Clearwater River Recreation Area

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Clearwater River Recreation Area

Idaho

(208) 962-3245

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Overview

The Clearwater River has an international reputation as one of the best steelhead fisheries anywhere. The river and US 12 are part of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. Developed recreation sites are primarily for boating and fishing, with camping available in a few locations. Fishing for the large (12-15 pound average) ocean-run trout occurs annually between September 1 and April 15. Numerous boat and bank access sites are found along the river for the fisherman. You must use barbless hooks and you may only keep the fish with adipose fins clipped at the hatchery. Most paddlers float the fun and relatively easy stretch from Dworshak Reservoir. Foal Creek to Dworshak Reservoir is 37 miles and class IV rapids. Dworshack Reservoir to the Washington border is 41 miles and class I-III rapids.

Outdoor recreation opportunities on public lands in Idaho can mean relaxed activities such as lake fishing or more vigorous activities, like backpacking through remote and primitive canyons and mountains.

North Idaho is laced with lapis-blue swift-flowing rivers and cascading waterfalls and the greatest concentration of lakes in the Northwest. Southwest Idaho is a dramatic montage of desert, rivers and mountains that has lured visitors for centuries. Serene mountain lakes brim with trout, world-class whitewater waits to be kayaked and awe-inspiring canyons are home to birds of prey. And last, but certainly not least, Eastern Idaho is where the snow-capped peaks of the Tetons feed thundering waterfalls and free-flowing rivers, where wildflowers, pine and aspen create a kaleidoscope of autumn color and light.

Map of Clearwater River Rec. Area

Latitude, Longitude: 46.506900, -116.556702

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Activities

  • Boating

    Numerous boat and bank access sites are found along the river for the fisherman. Most paddlers float the fun and relatively easy stretch from Dworshak Reservoir. Foal Creek to Dworshak Reservoir is 37 miles and class IV rapids. Dworshack Reservoir to the Washington border is 41 miles and class I-III rapids.

  • Camping

    Developed camping is available in few locations.

  • Fishing

    Numerous boat and bank access sites are found along the river for the fisherman. You must use barbless hooks and you may only keep the fish with adipose fins clipped at the hatchery.

  • Picnicking

    There are many great places for a picnic along the river bank.

  • Water Sports

    Fishing, swimming and boating.

Phone Numbers

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(208) 962-3245

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