Discover Wilderness Bliss: Matthews Creek Campground in Klamath National Forest

Nestled along the South Fork Salmon River canyon in the heart of the Klamath National Forest, Matthews Creek Campground offers an escape to nature’s embrace. Located 37 miles west of Callahan, this remote gem beckons campers with its dramatic beauty and a plethora of outdoor activities. The campground, accommodating RVs, trailers, and tents, boasts 10 first-come, first-served campsites beneath the canopy of pines and oaks, providing an ideal setting for those seeking tranquility far from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

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Top Tips for Campers Camping Here the First Time

  • Arrive Early: Due to the first-come, first-served nature of campsites, arriving early in the day increases your chances of securing a prime spot surrounded by nature’s serenity.
  • Remote Navigation: Be prepared for a journey off the beaten path, navigating the narrow and winding Cecilville Road. Larger RVs and trailers are not recommended for this adventure.
  • River Recreation: Embrace the thrill of whitewater rafting and kayaking, ensuring you check water levels for optimal conditions, and consider swimming and tubing in the inviting emerald pools later in the summer.
  • Pet-Friendly Experience: Bring your furry companions, keeping them on a leash and attended at all times, allowing them to enjoy the natural beauty alongside you.
  • Seasonal Sensibility: Plan your visit between May and October, aligning with the camping season to experience the full spectrum of outdoor activities and the breathtaking scenery.

Top Strategies and Tactics to Get the Most Out of Camping Here

  • Ideal Seasons: Optimal camping conditions are experienced in late spring through early fall when the weather is favorable for outdoor activities, from fishing along the Klamath River to thrilling river rafting.
  • Early Summer Swimming: Take advantage of the midsummer period when the river flow has subsided, creating perfect conditions for swimming and tubing in the emerald pools near the campground.
  • Remote Exploration: Venture beyond the campground to explore nearby attractions like the historic Fort Goff Cemetery, hike the Pacific Crest Trail via the Seiad Trailhead, or enjoy a scenic trail ride starting at the Grider Creek Trailhead.
  • Picnic with a View: Delight in a picnic at the covered shelter in Grouse Gap Picnic Area, offering panoramic views of Mt. Shasta and serving as an ideal spot to relax and rejuvenate.
  • OHV Adventure: For thrill-seekers, embark on an off-highway vehicle (OHV) adventure at the nearby Humbug OHV Recreation Area, adding an adrenaline boost to your camping experience.

Recommendations on What Camping Gear to Use

  • Compact Camping Gear: Given the limited space at the campground, opt for compact and versatile camping gear, ensuring your essentials are easily manageable.
  • River Recreation Equipment: Bring along appropriate gear for whitewater rafting, kayaking, swimming, and tubing, enhancing your experience along the South Fork Salmon River.
  • Pet Essentials: Cater to your pets’ needs with essentials like a leash, water bowl, and comfortable bedding to create a pet-friendly camping environment.
  • Campfire Comfort: Pack light but effective campfire essentials, including reliable fire starters, firewood, and cooking utensils, ensuring cozy evenings by the fire.
  • Explore Our Gearlist: Check our gearlist account for specific recommendations on camp cooking, sleeping systems, overlanding setups, backpacks, and clothing to optimize your camping experience.

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Immerse yourself in the pristine wilderness of Matthews Creek Campground, where the soothing sounds of the river and the rustling leaves create a symphony of nature. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast or a nature-seeking traveler, this hidden gem in Klamath National Forest invites you to unwind, explore, and reconnect with the beauty of the South Fork Salmon River canyon.