Camping in the Clearwater National Forest

Camping in the Clearwater National Forest

US Highway 12, the “Lewis and Clark Highway,” parallels the route traveled by the famous explorers through the rugged Lochsa Canyon and offers many camp sites and picnic areas along the breathtaking beauty.

Forest Service Rentals

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to stay in a lookout tower? Find out for yourself without years of training. The Forest Service has several of these lookouts and cabins for rent.


Deer on Battle Ridge

Deer on Battle Ridge

Hunting

From birds to big game, North Central Idaho is a bountiful hunting ground. In fact North Central Idaho boasts nearly half the statewide population of elk and whitetail deer. In addition, hunters will find moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, cougar and black bear.


Fishing on the Clearwater River near Syringa

Fishing on the Clearwater River near Syringa

Fishing

The Kooskia area is known for its world-class clear, sparkling rivers and steelhead, cutthroat, Chinook salmon and rainbow trout, bass, whitefish, and other popular game fish species. This is a fisherman’s paradise.


Snowmobiling on a snowy ridge

Snowmobiling on a snowy ridge

Winter Sports

Snowmobile riders and cross-country skiers will find a winter delight of unlimited miles of snow-covered trails and all types of terrain. Hikers and skiers can follow trails that cross breath-taking timbered slopes, open meadows and ridge tops.


White water rafting on the Lochsa River

White water rafting on the Lochsa River

White Water Rafting

Lochsa, Selway and the Middlefork all offer big drops and tricky rapids.


Woodridge Road looking down on the Clearwater River and Kooskia

Woodridge Road looking down on the Clearwater River and Kooskia

Backpacking

Hundreds of miles of National Forest trails beckon you through shady forests, following streams and rivers to windswept ridges and gem like lakes.