Rackliff Campground is split by Rackliff Creek and is just across the Road from the Selway River. The campground is in the Nez Perce National Forest and is heavily wooded. The elevation at the campground is about 1600 feet, while the mountains to the north are over 6000 feet. The campground is low, so the summers can be very warm while the mountains nearby are high enough to provide cool nights.
Campsites: There are 6 tent / RV camping sites, 3 on one side of Rackliff Creek and 3 on the other. I found the 3 on the east side were larger and more desirable.
Host on Site: No.
Water: There is no potable water available at Rackliff Campground, however, O'Hara Campground has potable water and is only a mile or two downstream.
Garbage Services: No, pack it out.
Electricity Available: No.
Restroom: There is a vault style outhouse which was clean and well stocked when we visited.
Handicap Accessible: Only the outhouse is handicap accessible.
Firewood: You will need to provide your own firewood.
Pets: We found no regulations posted either allowing or restricting pets.
Picnic Area: Rackliff Campground has no picnic area, however, there is a picnic area at Fenn Pond which is just a few miles down river by Fenn Ranger Station.
Recreation: Recreational activities near Rackliff include fishing for trout, salmon and steelhead on the Selway River, camping in a beautiful luscious green world, hiking or backpacking to places like Coolwater Mountain. The Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Area is only a short drive up Selway River Road.
Fishing: The Selway River has wonderful steelhead and salmon runs, plus some fantastic trout fishing opportunities. Check the fishing regulations here.
Boating: Boating on the Selway River is more related to fishing than anything else, and many people stay cool by floating the river.
Swimming: There is no swimming area but many people float the Selway River.
Wildlife: This area is full of big game animals; deer, elk, bear, moose and more. There are also smaller animals like squirrels, fox and many species of birds. There are rattlesnakes and they can be quite large so take care.
Additional Camping Opportunities: We have reviews for these nearby campgrounds; Johnson Bar Campground, O'Hara Campground, Boyd Creek Campground, 25 Mile Bar Campground, Glover Campground, Race Creek Campground, Selway Falls Campground and Slim's Camp. And check out our Selway Area Campgrounds. There are a few other free campsites along the river.
Fee Schedule: It was free when we visited, however, there was a disabled fee collection box.
Campground Reservations: No reservations for Rackliff Campground.
Phone service: The nearest pay phone is at Lowell, Idaho. I believe the nearest cell reception is at Kooskia.
Nearby Services: Lowell, Idaho, is the closest location for camping supplies such as gas, ice and pop. If you can't find what you need at Lowell, it is a 21 mile drive down the Clearwater River to Kooskia.
Location/Driving instructions: From Kooskia, Idaho, take Hwy 12 east 21.6 miles to Lowell, Idaho. At Lowell, turn right onto Selway River Rd, and drive 8.0 miles where the campground will be on the left.
Elevation: 1606 Feet
Reviewed: June 2010
This information is accurate as of the date of the review.
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