Whitewater Rafting on the Lochsa River
Clearwater National Forest
Jerry Johnson Hot Springs
Birdwatching in North-Central Idaho

Activities & Things to Do

Find Your Wild

There is no bad time to visit North-Central Idaho. Up here, we adventure our way through every single season! Spring brings big water on the Wild & Scenic Lochsa River, summer attracts hikers, autumn is for hunters, winter calls to snowy thrill seekers. And that’s just scratching the surface. There are a million ways to take in the wilderness — the trick is finding the one that calls to you. 

Things to Do in the Winter

Winter is magic out here in the backcountry.

Cross-Country Skiing
People who love cross-country and Nordic skiing swear there is no better way to winter — just you, your skis, and the power of your own body moving you through some of the most gorgeous country in the Lower 48. We’re happy to point you toward the best areas to explore. 

Snowshoeing lets you travel through country impassable by any other means. In other words: A lot of work, but big payoffs! You don’t need any experience to snowshoe, just a willingness to blaze new trails. If you don’t have your own, don’t worry — we can help you rent some during your stay. 

In the winter, the Lolo Pass trailhead becomes a hub of snowmobiling activity as enthusiasts fan out through the extensive network of nearby trails. Our area boasts great snow, jaw-dropping vistas, and plenty of technical trails to keep it interesting. Tell us what kind of adventure you’d like to have and we’ll offer recommendations on the places most likely to fit the bill. 

Hot Springs
Cap off your chilly day with a dip in one of two backcountry hot springs: Jerry Johnson Hotspring, which is located 10 miles west of the lodge, and Weir Creek Hotsprings, which are 20 miles west. It’s a 1.5 mile hike into both locations, but the payoff — a well-earned “ahhhhhh” — is worth the effort. 

Fly Fishing
Anglers who wade into the freezing waters of the Lochsa River will be rewarded with a huge array of fish: bull trout, kokanee, steelhead, and salmon. This is a special chance to fish a never-dammed, wild river, and you won’t soon forget the experience of casting amidst snow-covered trees. The season is catch-and-release from Dec. 1 through the Friday before Memorial Day weekend, with no bait allowed except for maggots, so bring your waders and your skills.


Spring is the season for thrill seekers. 

Our region offers unbeatable access for hunters pursuing bears, moose, elk, or mountain lions. We recommend working with the expert wilderness guides at Boulder Creek Outfitters

Rafting and Kayaking
You won’t soon forget your trip down the untamed Lochsa River. This wild, undammed beast is full of big-water rapids (classes III-V) and attracts whitewater lovers from around the globe. 

The Wild & Scenic Lochsa River is navigable only during the short, high-water season, which typically runs from May through June. We highly recommend booking your rafting trip with the experienced guides at Lewis and Clark Trail Adventures. Rafting or kayaking the Lochsa at its peak is a relentless adventure, so be sure to book our Raft and Relax package to make the most of it.

History, horseback riding, huckleberries — summer at Lochsa Lodge is a feast of fun! 

Travel in the footsteps of the Nez Perce, who passed through here on their way to buffalo hunting grounds in Montana, and explorers Lewis and Clark, who camped nearby during their famous 1803-1806 expedition. From the lodge, you can access the eight-mile Historic Lewis and Clark Trail that stretches between the Wendover/Whitehouse and Whitesands campgrounds next to the Lochsa River. 

Horseback Riding
We recommend exploring the wilderness surrounding the lodge the old-fashioned way: on horseback. We offer horseback trail rides from July-September. Rides begin at 10 a.m. with the last ride at 4 p.m. 

  • 1 hour: $38/person
  • 2 hours (two-person minimum): $68/person

Anglers will find plenty of rainbow and cutthroat trout as well as mountain whitefish. Steelhead and Chinook salmon are sometimes reported in the lower part of the river. 

Huckleberry Picking
These little purple delicacies are prized by berry lovers. You’ll find plenty of picking places near the lodge; just ask us for recommendations. 

Mountain Biking
You can access amazing, rugged mountain biking trails straight from the lodge. Contact us directly for our favorite routes.

Whether you’re hunting game, angling for fish, or on the lookout for fall colors, you’ll discover the thrill of the chase at Lochsa Lodge. 

Is there a more beautiful spot to cast a line? Anglers flock to the Lochsa for trout, mountain whitefish, and even salmon and steelhead. Ask us what’s biting and where. 

There’s a good reason hunters have flocked to our part of the wilderness for a century — it’s big game country. Autumn offers one of your best shots at bagging elk, deer, and bear. 

Fall Colors
You don’t have to head back east to enjoy the changing of the seasons. Our proud, tall tamaracks (western larch) set the forest alight with golden hues.

Fishing on the Lochsa

The Lochsa River has a good population of Westslope Cutthroat trout along with some rainbows, a few bull trout and mountain whitefish. At times steelhead and Chinook Salmon can be found in the lower part of the river.