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Lookout Butte Lookout

Lookout Butte Lookout. USDA Forest Service photo by Chrysann Jaeger.




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 Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests is best known for its wild character. Nearly half of the forest is designated Wilderness. They also sport three rivers popular with thrill-seeking floaters—the Selway, the Lochsa and the Salmon.


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Travel back in time on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests!

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The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests' Historic Routes Project is a unique and exciting initiative that highlights the significant history and recreational opportunities available on three historic routes on the forests - the Lolo Motorway, Elk City Wagon Road, and Magruder Corridor. Click here to learn more!

Download the Nez Perce-Clearwater NFs Mobile App

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The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests is excited to announce the release of a free mobile app, available on smartphones and online, where visitors can learn more about the forest and some of its most interesting places. Downloading the app is easy: simply search for “Nez Perce Clearwater” in your device’s app store. It is free to download and available for both iOS and Android.

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Lochsa River Corridor GAOA Work - Summer 2021

A recently improved crib wall on Trail

Click here to read about Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) projects conducted on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests in Summer 2021!

Taking a Moment to Remember: Anne Veseth Memorial Hike

A female firefighter stands posing for a photo, wearing firefighting gear and carrying equipment

Every year, employees on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests take time to remember Anne Veseth, a firefighter that was lost on the forest's Steep Corner fire on August 12, 2012.


New Forest Supervisor's Office in Kamiah - Construction Updates

An artist's rendition of the new Forest Service office in Kamiah

Check this page for periodic updates on construction of the new Forest Service building in Kamiah, now under construction!

Forest Service partners with Fish & Game to improve hunter and angler access

A section of newly created trail tread on the Cayuse Creek Trail.

An expanding partnership with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game & the Nez Perce-Clearwater NFs is increasing hunter and angler access on National Forest lands in north-central Idaho.

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Photo of an alpine lake peacefully nestled within the mountains and hills of the Magruder Corridor.

Images from the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests