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Elk City: Poker Run
Kamiah: Swim Team Crab Feed
Dixie: Presidents' Day Race
White Bird: 3-D Bowshoot
White Bird: Pathfinder's ATV Fun Night
Riggins: Jet Boat Races
White Bird: Jet Boat Races
Kamiah: Mata-Lyma Powwow
Riggins: Annual Rodeo
Riggins: Salmon River Art Guild Show and Sale
White Bird: Old Time Fiddlers
White Bird: Poker Trail Ride
Kamiah: Clearwater Valley Rodeo
Kooskia: Free Fishing Day
White Bird: Bike Races
White Bird: Rodeo
Grangeville: Border Days Rodeo
Kamiah: Clearwater Riverfest
Riggins: Family Picnic and Fireworks Display
Riggins: Hot Summer Nights
Elk City: Elk City Days
Kamiah: Chief Lookingglass Days
White Bird: Jamica Down the River
Kamiah: Barbecue Days
Kooskia: The Last Roundup
Orofino: Clearwater County Fair and Lumberjack Days
Riggins: Labor Day BBQ and Art in the Park
Kamiah: Firemen's Ball
Riggins: Salmon River Art Guild Fall Show
White Bird: Chili Cook Off
Kamiah: Christmas Lighting Ceremony
Kamiah: Christmas Reflections On the Confluence Boat Parade
Kamiah: Arts and Crafts Fair
Kooskia: An Old Fashioned Christmas
Riggins: Salmon River Art Guild - Christmas Bazaar
|Lolo Pass Visitor's Center
|North Central Idaho Travel Committee
|Salmon River Chamber
|Town of Cottonwood
Location: 23 miles northeast of Grangeville on State Hwy 13
Near the present day town of Stites lies a battleground where Nez Perce Indians and white settlers clashed. The battle was long and hard fought. Even today you can pick out evidence of the battle, such as piles of rocks that are chest high that were assembled by the American Indians as barricades.
Location: 55 miles outh of Lewiston on Hwy 95
The town of Cottonwood sits on high prairie 14 miles long and 1,000 feet up from the Salmon River. This community is mainly an agricultural community and also is a prime beef production area.
A picnic sight provides a great view from the top of the butte. There is also a picnic sight at Pine Bar by the Salmon River, however, use caution when swimming as the salmon River is a very active river.
The third weekend of July you can enjoy the annual Buggy Whip Festival. During this time Main Street is closed off for sport tournaments, food vendors, and lots of fun. Winter activities include trips to Cottonwood Ski Butte which offers a T-bar lift to the top of the butte.
For history of the community visit the Saint Gertrude's Monastery and Museum which is full of native artifacts of the area. There are also many turn of the century homes and even a seven gable house. The friendly residents of this family oriented community welcome you to visit.
Location: 40 miles east of Lewiston on Hwy 12 - near Orofino
Dworshak Dam was begun in 1963 and completed in 1973 by the Army Corps of Engineers. It is the largest water division installation to date. Visitors to the dam are welcome to take advantage of ongoing viewing tours which include films about the dam's construction. The dam also offers tours through its neighboring building, the Dworshak National Steelhead Fish Hatchery.
Elk City, Dixie, and the Red River Area
Nowhere else can a person get this far from civilization and still find public services like those in Elk City, Dixie, and Red River area. If you love the back country this is the area for you. Located in the heart of the Nez Perce National Forest and surrounded by three wilderness areas: Gospel Hump Wilderness, Frank Church Wilderness, and the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness. Hundreds of miles of groomed trails connect the area and provide a winter playground of beautiful scenery for visitors of all ages. Red River Ranger Station is located 16 miles south of Elk City and another 16 miles will take you to the community of Dixie. This is an excellent hunting area which also has a dirt air strip for those that like to fly to out of the way places. Dixie celebrates the 4th of July with many familiar fun games and entertainment. Labor Day weekend is also another fun holiday in Dixie. Camp grounds are located along all open roads. Enjoy fishing, world class big game hunting, hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, or wilderness access - this area has it all! You can also explore the gold mining areas and famous mines of the 1800's. Visitors are welcome year round.
Location: 72 miles south of Lewiston on Hwy 95
Grangeville is "The Gateway to Wilderness", the county seat of Idaho County and the "biggest little town" on the Camas Prairie. Activities available within 15 minutes of Grangeville include: white-water rafting, fishing, jet boating, skiing, hunting, camping, and hiking. Grangeville also features: a movie theatre, art gallery, city parks, swimming pool, historical museum airport, many restaurants, and a college outreach center. Cowboys from all over participate in the July 4th Border Days, Idaho's oldest rodeo. Other activities over this three day event are parades and street sports.
