Dispersed Camping

A campfire ring made of rocks sits in an open camping space next to a river.

Scroll down for a list of some dipersed camping areas on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests!

Currently the forest is open to dispersed camping in most areas. Limited motorized access for dispersed camping or parking may be allowed from the centerline of designated roads (300 feet) and designated trails (100 feet).

Camping in dispersed sites is limited to a total of 18 days use. Camps must be moved to a minimum of 5 miles from the original site to qualify for a new 18-day limit; camps cannot be returned to the original sites within 45 days [36 CFR 261.58(a)].

A few rules may be posted in campgrounds or at popular dispersed sites. The rules are meant to protect the site and the environment and to help you enjoy your camping trip.

Dispersed Camping Areas

  • Highway 14 Corridor
  • Dixie Meadow Campground
  • Elk Summit Lookout
  • Lake Creek Trailhead
  • Mallard Creek Campground
  • O'Hara Saddle Campground
  • Rainy Day Campground
  • Six Mile Campground
  • Ten Mile
  • Lochsa/Highway 12 Corridor
  • Musselshell Meadows
  • Sherman Creek Trail #203
  • Lolo Trail Corridor
  • Magruder Road Corridor
  • Burnt Knob Lookout
  • Elk Mountain Trailhead
  • Red Mailbox Campsite
  • Windy Saddle Trailhead
  • North Fork of the Clearwater Corridor
  • Clark Mountain/Orogrande Trailhead
  • Fish Lake Trailhead
  • Fourth Of July Trailhead
  • Isabella Landing Trailhead
  • Smith Ridge Trailhead
  • Palouse Corridor
  • Horse Camp Trailhead
  • Salmon River / Highway 95 Corridor
  • Iron Phone Junction Campground
  • Fog Mountain Trailhead

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities