This small campground located in scenic Humbug Valley sits on the banks of Yellow Creek, a beautiful stream known for good trout fishing. With only 11 sites, the campground is on the cozier side. Half of the sites are streamside, and the others are in the forest. Shaded by ponderosa pine and looking out to beautiful views over the montane valley, this is the type of peaceful campground that gives the term “getting away” real meaning. Yellow Creek is a summer campground open from mid-May to mid-September on a first-come, first-served basis.
Interestingly, Yellow Creek has undergone a multi-decade stream wild trout restoration project through a joint effort by PG&E, CalTrout, Department of Fish and Game, and the Dye Creek Cattle Company. Thanks to these efforts, cattle have been removed from Humbug Meadow, and the trout population has recovered well.
Accessing the campground entails an 8-mile drive on rough, unpaved roads from the turnoff at Highway 89. If you find yourself camping here, check out Soda Springs, a culturally significant and naturally carbonated potable water spring just down the road.