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Slocum Creek Campground at Leslie Gulch
Campground Description: Slocum Creek Campground is owned and operated by the Bureau of Land Management. The Slocum Creek Campground at Leslie Gulch is one of the most remote campgrounds in Oregon. To get to Slocum Creek Campground, plan on driving more than 25 miles on dirt and gravel roads. No water, no electricity and no sewage or trash disposal. Why come to Slocum Creek Campground? For starters, Leslie Gulch, which leads to Slocum Creek Campground, has some of the most beautiful geological formations in Oregon State. Leslie Gulch sports at least two plant life specimens that are found only in Leslie Gulch. Leslie Gulch is home to over 200 bighorn sheep, Rocky Mountain Elk and Bobcats. Birdwatchers will find a little of everything from songbirds to raptors. Rock climbers are purported to be allowed in Leslie Gulch (check with the Vale BLM office before climbing). Tent camping and RV camping is available at Slocum Creek Campground, however, larger RVs are best left at home. Open year round subject to weather and road conditions. No reservations are possible.
Number of Sites: 12 for either RV camping or tent camping
Waste Water Dump Station: No
Directions: From Interstate 84 Eastbound from Ontario to the Oregon/Idaho Border or Westbound from Boise to the Oregon/Idaho Border - Follow I-84 to exit 3 in Idaho (3 miles east of the Idaho/Oregon border). Take exit 3 and turn south onto Highway 95. Follow Highway 95 for approximately 56.1 miles to McBride Creek Road. Turn left (west) onto McBride Creek Road and follow for approximately 2.4 miles to McBride Road. Turn left (west) onto McBride Road and follow for approximately 6.2 miles to Rockville School. At Rockville School turn right (west) onto Succor Creek Road. Follow Succor Creek Road as it turns north for approximately 1.9 miles to Leslie Gulch Road. Turn left (west) onto Leslie Gulch Road and follow Leslie Gulch Road west through the incredibly beautiful Leslie Gulch for approximately 14.3 miles to Slocum Creek Campground. Don't be in a hurry! The final 14.3 miles are likely to take from 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Fishing: Yes on Owyhee Reservoir where Trout are plentiful. Note that Owyhee Reservoir has a permanent health advisory - all species of fish have very high mercury levels.
Astronomy Opportunities: Yes. Absolutely no light pollution. Skies are somewhat obstructed by the surrounding mountains. The exact location for computerized telescopes is 43.32217° N, 117.32311° W
Nearby Golfing: There is nothing within a reasonable distance of Slocum Creek Campground
Contact Information:Bureau of Land Management Vale District 100 Oregon Street Vale, OR 97918 541-473-3144 Slocum Creek Campground at Leslie Gulch
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The sign at the end of Leslie Gulch Road showing the entrance to Slocum Creek Campground
The restrooms at Slocum Creek Campground (to the left in this photo) offer modern pit toilets but no running water
All of the RV camping and tent camping sites at Slocum Creek Campground provide a firepit and sun shelter
The concrete boat launch into Owyhee Reservoir at Slocum Creek Campground
The rock formations surrounding Slocum Creek Campground and throughout Leslie Gulch are awesome
There are miles of hiking trails into the rock formations within Leslie Canyon
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