The Clearwater Management Council (CMC) represents the Counties of Clearwater, Idaho, Latah, Lewis, and Nez Perce, plus the associated agencies in Idaho. A five member executive committee governs the CMC, which is coordinated by the Cottonwood Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management
The CMC mission is to facilitate river recreation for area residents and visitors on the Clearwater River and its tributaries, to include the North Fork of the Clearwater River, Potlatch and Lolo creeks.
- Cooperatively monitor and manage the economic, environmental, social and recreational impacts of salmon and steelhead fishing.
- Facilitate appropriate public access to recreation resources where appropriate.
- Promote boating safety and the use of licensed Idaho river outfitters and fishing guides.
- Facilitate cooperative river management with county, state, tribal and federal agencies.
- Develop opportunities to educate the public about the river, its fisheries, and history.
- Provide for an arena of information exchange.
- An average 1100 pounds of litter is removed from the access sites each month.
- Provides portable toilets, rest stops and solid waste removal along the Clearwater River.
- Installed boat ramps and parking areas, developed basic facilities.
- Enhanced public access through the acquisition of easements and rights-of-way.
- Fostered increased opportunity for interagency and intergovernmental cooperation.
Established in 1983 as the Clearwater Steelhead Impact Committee, the Clearwater Management Council (CMC) was reorganized in April 1992 under an intergovernmental cooperative agreement between Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce, Idaho, and Clearwater counties.
The following year, a cooperative management agreement was signed by the five counties, Idaho Department of Fish & Game, Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
The parties agree to pool funding and cooperatively manage the Clearwater River from Kooskia to its mouth and its major tributaries, for the purpose of conserving and perpetuating its values for the enjoyment of present and future generations. Administrative support is provided by the Cottonwood Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management.