Recreation

Floaters recreating on the Salmon River

Our recreation opportunities are organized two ways: by activity and by corridor.

To browse recreation activities by location, click on the corridor name below.  Learn more about qualities and get in-depth information on each corridor on the Travel Planner page.

To browse by activity type, click on the links in the left-hand column of this webpage.

 

Interested in exploring the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests through commercial outfitters or guides?  Click on the following link to learn more.

OUTFITTERS AND GUIDES

 

The table below highlights the status and current conditions of popular recreation locations on the forest. For more information about each location, click on the link under Area Name to navigate to the page dedicated to each location.

Sites that are open seasonally are typically open during the summer months, but precise opening and closing dates vary by location. Please click on the Area Name for opening and closing dates for specific locations for the current season.

This table is not an exhaustive list of recreation opportunities on the forest. For more information, please click the corridor names above or the activity names in the left-hand column.

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Apgar Campground Closed to Visitor Open seasonally.
Aquarius Campground and Purple Beach Group Site Closed to Visitor Open seasonally. Water shut off Sept. 28, 2020.
Bald Mountain Lookout Closed to Visitor Open seasonally by reservation only. Reservations are accepted on www.Recreation.gov and typically fill several months in advance.
Boyd Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Currently closed for public safety during hazard tree removal. For more information, please call the Moose Creek Ranger District. Fees collected during open season. Visitors may use the campground in the off season, but should note that services such as restroom cleaning will not be provided. Access may be limited seasonally due to snow.
Bridge Creek Campground Open to Visitor Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
CCC Campground Closed to Visitor Currently closed for public safety during hazard tree removal. For more information, please call the Moose Creek Ranger District.

