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Clearwater River

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The BLM manages three sites along the main stem of the Clearwater River - Harper's Bend, McKay's Bend and Pink House Recreation Site. This segment of river is Class I and II and no river camping is available.

The Middle Fork of the Clearwater includes the Lochsa and Selway Rivers, premier whitewater rivers. The Lewis and Clark trail lies high above the Lochsa River on mountain ridges. These rivers offer clear, clean water, beautiful scenery with great plant diversity, and abundant wildlife. The South Fork of the Clearwater offers class I-IV boating along it's 63.8 mile length. The most popular sections for paddling include the class III-IV Bully Creek to Highway 13 run (5.8 mi.), and the class IV-V Golden Run (7.4 mi.) upstream. The South Fork of the Clearwater River can be a difficult run due to rocks and logs. Caution is advised.

The Clearwater Management Council conserves and perpetuates values of the Clearwater River for the enjoyment of present and future generations. Administrative support is provided by the BLM's Cottonwood Field Office.  

Clearwater River at Harpers Ferry

All boats and non-motorized vessels (canoe, kayak, raft, drift boat, etc.) are required to purchase and display Idaho Invasive Species Law and Boat Registration stickers in order to legally launch and operate in Idaho.

Last updated: 05-22-2015