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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-17-2018, 12:24 PM Thread Starter
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Hey All,

Turning to this great site to hopefully get some ideas/advice for both fishing opps and camping opps. My wife and our two boys(13 & 9)and I are heading to Yellowstone from the Bay Area for the last week of July and the first of August. Our first week is relatively wide open as we have nothing locked in until our second Sunday. A Fish n Stay Package at a lodge in Forks MT.

I do have a campsite booked on the Smith River,CA for our first night. From there I am looking for places to stay in Oregon and Idaho. I am bringing a small arsenal of rods. Everything from SH 3wts to my 13'6" 7wt(I am hoping to spend a night or two on or near the Rogue or Umpqua).

I think the Rogue might have some steel at that time. How about the Upmqua? Do I need to be closer to the coast or, is mid river coming to life around then? How about the Clearwater in ID. Are the steel that far up the river at that time of year?

As far as the camping(glamping) goes. We are traveling in a 28' motor home and will be pulling a jeep. I want to avoid the KOA's and the Good Sam parking lot type campgrounds and would prefer to stay along rivers or at a lake...

Thanks and good fishing to All!
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My very favorite place to stay in Yellowstone is the Slough Creek campground. It's small, usually very quiet, and close to what I consider the best part of the Park (Lamar Valley area). Not too many other places in the lower 48 where you can see a bison meander by, hear a wolf howl, and catch two species of trout within a few feet of your doorstep. If the NPS didn't limit people to 10 (or maybe it's 7?) consecutive nights in a camp site, I'd be happy to just plunk down there in June and spend an entire summer.

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I second Aldo's recommendation for staying at the Slough Creek campground. I stayed at the Slough Creek campground in 1991. It was exactly as Aldo said. The trout fishing was blue ribbon on Slough Creek. The wading was easy while using 6X tippets with Comparadun #16 flies.

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The first 15 miles of the Rogue should be pumping out half-pounders and decent steelhead by then. Kimball Creek Bend for the RV is a good spot to start - lots of camping around there.
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You'll be hitting Yellowstone at peak visitor. Camp sites are first come, first serve. Plan on camping nearby, then getting an early start to find a place. More than once I've covered pretty much the whole park, a tank + of gas, and had to head out of the park for the night. It's an amazing place, but very popular.

You may just find that after hitting a couple of Oregon Parks, you just stay there. The parks are well maintained, and the country beautiful.
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You'll be hitting Yellowstone at peak visitor. Camp sites are first come, first serve. Plan on camping nearby, then getting an early start to find a place. More than once I've covered pretty much the whole park, a tank + of gas, and had to head out of the park for the night. It's an amazing place, but very popular.

You may just find that after hitting a couple of Oregon Parks, you just stay there. The parks are well maintained, and the country beautiful.
This is especially true of Slough Creek, because it has become headquarters for the wolf watching crowd. The serious ones all have CB or Ham radios to let each other know what's up, including campsites. 1991 was a long time ago.

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1991 was a long time ago.
Not really.

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I meant it in terms of numbers of visitors to Yellowstone.
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Thanks all. We already have a "parking lot" camp site booked in Yellowstone at Fishing Bridge. I will check if Slough Creek has anything available. If I can find something better I can always cancel the Fishing Bridge site.

Thank you for the Rogue info JonT.
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I will second what others have stated the northeast section of the park is real neat I think they call it the Serangeti of North America. Can see large herds of Buffalo, elk, etc along with predators. Nice streams in this area with cutthroats Slough, Lamar, Soda Butte, etc. The Firehole River is too warm at this time and the larger trout that come out of Hegben Lake into the Madison do this in the Fall. As others have noted the park can be quite crowded at this time of the year also the speed limit is only like 35 mph inside the park so can take quite some time driving from one end to another. Also there are traffic jams if there are animals near the road, people will just stop to take pictures.
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