Grangeville is the perfect starting point for outdoor enthusiasts who long for adventure. There are five wilderness areas, four national forests, and five rivers (the Salmon, Clearwater, Snake, Lochsa, and Selway), the Bitterroot Mountains and Hell's Canyon - North America's deepest river gorge. All within easy access from Grangeville.
Clean air and water, beautiful scenery, friendly people, comfortable accommodations all make Grangeville a great destination for vacationers.
Hells Canyon is accessible through Lewiston
Carved over 5,000 feet deep by the Snake River, Hells Canyon holds a roaring torrent of water surrounded by soaring vertical cliffs. As the nation's deepest gorge, the canyon attracts white-water rafters and adventurers worldwide. A swift ride down the churning river in an inflatable raft - or up the river in a high-powered jet boat - is definitely a ride you won't soon forget.
Hells Gate State Park
Location: 4 miles south of Lewiston on Snake River Avenue
Camping and boat moorage is available all year round. The park offers hookup sites, swimming, picnic facilities and a visitor's center. The marina building offers an expanded store, laundry facilities, shower, park offices and a conference room with a view available to the public for meetings. The marina is used as a meeting place for many visitors going on jet boat trips up Hells Canyon.
Location: Hwy 12 along the Lewis and Clark Highway
Enjoy sightseeing along the Lochsa and Clearwater Rivers where mountain goats, elk, deer, and other wild animals can be spotted. Hunting is excellent and opportunities abound for camping, backpacking, hiking, trail riding, rockhounding, berry picking, bird watching, nature study, and prospecting. Swimming, skin diving, rafting, inner-tubinng, and kayaking the waters of the Clearwater River provide a cool adventure during the hot summer months. Sandy beaches can be found at various points, many of them unreachable by motor vehicle. Fish for game fish such as: trout, bass, steelhead, and whitefish, during their various seasons in the Clearwater River and its tributaries. Ski enthusiasts will find three ski areas within an hours driving time and only a short distance to good snowmobiling. The town of Kamiah also has a competition size swimming pool and excellent lighted tennis courts. In May or June compete in the Northwest Power Boaters' Clearwater Run Jet Boat Races. Motel and trailer courts provide adequate lodging facilities for travelers, while the restaurants offer fine food in a relaxing atmosphere. You can reach the Kamiah Chamber of Commerce at 208-935-2290.
Location: at the crossroads of Hwy 12 and Hwy 13
Nestled at the mouth of two of Idaho County's most beautiful rivers - the Southfork and the Middlefork of the Clearwater River drainage, Kooskia is a great base for chasing steelhead in the spring. Kooskia Day, an annual community celebration held in July features a parade, logging show, raft race, children's sports and other events.
Location: on Hwy 95 between Craigmont and Cottonwood
This canyon takes its name from a long-term resident of the area, a Nez Perce Indian who served as tribal chief from 1848 to 1871.
Lewis and Clark Route
The Lewis and Clark Route follows Hwy 12 from Lewiston to Missoula, Montana
Follow this route and you're following inthe footsteps of the pioneers. The drive along Hwy 12 shadows the route taken by the Lewis and Clark expedition and supplies the same breathtaking scenery which so impressed and amazed the early explorers.
Location: along the Snake River on the Idaho and Washington border
Lewiston is the only seaport in Idaho. Located 465 river miles from the Pacific Ocean, the Port of Lewiston is at the head of navigation of the Columbia-Snake River System. Lewiston is complemented by our sister city of Clarkston, Washington, located on the western shores of the Snake River. Many recreational opportunities include: hunting, fishing, jetboating, white-water rafting, sandy swimming beaches, and water skiing. You can walk, jog and bike on more than 22 miles of trails along the rivers. Lewiston is also home to beautiful golf courses that are open year round. The Lewiston Round-Up, one of the biggest rodeos in the northwest, is located here.
Waterfowl gather in this area all year along with deer and elk hunting minutes from town on private land and national forests. There are three nearby forests for hiking, picnicking, and camping. Lewiston is the gateway to Hell's Canyon National Recreation Area and is the docking site for jet boat excursions into Hell's Canyon on the Snake River.
The Dogwood Festival welcomes every spring with a bounty of flowers. Art Under the Elms, the Seaport River Run and Annual Quilt Show are also featured at this time. In August enjoy Hot Aungust Nights Show-N-Shine and concerts for great summer fun. Winter Spirit kicks off the holiday season with elaborate lighting displays all over the valley. Lewis and Clark historians will enjoy exploring the many interpretive sites along the Lewis and Clark Trail. This valley is also referred to as the "Banana Belt" because of its mild winter temperatures.
