Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests


A view high in the mountains of Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests
High in the mountains on Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests
Typical lake in the forest

Clearwater National Forest contains some 1.8 million acres from the Palouse Prairie in the west to the jagged peaks of the Bitterroot Mountains in the east. The Lochsa and North Fork of the Clearwater Rivers provide miles of excellent fishing and whitewater action. There's elk, mule deer, moose, whitetail deer, gray wolf, black bear, mountain goat and cougar in the mountains. The deep canyons in Clearwater National Forest have provided routes to the indigenous peoples and to folks like the Lewis & Clark Expedition for hundreds of years. One trail here is the famous Lolo Trail, known to Sacajawea and sacred to the Nez Perce.

Nez Perce National Forest contains some 2.2 million acres from the Snake River in the west to the Bitterroot Mountains in the east. Part of the Forest is contained in the Hells Canyon Wilderness and National Recreation Area.

The two forests were combined administratively in 2012 to create today's 4-million-acre Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. In today's Forests, more than 1/2 of the land is Congressionally-designated wilderness. Payette National Forest is to the south, Salmon-Challis, Bitterroot and Lolo National Forests to the east, Idaho Panhandle National Forests to the north and Wallowa-Whitman National Forest to the west.

A view over Dent Bridge from above Dworshak Reservoir
Dent Bridge across Dworshak Reservoir
 
Photos courtesy of the US Forest Service
 

Campgrounds

Highway 14 Corridor

Campground Elevation # of Sites Notes
Bridge Creek Campground 4,800' 5 single Under tall pines near Red River Hot Springs
Toilets availableHorseback riding trailsHiking trails availableMountain biking trails availableOHV trails availablePicnic sites available
Castle Creek Campground 2,300' 8 single Located along the South Fork of the Clearwater River
Fee siteToilets availableDrinking water availableFishing available nearbyHorseback riding trailsHiking trails availableMountain biking trails availableOHV trails availablePicnic sites available
Crooked River Campground #3 3,960' 1 single One campsite across the road from the Crooked River
Toilets availableFishing available nearbyHorseback riding trailsPicnic sites available
Crooked River Campground #4 3,960' 6 single Sites screened by trees, fishing and swimming pond at campground, easy access to the Crooked River
Toilets availableFishing available nearbyHorseback riding trailsPicnic sites available
Ditch Creek Campground 4,500' 8 single About 6 miles west of Red River Hot Springs
Toilets availableFishing available nearbyHorseback riding trailsHiking trails availableMountain biking trails availableOHV trails availablePicnic sites available
Five Mile Campground 4,480' 8 single Near Five Mile Pond with easy access to the Crooked River
Toilets availableFishing available nearbyHorseback riding trailsHiking trails availableMountain biking trails availableOHV trails availablePicnic sites available
French Gulch Campground 4,210' 2 single On French Gulch Creek near Red River
Toilets availableFishing available nearbyHorseback riding trailsHiking trails availableMountain biking trails availableOHV trails availablePicnic sites available
Halfway House Campground 5,000' 6 single Entry into Gospel Hump Wilderness via Crooked Creek Trail #215
Toilets availableFishing available nearbyHiking trails availablePicnic sites available
Mackay Bar Campground 2,300' 3 single On the Salmon River
Toilets availableFishing available nearbyHorseback riding trailsHiking trails availableMountain biking trails availableOHV trails availablePicnic sites available
Meadow Creek Campground 2,300' 3 single On Meadow Creek near the South Fork of the Clearwater River
Toilets availableFishing available nearbyHorseback riding trailsHiking trails availableMountain biking trails availableOHV trails availablePicnic sites available
Newsome Campground 4,010' 6 single On Beaver Creek near the historic Newsome Work Center
Toilets availableFishing available nearbyHorseback riding trailsHiking trails availableMountain biking trails availableOHV trails availablePicnic sites available
Orogrande Campground #1 & #2 4,520' 3 single,
1 double
On both sides of the road, on the bank of the Crooked River
Toilets availableFishing available nearbyHorseback riding trailsHiking trails availableMountain biking trails availableOHV trails availablePicnic sites available
Orogrande Campground #3 & #4 4,600' 6 single Under tall pines on the bank of the Crooked River
Toilets availableFishing available nearbyHorseback riding trailsHiking trails availableMountain biking trails availableOHV trails availablePicnic sites available
Orogrande Summit Campground 7,260' 6 single On the way to Gospel Hump Wilderness
Toilets availableFishing available nearbyHiking trails availablePicnic sites available
Oxbow Campsite 3,830' 1 single One site on the bank of Newsome Creek
Toilets availableFishing available nearbyHorseback riding trailsHiking trails availableMountain biking trails availablePicnic sites available
Red River Campground 4,500' 12 single No large RVs, 5 miles west of Red River Hot Springs
Fee siteToilets availableDrinking water availableFishing available nearbyHorseback riding trailsHiking trails availableMountain biking trails availableOHV trails availablePicnic sites available
Sam's Creek Campground 5,200' 3 single On Crooked Creek and Sam's Creek near Gospel Hump Wilderness
Toilets availableFishing available nearbyHorseback riding trailsHiking trails availableMountain biking trails availableOHV trails availablePicnic sites available
Sing Lee Campground 3,960' 4 single Across the road from Newsome Creek
Toilets availableFishing available nearbyHorseback riding trailsHiking trails availableMountain biking trails availableOHV trails availablePicnic sites available
Sourdough Saddle Campground 6,090' 4 single 3 pole corrals, 3 hitching rails, 2 meat poles
Toilets availableHorseback riding trailsHiking trails availableMountain biking trails availableOHV trails availablePicnic sites available
South Fork Campground 2,300' 12 single No large RVs, on the shore of the South Fork of the Clearwater River
Fee siteToilets availableDrinking water availableFishing available nearbyHorseback riding trailsHiking trails availableMountain biking trails availableOHV trails availablePicnic sites available
Table Meadows 5,220' 6 single On the West Fork of the American River
Toilets availableHorseback riding trailsHiking trails availableMountain biking trails availableOHV trails availablePicnic sites available
Trapper Creek 4150' 1 single Under tall timber next to the South Fork of the Red River
Toilets availableFishing available nearbyHorseback riding trailsHiking trails availableMountain biking trails availableOHV trails availablePicnic sites available
Whitewater Boating Site 2,400' 4 single Very remote, on the north shore of the Salmon River
Toilets availableFishing available nearbyHorseback riding trailsHiking trails availableMountain biking trails availableOHV trails availablePicnic sites available
Wildhorse Campground 7,500' 6 single On Wildhorse Lake, no stock allowed
Toilets availableFishing available nearbyHiking trails availableMountain biking trails availableOHV trails availablePicnic sites available

