Clearwater Region

The Clearwater region is home to the largest wilderness and primitive areas in the lower 48 states. These areas are accessible only by foot, boat, or horseback and challenge even the most experienced hunters and anglers. Chinook salmon, coho salmon, steelhead, and sturgeon are native to the Clearwater, Snake, and Salmon rivers.

News

  • Ice jam on the Clearwater River

    Clearwater River Steelhead Update

    Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 2:53 PM MST
    We had our first significant runoff event of the winter this past week which caused significant ice break up throughout the regions rivers. Ice and woody debris began flowing down river and caused the main stem of the Clearwater to be difficult or almost impossible to fish in most areas.
  • Elk wait at near the feed line at Bullwhacker feed site near Ketchum.

    Clearwater Winter Feeding Report - Feb. 13, 2017

    Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 9:27 AM MST
    History The Fish and Game Clearwater Region does not normally declare winter feeding emergencies and has never established a Winter Feeding Advisory Committee as per IC36-123. Because the Clearwater Region has so much backcountry, winter feeding operations would be very difficult to manage logistically. 
  • Clearwater Region

    Clearwater Big Game Season Proposals 2017-2018

    Friday, February 10, 2017 - 3:43 PM MST
    Instructions These proposals and comment forms are split into sections by animals in each region: Deer, Elk, Pronghorn, Mountain Lion, Black Bear, Gray Wolf.  For each section, please leave related comments to the information on that page.
  • Super Bowl Sunday Bighorn Sheep Capture in Hells Canyon

    Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 3:52 PM MST
    Low flying helicopters deploy net guns to capture bighorn sheep in Hells Canyon on Sunday. Sheep are transported to processing site where researchers measure overall sheep body condition and take samples to test for disease. Animals are marked with a collar and ear tag to monitor movement and survival rates.  
  • Elk wait at near the feed line at Bullwhacker feed site near Ketchum.

    Clearwater Winter Feeding Report - Feb. 6, 2017

    Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 9:37 PM MST
    History The Fish and Game Clearwater Region does not normally declare winter feeding emergencies and has never established a Winter Feeding Advisory Committee as per IC36-123.  Feb. 6, 2017 status report There is currently no feeding in the Clearwater Region, but wildlife managers are monitoring snow depths and animal conditions.   
  • Protecting Haystacks From Wildlife Damage

    Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 6:07 PM MST
    Summer is typically the primary season for big game depredations on agricultural crops in the Clearwater Region.  But with this winter’s snow depths exceeding anything seen in recent years, complaints of deer and elk getting into haystacks have been rolling in.  Regional Landowner-Sportsman Coordinator Jana Ashling has responded to approximately 25 such complaints to-date.  On February 7 the re
  • Steelhead Fisherman near Orofino

    Clearwater River Steelhead Fishing Update

    Monday, February 6, 2017 - 10:44 PM MST
    Steelhead fishing remains good on the mainstem Clearwater River below Orofino (Section 3) with catch rates still below 10 hrs/fish.  Catch rates in the North Fork Clearwater River (Section 5) were excellent at 5 hrs/fish.

Elevations in the Clearwater range from 753 at Lewiston to 9,393 at He Devil of the Seven Devil’s Wilderness area. 

Events

Office

Clearwater Regional Office

3316 16th Street
Lewiston, ID 83501
(208) 799-5010

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