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Stage I Fire Restrictions in Effect for Payette Fire Restrictions Area

Encompassing many scenic and cultural landscapes, this impressive area includes the Lower Salmon River and segments of the Nez Perce National Historic Trail and the Lewis and Clark Historic Trail. These trails offer a glimpse into the past. Take some time to explore and Lower Salmon River (Photo courtesy of: Dave Scott)learn more about our nation’s history by following portions of these two trails.

Recreation is centered around the region’s scenic waters, the Salmon and Clearwater Rivers. Both rivers offer outstanding steelhead and trout fishing and have plenty of river access points popular for swimming, boating, camping, fishing and trophy big game hunting.

Dubbed by early explorers as the “river of no return,” the Salmon River not only offers a diversity of recreational opportunities, but the chance to view spectacular beauty along one of the longest completely free-flowing rivers in the lower 48 states. From the diverse landscapes of narrow basalt gorges to the exciting rapids that plunge through its depths, the Salmon River’s beauty is unmistakable. Numerous white, sandy beaches on both sides of the river offer opportunities for camping and fishing. Plenty of ramps and access points are available for both motorized and non-motorized boating opportunities.

Please respect this area by following all boating regulations and river ethics to ensure that the area remains pristine for all future visitors.

Planning a trip to this area? Numerous publications, including a Lower Salmon River Guide, river maps and environmental ethics brochures are available from the BLM.