Deadwood Campground is located at the confluence of the Deadwood River and the South Fork of the Payette River. We were there in July and it was hot and dry. The forest is mature but thin, offering only partial shade. There is no privacy as the canyon is narrow. With two rivers and a road, there is limited space for a campground. On the other hand, there are two rivers to fish or float and a major trail to hike, Deadwood Trail. It is a popular hike starting at Deadwood Reservoir. The hikers are dropped off at the reservoir and travel down the trail while their driver travels back to Deadwood Campground to camp and wait for the hikers. I estimate it is a 20 mile hike or so.
Campsites: There are 6 tent / RV camping sites. Each has a picnic table, fire ring and grill. The roads and driveways are paved.
Host on Site: There is no host on site at Deadwood Campground.
Water: Yes, a hand pump well with potable water.
Garbage Services: There is garbage service.
Electricity Available: No
Restroom: There is a vault style outhouse here which is clean and stocked.
Handicap Accessible: Yes, the campground is handicap accessible.
Firewood: No firewood available. You will need to provide your own.
Pets: Pets on a leash only.
Picnic Area: There is no picnic area.
Fishing: Fishing is available in both the Payette and Deadwood Rivers. Check the regulations.
Boating: There is a river rafting access ramp into the Payette River provided across the road.
Swimming: Not really. There may be wading but I would not recommend swimming.
Wildlife: Deer, bear, elk and several other larger animals live here. Take caution with your food storage and garbage disposal to avoid bear problems.
Additional Camping Opportunities: Pine Flats Campground, Park Creek Campground, Mountain View Campground are nearby and there are a few free primitive sites scattered about the area. There are many of these free primitive camping sites up the Payette River past Lowman a few miles.
Fee Schedule: The fee in 2010 was $10.00 for a campsite and $3.00 per day for the day use area across the road.
Campground Reservations: No reservations. This is a first come, first served campground.
Phone service: There is no phone service at Deadwood Campground, but there is a pay phone at Lowman just 3.1 miles up the Payette River.
Nearby Services: The services in Lowman are very limited. For gas, pop, ice and other supplies, one would need to travel west down the Banks Lowman Rd 19.7 miles to Garden Valley, or drive east to Hwy 21 to Sourdough Lodge, a total of 14.6 miles up river.
RV Dumping Site: No RV dumping station.
Location/Driving instructions: From Garden Valley, Idaho, travel 19.7 miles east on the Banks Lowman Rd. The campground will be on the left. From Idaho City, Idaho, travel northeast on Hwy 21 for 34.5 miles to the junction at Lowman with the Banks Lowman Rd. Turn left on the Banks Lowman Rd and travel west 3.1 miles. The Deadwood Campground will be on your right.
Elevation: 3694 Feet
Reviewed: July 2010
This information is accurate as of the date of the review.
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