Kooskia, Idaho

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The little town of Kooskia, Idaho – population 600+ – sits at the confluence of the Middle fork and South fork of the Clearwater River. Beautiful and pristine, the Clearwater River is designated as one of Americas “Wild and Scenic Rivers”.

The area was originally settled by trappers and gold miners, later on by loggers, ranchers and farmers. It is now a headquarters for steelhead and salmon fishing, big game hunting, whitewater rafting, snowmobiling and ATVing.

Kooskia is the last town on the Lewis & Clark Highway when entering the vast primitive lands of the Clearwater and Nez Perce National Forests and the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness area.

In 1806 Lewis & Clark traveled through Kooskia on their memorable journey of exploration and stayed here and in the nearby Kamiah Valley with the Nez Perce Indians for several weeks.

Being centrally located, Kooskia is just a short drive to Grangeville, the county seat, with a hospital, golf course and movie theater. On past Grangeville are the Snake and Salmon Rivers with great fishing and boating. Another short drive will take you to Dworshak Reservoir near Orofino with its 53-mile-long reservoir for a myriad of lake activities. A little over an hour gets you to Lewiston – a small city with an airport and all major retailers.

Kooskia Idaho ParadAlthough 400 miles inland, Kooskia is only a little over 1200 feet in elevation and with an average of 25” of rainfall makes for great gardening weather.

Come visit and experience the thrill of landing a 20 pound Steelhead or Salmon, drive to one of the nearby forestry lookouts and view the Selway Craigs and Bitterroot mountains, go up the Selway River and see Selway Falls or take a jaunt up the Lochsa River in the fall when the Tamarack trees turn to gold against the green of the firs. It will take your breath away and perhaps you might consider relocating to our little corner of the world. If so, Rob McHone and his staff at Idaho Country Properties are here to assist you in finding your dream property.

Kooskia Idaho Resources

  • Idaho Real Estate Commission
  • Find out more about Kooskia by visiting the Kooskia Chamber’s website
  • Click for Kooskia, Idaho Forecast