Lochsa Historical Ranger Station


People stroll through the lush landscape surrounding the Historical Lochsa Ranger Station

The Lochsa Historical Ranger Station is located along U.S. Highway 12 in the Lochsa River drainage, approximately 48 miles east of Kooskia, Idaho.  From 1925 to the late 1950s, the station was utilized as a backcountry Ranger Station by the Forest Service. It served as the administrative hub for a system of fire lookouts, smoke chaser cabins, and other remote Forest Service facilities linked together by a system of pack trails and telephone lines.  In 1976, the station was formally dedicated as an interpretive site, as part of the nation's Bicentennial Celebration. The station is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The visitor center, located within the Alternate Ranger's cabin, is a shady oasis on a hot summer day. The mix of conifers and Locust trees provide a pleasant rest stop for the weary traveler.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Memorial Day through Labor Day.  
Fees No Fee.
Open Season: Memorial Day Weekend - Labor Day Weekend
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Closest Towns: Lowell, ID
Water: Drinking water is provided
Restroom: 2 flush toilets
Information Center:
  • Lochsa/Powell Ranger District, 208-926-4274
  • The Alternate Ranger's cabin serves as a visitor center and is staffed with Volunteer Interpreters.

General Information


Paved roads, parking and walkways make this site fully accessible.


The Historical Ranger Station is located at mile marker 121.5 on U.S. Hwy 12 between Wilderness Gateway Campground and Fish Creek River Access.

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