Forest Service offices will be closed on July 4, so visitors are asked to stop by before then to purchase a firewood permit, obtain a mushroom permit, acquire forest maps, or ask any questions before the holiday.
Fireworks are prohibited on National Forests and other public lands. There are no fire restrictions at this time, but recreationists are reminded to use caution with any outdoor activity that may cause a spark. Never leave campfires unattended.
If it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave
Pour water and add dirt to your campfire until it is cold.
Report all fires to 911 or the Grangeville Interagency Dispatch Center: (208) 983-6800.
Campgrounds are open
Dozens of campgrounds will be open for visitors during the Fourth of July holiday, and many have helpful hosts who can provide information about outdoor recreation in the local area. Camping is also allowed at sites outside of developed campgrounds, known as “dispersed sites.” If you camp at a dispersed site, leave no trace of your stay; use existing fire rings if available, and pack out your trash.
Most campgrounds offer first–come, first–served site selection, but a few campgrounds have sites that you can reserve. To reserve a campsite, call toll free at 1 (877) 444-6777 or reserve online at recreation.gov.
Trail travel requires care
Trail crews have been working on many trails on the forest so far this season clearing brush and maintaining tread. Many forest trails are accessible at this time, but visitors should be prepared to encounter high creek crossings, downed trees, rocks, and debris; travel with care.
Visit www.fs.usda.gov/detail/nezperceclearwater/home/?cid=fseprd506117 and check with your local ranger station for a complete list of trails that have been cleared to date.
Not all trails are open to all uses, and trails are clearly marked for the type of use allowed. Stay on trails designated for their intended use and notify other users and Forest Service personnel of any hazards you may encounter.
LOCHSA/POWELL RANGER DISTRICT: Two campsites on the Lochsa/Powell Ranger District–Wilderness Gateway and Powell–accept reservations. Wilderness Gateway, Powell, and Whitehouse campgrounds all have good access for RVs. Powell Campground offers electrical hookup sites, and Apgar and Wild Goose campgrounds offer excellent opportunities for tent camping. All of these campgrounds are located along U.S. Highway 12.
Snow is likely to persist in the high country, and at lower elevations, mud and runoff from spring break–up conditions can limit travel. Visitors may encounter downed trees and debris, making travel difficult. Motorists are encouraged to pack a chain saw. Call the Kooskia Ranger Station or Lolo Pass Visitor Center for the latest updates.
MOOSE CREEK RANGER DISTRICT: O’Hara Campground, located seven miles east of Lowell along FSR 223 (Selway River Road), accepts reservations and has good access for RVs. There are several campgrounds along the beautiful Selway River that can accommodate campers who would like a first–come, first–served site. This includes the Johnson Bar, Rackcliff, Boyd, Glover, and Selway Falls campgrounds. There are numerous dispersed campsites available on the district as well.
Landslides and washouts have impacted several roads on the Moose Creek Ranger District. FSR 651 (O’Hara Road) is closed from milepost 6 to the junction with FSR 1129. FSR 319 (Fog Mountain Road) and FSR 290 (Indian Hill Road) are closed to vehicles greater than 50 inches wide. Call the Fenn Ranger Station for the latest updates.
SALMON RIVER RANGER DISTRICT: Campgrounds on the Salmon River Ranger District are open and welcoming visitors. A campground host is available at Fish Creek Campground, located seven miles out of Grangeville. Spring Bar Campground, located along the Salmon River, is open and potable water is available. A stay at the Adams Ranger Station cabin, located near Grangeville, is a great alternative to camping. To make a reservation, visit Recreation.gov.
The pavilion at Fish Creek Campground will be closed for maintenance starting June 25 and unavailable for visitor use. The pavilion is scheduled to re–open no later than July 6, and may open earlier if the project is completed sooner.
FSR 221 (Grangeville –Salmon Road) is open and in good condition. FSR 9338a (Jimmy Lee Road) and Adams Pit are currently closed due to timber harvest operations. FSR 444 (Square Mountain Road) is partially open; there are snowy sections, but conditions are improving. Visitors are encouraged to contact the Slate Creek Ranger Station for the latest updates.
For information about roads and trails in the Seven Devils, call the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area office in Riggins, 208-628-3916, or the Slate Creek Ranger Station.
RED RIVER RANGER DISTRICT: Now is a great time to camp along the South Fork of the Clearwater River. South Fork and Castle Creek campgrounds have good RV access and potable water. A campground host is available at South Fork Campground to help you enjoy your stay. Red River Campground, located southeast of Elk City, is also open with potable water.
The popular Magruder Road (FSR 468, also known as the Montana Road) is not currently open to through traffic. As of June 21, travelers leaving Elk City can drive as far as Poet Creek (milepost 25). Contact the Red River Ranger District (Elk City, Idaho) or the West Fork Ranger Station (Darby, Mont.; 406-821-3269) for updates, as conditions are changing rapidly on the Magruder Road.
Contact information for the local ranger station is online at www.fs.usda.gov/detail/nezperceclearwater/about-forest/offices.
Trail conditions can be found online at www.fs.usda.gov/detail/nezperceclearwater/home/?cid=fseprd506117.
The Alerts & Notices page, www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/nezperceclearwater/alerts-notices, contains important information, including road condition reports.