Big Elk Campground


Campground Type
Forest Service / BLM


Campground Details

Open: Seasonal
Number of Sites: 18

About:Big Elk Campground is situated along Big Elk Creek on a quiet arm of gorgeous Palisades Reservoir at an elevation of 5,700 feet, just 55 miles east of Idaho Falls, Idaho. Aspens and tall Douglas firs partially shade the campground, sagebrush and summer wildflowers dot the area. Big Elk Creek has great fishing for cutthroat trout and occasional kokanee salmon. Canoeing and swimming are also popular activities. Big Elk Creek Trail, for hiking, biking, and horses, begins at the campground and meanders up a beautiful canyon brimming with wildflowers, towering trees, and views of the surrounding mountains. Big Elk Campground has 10 single units, 5 double units and 3 group sites. Full time campground host located on site. Firewood is for sale at campground.

Fees: See Forest Service website

Usage: Light-Medium

Water: Potable Water

Restrooms: Vault Toilet

Directions: From Idaho Falls, Idaho, travel approximately 56 miles on Highway 26 to Palisades Dam. Once at the dam, continue 6 miles east on Highway 26, then turn left onto Forest Road #262 (Big Elk Creek Road) and travel 2 miles to campground.

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