posted by DeepsouthPaddler:
"The camping is free dispersed camping spots along FS Rd 550. I checked out the camping this past friday and most of the spots are open friday early am. The spots allow for pulling cars over in small pullouts and have ample space for tent camping beyond the pullout. I think I could accomodate up to 50 tent campers in the spot I have selected as long as boaters don't mind pitching a tent sorta close to each other. If you really need to be further away there are a few options. You may be able to find a separate spot to pull a camper in, but the spot I have selected likely won't allow for that. If you can get there early friday AM, you could possibly get the site right next to the one I've got my sights on, and could park a camper in the pullout along the road. The pull out for the site can handle space for a few cars, and the rest will park along the road, which isn't a big deal since the site is right on the road anyway.
The free camping is open to all boaters who come to the fest. It doesn't have any bathrooms or water. I'll bring a groover for all to use, but please bring your own water, and some firewood would be nice. I think its a pretty nice spot, and you can't beat the price... FREE.
Also, as lmyers points out, its a popular location. Forest service folks say the sites generally fill up by noon on friday. I went up there early this friday to check it out, and there were only a few spots already taken, and the big group site that would work best was open, as were plenty others. I plan on getting up there early friday morning to set up camp, as there are still plenty of spots left at that time. If anyone else is thinking about camping and can come friday early, let me know, we can snag two adjacent spots and get a primo campsite. I think the camping will work well for bailey fest.
Also, I think this is the best option for bailey fest that I have found. Its 15 mins from the takeout, its free, and it can accomodate a lot of campers. The pay campsites have limitations on how many vehicles and people you can have, effectively limiting group camping. There are a couple of group campsites that were already reserved. I have discussed camping on private land with some of the landowners in the area, but thats not likely to bear any fruit for another year or two... "
This was for Bailey Fest 2010. I am thinking this should fit the bill though.