone at site 1 or site 3 while at your site, feels very private. Site 3 is even more separate, so that or Site 2 look the best. Even though it is right on the road, there were probably 6 cars/day that drove past - it was not an issue at all, and there was a small fence between the site and road so the kids weren't able to get to the road anyway. We plan on returning soon!

Hipcamper Peter

LOVED the Redwood camps. A large meadow fringed by a stately grove of redwoods make for lovely campsites. The Creekside camps should really be called roadside camps, as they are wedged between the brushy creek and a public road. A small hedge is not an ideal way to separate oneself from traffic, albeit on a lightly traveled lane.

John and Lesly are gracious hosts on a working ranch that has it's meat on sale at the mercantile. They were good enough to swith our campsite from creekside to the redwood camp, which luckily was available!

Hipcamper Heather

Quiet and peaceful with lots of room to roam. The host is attentive and helpful. I recommend the campsites on the other side of the creek (redwoods 1 & 2 and creekside 4) if you don't mind carrying your gear for a short walk. While the campsites are minimally equipped with a picnic table and fire pit, they are very well maintained.

Hipcamper Lauren

We had a great time at site #1. The owners were super friendly, checked in on us a few times to make sure we had everything we needed and that we knew where the trails were. They even delivered their delicious duck eggs directly to our campsite ($12 a dozen, worth every penny, cook them in a cast iron skillet on the fire!) There was a clean port-a-potty about 20 yards away which was convenient. Be advised, site #1 is right inside the main gate off Salmon Creek Road and possibly the least private. You will feel like you are camping on the side of the road. There is only a short fence separating you from the few cars, joggers, or dog walkers that may pass by. Other campers will have to drive in right next to your campsite and drive past you to get to the other sites. Site #2 is extremely close to #1, separated only by a few redwoods. We had no neighbors the first night, but a family with small children set up camp the second night. People at #1 and #2 can hear each other, and see each other from time to time. I would recommend a group reserve those sites together.

Hipcamper Lesley

Beautiful spot owned by an adorable couple who use the funds to offset costs so that they don't have to sell to developers. I will totally camp here again!

Hipcamper Mary

This is a beautiful spot to camp! Wonderful, secluded and perfect for chilling after a hard week at work. We chilled our bottle of wine in the creek while we explored the area and returned for a great bonfire. The ranch owners stopped by to make sure we needed anything. Just a lovely piece of property. We will be back again and again.

Hipcamper Andrew

Stayed at creekside camp #3 for one night. More secluded than the other sites with a redwood platform overlooking the creek. Nice picnic table and fire ring over by the road but only a handful of cars ever went by so stayed very peaceful. Took a hike over the creek and up hill to the house and pastures. The hosts (Lesley and John) were very friendly and even suggested some trails around the ranch. Stopped at the Mercantile stand for some duck eggs on our way back to camp. Great spot in the Bodega area would visit again and maybe bring a few friends at some of the other larger sites..

Hipcamper Danielle

A great place to spend a couple nights with friends! Its hard to describe just how many STARS you can see out there. Just watch out for the poison oak!

Hipcamper Daniel

Quiet, peaceful, private. Site 3 was great.

Hipcamper Jane

Creekside was a lovely place to camp. We were close to the road but there was hardly any traffic. The hike around the camp was lovely and we enjoyed walking around the farm. A really lovely weekend.

Hipcamper Ashley

We had an awesome time there even though it was a rainy weekend. We stayed at creekside 3, and did some hiking around the property. The owners were super helpful and communicative. Would definitely recommend!

Hipcamper Cathy

What a gorgeous place to getaway. We had a group of 10 and we reserved Creekside Camp #1 and #2. It was the perfect size for a group. We were totally isolated from all other campers, so it was peaceful and serene. I definitely want to return someday! We toured the Redwood Campsites as well, and site #1 looked spectacular. That site is isolated in a grove of redwoods. Can't wait to try out that spot too!

Hipcamper Alexandro

Creekside Camp brings a well thought out car camping experience with close access to lovely Bodega and neighboring communities. The occasional passing car or truck may break the magic for a moment but it’s easy to slip back into the calm and simulated solitude of Salmon Creek Ranch.

We spent two nights at Creekside #3 with the platform. First night was clear with good view of stars and calm weather, perfect for a night fire in the well built and positioned pit. The second night saw rain so no fire but we stayed high and dry in our tent atop the platform, nestled between trees overlooking the creek.

Ample tree coverage and the running creek helped mask the presence of other campers, while the shared portable toilet provided that little bit of modernity that can bring comfort when car camping. Hiked a trail on the property for bit but incoming rain turned us back early.