Lochsa/Highway 12 Corridor

Campground Elevation # of Sites Notes
Apgar Campground 1,576' 12 single Aggregate-surface roads, between US Highway 12 and the Lochsa River
Fee siteToilets availableDrinking water availableFishing available nearbyHorseback riding trails availableHiking trails availableMountain biking trails availableOHV trails availablePicnic sites available
Knife Edge Campground 1,500' 5 single On the Lochsa River about 15 minutes east of Lowell, ID
Toilets availableFishing available nearbyHorseback riding trails availableHiking trails availableMountain biking trails availableOHV trails availablePicnic sites available
Lolo Creek Campground 4,500' 9 single No stock allowed, between Eldorado and Lolo Creeks
Toilets availableFishing available nearbyHiking trails availableMountain biking trails availableOHV trails availablePicnic sites available
Powell Campground 3,440' 33 single Some electrical hookups, just off US Highway 12 and next to the Lochsa River
Fee siteToilets availableDrinking water availableFishing available nearbyHiking trails availableMountain biking trails availableOHV trails availablePicnic sites available
Wendover Campground 2,000' 27 single Off US Highway 12 next to the Lochsa River, paved roads and pads
Fee siteToilets availableDrinking water availableFishing available nearbyHorseback riding trails availableHiking trails availableMountain biking trails availableOHV trails availablePicnic sites available
White House Campground 3,500' 13 single Just off US Highway 12 next to the Lochsa River, paved roads and camping pads
Fee siteToilets availableDrinking water availableFishing available nearbyHorseback riding trails availableHiking trails availableMountain biking trails availableOHV trails availablePicnic sites available
White Sand Campground 3,500' 7 single Under tall pines next to White Sand Pond
Fee siteToilets availableDrinking water availableFishing available nearbyHiking trails availablePicnic sites available
Wild Goose Campground 3,000' 8 single No stock allowed, on the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River
Fee siteToilets availableDrinking water availableFishing available nearbyHiking trails availablePicnic sites available
Wilderness Gateway Campground 3,300' 65 single,
26 group
On the Lochsa River near Selway-Bitterrooot Wilderness
Fee siteToilets availableDrinking water availableReservations availableFishing available nearbyHorseback riding trails availableHiking trails availableMountain biking trails availablePicnic sites available

