St. Joe Wild & Scenic River


St. Joe River

The "Shadowy" St. Joe River flows down the western slopes of the Bitterroot Mountain Range from it's headwaters at St. Joe Lake near the Idaho/ Montana state line.

The upper portion of the St. Joe River was Congressionally designated as a Wild and Scenic River in 1978; designating the portion of the St. Joe River from North Fork of the St. Joe River to Spruce Tree Campground (39.7 miles) as a Recreational River and the segment from Spruce Tree Campground to St. Joe Lake (26.6 miles) as a Wild River.  The Recreational portion of the river provides multiple vehicle access opportunities and developed campgrounds.  Above Spruce Tree Campground the Wild portion of the St. Joe River is accessible only by non-motorized travel, with Trail 48 following the river to Heller Creek Campground.

The St. Joe River offers a variety of recreational opportunites, such as fly fishing, floating, camping, hiking, horseback riding and backpacking.

At Tin Can Campground Wild segment of Wild & Scenic River Recreational segment of Wild & Scenic River Near St. Joe Lake Tr 49 trailhead St. Joe River

At a Glance

Current Conditions: USGS Current Conditions for the St. Joe River at Calder
Closest Towns: Avery, ID Saint Maries, ID Wallace, ID St. Regis, MT
Information Center: Information is available from the St. Joe Ranger District in Saint Maries and Avery Idaho.  A volunteer host staffs the Historic Red Ives Ranger Station during summer months.


Camping & Cabins

Show detail SHOW


Show detail SHOW

Scenic Driving

Show detail SHOW

Water Activities

Show detail SHOW
Areas & Activities