Visitors Guide
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    Border Days 2017: Celebration kicks off with egg toss for locals, visitors

    "...we come back for Border Days to see everyone..."

    Sounds of joy, a few tears and lots of cheering filled the streets Sunday, July 2, as Border Days street sports kicked off on Main Street. Names called for foot races included winners from Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Montana, California and even as far away as Pennsylvania.

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    Summer Concert series starts July 13 with ‘Gipsy Moon’

    "We are excited for a great lineup of bands"

    “We are excited for a great lineup of bands and for the Summer Concert Series,” said Grangeville Arts volunteer Rachel Young. For the eighth year. Grangeville Arts, Inc., and Grangeville Chamber of Commerce, with assistance from local donations, will offer the annual Summer Concert Series. All concerts will take place Thursdays, 6 p.m., at Pioneer (city) park.

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    Idaho rivers projected to remain above average this summer

    Data released this month through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) water supply outlook report shows a solid snowpack still exists above 8,000 feet in the central mountains, and in most basins, the remaining high elevation snowpack is more than twice normal.

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    July 7, 26 events set at Lolo Pass

    A variety of Nez Perce National Historic Trail Interpretive Programs will be hosted this summer at the Lolo Pass Visitor Center, located on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests along the Idaho–Montana state line on U.S. Highway 12.

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    Border Days Committee 2017: Getting it done behind the scenes

    Border Days 2017: Wonderful celebration set this year

    Welcome cowboys and cowgirls! It is with great pleasure I welcome you to the 106th annual Grangeville Border Days Celebration and want to wish you a happy 4th of July. My name is Justin DeFord and this is my third year on the Grangeville Border Days Committee. The committee and I have been working very hard preparing to make this event happen.


County Guides



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Border Days 2017: Fish pond a festival tradition for 35 years

What do Border Days and Christmas have in common? The fish pond. Uh … what? For about 35 years, the Grangeville Volunteer Fire Department (GVFD) has run what has become a Border Days staple. Kids of all ages take their chance with a fist full of dimes, dropping them into a filled water trough, hoping to put one on the concave bottom of a submerged pop can. Do that, and you’ll win yourself a goldfish.

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Border Days 2017: Triple Bar Drill Team going strong for 60 years

A long standing tradition will continue as the Triple Bar Drill Team performs each night during the rodeo. The Border Days drill team of girls will again please the crowds with their drills during intermission of each rodeo. Rodeos are set for July 1, 2 and 3, 6 p.m. each night. The Triple Bar Drill Team also rides in each parade. Parades are set for 2 p.m. each day, July 2, 3 and 4.

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Border Days 2017: High school reunions set for Border Days weekend

A variety of high school reunions are set for the Border Days Fourth of July weekend including the following

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Border Days 2017: Other Events

Other activities going on July 1-4

- Join in the 2017 parade entries July 2, 3 and 4 - Wild Stick Horse Race added to rodeo schedule - Fiddlers to play July 4 - Fun run is July 4 - Show and Shine to be held Sunday, July 2 - City Pool open July 1-3, closed on Fourth

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Border Days 2017: Lee Daggett to serve as rodeo announcer

Announcer for the 2017 Border Days Rodeo is Lee Daggett.

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Border Days 2017: Hit the cheap seats; go to rodeo slack free on July 1

What is slack rodeo?

The Grangeville Border Days Rodeo is Saturday through Monday, July 1-3, presented by Les Schwab Tire Centers, Gortsema Motors and Asker’s Harvest Foods. Rodeo slack is 10 a.m., July 1, free admission. What is slack rodeo?

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New travel plan for Nez Perce National Forest anticipated

As one travel plan’s journey ends in court, another’s may begin

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests have fended off another lawsuit in federal court, with United States District Judge Edward J. Lodge recently ruling in the combined forests’ favor on a case Idaho and Clearwater counties brought four years ago.

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Border Days Rodeo organizers honor one of their own: Lee Woods

“He got dared to get on a bronc and he got hooked”

“He loved to be a part of it, his friends always entered it, and he was always so happy to do what he loved with the people he loved. It’ll feel a bit more special, and like he’s still there.”

