Clark Fork River Area

The Clark Fork River Area (Cabinet Ranger District) is bordered by the Idaho line on the west and the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness on the east.  The Clark Fork River flows north and west through the District, and the Bull and Vermilion Rivers join it from the north.  Rugged peaks ranging in elevation from 6000-8700 feet overlook the valley bottom.

Almost ½ million acres of National Forest lands offer a full range of year-round recreational opportunities.  Approximately 400 miles of trail are available to the hiker, hunter, and stock user to access various lakes and scenic viewpoints.  150 miles of these trails are open to motorized use.  The District maintains almost 400 miles of open road, and many miles of gated roads offer additional opportunities to mountain bikers, berry pickers, and hunters.

Four developed campgrounds with boat launches provide access to the Noxon and Cabinet Gorge Reservoirs.  Fishing, canoeing, and swimming are popular in the numerous other lakes and streams.

The District maintains two lookout towers and one cabin for rental to the public.

Winter activities include cross country skiing, ice fishing, and snowmobiling.  A groomed snowmobile route is located on the south side of the Clark Fork River which accesses the popular Gem Saddle Snowmobile Shelter.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Sand Play

Areas for Sand Play at Clark Fork River Area

Campground Camping

Areas for Campground Camping at Clark Fork River Area

Cabin Rentals

Status: Open

Areas for Cabin Rentals at Clark Fork River Area

Lake and Pond Fishing

Areas for Lake and Pond Fishing at Clark Fork River Area

River and Stream Fishing

Areas for River and Stream Fishing at Clark Fork River Area

Ice Fishing

Day Hiking

Areas for Day Hiking at Clark Fork River Area

Big Game Hunting

Boating - Motorized

Areas for Boating - Motorized at Clark Fork River Area


Areas for Swimming at Clark Fork River Area


The Cabinet Ridge Riders groom approximately 42.5 mile snowmobile route up Marten Creek to the Gem Saddle warming hut and down along the Stevens Ridge road 214.

Areas for Snowmobiling at Clark Fork River Area

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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