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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 small pop-ups or teardrops  towed 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 wheelchair 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 4.27 m
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: 3 months out

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Hipcamper Katie
Katie D.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
November 27th, 2021

Great spot! John and Lesley were easy to work with. Beautiful location!

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Marie G.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
November 23rd, 2021

Creekside Camp is a magical escape. Exactly the adventure our group needed. Our group of 11 stayed in sites 1 & 2, which were beautiful spots! Would definitely recommend meeting John and Lesley’s sweet animals if you have the opportunity.

Hipcamper Marie

A place of dreams

Marie G.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
November 14th, 2021

Such a lovely escape!! The site was everything we needed; wanted, and more. We had a big group (party of 11), and sites 1 & 2 were perfect!!

Hipcamper Bryan
Bryan M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
November 14th, 2021

Thank you so much! Such a peaceful place. We will be back.

Hipcamper Elana
Elana M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
November 13th, 2021

Staying at salmon creek ranch was great! The campsite was really nice and there was a fire pit and a clean porta potty. The next day we drove to the main entrance to walk around the property and by some meet. The hosts were so kind and friendly ans responsive. The only thing I would note is that the creek side camps are right on the road so you will see and hear cars going by or people walking by in the morning. I thjnk the other campsites might feel more private. We felt like we were just camping in the side of the road at times. Overall we loved our stay and would want to go back, just stay at a different site. Thanks so much!!

Hipcamper Cristi
Cristi T.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
October 4th, 2021

My husband and I spent 2 nights at Creekside Camp site #2 (our very first Hipcamp experience ever) and loved it. The property was very easy to find with John and Lesley's clear directions and the site was perfect. Close to the small road on the back side of the ranch but there was so little traffic that it didn't bother us at all. The hosts were so helpful and gave us tons of information about the property, we had a great time hiking and exploring all over. We checked out all the other camp sites (it seems we had the entire ranch to ourselves on the first night) and they all looked really great, but we were especially pleased with #2. I wasn't ecstatic with the outhouse near our site (honestly it was reasonably clean as far as outhouses go but my biggest weakness as a camper is spiders and there were a couple that I thought might try and fight me lol), but we're equipped with our own restroom needs so it didn't affect our stay. We spent two nights with a cozy little fire in our ring and couldn't have been happier. Be sure to check out the self-serve mercantile near the house where they sell duck eggs and meat from the ranch. We lucked out that we packed up to leave right around feeding time and we got to hang out with their highland cows for about an hour, which truly made the ENTIRE weekend for me. I can't wait to visit again and hopefully plan out a tour with the hosts, I'd love to learn more about their ranch.

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Hipcamper Mike

Nice stay

Mike T.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
September 27th, 2021

This is a nice property and if you hike up the hill it's a really interesting ranch with a variety of animals. Campsite was quiet, creek is low right now but hope to visit when levels are back up. Had a nice hike on the property and took advantage of the campfire for sale to have a nice night

Hipcamper Mattie

Easy getaway with remote feel

Mattie Z.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
September 25th, 2021

Dreamt short stay at creek side 3. Enjoyed the easy access, firewood ring, deck, hiking trails, and port o potties

Hipcamper Annelise
Annelise P.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
September 20th, 2021

It's my third time back at Salmon Creek Ranch, and two of them have been very rainy trips even - it is a testament to how great this place is that I'm sure I'll be back again regardless of the weather! Loved spotting salamanders, snakes, and even a heron during our stay. It was a great time getting together with friends in nature and I'm very thankful for the Hosts sharing their space!


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