Magruder Road Corridor

Campground Elevation # of Sites Notes
14 Mile Trailhead 4,000' 2 single Trailhead for Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness
Toilets availableFishing available nearbyHorseback riding trails availableHiking trails availableMountain biking trails availableOHV trails availablePicnic sites available
Dry Saddle Trailhead 7,920' No developed sites Trailhead for Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness
Toilets availableHorseback riding trails availableHiking trails availablePicnic sites available
Granite Springs Campground 6,700' 4 single Feeders, corral, hitching rail, loading ramp
Toilets availableDrinking water availableHorseback riding trails availableHiking trails availableMountain biking trails availableOHV trails availablePicnic sites available
Poet Creek Campground 5,100' 4 single Remote, high clearance vehicles only, not recommended for trailers or RVs
Toilets availableHorseback riding trails availableHiking trails availableMountain biking trails availableOHV trails availablePicnic sites available

North Fork of the Clearwater Corridor

Campground Elevation # of Sites Notes
Aquarius Campground 1,700' 9 single,
2 group
On the North Fork of the Clearwater River
Fee siteToilets availableDrinking water availableFishing available nearbyHorseback riding trails availableHiking trails availableMountain biking trails availableOHV trails availablePicnic sites available
Cedars Campground 3,800' 5 single On the North Fork of the Clearwater River
Toilets availableFishing available nearbyHorseback riding trails availableHiking trails availableMountain biking trails availableOHV trails availablePicnic sites available
Hidden Creek Campground 3,400' 13 single'
1 group
On the North Fork of the Clearwater River
Fee siteToilets availableDrinking water availableFishing available nearbyHorseback riding trails availableHiking trails availableMountain biking trails availableOHV trails availablePicnic sites available
Isabella Point Trailhead 3,400' 2 single Gateway to the Mallard Larkins Pioneer Area
Toilets availableHorseback riding trails availableHiking trails availablePicnic sites available
Kelly Forks Campground 2,680' 14 single,
1 group
On the North Fork of the Clearwater River
Fee siteToilets availableDrinking water availableFishing available nearbyHorseback riding trails availableHiking trails availableMountain biking trails availableOHV trails availablePicnic sites available
Noe Creek Campground 2,500' 6 single On the North Fork of the Clearwater River
Fee siteToilets availableDrinking water availableFishing available nearbyHorseback riding trails availableHiking trails availableMountain biking trails availableOHV trails availablePicnic sites available
Washington Creek Campground 2,100' 22 single,
1 group
On the North Fork of the Clearwater River
Fee siteToilets availableDrinking water availableFishing available nearbyHorseback riding trails availableHiking trails availableMountain biking trails availableOHV trails availablePicnic sites available
Weitas Creek Campground 4,000' 6 single On the North Fork of the Clearwater River
Toilets availableFishing available nearbyHorseback riding trails availableHiking trails availableMountain biking trails availableOHV trails availablePicnic sites available