Services such as restroom cleaning only offered during the summer season. Access may be limited seasonally due to snow.
Castle Butte Lookout Closed to Visitor Open seasonally by reservation only. Reservations are accepted on www.Recreation.gov and typically fill several months in advance.
Castle Creek Campground Open to Visitor Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
Cedars Campground    Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
Clark Mountain/Orogrande Trailhead Open to Visitor
Crooked River Campground #3 Open to Visitor Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
Crooked River Campground #4 Closed to Visitor Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
Ditch Creek Campground Open to Visitor Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
Dixie Meadow Campground Open to Visitor
Elk Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Open seasonally. Water shut off Sept. 28, 2020. Some sites are reservable; reservations are accepted on www.Recreation.gov.
Elk Summit Campground Open to Visitor Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
Fish Creek Campground Open to Visitor Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow. The Fish Creek Pavilion is an on-site picnic area that can be reserved for day use. The nearby Fish Creek Group Site is a primative, dispersed camping site that can be reserved for up to 75 people.
Five Mile Campground Open to Visitor Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
French Gulch Campground Open to Visitor Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
Giant White Pine Campground and Trailhead Closed to Visitor Open seasonally. Water shut off Sept. 28, 2020.
Glade Creek Group Campground Closed to Visitor
Glover Campground Closed to Visitor Currently closed for public safety during hazard tree removal. For more information, please call the Moose Creek Ranger District. Fees collected during open season. Visitors may use the campground in the off season, but should note that services such as restroom cleaning will not be provided. Access may be limited seasonally due to snow.
Granite Springs Campground Open to Visitor Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
Halfway House Campground    Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
Hidden Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Open seasonally. Water shut off Sept. 28, 2020.
Iron Phone Junction Campground Open to Visitor
Jerry Johnson Campground Closed to Visitor Open seasonally; contact the Lochsa-Powell Ranger District for information. Water will be shut off Sept. 30, 2020.
Johnson Bar Campground & Group Site    Open seasonally. Group site can be reserved on www.Recreation.gov.
Kelly Forks Cabin Closed to Visitor Open seasonally. Reservations accepted on www.Recreation.gov.
Kelly Forks Campground Closed to Visitor Open seasonally. Water shut off Sept. 28, 2020.
Knife Edge Campground and River Access Open to Visitor Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
Laird Park Campground Closed to Visitor Open seasonally. Water shut off Sept. 28, 2020.
Leggett Creek Campground Open to Visitor
Limber Luke Campground and Trailhead Open to Visitor
Little Boulder Campground Closed to Visitor Open seasonally. Water shut off Sept. 28, 2020.
Lolo Creek Campground Open to Visitor Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
Lolo Pass Visitor Center Open to Visitor Lolo Pass Visitor Center is currently open 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. (PST), Thursday - Monday. Visitor services are available at the front window; visitors may not enter the building at this time for the health of our visitors and staff. Restrooms are available 24/7 for those traveling the U.S. Highway 12 corridor. For more info call (208) 942-3113.
Lookout Butte Lookout Closed to Visitor Open seasonally by reservation only. Reservations are accepted on www.Recreation.gov and typically fill several months in advance.
Mackay Bar Campground Open to Visitor Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
Mallard Creek Campground Open to Visitor
Meadow Creek Cabin Closed to Visitor Due to heavy damage to the trails accessing Meadow Creek Cabin during recent wildfire, this facility is not currently available to rent. Forest staff continue to repair bridges and other structures and are assessing when the facility can be re-opened.
Meadow Creek Campground Open to Visitor Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
Newsome Campground Open to Visitor Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
Noe Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Open seasonally. Water shut off Sept. 28, 2020.
North Fork Slate Creek Campground Open to Visitor Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
O'Hara Campground Closed to Visitor Open seasonally. Some sites are reservable; reservations are accepted on www.Recreation.gov.
Orogrande Campground #1 and #2 Open to Visitor Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
Orogrande Campground #3 and #4 Open to Visitor Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
Orogrande Summit Campground Open to Visitor Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
Oxbow Campsite Open to Visitor Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
Partridge Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Open seasonally.
Poet Creek Campground Open to Visitor Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
Powell Campground Closed to Visitor Open seasonally. Reservations accepted at www.Recreation.gov. Water shut off Sept. 23, 2020.
Race Creek Campground Open to Visitor Open year-yound, but may not be accessible due to snow. No toilet service November-March.
Rackliff Campground Closed to Visitor Currently closed for public safety during hazard tree removal. For more information, please call the Moose Creek Ranger District. Fees collected during open season. Visitors may use the campground in the off season, but should note that services such as restroom cleaning will not be provided. Access may be limited seasonally due to snow.
Rainy Day Campground Open to Visitor
Red River Campground Open to Visitor Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
Rocky Bluff Campground Open to Visitor Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
Sam's Creek Campground Open to Visitor Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
Selway Falls Campground Open to Visitor Fees collected during open season. Visitors may use the campground in the off season, but should note that services such as restroom cleaning will not be provided. Access may be limited seasonally due to snow.
Sing Lee Campground Open to Visitor Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
Six Mile Campground Open to Visitor
Slide Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Currently closed for public safety during hazard tree removal. For more information, please call the Moose Creek Ranger District. Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow. No toilet service October-March.
Slims Camp Open to Visitor Services such as restroom cleaning only offered during the summer season. Access may be limited seasonally due to snow.
South Fork Campground Open to Visitor Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
Spring Bar Campground Open to Visitor Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow. 
Table Meadows Campground Open to Visitor Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
Trapper Creek Camp Area Open to Visitor Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
Twenty-five Mile Bar Campground Closed to Visitor Twenty-five Mile Bar Campground is temporarily closed for public safety due to hazard trees in the campground. The campground will re-open when these trees, which can fall unexpectedly, are removed. Contact the Moose Creek Ranger District for more information.
Twenty-mile Bar Campground Closed to Visitor Currently closed for public safety during hazard tree removal. For more information, please call the Moose Creek Ranger District. Services such as restroom cleaning only offered during the summer season. Access may be limited seasonally due to snow.
Washington Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Open seasonally. Water shut off Sept. 28, 2020.
Weitas Creek Campground    Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
Wendover Campground Closed to Visitor Open seasonally.
White Sand Campground    Fees collected during open season. Visitors may use the campground in the off season, but should note that services such as restroom cleaning will not be provided. Access may be limited seasonally due to snow.
Whitehouse Campground Closed to Visitor Open seasonally.
Whitewater Boating Site Open to Visitor Access to this remote site is via a rough road with many tight switchbacks, not recommended for vehicles towing trailers.
Wild Goose Campground Closed to Visitor Open seasonally.
Wilderness Gateway Campground Closed to Visitor Open seasonally. Different loops have different opening and closing dates. Reservations are accepted at www.Recreation.gov. Dump station closes Sept. 11, 2020.
Wildhorse Campground Open to Visitor Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
Windy Saddle Trailhead Open to Visitor
Areas & Activities
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