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U.S. Forest Service

Northern Region Viewing Area


Musselshell Meadows. Musselshell Meadows. Photo by Jim Mital.

camas in Musselshell Meadows. Camas in Musselshell Meadows. Photo by Jim Mital.

Close-up camas. Close-up of camas (Camassia quamash). Photo by Jim Mital.

false hellebore. False hellebore (Veratrum californicum). Photo by Jim Mital.

Close-up false hellebore. Close-up of false hellebore (Veratrum californicum). Photo by Jim Mital.

Musselshell Meadow

Forest: Clearwater National Forest

Description: This site presents a rare mix of mesic to wet meadow habitats surrounded by dense coniferous forest. The willow-lined Musselshell Creek flows through boggy meadows and past an old mill pond. The area has a wide diversity of wildlife, including deer, moose, elk, wolf, geese, ducks, etc. especially in spring and summer. This site has a Watchable Wildlife nature trail near the mill pond.

The meadows were, and still are, an important gathering ground for the native Nez Perce people. Camas (Camassia quamash) root was particularly prized by the Nez Perce. This location is near the site where William Clark of the Corps of Discovery encountered young Nez Perce boys who led them to their camp after their arduous crossing of the Bitterroot Mountains in September 1805.

Safety First: Road 100 is not maintained during the winter. Always be prepared for inclement weather. Bring appropriate clothing and footwear.

Directions: From the junction of Forest Service Roads 100 and 500 (24 miles from Kamiah) continue 6 miles on Road 100 to Musselshell Meadows.

Ownership and Management: U.S. Forest Service, Clearwater National Forest, Lochsa Ranger District, (208) 926-4274.

Closest Town: Weippe and Pierce, Idaho.