Palouse Corridor

Campground Elevation # of Sites Notes
Elk Creek Campground 6,000' 24 single,
1 group
Electrical hookups available, highest waterfall in Idaho nearby
Fee siteToilets availableDrinking water availableFishing available nearbyHorseback riding trails availableHiking trails availableMountain biking trails availableOHV trails availablePicnic sites available
Giant White Pine Campground 3,000' 14 single Along the White Pine Scenic Byway
Fee siteToilets availableDrinking water availableHorseback riding trails availableHiking trails availableMountain biking trails availableOHV trails availablePicnic sites available
Laird Park Campground 2,800' 31 single,
1 group
Max 30' limit on RVs'
Fee siteToilets availableDrinking water availableFishing available nearbyHorseback riding trails availableHiking trails availablePicnic sites available
Little Boulder Campground 2,600' 17 single Next to the Potlatch River
Fee siteToilets availableDrinking water availableFishing available nearbyHiking trails availablePicnic sites available
Partridge Creek Campground 3,400' 13 single Near Elk Creek Reservoir
Toilets availableFishing available nearbyHorseback riding trails availableHiking trails availableMountain biking trails availableOHV trails availablePicnic sites available

Salmon River/Highway 95 Corridor

Campground Elevation # of Sites Notes
Fish Creek Campground 2,300' 11 single Paved parking and sidewalks
Fee siteToilets availableDrinking water availableHandicapped AccessibleFishing available nearbyHorseback riding trails availableHiking trails availableMountain biking trails availableOHV trails availablePicnic sites available
North Fork Slate Creek Campground 3,000' 5 single At the confluence of Slate Creek and its North Fork
Toilets availableFishing available nearbyHorseback riding trails availableHiking trails availableMountain biking trails availablePicnic sites available
Rocky Bluff Campground 5,200' 4 single Short vehicles only, gateway to Gospel Hump Wilderness
Toilets availableHorseback riding trails availableHiking trails availableMountain biking trails availableOHV trails availablePicnic sites available
Spring Bar Campground 1,740' 18 single On the Salmon River, tents only
Fee siteToilets availableDrinking water availableFishing available nearbyHorseback riding trails availableHiking trails availablePicnic sites available

Selway River Corridor

Campground Elevation # of Sites Notes
Boyd Creek Campground 1,600' 6 single Near Selway River
Fee siteToilets availableFishing available nearbyHorseback riding trails availableHiking trails availableMountain biking trails availableOHV trails availablePicnic sites available
CCC Campground 1,550' 6 single On the Selway River near Fenn Pond
Toilets availableHandicapped AccessibleFishing available nearbyHorseback riding trails availableHiking trails availableMountain biking trails availablePicnic sites available
Glover Campground 1,700' 7 single Just off the Selway Road near Glover Creek
Fee siteToilets availableFishing available nearbyHorseback riding trails availableHiking trails availableMountain biking trails availablePicnic sites available
Johnson Bar Campground 1,600' 12 single,
1 group
Along the Selway River
Fee siteToilets availableDrinking water availableReservations availableHandicapped AccessibleFishing available nearbyHiking trails availablePicnic sites available
O'Hara Bar Campground 1,600' 32 single On the Selway River near O'Hara Creek
Fee siteToilets availableDrinking water availableReservations availableHandicapped AccessibleFishing available nearbyHiking trails availablePicnic sites available
Race Creek Campground 1,800' 3 single Gateway to Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, very dificult for handicapped access
Toilets availableFishing available nearbyHiking trails availablePicnic sites available
Rackliff Campground 1,600' 6 single Along the Selway River
Toilets availableFishing available nearbyHorseback riding trails availableHiking trails availablePicnic sites available
Selway Falls Campground 1,775' 7 single On Meadow Creek near the Selway River
Fee siteToilets availableHorseback riding trails availableHiking trails availablePicnic sites available
Slide Creek Campground 1,625' 3 single On the Selway River
Toilets availableFishing available nearbyHorseback riding trails availableHiking trails availableMountain biking trails availableOHV trails availablePicnic sites available
Slims Camp 1,800' 2 single Very difficult for handicapped access
Toilets availableFishing available nearbyHorseback riding trails availableHiking trails availableMountain biking trails availableOHV trails availablePicnic sites available
Twenty-Five Mile Bar Campground 1,700' 3 single On the Selway River
Toilets availableFishing available nearbyHorseback riding trails availableHiking trails availableMountain biking trails availablePicnic sites available
Twenty Mile Bar Campground 1,600' 2 single On the Selway River
Toilets availableFishing available nearbyHorseback riding trails availableHiking trails availableMountain biking trails availablePicnic sites available