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Sagehen Creek Campground Review

The campgrounds along Sagehen Reservoir are some of my favorite campgrounds. The area is heavily wooded with pine trees and has cozy wooded surroundings.  Sagehen Creek Campground is located along the north shoreline of Sagehen Reservoir. In late summer, you can enjoy huckleberry picking near the campground. The area around Sagehen Reservoir is one of the better areas for huckleberry picking.
   In late summer you can enjoy fresh huckleberry pancakes made from huckleberries picked near your campsite. We normally use Krusteaz pancake mix when we go camping. Make your cakes as you would normally until you have poured the batter onto your skillet. Then sprinkle 12 to 18 huckleberries on each pancake. Finish cooking in your usual way and serve them with a thin coating of butter and sprinkle sugar over the top. Yummy!
   Sagehen Creek Campground is very popular in the summer and you should reserve your site ahead of time, but some sites are first come first serve basis. If you get there and the sites are in use, you can usually find a place to camp in the area, although holiday weekends may be more difficult.   There are several other campgrounds along the shore, Cartwright Ridge Campground across the way, the Antelope Loop,  Hollywood Point Campground as well as many off-road areas if you are self-contained. ATV's are used a lot in the area, but not much in the campgrounds. Temperatures run between 80 and 90 in the summer.


For those of you interested in Indian activities, I have found chips of obsidian along the shore between Antelope Campground and the dam. Definite arrowhead making workings. Remember to look only, we are not allowed to remove such artifacts.

Campsites: Sagehen Creek Campground  has 15 campsites. Surrounded by trees and bushes, the sites offer some privacy with room for the kids to play. The campsites include a fire pit, standing barbecue grill and a picnic table. There are places to put a tent or you can park an RV. Some sites can handle bigger RV's than others, and there are no electric hookups. There is a host on site.
Boating:  There is carry down access at the Sagehen Creek Campground, and  there is a dock and boat ramp at Antelope Campground. Motorized boats are welcome, however there is a speed limit of 15 mph, no wake.
Fishing:  There is great trout fishing at Sagehen Reservoir.  There are trails along the shoreline which allow easy access for the fisherman. We have caught fish from both the shoreline and the boat. If you are up to a challenge, try the creek below the road!

Swimming:  Families do swim along some of the shoreline. It can be very refreshing on those hot summer days. There is no life guard on duty.

Wildlife:  We have actually seen black bear in the area a couple times. They have never been aggressive, they just like getting into the garbage. We have also seen osprey, deer, and a lot of  friendly squirrels, ground squirrels and chipmunks. The kids have enjoyed watching the tiny frogs as well as bigger frogs down by the water.

Hiking:  In addition to the fishermen trails, there is a nature trail near Sagehen Creek Campground, and there is a hiking trail that leads to the dam.

Pets are welcome on a leash.


Telephone:
 There is not a telephone at Antelope Campground.  You can  get cell reception in a couple small areas and then only if you hold your phone just right! You may have to drive around a bit to get it and it depends on your carrier as to whether you can get it at all.

Restrooms:  There are vault style toilets throughout the campground which are handicap accessible. They are maintained daily.

Water:  There is water in the campground. I wouldn't drink it although it is suppose to be safe for drinking.

Electricity:  There is no electricity at Sagehen Creek Campground.

Garbage: You must carry out your own garbage at Sagehen Creek Campground.

Campground Reservations:  Call (877) 446-6777 or go to reserveamerica.   Reservations must be made  at least 10 days in advance.

Fees for 2010 camping season, May - Sept:  Campsites are $15 per day. Last year additional vehicles were $5 per day but this year it may have increased to $7.50  per day for each additional vehicle. 

Gas and Food is at least 18 miles away.  Be sure to bring plenty of ice because it takes awhile to go get it when you run out.

Location:  From Horseshoe Bend, Idaho take Highway 52, 9 miles west to the junction with the Sweet/Ola Highway. Turn north and travel 16 miles to Ola, Idaho. Travel north through Ola and follow the signs, 18 miles to Sagehen Reservoir. Paved road turns to gravel a few miles north of Ola. Or try this alternative route through Smiths Ferry, Idaho.

Reviewed: February 2010

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