BIRD CREEK RECREATION AREA, NV

Bird Creek Recreation Area is located in the Duck Creek Basin, high on the Schell Creek Range. It sits at an elevation of 8,200 feet, approximately 25 miles from the small city of Ely. Hiking and off-road vehicle riding are popular activities enjoyed by visitors to the area.Duck Creek...
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  • Utility hookups are not available
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BIRD CREEK RECREATION AREA TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC 12 0 Back-In
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Bird Creek Recreation Area GROUP PICNIC AREA 50 0 Pull-Through
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Bird Creek Recreation Area GROUP PICNIC AREA 25 0 Pull-Through
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Overview

Overview

Bird Creek Recreation Area is located in the Duck Creek Basin, high on the Schell Creek Range. It sits at an elevation of 8,200 feet, approximately 25 miles from the small city of Ely. Hiking and off-road vehicle riding are popular activities enjoyed by visitors to the area.

Natural Features:

Duck Creek flows perennially through the campground. A mixed forest of juniper, pinyon pine and alder trees covers the area, but provides only limited shade.

Recreation:

The Ranger Trail can be accessed from this campground. The Ranger Trail is a designated ATV trail that also accommodates hiking and mountain biking use as well. The partially paved, 38-mile Success Loop Scenic Drive is also in the area, with views of high desert and mountain terrain.

Facilities:

The campground has four day-use group picnicking sites: Sites C and F can accommodate up to 25 people each, Site G can hold up to 50 people, and Site H, up to 100 people. Some sites require a short walk from the parking area, on a bridge over Bird Creek. All sites have picnic and serving tables, a campfire circle, grill and a cement pad.

Four overnight campsites are available within the recreation area, for tent camping only. Those sites can accommodate up 12 people each and are equipped with a table, campfire ring, grill and cement pad.

Vault toilets and drinking water are provided, but there is no trash collection. This is a "pack it in, pack it out" facility.

Nearby Attractions:

Ward Charcoal Ovens State Park is a few miles southeast of Ely. Interesting historic stone ovens and an interpretive trail are available there. The Northern Nevada Railway in Ely has a museum and offers train rides.

Booking Window

GROUP PICNIC AREA

Thu Jul 31 2014 - Mon Jul 27 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC

Thu Jul 31 2014 - Tue Jan 27 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Wed May 14 2014 Sat Oct 04 2014
Peak Mon May 11 2015 Sat Oct 03 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Berry Picking
  • Birding
  • Campfire Circles
  • Climbing
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Group Cooking Facilities
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Parking Area
  • Self Pay Station
  • Skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Tables
  • Tent sites
  • Trailheads
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Scenic Drive
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
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Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
May 14 2014 -
Oct 04 2014
TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC $8.00
GROUP PICNIC AREA $0.00
Peak Season
May 11 2015 -
Oct 03 2015
TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC $8.00
GROUP PICNIC AREA $0.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
39.46333, -114.65306
39°27'48"N, 114°39'11"W

From Ely, travel north on Highway 93 to the town of McGill. From McGill, go north 3 miles on Highway 93, to the Duck Creek Basin turnoff. Proceed east on Duck Creek Basin Road and turn left at the sign for Bird Creek Recreation Area.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

BIRD CREEK RECREATION AREA
825 AVENUE E
ELY  NV  89301

Phone Number:

Information:  (775)289-3031
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