Exit to Vista Road at the summit of Lewiston Hill to experience this overlook
From 2,700 feet above the valley floor, gaze down upon a panoramic view of the Clearwater River, the cityo f Lewiston and the edges of three different states. When visiting this area, you will be amazed by the scenic beauty and recreational opportunities.
Lochsa Scenic Route
Location: follows Hwy 12 between Kooskia and the Idaho and Montana border
This scenic drive mimics the Lochsa River along the edge of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Area. Following each bend and curve of the water, this route works its way through some of Idaho's most magnificient forest land.
Location: entrance to Lolo Trail is five miles south of the visitors' center at Lolo Pass on the Idaho-Montana border
The Lolo Trail proved to be the most difficult passage for the Lewis and Clark expedition. Having struggled over the 5,233 foot high pass, they then faced the daunting task of hacking through the thick timber and climbing the steep ridges of the overgrown Lolo Indian Trail. Thanks to the USFS road completed in 1934, passage for travelers today is much smoother. One of Idaho's eight Historic National Landmarks, the Lolo Trail provides a wonderful glimpse back into the early days of the exploration of the West.
Location: on the Clearwater River between Kamiah and Lewiston
Orofino offers something for everyone year round. A beautiful mountainous country full of crystal clear rivers, brooks, and lakes. Surrounded b wilderness areas on three sides, this land is definitely for those who desire the great outdoors. Located on the North Fork of the Clearwater River, Dworshak dam created a 53 mile reservoir. A wonderful variety of recreational opportunties which include: camping, sailing, canoeing, water skiing, fishing and hunting await visitors to the reservoir. Two full service campgounds are available at Dent Acres Recreation Area and Dworshak State Park. Enjoy the restaurants in town, spend an evening in a nice motel, hotel, or bed and breakfast, or at a campground. Over 100 mini camps are scattered along the shore to provide camping or day use sites for boaters. There are three boat ramps located near the dam and four additional ramps located further upstream. Big Eddy Recreation Area near the dam provides a wonderful setting for picnics and swimming. A 96 slip marina and boat fueling facility are also locate at Big Eddy.
Enjoy the annual Lumberjack Days held every September. For more information, contact the Orofino Chamber of Commerce at 208-476-43338 or visit their website: www.orofino.com
Location: on Hwy 95, 45 miles south of Grangeville and 35 miles north of New Meadows
Riggins lies deep in a t-shaped canyon on the confluence of the Salmon River and the Little Salmon River. Our Salmon River country has much to offer the hunter, fisherman, hiker, rockhound, and sightseer. This is also an excellent area for hang gliding. This active community offers many accesses to deer and elk hunting areas and our wildlife elk, mule and white-tailed deer, bear, cougar, mountain goat and bighorn sheep. Hunters will also find wild turkey, Hungarian partridge, chukkar, quail and grouse. For the fisherman, steelhead, trout, and smallmouth bass inhabit our rivers and streams.
Location: just off Hwy 95 between Grangeville and Riggins
This is a pioneer community with a flair of the West with some of the largest cattle ranging ranches throughout the surrounding bluffs. White Bird is canyon country to the south, the Doumecq and St. Joseph Prairies to the west, the Camas Prairie to the north, and the Nez Perce National Forest to the east containing the Gospel Hump and Frank Church - River of No Return Wilderness. The Hammer Creek Recreational area of the Salmon River is a popular drop off for floaters, offering camping, picnicking, boat ramp, dressing and restroom facilities. There are many trout filled lakes and streams for the fisherman and many hunting opportunities available.
White Bird is the jumping off point to Pittsburg Landing, also a favorite put-in spot on the Snake River in beautiful Hells Canyon. The approach into Pittsburg Landing is breathtaking, offering the same accommodations as Hammer Creek. Impressive are the Salmon River Canyon and the Hells Canyon, the two deepest canyons in North America.
White Bird also has community events including: 3-D Bow Shoot in February; Idaho Pathfinders ATV Family Fun Night in March; Jet Boat Races in April; Oldtime Fiddlers Event, Poker Trail Ride in May; White Bird Days and Rodeo, Just For the Hill of It Bike Race in June; Jamaica Down the River (make your own crafty raft) in August; and Chili Cookoff in October. So whether you fish, hunt, float rivers, bike, hike, climb, sightsee, are a photography or historical buff, enjoy meeting interesting people and places or just want to relax, White Bird has it all and more. Restaurants and accommodations are also available in White Bird.
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