An Overview of the Clearwater Basin, Idaho

Here, deep in the northern Rockies, lies the largest unprotected roadless area in the Lower 48. Home to vibrant populations of wild and native fish, including the inland Northwest’s most productive salmon and steelhead runs, this is a truly special place. At one time considered among the best elk hunting destinations in the nation, the Clearwater today is home to quality whitetail deer populations and still shelters elk herds that are finding a new balance in this challenged habitat with the reintroduction of wolves 16 years ago. Trout Unlimited wants to protect this intact habitat and work with local stakeholders to determine a quality future for this land and the people who live here.