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Splash pad dedicated at Kooskia City Park

Frazier: "He really has served this community well"

“Have a great time. Be safe,” exclaimed Scott Garrett, CEO for Freedom Northwest Credit Union (FNCU), as water jets shot off at the new splash pad for more than a dozen excited bathing suit-clad kids waiting to jump in.

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O-Mok-See held at Kooskia Saddiers Arena

The Kooskia Saddliers held an O-Mok-See last Saturday, June 24, at their arena just north of town on U.S. Highway 12.

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New Views For July 4 Border Days Firecracker Fun Run

Route change this year to protect runners’ safety

The Firecracker Fun Run will go off this July 4 as it has for years, but will pop a bit differently this year.

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Flying High: Circus in Kooskia

PHOTO GALLERY: Simone the Trapeze Artist wowed crowds at both Grangeville and Kooskia when the Culpepper and Merriweather Circus traveled to Idaho County for four shows June 17 and 19.

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Melvin Gill chosen as 2017 Border Days grand marshal

‘No regrets’ for Cow Creek rancher

Climbing up a winding road on Cow Creek from the small town of Lucile and into the Salmon River mountains, located on a strip of land that runs between the Snake and Salmon rivers, sits the Gill Ranch. “I’ve been here all my life,” smiled Melvin Gill.

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Main Street Flags Up For Border Days

Crews with Avista and the Border Days Committee were out early Tuesday morning, June 20, hanging flags along Grangeville’s Main Street, another indicator the four-day celebration — July 1-4 — is nearly upon us.

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Interpretive programs hosted at Lolo Pass Visitors Center

Events set this Wednesday, June 21; July 7, 26

A variety of Nez Perce National Historic Trail Interpretive Programs will be hosted this summer at the Lolo Pass Visitor Center, located on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests along the Idaho–Montana state line on U.S. Highway 12.

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12th Annual Kamiah Spring Super Jam at Kamiah

The Idaho Sawtooth Bluegrass Association held its 12th Annual Kamiah Spring Super Jam at the Kamiah KOA Campground on U.S. Highway 12, June 1-4. A variety of bands, including Flatgrass, Hickory Bluff and Higher Ground played during the four-day event.

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Road Less Traveled: Ramshorn Porsche rally makes turn through Grangeville as part of tour

30 vintage Porsche sports cars parked throughout downtown Grangeville

That was the sound of German engineering rolling into Grangeville. Coming at the end of the week highlighted with area high school graduations, 30 vintage Porsche sports cars parked throughout downtown Grangeville on Friday, May 26, participants in the Ramshorn Rally.

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Kooskia Green Spring

Summer’s warmth and green seems finally to be here after months of cold and lots of precipitation. Taking advantage of a warm spring day recently (May 13) were these boys at the Kooskia City Park.

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Did you know?

Idaho's People & Places

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Trees to See Through Region

The forests of North Central Idaho are among some of the most beautiful in the world!

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Paint-and-Hide rocks active through the region

“What is that on the ground?”

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Lost treasure in Idaho?

Traveling through the area, be sure to keep your eyes open for lost treasures!

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Take self-guided schoolhouse tour to view historic Woodland school

WOODLAND -- If you’re looking for a hands-on education field trip in Kamiah and the surrounding areas, look no farther than a schoolhouse visit to see how the pioneer children of yesteryear learned and flourished.

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Northwest Passage Scenic Byway/ Kooskia kiosk site

Northwest Passage Scenic Byway is Idaho’s longest byway, which at 202 miles, follows the route Lewis and Clark took through North-Central Idaho.

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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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Lochsa River Madness runs through Memorial Day weekend

Informal event runs Saturday to Monday, as river conditions permit

Are you ready for some madness on the Lochsa? Each Memorial Day weekend, the Lochsa River Madness event draws out boaters to enjoy the spring whitewater action and also kick off the start of the rafting season.

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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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