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LITTLE WOOD RIVER WILDERNESS STUDY AREA
The Little Wood River WSA is entirely within the Elk Mountain Crucial Winter Range Area of Critical Environmental Concern. Characterized by mountainous terrain cut by steep drainages. Cottonwoods and willows line the Little Wood River. The area supports year-round populations of mule deer, blue grouse and sage grouse. Raptors use the cottonwoods in the canyon bottoms for nest sites.
In Idaho, BLM manages over 4,000 acres of public lands in the Little Wood River Wilderness Study Area. The area is used by hikers, backpackers, horse packers and hunters. Many visitors pass through on their way to the Pioneer Mountains Roadless Area on the Sawtooth National Forest. A diversity of recreational opportunities within the WSA includes fishing, camping, hunting, photography and sightseeing.
Little Wood River WSA is difficult to access due to private property. Visitors should consult a map, secure permission to cross private property, and be prepared for rugged canyon hiking in a backcountry setting.