As of Monday, December 11, 2017
With snow accumulating in the high country, the Salmon River and Red River Ranger Districts of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests want to remind forest visitors how to stay safe and have fun during snowmobiling and other winter recreation. Snowmobile users are reminded to register their snowmobiles before heading out to the forest. Recreationists should also use caution when traveling, as timber sales are still taking place.
District staff wish to remind snowmobile users of the annual requirement to register snowmobiles with the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation. Registration costs $32.50 and applies to both new and used sleds. A percentage of funds from registration go to the county of your choice and supports maintaining and operating trail groomers, signing snowmobile trails, plowing parking lots, and maintaining warming shelters. Visitors can purchase registration stickers directly from the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation and from the following local vendors:
• Idaho County Courthouse
• Tackett’s Saw Shop (Grangeville)
• Elk Creek Station (Elk City)
• Elk City General Store
• Bud’s Power Sports (Cottonwood)
Forest visitors are urged to use caution when traveling, as timber sales are still taking place on the forest. On the Salmon River Ranger District, the Adams Stew Timber Sale near Adams Ranger Station and the Hanover Timber Sale near Boulder Creek are planned to continue through early January 2018. Plowing and hauling activities are scheduled Mondays through Saturdays, with potential activity on Sundays, along Forest Service road (FSR) 221 (aka Grangeville–Salmon Road) to the junction with FSR 394 to Fish Creek Recreation Site.
The public is permitted to drive vehicles along FSR 221 to pre-determined loading/unloading areas, which include Twin Cabins Pit near milepost 15 and Adams Pit near milepost 29. Vehicle traffic is not allowed south of Adams Pit, but snowmobile traffic is permitted. Logging activities will still be occurring south of Adams Pit–forest visitors should use caution while traveling with snowmobiles. Other activities on the Salmon River Ranger District include Black Wall Timber Sale, where a short portion of road (from the junction of FSR 1106 and FSR 284 to the forest boundary) will be plowed and log truck traffic should be expected.
Recreationists are asked to use caution when traveling along identified timber harvest routes as hauling and snow plowing continues throughout the winter season. Maps are available at the Slate Creek Ranger Station and Elk City Ranger Station.
The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests wishes everyone a safe and fun winter season. For more information on ski and snowmobile trails on the Salmon River Ranger District or Red River Ranger District, contact the Slate Creek Ranger Station (208-839-2211), Elk City Ranger Station (208-842-2245), or call Jeremy Harris at (208) 983-2211.