McCoy Creek Campground sets on a hill on the southeast shore of Palisades Reservoir. It is divided into two sections. One is on a hill without access to the reservoir. This section is very lightly used. The second section is on the reservoir and is used more. The campground sets in a mature forest with heavy undergrowth. There is a small boat launch but if the water level drops even a little, it is useless. McCoy Creek Campground has potential to be a good campground but we found it in a state of disrepair with little use. Info we found on the internet indicated there was a camp host but we didn't see one at the time of our visit. If you want to get away from people this may be a campground to consider.
Campsites: There are at least 18 campsites which are in various states of repair. Most have a picnic table and fire pit with attached grate. The road it gravel while some driveways are gravel and some dirt.
Host on Site: The internet indicates yes, but we didn't see one.
Water: Water is available from a hand pump equipped well and the water was clear and cool.
Garbage Services: Yes
Electricity Available: No
Restroom: There is the usual vault style outhouse available and it was ok, not clean, not dirty.
Handicap Accessible: The outhouse is handicap accessible but that is the only part of this campground which could be considered handicap accessible.
Firewood: You will need to provide your own firewood.
Pets: Pets are allowed but are required to be kept on a leash.
Picnic Area: No
Recreation: Camping and fishing are main activities at McCoy Creek Campground.
Fishing: Fishing is available in Palisades Reservoir for cutthroat trout, both native and stocked, Kokanee salmon, brown and Mackinaw trout may also be caught. You may check the regulations here.
Boating: At the time of our visit, the boat launch was out of the water and boats could not launch.
Swimming: There is no "swimming area" but the lake is available to swim in at your own risk.
Wildlife: Deer, elk, moose, black and grizzly bear abound here so use caution with your food and garbage to avoid problems with bear.
Additional Camping Opportunities: We have reviews for these nearby campgrounds; Mike Harris Campground, Pine Creek Campground, Riverside Park Campground, Falls Campground, Palisades Creek Campground, Big Elk Creek Campground, Calamity Campground, Blowout Campground and Alpine Campground.
Fee Schedule: Double sites are $20 per day, singles $10 and your extra vehicle is another $5.
Campground Reservations: McCoy Creek Campground is available on a first come first serve basis.
Phone service: None
Nearby Services: For supplies like gas, food, pop and ice Alpine, Wy is only 10 miles away.
RV Dumping Site: We know of an RV dump station just below Palisades Dam.
Location/Driving instructions: From Boise, Idaho follow this Google Map. To customize this map for you just replace Boise, Idaho, with your location.
Elevation: 5674 Feet
Reviewed: July 2012
This information is accurate as of the date of the review.
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