The Forest Service is taking the risks presented by COVID-19 seriously and is following USDA and CDC public health guidance as we continue to offer services to the public. Visitors to our National Forests and Grasslands are urged to take the precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There are three official, government-wide sources of up-to-date information about the coronavirus:
The following information will also be useful for you as you consider a visit to the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests at this time.
All Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests developed recreation closures due to COVID-19 have been rescinded, effective June 18, 2020. All developed recreation sites are now subject to their regular opening / closing schedules, including seasonal availability, and some sites may be subject to other Forest Supervisor's orders now or in the future. Please contact your local ranger station for specifics about a certain site. Forest Supervisor's orders are posted here.
Campers at developed sites should bring their own potable water, as there were delays in getting potable water turned on at campgrounds this season. Infrastructure such as restrooms, picnic tables, etc. may not be cleaned between visitors; campers should come prepared with their own cleaning supplies. As with any visit to the forest, recreationalists should “Leave No Trace” and “Pack it In, Pack it Out.”
Please note that campgrounds no longer closed by Forest Supervisor's Order may still be inaccessible due to snow or other conditions. As always, be prepared and inquire about weather and other local conditions before planning a visit to your favorite campground.
All Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests offices are operating virtually until further notice. This means most employees are teleworking and we are no longer doing any business in person. To protect the health and safety of our employees and customers, we are not scheduling face-to-face meetings at our offices.
However, continuing our service to you during this time is very important. Our regular office receptionists are either operating with new phone numbers, or regularly calling in to check the voicemails at our offices. Please click here for the best way to reach your local ranger district. You may also submit an online inquiry here.
We appreciate your patience and understanding as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of the COVID-19.