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Description - In the heart of north central Idaho, rugged peaks, deep canyons, dense forests and remote wilderness characterize the 2.2 million acre Nez Perce National Forest. The Forest is best known for its wild character. You will find a wide diversity of landforms and ecological systems ranging from From the dry, rugged canyons of the Salmon River to the moist cedar forests of the Selway drainage

The Nez Perce National Forest is known for its wild and pristine rivers. Four designated Wild and Scenic Rivers and several recreational rivers have carved deep canyons into the surrounding mountainous terrain. Portions of the Salmon, Rapid, Selway and Middle Fork of the Clearwater Rivers are designated Wild and Scenic. To whitewater enthusiasts, the Snake, Salmon and Selway Rivers mean adventure. These rivers also provide streamside visitors with good steelhead runs, fine camping and picnicking and spectacular scenery.

The Forest contains one wilderness in its entirety and parts of three others; nearly half of the Forest's total acres are classified wilderness.
The entire Gospel Hump Wilderness, and portions of the Frank Church-River of No Return, Selway Bitterroot and Hells Canyon Wildernesses lie on the Nez Perce. These Wildernesses cover almost one million acres on the Nez Perce National Forest alone!

The Seven Devils Area of the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area is on the Nez Perce. Large elk herds and fantastic steelhead runs provide exciting opportunities for sport fishing and hunting. It is a land rich in Nez Perce Tribe and early gold mining history.

Recreation - Hunters, anglers, and casual observers appreciate the variety and abundance of fish and wildlife. Scenic vistas abound. As for camping, countless undeveloped sites await discovery. Those seeking a more developed setting can choose from 25 designated camping areas.

So whether you seek a wilderness hike or a scenic drive; a rafting thrill or tranquil water; a campsite away from all civilization or a campsite in a bustling campground, the Nez Perce National Forest has something to offer you.

Climate - Weather on the Nez Perce National Forest varies tremendously with location and elevation. Summers tend to bring clear days, with afternoon thunderstorms possible. Daytime highs are normally warm to moderate, with relatively cool to cold nights, depending on elevation. Winter can bring cold temperatures with heavy snows, especially at the high elevations. Sunny days are common between winter storms.

Location - The Nez Perce National Forest is located in the heart of north-central Idaho. It stretches from the Oregon border on the west to the Montana border on the east; and is roughly bounded by the the Selway River drainage on the north to the Salmon River on the south. The Forest is headquartered in Grangeville, Idaho.

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Contact Information:
Nez Perce National Forest, Route 2 P.O. Box 475 , Grangeville, ID, 83530, Phone: 700-442-4000

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