Bonanza Group Campground

 

Campground Type
Forest Service / BLM

Location:
Idaho

Campground Details

Open: Seasonal
Number of Sites: 1

About: Bonanza CCC Group Campground is located nine miles up beautiful, historic Yankee Fork, approximately 23 miles from Stanley, Idaho, at an elevation of 6,500 feet. Lodgepole pines provide partial shade and summer wildflowers are abundant. Yankee Fork stream provides good fishing for rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, and whitefish. Hiking is popular in the area; West Yankee Fork-Crimson Lake Trail and Lightning Creek Trail both begin nearby. Horses are allowed on these trails.

Site is available for reservation from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and is for group camping only. Individual campsite reservations are not available. One group site is available and can accommodate up to 70 people. Vault toilets, potable water, and garbage service are provided, but there is no electricity or hookups of any kind. Group picnic tables, a gray water sink, grills, and fire rings are provided. Roads and parking spurs are gravel.

Yankee Fork has a colorful history, and itâs all easily accessed from the campground. Within  mile is the ghost town of Bonanza, and two miles further up-canyon is the ghost town of Custer. Yankee Fork Gold Dredge towers over the stream near Custer, with interpretive tours of the structure. Bonanza, Boot Hill, and Custer cemeteries are nearby. Sunbeam Dam site is nine miles down the canyon, with information on the only dam ever built on the Salmon River.

Fees: See Forest Service website

Water: Yes

Restrooms: Vault Toilets

Directions: From highway 75, turn onto Yankee Fork Rd (Forest Road #013) at Sunbeam dam overlook. Travel approximately 7 miles north on Yankee Fork Road and turn left at Bonanza Guard Station. Continue along that road approximately 1/2 mile to campground.
 

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