Info and emails from host were very useful, made sure to have them ready for the lack of cell service which prohibited us from sending texts and email. John even came down and said hello to check in on us.

Hipcamper Alex

We had a great time a Creekside Camp. I picked the Creekside Camp #3, following some reviews. All camp sites were really well set up. This one has the particularity of having a platform overlooking the creek and secluded from the road. It is also located at the end of the path so nobody will ever pass through.
John will come by to welcome you and make sure you're well set up or don't need anything. It's all very well organized and quiet. Highly recommend and definitely coming back sometime soon.

Hipcamper Shanley

Adorable campsites surrounded by beautiful trees and a creek. Worth a walk up to the ranch too to see the animals and the cute little store. Camp #1 (not creekside) is definitely the coolest looking spot, nestled in the woods. But the rest of them are beautiful too and in grassy areas. Definitely recommend camping here.

Hipcamper Adam

As nice as the other reviewers have stated. Great for families, too. If a group would recommend booking campsites #1 and #2. Exploring the Redwoods is a treat. Special place.

Hipcamper Katie

Creekside camp site #4 is fairly private and under a lovely oak tree, but there's a huge solar panel right next to the site. Also, the toilets are actually port-o-potties and they were overdue for servicing when we were there. We also had to shovel the ash out of our fire pit from the last campers, and someone had left a bag of trash in our friend's site. For $100/night, we expected more...

Hipcamper David

Great, secluded space with private campgrounds. Good location, close to plenty of other activities. Friendly hosts! Will be back.

Hipcamper Rachel

We had an amazing time at the Creekside camp! It was the perfect weekend getaway.

Hipcamper Nicole

The campsite was beautiful and as described, easy to find with the directions given. Campsites are spread out and hidden well from one another so you barely notice that any other campers are around. The area was beautiful and its hard to beat falling asleep to the sounds of Salmon Creek flowing by.

Hipcamper Mary

We had a lovely stay at Creekside Camp, site #2. The huge trees surrounding our site added to it's secluded feeling and felt like a big hug around our tents. We went for a walk around the ranch and up to the mercantile to grab some duck eggs. We could have stayed up there for hours watching the baby goats play with each other but headed back down to our site to make pizza over the fire grate. The Hosts were very communicative and came down to check on us after our arrival. An awesome spot with so much beauty on the ranch and surrounding area.

Hipcamper Brandon

This place was awesome! Very quiet and relaxing with some good trails to explore near by. We were able to pick up some steak and duck eggs to cook up at the mercantile on their farm. John was very easy to get a hold of and even came by to check that we had everything we needed. Good place for a nice weekend getaway.

Hipcamper Matt

Great secluded creekside site. Site #3 was huge with a tent platform and access to the creek. The port-o-potty is closer to site #1. Highly recommended. The sites on the other side of the creek looked great too. I'd recommend this spot and will go back.

Hipcamper Amy

We had the most wonderful stay! Our young kids loved the creek and seeing all of the animals. They were able to walk up the steep drive to the house from the creek which was the highlight of their day (and ours since they slept well that night!) Thank you for your hospitality! For anyone else planning to come with another family, sites C1-2 were just close enough to be able to eat together but sleep a bit further away for some quiet. Highly recommend and we'll be back!

Hipcamper Michael

Beautiful property and amazing hosts. Campsites and port-a-potties are well maintained and clean. Spend your day hiking around the property and seeing the animals, and I *highly* recommend bringing a cast iron and purchasing some of the grass-fed organic steaks from the Mercantile to bring your experience full circle. The duck eggs are phenomenal as well.

Hipcamper Sarah

When we first arrived we didn't know what to expect but as we settled into our campsite we really enjoyed it. It's tucked away in the trees by the creek which is quiet and peaceful. It is also sheltered from the notorious wind that comes in from the coast. We felt really safe here and Lesley + John the owners where there for anything we needed. We picked up some meat and honey from their little store up at the ranch where they live. We enjoyed our campfire at night under the stars. The grounds are dog friendly and if you are in number 1, 2 or 3 they are nice and private. This location was close to everything we wanted to explore in the Bodega / Bodega Bay / Salmon Creek and Jenner area. There is a shared porta-loo which is kept clean... other than that there is a picnic table at each campsite. Everything else you need to bring yourself itncluding gas, firewood and water. We had a fun and comfortable experience. Enjoy!

Hipcamper Elisabeth

Very quiet, wonderful spot with creek close by, very helpful staff. You can barely see your neighbors; this kind of privacy is very hard to come by at most campgrounds! Highly recommended.

Property
Salmon Creek Ranch
State
California
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Coordinates
38.357° N, 123.002° W
$90/night
Tent Only: 4 Sites