Elk Creek Reservoir

Lower North Fork Clearwater Basin

  • Recommended Fishing Water
  • Family Fishing Water

Elk Creek Reservoir in Clearwater County is 87.3 acres at an elevation of 2,818 feet above sea level.

Boaters must observe the no-wake restriction on the reservoir.
A forested road parallels the entire west side of Elk Creek Reservoir for easy access to fishing areas, with four fishing docks and a boat ramp. The east side of the reservoir provides great boat fishing opportunities where foot access is difficult. This reservoir is stocked with thousands of rainbow trout from spring through fall to improve fishing success.
Elk Creek Reservoir is about a half mile southeast of the town of Elk River, 55 miles east of Moscow, and at the end of State Hwy 8. Drive to the eastern edge of the town of Elk River and signs will direct you to the reservoir.

Facilities

Motor Restriction
Yes
Boat Ramp
Yes
Dock
Yes
Toilet
ADA
Campground
Yes
ADA Access
Yes

Recommended Game Fish

Fish Species Observed in Surveys since 1990

Fish Stocking Records

Date Species Quantity General Size Location
5/31/2018 Rainbow Trout 4,500 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/22/2018 Rainbow Trout 2,700 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
10/16/2017 Rainbow Trout 3,000 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
9/25/2017 Rainbow Trout 2,980 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
6/8/2017 Rainbow Trout 4,509 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/15/2017 Rainbow Trout 2,726 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
10/31/2016 Rainbow Trout 590 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
10/31/2016 Rainbow Trout 356 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
10/18/2016 Rainbow Trout 3,013 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
9/8/2016 Rainbow Trout 3,002 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
6/28/2016 Rainbow Trout 1,500 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
6/12/2016 Rainbow Trout 3,000 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/6/2016 Rainbow Trout 3,000 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
10/21/2015 Rainbow Trout 5,715 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
10/15/2015 Rainbow Trout 5,472 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
10/8/2015 Rainbow Trout 6,620 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
9/11/2015 Rainbow Trout 3,000 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
6/26/2015 Rainbow Trout 4,470 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/13/2015 Rainbow Trout 2,700 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
7/8/2014 Rainbow Trout 2,500 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
10/16/2013 Rainbow Trout 5,000 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
6/7/2013 Rainbow Trout 5,000 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/6/2013 Rainbow Trout 4,700 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
6/20/2012 Rainbow Trout 2,500 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/23/2012 Rainbow Trout 2,500 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/9/2012 Rainbow Trout 2,500 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/9/2012 Rainbow Trout 2,500 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
7/6/2011 Rainbow Trout 5,000 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
6/14/2011 Rainbow Trout 5,000 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
10/4/2010 Rainbow Trout 5,000 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
7/1/2010 Rainbow Trout 4,950 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
6/8/2010 Rainbow Trout 4,960 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/26/2010 Rainbow Trout 4,500 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
8/30/2009 Rainbow Trout 5,600 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
6/3/2009 Rainbow Trout 7,500 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/4/2009 Rainbow Trout 805 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
4/27/2009 Rainbow Trout 6,720 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
10/2/2008 Rainbow Trout 5,000 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
7/3/2008 Rainbow Trout 7,500 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
6/10/2008 Rainbow Trout 7,500 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/28/2008 Rainbow Trout 7,500 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
6/27/2007 Rainbow Trout 7,590 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
6/4/2007 Rainbow Trout 7,500 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/15/2007 Rainbow Trout 7,502 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
8/30/2006 Rainbow Trout 12,000 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
6/9/2006 Rainbow Trout 7,475 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/26/2006 Rainbow Trout 7,500 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
9/28/2005 Rainbow Trout 5,010 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
7/15/2005 Rainbow Trout 7,350 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
6/2/2005 Rainbow Trout 7,492 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/3/2005 Rainbow Trout 7,140 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
9/16/2004 Rainbow Trout 1,560 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
9/7/2004 Rainbow Trout 4,940 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
6/9/2004 Rainbow Trout 7,518 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/20/2004 Rainbow Trout 7,513 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
7/8/2003 Rainbow Trout 7,015 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
6/9/2003 Rainbow Trout 9,408 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/8/2003 Rainbow Trout 5,513 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/8/2003 Rainbow Trout 2,736 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
6/21/2002 Rainbow Trout 5,000 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/20/2002 Rainbow Trout 8,704 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/20/2002 Rainbow Trout 10,230 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
7/11/2001 Rainbow Trout 9,408 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
6/27/2001 Rainbow Trout 7,548 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
6/6/2001 Rainbow Trout 7,470 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/7/2001 Rainbow Trout 9,280 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/7/2001 Rainbow Trout 11,600 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/2/2001 Rainbow Trout 8,608 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
6/26/2000 Rainbow Trout 9,000 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
6/2/2000 Rainbow Trout 9,000 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/8/2000 Rainbow Trout 7,000 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
7/12/1999 Rainbow Trout 5,000 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
7/1/1999 Rainbow Trout 5,000 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
6/22/1999 Rainbow Trout 5,000 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
6/8/1999 Rainbow Trout 5,000 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/11/1999 Rainbow Trout 7,500 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
10/15/1998 Rainbow Trout 5,250 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
6/3/1998 Rainbow Trout 10,000 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/22/1998 Rainbow Trout 3,800 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/20/1998 Rainbow Trout 7,000 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
4/29/1998 Rainbow Trout 11,200 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
10/31/1997 Rainbow Trout 3,000 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
6/27/1997 Rainbow Trout 10,000 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/30/1997 Rainbow Trout 4,050 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/5/1997 Rainbow Trout 5,940 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
4/22/1997 Rainbow Trout 7,505 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
10/3/1996 Rainbow Trout 2,970 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
9/26/1996 Rainbow Trout 5,330 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
7/2/1996 Rainbow Trout 9,900 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/29/1996 Rainbow Trout 9,990 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/9/1996 Rainbow Trout 7,500 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
