Lick Creek Campground Area

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Lick Creek is approximately 19 miles southeast from Joseph. From Joseph take Hwy 350 (also called Imnaha or Little Sheep Creek Road) for 7.8 miles, turn right on Forest Road 39 (A.K.A. Wallowa Mountains Loop Road or the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway). Go approximately 16 miles and the campground is on your left after the Lick Creek Crossing. From this location, you can make several side trips exploring the forest. Purchase a USFS map of the area and explore at will. Know that the scenic byway is usually closed by snow from late October through late May or early June and is not passable with motor vehicles. 15 miles past Lick Creek C.G. on Forest Road 39 is Ollokot Campground. There are hummingbird feeders near the host trailer. Both Rufous and Broad-tailed have been seen here. Look for Spruce Grouse on F.S. Rd 3960 past this campground.


Habitat and Birds

This area is famous for finding Spruce Grouse. Be careful since Ruffed Grouse and Dusky Grouse are both present here as well. Other forest species like Pileated Woodpecker, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Dusky Flycatcher, Cassin’s Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Clark’s Nutcracker, three chickadee species, Brown Creeper, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Mountain Bluebird, Varied Thrush, Orange-crowned Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Townsend’s Warbler, MacGillivray’s Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Pine Siskin, and Evening Grosbeak are expected.