Area Information

Hells Canyon and Snake RiverSouth Fork Clearwater River Middle fork of the Clearwater RiverDent Bridge Hidden Lake Clear Creek

Local Activities

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There are many local activities to enjoy in North Central Idaho ranging from big game hunting to wildlife-viewing in all seasons of the year.

Spring is wonderful time for hiking, back packing, mountain biking and riding your ATV into the wilderness to see the beautiful wildflowers in bloom, to hunt for mushrooms, find a local hot spring to soak in or just sit back and watch the baby critters. Take a scenic drive on US Highway 95 to see the bright yellow canola fields in bloom and the beautiful periwinkle blue Camas flower that cover the prairie or drop down to the Salmon River and watch the jet boat races.

Summer sports range from swimming, floating, whitewater rafting, hiking, back packing, camping, horseback riding, fishing, mountain biking, ATV riding and wildlife viewing along the way or maybe golfing at one of the local courses.

Fall and Winter sports include skiing, snow tubing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing on the wintry slopes. The four seasons create an ever changing landscape for viewing.

If hunting is your sport, try your spot at big game hunting of the ‘nation’s largest elk herd’ or maybe mule or whitetail deer, black bear, cougar, wild turkeys, ducks, pheasant or even a grouse by yourself or with a guide.

Maybe fishing is what you’re looking for; well we have it for you. The best steelhead fishing in the western United States is on the Clearwater River beginning in September. The average steelhead taken from the Clearwater River is 12 to 14 pounds with the 20 plus pounders abundant.

The best Spring Chinook Salmon fishing in the United States is from May 5 to the end of June and possibly beyond. The average Spring Chinook Salmon taken from the Clearwater River is about 20 pounds with 30+ pounders retrievable. The Clearwater, Snake and Salmon rivers are all well known for their game fish including bass and many bred of trout and their experienced outfitters.

There are many self-guided driving tours you can take to see the country and its history ranging from 25 to 120 miles. Just jump in your car (remember to fill up with gas prior to leaving due to many miles between gas stations) and enjoy the scenery and wildlife. If driving is not your cup of tea, how about a jet boat tour in Hells Canyon?

North Central Idaho, where life is more about the outdoors, less noise, no traffic, few crowds, and bountiful views that will capture your heart and fill your eyes with the majesty of the west.