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In the north-central part of the state, Nez Perce National Forest was named for the Nez Perce Indians, whose ancestral lands once included this rugged area of 2,223,594 acres. The forest contains the Gospel-Hump Wilderness and portions of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, Hells Canyon Wilderness and Hells Canyon National Recreation Area. Portions of the forest are close to parts of Nez Perce National Historical Park.
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More than 150 miles of the Rapid, Salmon and Selway rivers and the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River are classified as wild and scenic rivers. Elk, moose, deer, cougars, mountain goats, bighorn sheep and bears inhabit the forest, while steelhead trout, white sturgeon and small-mouth bass can be found in the rivers and streams.
The historic Magruder Corridor Road (FR 468) is open to forest visitors July through October. The primitive road, rough but passable to two-wheel-drive, high-clearance vehicles, begins at the Red River Ranger Station and ends in Darby, Mont. The wilderness areas adjoining the route together form the largest tract of roadless land in the U.S. outside Alaska. Other roads, many unpaved, lead to such mining ghost towns as Dixie, Florence and Orogrande.
Ranger stations are located in Elk City, Grangeville, White Bird and near Kooskia. For information contact the Grangeville Office, Nez Perce National Forest, 104 Airport Rd., Grangeville, ID 83530; phone (208) 983-1950.
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