The Clearwater Management Council

"Respecting the River"

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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.

River Stewardship

  • 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.

HistoryClearwater Management Council

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.


The Clearwater Management Council is developing a proposal to be submitted to Idaho Parks and Recreation requesting a grant of $5,000 and is seeking public support for the proposal. The proposal is due to the funding source on January 29, 2016. The Council has additional funds and/or in-kind support from the Bureau of Land Management, the Clearwater Recreation District, local chambers of commerce, and other Clearwater Management Council partners.

The grant would provide funding in addition to other funds and in-kind support gathered to reach the goal of printing 10,000 Sportsman’s Guides to the Clearwater River. The Sportsman’s Guide to the Clearwater River is a free waterproof, tear resistant brochure that provides basic boating regulations; website locations for weather, river gauges; travel information; invasive species information and the location and description of public access sites along the Clearwater River from Lewiston to Kooskia, Idaho. The overall goal of the proposed project is to provide a much needed and highly requested resource to the public who recreate on the Clearwater River that will be available at the chambers, local fishing supply stores, and other locations throughout the region. Please send the letter of commitment or support by January 22, 2016 to:

Judy Culver
Clearwater Management Council
1 Butte Drive
Cottonwood, Idaho 83522  


John Allen - Clearwater County Commissioner


Nez Perce County Commissioner - Doug Havens                               

Idaho County Commissioner - Skip Brandt

Lewis County Commissioner - Greg Johson

Latah County Commissioner - Dave DeGraw

The Clearwater River

2015 Meeting Schedule

2016 Schedule is:
February 25 at the USFS North Fork District Office, Orofino Idaho
March 24
April 28
May 26

Meetings are held at 9:00 a.m. at the Clearwater County Marine Building located 1/2 mile up the Transfer Station Road across from the Transfer Station, Orofino Idaho 83544

To request meeting minutes, please contact Judy Culver at or 208-962-3796.


County Government
Clearwater County
Idaho County 
Latah County
Lewis County
Nez Perce County
State Government and Local Agencies Federal Government
Bureau of Land Management 
National Park Service 
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 
U.S. Forest Service 
Bureau of Indian Affairs


Clearwater Management Council  |  1 Butte Drive  |  Cottonwood, ID 83522
208-962-3796  |  Fax: 208-962-3275