Kirkwood Ranch

Area Status: Temporarily Closed
This area is Closed
 

Old ranch house located along the Snake River

The Kirkwood Historic Ranch is an area rich in river history from early Native American occupation to pioneer ranching life. This very popular site is accessible by boat via the Snake River, or by hiking the Snake River National Recreation Trail which begins at Pittsburg Landing, approximately 6 miles down river. The historic ranch offers a taste of canyon life in the 1930s with the original ranch house, bunk houses and other out-buildings. As in the past, the cool green lawn and nearby stream offer summer time visitors a welcome rest.

Visitors are welcome to stop at the museum and learn about ranching life in the canyon. Displays in the log bunkhouse also contain prehistoric artifacts and interpret early Native American occupation in the canyon. A short 3/4 mile hike up Kirkwood Creek takes visitors to the Carter Mansion. It is a vertical log house built in 1920 by Dick Carter, a canyon resident who made his money manufacturing and selling moonshine during the Prohibition era.

At a Glance

Reservations: This site is not reservable.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Tent camping,Picnic tables,Toilets
Fees No fees are required for this site.
Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Medium
Restrictions: General rules of use and restrictions apply for this developed recreation site.
Closest Towns: White Bird, Idaho (19 miles); Riggins, Idaho (45 miles)
Restroom: Flush Toilet
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Clarkston- Hells Canyon Recreation Area

General Information

Directions:

Although access is primarily by boat on the Snake River, you can also access it on the Snake River trails.

From White Bird, Idaho head south on Highway 95 for about 0.5 miles to Old Highway 95 at mile marker 222 (sign indicates Pittsburg Landing and Hammer Creek Recreation Area); Turn right on Old Hihgway 95 and go about 1 mile to the bridge crossing the Salmon River; Turn left and cross the bridge; Immediately after the bridge turn left on the Deer Creek Road (also known as Forest Road 493); Travel on the Deer Creek Road for 17 miles to Forest Road 493A; Turn left on Forest Road 493A and go 1.6 miles to end the road to the Upper Pittsburg Picnic Area (or stop and park in the large Snake River Trailhead parking area); the Snake River begins from the end of the road and goes about 6 miles to Kirkwood Ranch.

From Riggins, Idaho head north on Highway 95 for about 27 miles to Old Highway 95 at mile marker 222 (sign indicates Pittsburg Landing and Hammer Creek Recreation Site); Turn left on Old Highway 95 and go about 1 mile to the bridge crossing the Salmon River; Turn left and cross the bridge; Immediately after the bridge turn left on the Deer Creek Road (also known as Forest Road 493); Travel on the Deer Creek Road for 17 miles to Forest Road 493A; Turn left on Forest Road 493A and go 1.6 miles to end the road to the Upper Pittsburg Picnic Area (or stop and park in the large Snake River Trailhead parking area); the Snake River begins from the end of the road and goes about 6 miles to Kirkwood Ranch.

Note the Deer Creek Road and Forest Road 493 is a steep, narrow winding paved gravel road.


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities


Camping & Cabins

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Fishing

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Hiking

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Horse Riding & Camping

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Nature Viewing

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Outdoor Learning

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Picnicking

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Amenities

Picnic tables Group area on lawn
Interpretive Site In museum
Toilets Flush toilets
Tent camping 5 walk-in tent camps are available north of the ranch


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