Boyd Creek Campground is situated almost 11 miles up the Selway River from the little town of Lowell, Idaho. The Selway River Valley cuts through 6000 foot mountains and is only about 1600 feet in elevation at Boyd Creek. The campground is low and offers hot summer days with cool nights. The mountains are heavily forested and offer many trails for the outdoors man to enjoy. We were here in late June and the high country was not yet open for travel.
Campsites: There are only 6 tent / RV camping sites. Two are on a hill above the Selway River on the downstream side of Boyd Creek, while the other 4 are next to the river on the upstream side of Boyd Creek. Each site has a picnic table and a fire ring. The road and driveways are gravel. I liked sites 1 and 2 best, but the outhouse was down with the other 4. Sites 3 to 6 were in a circle and would be good for a group, but offered little privacy if you were not in a group.
Host on Site: No host, but if you need help there is one at O'Hara Campground which is only a short drive downstream and across the Selway River.
Water: There is no potable water available in Boyd Creek Campground. It is available at O'Hara Campground.
Garbage Services: No garbage service available here.
Electricity Available: No.
Restroom: There is an older vault style outhouse available for your use which is clean and well stocked. It is located on the upstream portion of the campground and would be somewhat of a walk from sites 1 and 2.
Handicap Accessible: The outhouse is handicap accessible while the campground would not be very handicap friendly.
Firewood: You will need to provide your own firewood, or you could drive down to O'Hara Campground and buy some from the camp host.
Pets: Pets are allowed but on a leash.
Picnic Area: No.
Recreation: Fishing for trout, steelhead and salmon in the Selway River is the primary recreation here. However, hiking, backing, floating the river, hunting and photography are also very popular activities.
Boating: Floating the Selway River is popular and though we didn't see anyone fishing from a drift boat, I am sure many people do. There is no river access facilities from Boyd Creek Campground.
Swimming: There is no specific swimming area. Swim in the river at your own risk.
Wildlife: Deer, moose, bear, elk, wolves, squirrels, birds and many animals inhabit the forest and streams nearby. Do watch for rattlesnakes.
Additional Camping Opportunities: We have reviewed these nearby campgrounds; Johnson Bar Campground, O'Hara Campground, Rackliff Campground, 25 Mile Bar Campground, Glover Campground, Race Creek Campground, Selway Falls Campground and Slim's Camp. There are also several free primitive campsites scattered up the Selway River.
Fee Schedule: The only fee is $8.00 as of April 2017.
Campground Reservations: No reservations available for Boyd Creek Campground.
Phone service: There is a pay phone at Lowell, Idaho, and I think there is a pay phone at the Fenn Ranger Station which is just across the road from Fenn Pond.
Nearby Services: Lowell has some supplies such as gas, ice and pop. For other supplies, you might need to drive back to Kooskia where you should be able to find most items such as food and propane for you lantern and camp stove.
Location/Driving instructions: From Kooskia, Idaho, take US Hwy 12 east 21.6 to Selway Road and turn right. Boyd Creek Campground is on the right 10.8 miles up Selway Road.
Elevation: 1613 Feet
Reviewed: June 2010
This information is accurate as of the date of the review.
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