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The Great Outdoors Series by The Clearwater Progress
Photos Wanted: The Great Outdoors is a weekly feature showcasing photographs of wildlife and landscape taken and submitted by the public. All levels of photographic ability are welcome to share their photo memories. Please include your name, hometown, where and when the picture was taken, the identity of anyone in the photo, and a contact number. Digital pictures may be sent to The Progress at the following address: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or drop off prints to the Progress at 417 Main Street or mail them to P.O. Box 428, Kamiah, Idaho 83536. If you would like your photo print returned send a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Fishing to close on portion of Clearwater Print E-mail

Chinook salmon seasons to end 

     The lower Clearwater River from the Cherrylane Bridge upstream to the Orofino Bridge will close to fishing for all Chinook salmon at the end of fishing hours (9 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time) on Friday, May 27. In addition, the North Fork Clearwater River will close to fishing for all Chinook salmon effective the end of fishing hours (9 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time) on Monday, May 30. Due to this year’s low jack return, a “Jack Only” harvest season will not be provided.

     These closures are being implemented because the harvest quota for adult Chinook salmon are anticipated to be met in these river sections by those dates. Harvest quotas in different reaches within the Clearwater drainage were developed using input from the public to help ensure all communities in the watershed have opportunities to harvest salmon.

     Chinook salmon seasons will continue on the Clearwater River upstream of the Orofino Bridge, South Fork Clearwater, Middle Fork Clearwater, Little Salmon, Lochsa, and Snake rivers. The upper Salmon River and the South Fork Salmon River open June 18.

     Anglers are reminded that changes to seasons or limits may be implemented on short notice.  For more on salmon fishing in Idaho, visit Fish and Game's website at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/fish/?getPage=140, or call the Salmon Hotline at (855) 287-2702 for updates.

 
Time to go camping Print E-mail

Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests offer campground info in time for Memorial Day weekend

     An early season getaway to the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests is the perfect way to celebrate the long Memorial Day Weekend.

     Most campgrounds offer first-come, first-served site selection, although you can reserve campsites at a few campgrounds managed by the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. Contact your local Forest Service office for a list of local campgrounds that accept reservations.

     To reserve a campsite, call Recreation.gov at (877) 444-6777, or visit: www.Recreation.gov.

     Reservations should be made at least four days in advance.

     Visitors can camp at sites outside developed campgrounds called dispersed sites. However, campers who choose to stay in undeveloped sites should take extra care to protect natural resources, such as plant life. If you camp at a dispersed site, leave no trace of your stay. Use existing fire rings if available, and pack out your trash.

     All campgrounds on the Palouse Ranger District are now open with all standard campground amenities available. Laird Park, Little Boulder and Giant White Pine are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Elk Creek Campground, near the town of Elk River, features 23 sites with electrical hookups; a portion of the campground sites can be reserved through www.recreation.gov or by calling 1 (877) 444-6777.
There is no trash service at any of the four campgrounds on the Palouse District, so please take your refuse with you when you leave.
You can reserve group picnic areas at Little Boulder and Laird Park campgrounds, as well as the pavilion at Elk Creek Campground, by calling the Potlatch Ranger Station at (208) 875-1131.

     On the North Fork Ranger District, Aquarius, Washington Creek and Noe Creek campgrounds are already up and running. Two popular campgrounds will remain closed through Memorial Day weekend: Kelly Forks Campground is scheduled to open Wednesday, June 8, and Hidden Creek Campground is expected to open June 15.

     Water systems serving North Fork campgrounds are typically operational when campgrounds open. However, until water tests are completed, potable water might not be available. Campers are advised to bring their own drinking water.

     If you’re looking for a shady campsite on the shores of the Lochsa River, you’re in luck; all campgrounds on the Powell and Lochsa Ranger Districts, including Wilderness Gateway, Powell, Wendover and Whitehouse campgrounds, opened by May 22. White Sand Campground is technically open all year but the snow melted in late April. Elk Summit Campground should be accessible by mid-June.

     Water systems in the Powell-area campgrounds have been turned on but not tested. Water is not potable until the water tests come back. Jerry Johnson Campground will remain closed all summer, and Jerry Johnson Hot Springs is open for day use only from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Campers will have to bring water if they plan to stay at other Lochsa River sites.

     On the Moose Creek Ranger District, all of the campgrounds that flank the beautiful Wild and Scenic Selway River are open. There will be no potable water at any of the campgrounds along the Selway River with the exception of Johnson Bar. The RV dump station at Cedar Flats is open. Water is available at the dump station.

     On the Salmon River Ranger District, all of the following campgrounds are $12 a night. Fee campgrounds located along the South Fork Clearwater River, including Castle Creek and South Fork Campground, are open and potable water is available. However, dumpsters will not be available until June 1. A camp host is on site. Fish Creek Campground, located seven miles south of Grangeville is open with potable water available. Spring Bar Campground, located along the Salmon River is closed due to wildfire damage. Forest officials are currently working on repairs and plan to have Spring Bar re-opened July 1.

     The Red River Campground, located on the Red River Ranger District, is open. Water is on and is potable. A camp host will be available this year.

     For current campground, road and trail updates, contact your local Forest Service office or visit their website at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/nezperceclearwater/alerts-notice.

 
The Great Outdoors Print E-mail

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Nice spot for fishing - Boy Scout Troops 560 and 570 get some fishing in at Robinson Pond at Kamiah on May 12. Photo by Rick Brazell

 

Photos Wanted: The Great Outdoors is a weekly feature showcasing photographs of wildlife and landscape taken and submitted by the public. All levels of photographic ability are welcome. Please include your name, hometown, where and when the picture was taken, the identity of anyone in the photo, and a contact number. Digital pictures may be sent to The Progress at the following address: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or drop off prints to the Progress at 417 Main Street or mail them to P.O. Box 428, Kamiah, Idaho 83536. If you would like your photo print returned send a self-addressed stamped envelope.

 


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