Visitors Guide

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    Lochsa River Madness

    Are you ready for some madness on the Lochsa?

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    Historical Sites in North Central Idaho

    Rich in history, these sites are must sees.

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    Rhoades Emmanuel Memorial Museum

    The Historical Museum at St. Gertrude, located on the campus of the Monastery of St. Gertrude, holds collections of artifacts that tell the story of the Camas Prairie and surrounding areas including the history of the monastery, gold mining, the Nez Perce, and early settlement, as well as local characters such as Polly Bemis and Buckskin Bill.

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    Hells Canyon with the Killgores

    Hells Canyon might be God’s best kept hideaway if you’re a hiker seeking solitude, a fit hunter pursuing game or an angler hoping to catch smallmouth bass, steelhead and sturgeon until your arms are numb.

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Historic re-enactors on Corps of Discovery

North Central Idaho is rich in history on its culture and the events that shaped communities throughout the region. Some of this comes alive every summer.

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Arts & Culture

Arts and culture events showcase the vibrant colors and sounds of our communities.

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Waterfalls along U.S. Highway 12

Thousands of people travel Idaho’s U.S. Highway 12 along the Lochsa River every year without noticing the waterfalls created by the sometimes unnamed creeks making their way to the river.

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Lay of the Land: What to do outdoors in North Central Idaho

North Central Idaho is a paradise of campgrounds, trailheads, rivers and unique destinations visitors and year-round residents use for a wide range of outdoor activities: mountain biking, camping, fishing, hiking, horse riding, hunting, nature viewing, rafting, four-wheeling, picnicking, scenic driving, boating, and snowmobiling.

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Osprey viewing in region; efforts to enhance habitat on man-made structures

Watchers for winged wildlife have many majestic species to choose from in North Central Idaho.

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Hells Gate State Park

The historic site of a Nez Perce Tribe village, Hells Gate State Park at Lewiston (elevation 733 feet) offers a variety of outdoor and indoor recreation opportunities for visitors to the region.

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Winchester State Park

Winchester State Park offers year-round recreation for fishing, as well as seasonal offerings for outdoor activities and wildlife viewing.

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Chief Lookingglass Powwow a cultural treat

Powwow: an American Indian social gathering or fair usually including competitive dancing; a meeting for discussion.

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Windy Saddle, Heavens Gate Lookout

The Windy Saddle campground, trailhead and scenic viewpoint for the Seven Devils mountains is just 20 miles from Riggins, and accessible by a well-maintained gravel road.

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White Water Rafting in Idaho County

Whitewater rapids on the Snake, Selway, Salmon and Lochsa rivers draw people from throughout the world.

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Lolo Pass Vistors Center

For motorists traveling U.S. Highway 12, the Lolo Pass Visitors Center and Rest Area on the Idaho/Montana border provides a pleasant stop to view the region’s natural and historic treasures.

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Geography & Outdoor Gems of Idaho

Did you know Idaho is the size of Great Britain?!

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Dworshak regularly listed in top 100 for bass fishing

Salmon and steelhead are well-heralded fishing headliners for North Central Idaho. But another game fish, bass is as well a great sport draw for fishermen to the region.

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Don’t pick the wildflowers

That field of wildflowers looks awfully tempting, doesn’t it?

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Day Hikes in the Region

When visiting North Central Idaho, not every recreation trip need be a major expedition.

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Clearwater County

Established in 1911, Clearwater County encompasses 2,488 square miles and has its county seat at Orofino.

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Tours a great way to explore region’s history

Besides the breathtaking scenery and catching a glimpse of wildlife, exploring North Central Idaho can be a learning experience.

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Idaho County

Idaho County spans the Idaho panhandle and borders three states, but imposing geography sets this area apart from the rest of the United States.

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Museums of Clearwater County

“If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree. ” ― Michael Crichton

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Nez Perce National Historical Parks

For thousands of years, the mountains and rivers of this region were home to the Nez Perce people. With the creation of the Nez Perce National Historic Park, sites across the Idaho countryside now celebrate the legends, history, and ways of the Nez Perce.

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Historian presentation on Florence Cemetery Wednesday, May 24

Event part of Idaho Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month

Local historian Penny Casey will present a history on the Florence Cemetery on Wednesday, May 24, 6:30 p.m., at the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests office in Grangeville, Idaho, located at 104 Airport Road.

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County tradition produces secret patches, sweet purple rewards

Shhhhhhh … keep my huckleberry spot a secret

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Improvement to pool at Jerry Johnson Hot Springs

A hot springs pool at the Jerry Johnson recreation site impacted by spring runoff is showing improvement, according to Forest Service officials.