8/22/1995 Rainbow Trout 500 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
7/28/1995 Rainbow Trout 2,100 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
7/17/1995 Rainbow Trout 2,499 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
7/11/1995 Rainbow Trout 2,499 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
7/6/1995 Rainbow Trout 2,500 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
6/7/1995 Rainbow Trout 5,000 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
6/2/1995 Rainbow Trout 5,000 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/19/1995 Rainbow Trout 1,500 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/2/1995 Rainbow Trout 6,000 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
6/29/1994 Rainbow Trout 5,000 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
6/8/1994 Rainbow Trout 5,000 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/20/1994 Rainbow Trout 5,000 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/2/1994 Rainbow Trout 5,000 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
4/21/1994 Rainbow Trout 7,500 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
7/19/1993 Rainbow Trout 5,130 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
7/15/1993 Rainbow Trout 5,060 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
6/16/1993 Rainbow Trout 4,980 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
6/3/1993 Rainbow Trout 5,040 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/19/1993 Rainbow Trout 10,000 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
10/26/1992 Rainbow Trout 1,005 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
10/15/1992 Rainbow Trout 4,500 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
9/29/1992 Rainbow Trout 4,360 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
6/8/1992 Rainbow Trout 2,160 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
6/5/1992 Rainbow Trout 24,990 Less than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
6/3/1992 Rainbow Trout 3,480 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/19/1992 Rainbow Trout 2,505 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
7/22/1991 Rainbow Trout 275 Adults Elk Creek Reservoir
6/25/1991 Rainbow Trout 8,750 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/23/1991 Cutthroat Trout 2,814 Less than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/23/1991 Rainbow Trout 2,610 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
6/1/1990 Rainbow Trout 2,500 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/31/1990 Cutthroat Trout 1,650 Less than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/10/1990 Rainbow Trout 2,700 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
4/26/1990 Rainbow Trout 3,600 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
10/12/1989 Rainbow Trout 10,000 Less than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
7/5/1989 Largemouth Bass 333 Less than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/11/1989 Rainbow Trout 6,400 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
10/6/1988 Rainbow Trout 17,500 Less than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
9/30/1988 Largemouth Bass 144 Less than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
9/26/1988 Rainbow Trout 5,220 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
6/17/1988 Rainbow Trout 2,500 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
3/29/1988 Rainbow Trout 6,999 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
7/23/1987 Rainbow Trout 10,035 Less than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/28/1987 Rainbow Trout 2,100 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
4/6/1987 Rainbow Trout 6,000 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
10/7/1986 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
6/16/1986 Rainbow Trout 4,208 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/14/1986 Rainbow Trout 2,063 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
4/24/1986 Rainbow Trout 3,990 Adults Elk Creek Reservoir
6/24/1985 Rainbow Trout 1,980 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
6/4/1985 Rainbow Trout 5,100 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/16/1985 Smallmouth Bass 35 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/6/1985 Rainbow Trout 10,800 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
7/30/1984 Rainbow Trout 12,187 Less than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/29/1984 Rainbow Trout 8,700 Less than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/13/1984 Smallmouth Bass 14 Adults Elk Creek Reservoir
4/19/1984 Rainbow Trout 5,040 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
10/21/1982 Rainbow Trout 5,580 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
7/22/1982 Rainbow Trout 12,240 Less than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
6/21/1982 Rainbow Trout 1,280 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
4/21/1982 Rainbow Trout 2,568 Adults Elk Creek Reservoir
10/20/1981 Rainbow Trout 6,240 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
6/27/1981 Rainbow Trout 2,280 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/7/1981 Rainbow Trout 9,000 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
9/23/1980 Rainbow Trout 8,100 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
4/16/1980 Rainbow Trout 8,640 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
10/22/1979 Rainbow Trout 3,680 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/25/1979 Rainbow Trout 1,540 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
4/23/1979 Rainbow Trout 6,000 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
10/16/1978 Rainbow Trout 2,940 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
6/7/1978 Brook Trout 8,120 Less than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/23/1978 Rainbow Trout 3,500 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
4/17/1978 Rainbow Trout 7,680 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
10/18/1977 Rainbow Trout 2,400 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
8/8/1977 Rainbow Trout 6,090 Less than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
4/21/1977 Rainbow Trout 4,800 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/11/1976 Rainbow Trout 2,240 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/6/1976 Rainbow Trout 5,280 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
4/30/1976 Rainbow Trout 2,170 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
8/27/1975 Brook Trout 10,476 Less than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
7/3/1975 Rainbow Trout 1,440 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
6/25/1975 Rainbow Trout 1,470 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/5/1975 Rainbow Trout 5,040 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
6/12/1974 Rainbow Trout 1,375 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/16/1974 Brook Trout 30,400 Less than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/16/1974 Rainbow Trout 2,240 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/15/1974 Brook Trout 4,770 Less than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
4/27/1974 Rainbow Trout 2,300 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
7/19/1973 Rainbow Trout 2,050 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/30/1973 Rainbow Trout 1,961 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
4/27/1973 Rainbow Trout 3,740 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
4/19/1973 Rainbow Trout 3,000 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
4/19/1972 Rainbow Trout 650 Adults Elk Creek Reservoir
5/18/1971 Brook Trout 15,600 Less than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
4/21/1971 Rainbow Trout 1,805 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
8/6/1970 Rainbow Trout 4,080 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/1/1970 Rainbow Trout 1,800 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
4/21/1970 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
5/2/1969 Rainbow Trout 1,485 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
4/15/1969 Rainbow Trout 2,400 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
4/26/1968 Rainbow Trout 1,840 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
4/24/1968 Rainbow Trout 1,560 Greater than 6 inches Elk Creek Reservoir
Source: IDFG Fish Stocking Database.

