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Fish Creek Camp South Los Padres National Forest

  • Camp Type: Wilderness Trail Camp
  • Topo Map Link: Bald Mountain
  • Elevation: 2000 feet
  • Wilderness Area: San Rafael
  • County: Santa Barbara County
  • Ranger District: Santa Lucia Ranger District
  • Longitude: -119.9021833
  • Latitude: 34.75998786
  • Water Sources: Both Manzana and Fish Creek have seasonal water
  • Length of Stay: 14 Days
  • Reservations: Wilderness Trail Camp

Recent Water Reports:

Date Surveyor Water Report
12-10-2017Shaddus Maximus Dry
10-14-2017Forrest Dry
10-06-2017CahikerchickDry
04-02-2017M SchlessFlowing
01-01-2017Shaddus MaximusDry
05-22-2016David Madajian (Scoutmaster Troop 4)Dry
03-30-2016Katie MendenhallFlowing
01-01-2016Shaddus Maximus Dry
11-27-2015Daniel J. HallDry
10-04-2015Jasonn BeckstrandDry
07-19-2015James WapotichDry
05-03-2015Paul CronshawDry
04-19-2015much improved!!Dry
02-01-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
12-17-2014Anonymous SurveyorDry
12-17-2014James WapotichDry
10-27-2014Paul "The Beeman" CronshawDry
10-18-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
05-22-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
05-02-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry

Description:

Located at the junction of Fish Creek and Manzana Creek, Fish Creek Camp is a few miles upstream from NIRA along the Manzana Trail.  Legend has it that the camp used to be about a half mile downstream but was moved to its current location after a particularly large winter season of storms.  Fish Creek (trail sign says "Fish Camp") has a few tables, a couple campsites and a pit toilet.  Water can be scarce at the wrong time of year but there is usually some water hidden in the recesses up Fish Creek.  This is also a very popular spot for local scout troops.

Survey Photos:


  • Paul "The Beeman" Cronshaw - 10-27-2014
    Broken toilet, use with caution.

  • Paul "The Beeman" Cronshaw - 10-27-2014
    P-Trak gives a thumbs up at the main campsite.

  • Paul Cronshaw - 05-03-2015
    Standing water below the camp.

  • Katie Mendenhall - 03-30-2016

  • Katie Mendenhall - 03-30-2016

  • David Madajian (Scoutmaster Troop 4) - 05-22-2016
    Troop 4

Submitted Camp Reports

Fish Creek Camp Survey - 12-10-2017 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Fish Creek Camp
Date: 12-10-2017
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Nearest water is up canyon near Ray's Camp.
Weather Conditions:
Fish Creek Camp Survey - 10-14-2017 - by Forrest
Link: Fish Creek Camp
Date: 10-14-2017
Surveyor Name:Forrest
Camp Description:Some stagnant-ish water at Lost Valley camp, a mile or so before Fish Creek but Fish Creek is completely dry.  Saw several deer. Saw lots of old bear scat, maybe a week old or so right around where Fish Creek comes into Manzana Creek. Trail is still in fine shape. 
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:BONE dry.
Weather Conditions:6am temp was about 39 but by noon it was 85
Fish Creek Camp Survey - 10-06-2017 - by Cahikerchick
Link: Fish Creek Camp
Date: 10-06-2017
Surveyor Name:Cahikerchick
Camp Description:This was our destination for our first night out, but the lack of water made us push on to Ray's Camp which was flowing nicely.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Some random pools about 1/4 mile downstream.
Weather Conditions:
Fish Creek Camp Survey - 04-02-2017 - by M Schless
Link: Fish Creek Camp
Date: 04-02-2017
Surveyor Name:M Schless
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Fish Creek Camp Survey - 01-01-2017 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Fish Creek Camp
Date: 01-01-2017
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Fish Creek Camp Survey - 05-22-2016 - by David Madajian (Scoutmaster Troop 4)
Link: Fish Creek Camp
Date: 05-22-2016
Surveyor Name:David Madajian (Scoutmaster Troop 4)
Camp Description:Campsite was in good shape.  Pit toilet was nice and had a privacy screen.  Fire pit with shovel.  Table in good shape. 
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:needed to go about 2 miles to get to water
Weather Conditions:Cold at night (40's)
Images:

Troop 4
Fish Creek Camp Survey - 03-30-2016 - by Katie Mendenhall
Link: Fish Creek Camp
Date: 03-30-2016
Surveyor Name:Katie Mendenhall
Camp Description:Both sites at Fish Camp were in good condition. Both picnic tables and the throne (toilet) were sturdy and in good condition.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Lots of water in Manzana Creek
Weather Conditions:Low 30's at night, frosty in the morning, clear skies.
Images:


Fish Creek Camp Survey - 01-01-2016 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Fish Creek Camp
Date: 01-01-2016
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Fish Creek Camp Survey - 11-27-2015 - by Daniel J. Hall
Link: Fish Creek Camp
Date: 11-27-2015
Surveyor Name:Daniel J. Hall
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Fish Creek Camp Survey - 10-04-2015 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Link: Fish Creek Camp
Date: 10-04-2015
Surveyor Name:Jasonn Beckstrand
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:No water at camp. no water up fish creek. No water until Manzana Narrows.
Weather Conditions:
Fish Creek Camp Survey - 07-19-2015 - by James Wapotich
Link: Fish Creek Camp
Date: 07-19-2015
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Fish Creek Camp Survey - 05-03-2015 - by Paul Cronshaw
Link: Fish Creek Camp
Date: 05-03-2015
Surveyor Name:Paul Cronshaw
Camp Description:The camp has two shovels, two tables and two fire rings.  Some nice rockwork has been done at the main campsite.  Toilet is in good condition.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Water located 100 yards downstream at junction with Fish Creek. Clean water.
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Standing water below the camp.
Fish Creek Camp Survey - 04-19-2015 - by much improved!!
Link: Fish Creek Camp
Date: 04-19-2015
Surveyor Name:much improved!!
Camp Description:There may be no water but the pit toilet has risen from the ashes like a phoenix. Much improved pit stop now and will be a nice camp once the water returns. Camp looks great.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Fish Creek Camp Survey - 02-01-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Fish Creek Camp
Date: 02-01-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Fish Creek Camp Survey - 12-17-2014 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Fish Creek Camp
Date: 12-17-2014
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Fish Creek Camp Survey - 12-17-2014 - by James Wapotich
Link: Fish Creek Camp
Date: 12-17-2014
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Fish Creek Camp Survey - 10-27-2014 - by Paul "The Beeman" Cronshaw
Link: Fish Creek Camp
Date: 10-27-2014
Surveyor Name:Paul "The Beeman" Cronshaw
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Dry in creek near camp and at large pool near outlet of Fish Creek.
Weather Conditions:Sunny and unseasonably warm for November
Images:

Broken toilet, use with caution.

P-Trak gives a thumbs up at the main campsite.
Fish Creek Camp Survey - 10-18-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Fish Creek Camp
Date: 10-18-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Information gathered from:

http://songsofthewilderness.wordpress.com/
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Fish Creek Camp Survey - 05-22-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Fish Creek Camp
Date: 05-22-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Water along the Manzana but not at Fish Camp. There is water further up Fish Creek away from the camp.
Weather Conditions:
Fish Creek Camp Survey - 05-02-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Fish Creek Camp
Date: 05-02-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:No water nearby.
Weather Conditions:

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