Area Recreation

Discover the magic of Central Idaho


Idaho County presents a plethora of outdoor recreational activities for residents and visitors to enjoy year round.

Idaho County is the largest county in the State of Idaho and encompasses thousands of acres of public lands including the Nezperce Clearwater National Forest, the Frank Church “River of No Return” Wilderness, Hell’s Canyon Wilderness Area and the Gospel Hump Wilderness.  Our public lands and wilderness areas offer all sorts of outdoor adventures and activities including big game hunting, ATVing, snowmobiling, trail riding, hiking, camping, berry picking and scenic landscapes to photograph and enjoy. 

Idaho County also accommodates five of Idaho’s most pristine rivers – the Clearwater, the Snake, the Lochsa, the Selway and the famous Salmon “River of No Return”.    Fishermen enjoy trout, salmon, steelhead, bass & sturgeon fishing in these rivers.  They are also popular destinations for water sports like boating, canoeing, river rafting, guided fishing tours or the annual Salmon River Jet Boat races.

Winter sports like downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding and tubing are available at the Snowhaven, Fish Creek Meadows and Cottonwood Butte ski areas.

In essence, Idaho County really is a massive playground for outdoor enthusiasts.  And its county seat, Grangeville, acts as a gateway to these outdoor adventures.

Other things to do in the community include golfing at the Grangeville Golf Course, swimming at the city pool or participating in one of the many youth or community sports teams.  Or if you simply want to take a drive and enjoy the beautiful countryside, there are several scenic byways including the Northwest Passage Scenic Byway that follows a portion of Lewis & Clark’s route through North Central Idaho.

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