The Nez Perce National Forest is located in the northern center of Idaho.
Where is this Forest?




 A male and female bighorn sheep in a side pose on a Mackay Bar hillside.  Fall scene of bridge over Clearwater River near Kooskia, Idaho.  Scene showing fall foliage at Dworshak Reservoir near Orofino, Idaho.”  Lewis and Clark named this scenic spot the smoking place while traveling on the Lolo Trail. Fall scenic on the North Fork Ranger District. Whitetail deer leaping off a side road near Peasley Creek. View from Florence of snowcapped Seven Devils mountain range near Riggins, Idaho.


About the Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests, Idaho

Welcome to the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests—4.0 million acres of beautiful and diverse land, located in North Central Idaho. From the dry, rugged canyons of the Salmon River to the moist cedar forests of the Selway drainage to the rolling uplands of the Palouse, the forest offers something for everyone.
This vast, diverse area is managed to provide a variety of goods and services including breathtaking scenery, wilderness, wildlife, fisheries, timber harvest, livestock grazing, mining, pristine water quality and a wide array of recreation opportunities.
The Forests are best known for their wild character. Nearly half of the Forests are designated wilderness. They also sport three rivers popular with thrill-seeking floaters—the Selway, the Lochsa and the Salmon.

Recent News


Nez Perce Tribe is Recipient of "Rise to the Future" Award

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The Rise to the Future Award is the highest national recognition of aquatic accomplishment that the Forest Service bestows.  This year’s winner of the “Tribal Accomplishment” category is the Nez Perce Tribe’s Department of Fisheries Resource Management.

Fire Information

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Nez Perce-Clearwater Forests Newsletters

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Highlights of Nez Perce-Clearwater Forests accomplishments in 2013. 


Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Visitor Guide

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Check out the Nez-Perce Clearwater National Forests Visitor Guide!

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