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Idaho County is home to two of the deepest gorges in North America!

Whitewater rapids on the Snake, Selway, Salmon and Lochsa rivers draw people from throughout the world.

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A mammoth discovery

A few years ago, a group of local volunteers dug up a strange object...

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Waterfalls along U.S. Highway 12

Thousands of people travel Idaho’s U.S. Highway 12 along the Lochsa River every year without noticing the waterfalls created by the sometimes unnamed creeks making their way to the river.

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Discover Hells Canyon

Hells Canyon might be God’s best kept hideaway if you’re a hiker seeking solitude, a fit hunter pursuing game or an angler hoping to catch smallmouth bass, steelhead and sturgeon until your arms are numb.

FACT: Idaho has the lowest crime rate

Idaho’s People & Places

A few fun facts about the great state of Idaho...

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Levee that joins Lewiston-Clarkston great place to walk, play, watch ducks

Are you looking for a cheap way to entertain the family on a sunny afternoon in the Lewiston-Clarkston area? How about feeding – or better yet just watching – the ducks?

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World-class river draws rafters, crowds for thrills, antics

Memorial Day Weekend: Lochsa River Madness

“It’s just coming to the Lochsa River for Memorial Day Weekend to go boating. It’s been the most popular weekend for decades, mainly because it coincides with the highest flow on the Lochsa and it is a holiday weekend allowing people to have the time to come out.”

Automatic machinery now tags, clips hatchery smolts

It’s no secret that Idaho steelhead and salmon anglers rely on hatcheries for fish that they can take home and eat, and anglers can identify “keepers” because a small fin on their back is removed when the fish are young. The clipped adipose fin does not grow back – letting anglers identify hatchery fish for harvest. What’s less known is how the fins get clipped.

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Waterfalls along U.S. Highway 12

Thousands of people travel Idaho’s U.S. Highway 12 along the Lochsa River every year without noticing the waterfalls created by the sometimes unnamed creeks making their way to the river.

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Osprey viewing in region; efforts to enhance habitat on man-made structures

Watchers for winged wildlife have many majestic species to choose from in North Central Idaho. Among the birds to be seen within the region is the osprey (“fish hawks” or “fish eagles”), and both private and public efforts have helped to encourage this population to thrive and co-exist among humanity’s structures.

Lewis County - Historic railroad, train trestles offer view into area history

Imagine a ride through the wilds of Idaho, into rugged train, dark canyons and scenic countryside. The Camas Prairie Railroad has been called the offspring of a unique “wedding of the rails” between the Union Pacific and Northern Pacific railroads in 1909.

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Heart of the Monster: Nez Perce legend offers history of Nimipuu people

KAMIAH – At the heart of every culture are the stories and places that sustain them as a people. For an up close look at local history and Nez Perce legend, be sure to stop by the Heart of the Monster site on U.S. Highway 12.

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Dworshak listed in top 100 for bass fishing

Salmon and steelhead are well-heralded fishing headliners for North Central Idaho. But another game fish, bass is as well a great sport draw for fishermen to the region.

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County guide – Nez Perce

Initially organized by the Territorial Legislature of Washington in 1861, Nez Perce County was established February 4, 1864 by the Idaho Territorial Legislature with its county seat at Lewiston.

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County guide - Lewis

Lewis County, established in 1911, was named for explorer Meriwether Lewis and includes 480 square miles with Nez Perce as its county seat and Kamiah as its largest city. Its population is 3,821 (2010 Census).

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County guide - Idaho

Idaho County spans the Idaho panhandle and borders three states, but imposing geography sets this area apart from the rest of the United States. The famous Lewis and Clark expedition in 1805 found a struggle in the Bitterroot Mountains, near the present-day Montana state line.

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County guide - Clearwater

Established in 1911, Clearwater County encompasses 2,488 square miles and has its county seat at Orofino.

Regional Chamber Contacts info

Traveling further? Here is some chamber contact information for some of the region’s other destinations.

North Central Idaho Golf Courses

Sparsely-populated North Central Idaho is home to hundreds of golfers and the courses here attract thousands each year.

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Day hikes within the region

When visiting North Central Idaho, not every recreation trip need be a major expedition. The region offers multiple trails for a day excursion to enjoy the wildlife and natural beauty.

Museums of Clearwater County

Clearwater County offers a rich story of history in the building and expanding of the Gem State. Those stories are told in the region’s museums.

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