Celebrate Fourth of July on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests

An American flag flows in the breeze on a pole in front of a tree and a bright blue sky.

An American flag moves with the breeze outside of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Supervisor’s Office in Kamiah, Idaho. The Supervisor’s Office and other Forest Service facilities will be closed Thursday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. USDA Forest Service photo.


KAMIAH, Idaho (June 28, 2019) – Fourth of July is a favorite time for Americans to visit their National Forests. The following information will help you plan your visit to the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests during the holiday.

Remember, fireworks are ALWAYS prohibited on National Forests and other public lands. There are no fire restrictions at this time, but recreationists are reminded to use caution with any outdoor activity that may cause a spark. Never leave campfires unattended; remember, if it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave. Pour water and add dirt to your campfire until it is cold. The daily Fire Danger Rating for the forest is listed on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests website: www.fs.usda.gov/nezperceclearwater.

Report all wildfires to 911 or the Grangeville Interagency Dispatch Center: (208) 983-6800.

Your local Forest Service office is your best source of information for the latest updates on conditions and recreation opportunities on the National Forest. Helpful staff at ranger stations and visitor centers can provide information on local road conditions, recommend the best place to take your family camping, and sell you visitor maps to help you make the most of your adventure to the forest. Please visit www.fs.usda.gov/detail/nezperceclearwater/about-forest/offices for location, contact information, and regular business hours for an office near you.

Dozens of campgrounds will be open for visitors during the Fourth of July holiday, and many have helpful hosts who can provide information about outdoor recreation in the area. For information about campgrounds on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, please visit bit.ly/NPClwNF-Camping. Most campgrounds offer first–come, first–served site selection, but a few campgrounds have sites that you can reserve to guarantee a spot during your trip to the forest. To reserve a campsite, call toll free at 1 (877) 444-6777 or reserve online at www.Recreation.gov.

Camping is also allowed at sites outside of developed campgrounds, known as “dispersed sites.” If you camp at a dispersed site, leave no trace of your stay; use existing fire rings if available, and pack out your trash.

Many forest trails are accessible at this time, but visitors should be prepared to encounter high creek crossings, downed trees, rocks, and debris; always travel with care. Trail crews are working hard to clear trails across the forest. Trail condition reports are available online at www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/nezperceclearwater/alerts-notices. Contact your local ranger station for the most up–to–date information on trail conditions in the area you plan to travel.

Road conditions on the National Forest can also change rapidly throughout the season. Road condition reports are available online at www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/nezperceclearwater/alerts-notices. For the latest information, please contact the ranger district where you plan to travel. It is recommended that you call ahead of your visit to plan which routes you will take, and then again shortly before you depart to check for any updates to road conditions.

The Lolo Motorway (Forest Service Road #500) and the Magruder Road (Forest Service Road #468, aka the Montana Road) are two popular high–elevation routes for summer travel on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. At this time, both roads are still snow–covered in places and are not passable for through travel. The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests will be updating the public as these routes become accessible. For more specific details about Lolo Motorway and Magruder Road conditions, call the Kooskia Ranger Station (208-926-4274) and Red River Ranger District office (208-842-2245), respectively.

The Lolo Pass Visitor Center and Lochsa Historical Ranger Station will be open on July 4 to welcome visitors. The Lolo Pass Visitor Center, located on U.S. Highway 12 at the Idaho-Montana state line, is open Thursday through Monday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. (PDT). The Lochsa Historical Ranger Station, located 48 miles east of Kooskia on U.S. Highway 12, is open seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (PDT).

The Kelly Forks Visitor Center, located off of French Mountain Road #250 on the North Fork Ranger District, is now open for the season. Stop in Friday through Monday to purchase a map, flies, refreshments, or souvenirs. Our staff at the visitor center look forward to helping you make the most of your visit to the North Fork.

Search “Nez Perce Clearwater” in your app store to download the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests mobile app before your visit to the forest. The app includes forest information, condition updates, and an informative tour of some of the most special places on the forest. The app can even be used offline, making it a great source of information when visiting your favorite campsite or trailhead. The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests app is free and available on both Android and iOS.

Forest Service offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4 in observance of the federal holiday. Stop by before then to purchase a firewood permit, obtain a mushroom permit, acquire forest maps, or ask any questions you may have before the holiday. Regular office hours resume Friday, July 5.

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests would like to wish everyone an enjoyable and safe Fourth of July! For more information, please visit www.fs.usda.gov/nezperceclearwater or contact your local ranger station.



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