The Nez Perce National Forest is located in the northern center of Idaho.
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Maps & Publications

8.5" x 11" pdf     map of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests

Colored Map shows the combined Nez Perce and Clearwater Forests and Districts

 

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests offer a variety of maps, many of which are available for purchase at our offices and visitor information centers.

 

National Forest Visitor Maps, Wilderness Maps, and Atlases can also be purchased from the National Forest Store - a national web site that sells national forest maps and passes. The Store’s mission is to provide prompt, courteous, and convenient service to our customers.

 

At the USGS Store you will find a variety of maps, including Topographic Maps, Federal Recreation passes, scientific reports, educational materials, and more.

Geospatial data is available on our Geospatial Data page. This digital data requires special skills and software to use and display.

 

If you own a mobile device such as an iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch or Android (4.0.3 or newer), you can take the Nez Perce and Clearwater National Forest Visitor Maps and MVUMs with you.

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1. Download the Avenza PDFMaps app, available at http://www.avenza.com/pdf-maps to your mobile device.

2. Once you have Avenza on your mobile device, use your device to download the maps at pdf-maps.com while running the app select 'Get Maps' and search for "Nez Perce National Forest Visitor Map" for West and East side maps or “Clearwater National Forest Visitor Map” for West and East side maps.  For Clearwater NF Motor Vehicle Use Maps, search for “Clearwater MVUM” to download MVUMs for Palouse, Lochsa, Powell, and North Fork Ranger Districts.  PLEASE NOTE:  Nez Perce NF MVUMs are not available yet.

With the app and maps installed on your mobile device, you will be able to:

  • View your location on the PDF maps using the built-in GPS device 
  • Measure distances and areas
  • Plot waypoints 
  • View maps offline
  • And more…

Through a no-cost contract with Avenza Systems, Inc., the USDA Forest Service has made electronic versions of its Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs) available as free downloads for smartphones and tablets.  The Forest Visitor map downloads are $4.99 each.

 

Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs)

The final Travel Management Rule was published in the Federal Register on November 9, 2005. The Rule requires each National Forest to designate roads, trails, and areas where motorized travel will be permitted, and to produce a Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM). The Clearwater National Forest completed a Final Environmental Impact Statement and published a Record of Decision for Travel Planning in January 2012.  These documents are located at:  Clearwater Travel Management Plan FEIS and ROD.

Motor Vehicle Use Maps are the official map for designating all roads and trails available for public motorized travel on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests.  Visitors should not rely on any other maps for making decisions about motorized travel.

An MVUM displays National forest system roads, trails and areas designated for motorized use.  It also displays allowed uses by vehicle class (e.g. highway-legal vehicles, off-highway vehicles, and motorcycles), seasonal allowances and information about other travel rules and regulations.  It is the legal document that indicates where you can and cannot ride.

Route not shown on the MVUMs are not open to public motor vehicle travel.  Routes designated for motorized use may not always be signed on the ground but will be identified on the MVUMs.  It will be the user's responsibility to reference the MVUMs and stay on designated routes for motor vehicle use.

The MVUMs are black and white maps with no topographic features.  It displays legal designations of where you can travel with various motorized vehicles, but for additional information it is best used in conjunction with a Forest Visitor Map or other detailed map.

The MVUMs are free to the public at local Ranger District offices and at the Forest Supervisor's Office.  The MVUMs are available on this website and sections of it may be printed from your home computer. 

Currently, the Clearwater National Forest MVUMs are completed and available.

1B Deary Elk River - (Map 1, Back) covers the Palouse Ranger District from Deary/Cherry Butte to Elk River to Dworshak Reservoir

1F Upper Palouse - (Map 1, Front) covers Palouse Ranger District - North West corner of the forest from Mission Mountain to Abes Knob, adjacent to Idaho Panhandle NF

2B Bungalow Pierce - (Map 2, Back) covers North Fork Ranger District from Pierce east to Bungalow north to Clark Mtn and east Monroe

2F Isabella Sheep - (Map 2, Front) covers North Fork Ranger District from Isabella Point south past Sheep Mtn to Oxford Meadows, east to Wallow Mtn and Doris Butte

3F Upper North Fork - (Map 3, Front) covers North Fork Ranger District from Pot Mtn south to Wallow Mtn, east to Fish Lake and southeast to Gorman Hill

4B Lowell Ninemile - (Map 4, Back) covers Lochsa area of the Lochsa-Powell Ranger District – Lowell, Idaho north to Beaver dam Saddle, east past Hemlock Butte to Ninemile, south to Lizard Peak 

4F Lolo Syringa - (Map 4, Front) covers Lochsa area of the Lochsa-Powell Ranger District – from Lolo creek area south to Three Devils on the Clearwater River, east to Beaver Dam Saddle and south to Syringa, Idaho 

5B Liz Butte Blacklead - (Map 5, Back) covers North Fork RD & Powell area of the Lochsa-Powell Ranger District from  Liz Butte north to Cold Springs/Kelly Forks west to Blacklead Mtn, south  to Colgate Licks and east to No-see-um Meadows 

5F Tom Beal Lolo - (Map 5, Front) covers the Powell area of Lochsa-Powell Ranger District from Tom Beal Peak north to Rhodes Peak east past Lolo Pass to Elk Meadows and south to Elk Summit and Hoodoo Lakes 

Clearwater MVUM Frequently Asked Questions

Clearwater MVUM Questions & Answers

2014 Clearwater Travel Guide (Companion Publication to the Clearwater MVUM)

 

Clearwater National Forest District Over Snow Vehicle Use Maps - Free

These maps show National Forest System roads, National Forest System trails, and areas on National Forest System lands where use by over-snow vehicles is allowed, restricted, or prohibited pursuant to 36 CFR 212.81.

Scale 1:79,200, color map, no contours

Hard copies are also available, free of charge, at all District and Supervisor offices. Many sporting goods stores in local communities may also have these maps available. District Offices adjacent to the Clearwater National Forest (Lolo, Bitterroot, and Idaho Panhandle) will also have hard copies available. Other partners and distribution locations may be developed over time to help disseminate maps.

 

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We have created a  map layout grid to help you choose what map(s) you will need for your  trip.   Select map(s) below:

Palouse Ranger District Map 1

Palouse Ranger District Map 2

North Fork Ranger District Map 3

North Fork Ranger District Map 4

Lochsa/Powell Ranger District Map 5

Lochsa/Powell Ranger District Map 6

Publications

We have a variety of publications available in electronic format for viewing/printing.

Brochures

Annual Accomplishment Reports

Features

Travel Planner

The "Clearwater and Nez Perce Country Travel Planner" is a guide to recreational opportunities on public lands in the north central Idaho area.