Morgan Creek Recreation Site

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Morgan Creek Recreation Site


(208) 879-6200

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This campground along scenic Morgan Creek offers a diverse terrain that creates an excellent songbird habitat. Sparrows, thrashers and wrens flit in the sagebrush, and juncos, kinglets and nutcrackers shelter in the forest. Big game in the area includes bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelope and mule deer. Visitors can also continue along Morgan Creek Road to reach the trailhead, which accesses the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.

The Challis Field Office offers a diversity of recreational sites and facilities for central Idaho visitors including five developed fee sites and ten non-fee, less developed sites. Developed fee sites include: Cottonwood Campground, East Fork Campground, Little Boulder Creek Campground, Mackay Reservoir Recreation Site and Bayhorse Campground. The newly renovated Mackay Reservoir Recreation Area/Joe T. Fallini Campground provides the most amenities to visitors.

An abundance of recreational activities are available in the Challis Field Office for people of all interests and age levels. Most recreation activity is concentrated in three areas: the East Fork Salmon River, the Main Salmon River and the Big Lost River System. The Salmon River Canyon offers outstanding recreational opportunities such as Class I and II water floating, fishing for steelhead and trout, big game hunting and nature viewing. Other popular activities in the area include: camping, hiking, nature study, photography, picnicking, wildlife viewing, backpacking, rockhounding, mountain biking, cross-country skiing and OHV use.

Once proper precautions are taken, visitors can explore the expansive Idaho scenery without borders or restrictions. Visitors are also encouraged to explore off the beaten path and camping is allowed in non-designated areas on BLM land. But if you choose to do this, please remember to stay on established roads and trails, "leave no trace," and "pack out, what you pack in." Also, be prepared for wide temperature changes and dry conditions in this arid, high desert climate, and be alert for fire/fuels conditions and seasonal restrictions.

Map of Morgan Creek Campground

Latitude, Longitude: 44.681958, -114.242191



  • Bicycling

    Many multi-use trails meander throughout the Big Lost River Valley and Mackay area.

  • Camping

    Developed campground: 4 campsites with picnic tables and fire rings. One vault toilet. Potable water (hand pump). RV parking. Open May through October. No fees.

  • Fishing

    Great fishing opportunities at Morgan Creek and surrounding areas.

  • Hiking

    The hiking areas within the Challis Field Office are dispersed and unmarked. Adventurous visitors are encouraged to explore the approximately 250 miles of open routes available in the mountains of the Mackay/Lost River Valley area. This area includes hikes to view spectacular vistas from 9 of the 11 highest peaks in Idaho. Check your local bookstore for hiking guides that cover this area.

  • Horseback Riding

    Explore the area on horseback.

  • Hunting

    Great opportunities for big game hunting.

  • Picnicking

    With picnic tables and fire rings, the campsites offer great picnic opportunities.



North of Challis, Idaho. From Challis, go north on Highway 93 and west on Morgan Creek Road (Forest Road 057).

Phone Numbers


(208) 879-6200