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 or over the phone.


National Forest Visitor Maps, Wilderness Maps, and Atlases can also be purchased from the the USGS Store.


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.

An application logo showing a map with a site pintpointed on it.

1. Download the Avenza PDFMaps app, available at to your mobile device.

2. Once you have Avenza on your mobile device, use your device to download the maps at 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.


Clearwater National Forest 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 National Forest 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.


2016 Clearwater National Forest MVUMs

Seasonal and Special Vehicle Designation Table - This table covers all the Seasonal and Special Designations except for the Palouse Ranger District. This table shows the open/close dates for motorized routes on the Clearwater National Forest. This table is located on the back page of printed maps found at ranger stations and is meant to be used as a companion to the map documents below.

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 - Northwest corner of the forest from Mission Mountain to Abes Knob, adjacent to Idaho Panhandle NF

2F Isabella Sheep Mountain - (Map 2, Front) covers North Fork Ranger District from Isabella Point south past Pot Mountain, east to Deadhorse Mountain to Mush Saddle

3F Knife Edge Ninemile - (Map 3, Front) covers Lochsa area of the Lochsa-Powell Ranger District – Liz Butte, west to Frenchman Butte, East to Lizard Peak, and South to Glover Saddle

4F Lolo Creek Syringa - (Map 4, Front) covers Lochsa area of the Lochsa-Powell Ranger District – from Lolo Creek area south to Three Devils on the Lochsa River, east to Apgar and north past Austin Ridge

5F Lolo Pass - (Map 5, Front) covers the Powell area of Lochsa-Powell Ranger District from Colt Creek Camp, north to Pilot Knob, east to Moose Lake, and west to Wendover Campground

6F Marten Hill - (Map 6, Front) covers North Fork Ranger District and Lochsa-Powell Ranger District from Pierce

7F Pierce Hemlock Butte - (Map 7, Front) covers North Fork Ranger District from Pierce east to Johnagan Mountain, north to Gobblers Knob and south to Frenchman Mountain

8F Powell – (Map 8, Front) covers the Powell area of Lochsa-Powell Ranger District from Colgate Camp, east to Colt Creek Camp, south to Hoodoo Lake and north to Lolo Pass

9F Upper North Fork - (Map 9, Front) covers North Fork Ranger District from Kelly Forks, east to Fish Lake, North to Graves Peak, and west to Henry Ridge


Clearwater MVUM Frequently Asked Questions

Clearwater MVUM Questions & Answers


Clearwater National Forest Over Snow Vehicle Use Maps

Cover of the 2017-2018 Palouse Over Snow Map   Cover of the 2017-2018 North Fork Over Snow Map  Cover of the 2017-2018 Lochsa Over Snow Map  Cover of the 2017-2018 Powell Over Snow Map

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.

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.


Use the Over Snow Vehicle Use Map Index to decide which of the four Over Snow maps you need for your next trip.

The following 2017/2018 Over Snow Vehicle Use Maps are available to download free of charge:



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


Annual Accomplishment Reports


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.