As of Wednesday, June 29, 2016
In advance of the July 4 holiday, the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests have listed campsite, roads and trails highlights, and information on camping, hiking, picnicking and other recreational opportunities is available online at fs.usda.gov/nezperceclearwater.
Campsites: Reserveable campsite options are: O’Hara Campground, located seven miles east of Lowell along Selway River Road; Fish Creek Group Site, eight miles south of Grangeville past the Fish Creek Meadows Campground; South Fork Group Use Site #5 at the South Fork Campground located on Highway 14, east of Grangeville; Wilderness Gateway, 49 miles east of Kooskia along U.S. Highway 12; Powell, 12 miles west of the Idaho-Montana state line along Highway 12; and Elk Creek, one mile north of Elk River. Call toll free at (877) 444-6777, or reserve online at www.recreation.gov.
Campgrounds with good access and sites for RV campers include O’Hara, Fish Creek, South Fork, Castle Creek, Powell, Wendover and Whitehouse (a few miles west of Powell), Wilderness Gateway and Elk Creek. Powell and Elk Creek also have several electrical hookup sites. Spring Bar Campground on the Main Salmon River will not be open for the holiday.
On the Powell Ranger District, Elk Summit Campground is open, but there are no services and no drinkable water. The Jerry Johnson Campground is closed for the season.
Roads: On the Moose Creek Ranger District, Falls Point Road 443 is closed to all motorized traffic due to a road failure. Indian Hill Road 290 is open only to vehicles less than 50 inches. O’Hara/Hamby Road 651 is open. All other roads on the district are open, with some snow at higher elevations. Contact the Moose Creek Ranger District at 208-926-4258 for the most current updates.
The popular Magruder Corridor Road 468 is open to mile marker 25 on the west side at Poet Creek Campground. However, the entire road will not be open for use over the holiday. A failing hillside, combined with heavy amounts of rain in early June has set back opening of the east side of the corridor between Kim Creek Saddle and the Magruder Crossing by about a month. Contact the Red River Ranger District at (208) 842-2245.
All forest roads on the Salmon River Ranger District and along the Highway 14 Corridor are open, however there are still closure hours in the Highway 14-Elk City landslide area. Call the Salmon River Ranger District at (208) 839-2211 or the Red River Ranger District at (208) 842-2245 for current updates.
Most roads on the Powell Ranger Districts are open or partially open. Contact the Lolo Pass Visitor Center at (208) 942-3113, or Lochsa Ranger Station, (208) 926-4274.
Most roads on the Lochsa Ranger District are open or partially open. Many side roads may be littered with downed trees and debris, making travel difficult. Motorists should be sure to pack chains for the front and back of vehicles, as well as a chain saw. Contact the Lochsa Ranger Station at (208) 926-4274.
Current road conditions are listed online at www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/nezperceclearwater/alerts-notices.
Trails: Many Forest trails below 6,000 feet in elevation are snow-free and accessible, although visitors should be prepared to encounter high creek crossings, downed trees and debris. Check with local ranger districts for a complete listing of trails that have been cleared.
Most Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests offices will close Monday, July 4 in observance of the holiday.
State and federal firefighters remind citizens that fireworks are prohibited on National Forest and State of Idaho lands.
Report fires to 911 or Grangeville Interagency Dispatch Center at 208-983-6800.