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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Established in 1911, Clearwater County encompasses 2,488 square miles and has its county seat at Orofino.
Traveling further? Here is some chamber contact information for some of the region’s other destinations.
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.
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.