Kelly Creek

View of Kelly Creek from Trail #567

The Kelly Creek area offers many opportunities for hiking, backpacking, camping, fly fishing, and a place to enjoy the quiet solitude beside a mountain stream. The area’s trailhead provides access to Little Moose Ridge Trail #760 which rolls from saddle to peak following a ridgeline 9 miles to connector trails, while Kelly Creek Trail #567 follows Kelly Creek and its tributaries for 22-1/2 miles. It’s an easy grade with scenic meadows with the last 3 miles climbing steeply toward the Bitterroot Divide. Kelly Creek, itself, is one of the best-kept fly fishing secrets in Idaho. Here, wild west-slope cutthroat trout leap to take a fly and then dive for the bottom. It is a remote location and truly a place where you will feel like you have the river all to yourself.


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At a Glance

Rentals & Guides: Area accomodations include Kelly Forks Campground and the Kelly Forks Rental Cabin. The Cabin is reservable on
Best Season: Summer, Fall
Restrictions: Garbage services not available. Pack It In, Pack It Out.
Closest Towns: Orofino, ID is approximately 80 miles southwest. Pierce, ID is approximately 50 miles southwest.
Water: All water should be filtered prior to drinking.
Restroom: No restrooms available, except in campground and rental cabin during open season.
Information Center: North Fork Ranger District, 208-476-4541

Recreation Map

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River and Stream Fishing

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