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NOTE regarding summer bookings: During Red Fire Alerts or times when dry conditions make fires dangerous, we will ban campfires at our sites. Propane stoves are OK for cooking, but not as a heat source. 

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


NOTE regarding summer bookings: During Red Fire Alerts or times when dry conditions make fires dangerous, we will ban campfires at our sites. Propane stoves are OK for cooking, but not as a heat source. 

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, some more than others. If your group is larger than 4, 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 the warmer months, this private camp (REACHED 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).

This listing currently offers four sites, each with a picnic table, a fire pit (with grill) and a nearby port-a-potty, all easily accessible by car via Salmon Creek Rd (a very seldom traveled country road). Currently during Covid-19 accommodation at each spot is limited to 6 campers.  Creekside #1 is right inside the gate and most accessible from the road. Creekside #2 sits amid a stand of redwoods. Creekside #3 sits on a knoll above the creek with a private path down to the pools and a tent deck and several forest "rooms". Creekside #4 is across the creek and can be accessed either via Salmon Creek Rd by hiking in across the creek (during summer conditions), or via Bay Hill Rd for vehicles with four wheel drive. It sits on a knoll along the banks of the creek and along the edge of a huge, flat meadow, great for playing games. Note, however, Creekside Camp #4 is more exposed when conditions are breezy and RV's and trailers (except for pop-ups being pulled with 4WD) are not permitted at Creekside #4. 

Bring your own firewood and potable water, and be prepared to take away your trash. Four wheel drive tours of the ranch and forest are available at an additional cost by arrangement, enabling you to visit some of the more remote, scenic and steep areas of the property in comfort. 

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!

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers
4 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Picnic table available
No potable water
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Pack it out
Camping vehicle details
No electrical hookup
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Generators not allowed
Pull-through site
Max length 14ft
Surface type: grass or field
Surface levelness: flat
Doesn't accommodate slideouts
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 1PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Horseback riding
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Creekside Camp in California.

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The vibe at Creekside Camp

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Hipcamper David
David R.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
August 11th, 2016

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.

Hipcamper Jarrett
Jarrett H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
August 11th, 2016

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 Kendra
Kendra E.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
August 11th, 2016

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!

Hipcamper Oralia
Oralia C.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 11th, 2016

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!

Hipcamper Sandy
Sandy G.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
August 11th, 2016

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!

Hipcamper Mathew
Mathew P.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
August 11th, 2016

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.

Hipcamper Sarah
Sarah C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
August 25th, 2016

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 Graham
Graham T.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
August 11th, 2016

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.

Hipcamper Jared
Jared F.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
August 11th, 2016

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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