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Fishing Rules

All Waters Open All Year

Except as modified in Special Rule Waters
Fishing is not allowed within the posted upstream and downstream boundary of any fish weir or trap.

Daily Bag Limits

Regional bag and possession limits apply to all waters within each region except as modified in the Special Rules. The possession limit is 3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season.

Special Rules

Elk Creek Reservoir
  • Trout limit is 6, brook trout must be counted in trout limit
Clearwater Region Bag Limits
Bass (largemouth and smallmouth)
  • Bass limit is 6, both species combined
Brook Trout
  • Brook trout limit is 25
Bull Trout
  • Bull trout limit is 0, catch-and-release
  • No bull trout harvest is allowed
Kokanee
  • Kokanee limit is 25
Salmon (ocean-going)
  • Salmon seasons and limits are set annually by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission and rules are issued in a separate brochure
  • Fishing for or targeting salmon is prohibited unless a salmon season is specifically opened for that water
Steelhead (ocean-going)
  • Defined as rainbow trout longer than twenty (20) inches in length in the Snake River drainage below Hells Canyon Dam, the Salmon River drainage (excluding lakes), and the Clearwater River drainage (excluding that portion above Dworshak Dam, and lakes)
  • Fishing for or targeting steelhead is prohibited unless a steelhead season is specifically opened for that water (see fishing regulations for details)
Sturgeon
  • Sturgeon limit is 0, catch-and-release
  • Sturgeon must not be removed from the water and must be released upon landing
  • Barbless hooks and sliding sinkers are required (see fishing regulations for details)
Tiger Muskie
  • Tiger Muskie limit is 2, none under 40 inches
Trout includes cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, and trout hybrids (e.g. tiger trout)
  • In rivers and streams, trout limit is 2, all species combined
  • In lakes, reservoirs, ditches and canals, trout limit is 6, all species combined
  • Does not include bull trout and brook trout which are listed separately
Whitefish
  • Whitefish limit is 25
Protected Nongame Fish includes Pacific lamprey and sand rollers
  • May not be harvested or possessed
All Other Fish Species includes bullfrogs and crayfish
  • No bag, size or possession limit
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