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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.

Recent News


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

A wooden kiosk, with the USDA and USFS logos on the face, stands indoors in a souvenir shop.

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests has installed the first digital kiosks, known as Electronic Tour Sites, associated with the forests’ new Historic Routes Project. This initiative 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. At these kiosks, forest visitors combine modern technology with backcountry experiences to enhance their visit to the forest and learn more about these historic places. 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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Orogrande Community Fuels Reduction Project

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The Orogrande community is a little safer due to great efforts from the Red River Ranger District. Follow here to learn more.

Coeur d'Alene Salamander Surveys

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Ecosystems staff recently visited Elk Creek Falls to survey for Coeur d’Alene salamanders. Click here to read the full story!


2019 Clearwater Basin Youth Conservation Corps

The 2019 Kooskia CBYCC crews pose in the field where they had been planting saplings.

The Clearwater Basin Youth Conservation Corps started their 2019 season the week of June 17. Click here to read more about one of their first projects this summer!

Every Kid in a Park

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Fourth graders and their families can visit over 2,000 federal lands and waters for FREE through the Every Kid in a Park program! Click here to learn more!

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

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