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Camping at Ohara Campground

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Overview of Ohara Campground

Ohara Campground is located within the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, which span central Idaho and offer a multitude of recreational opportunities, from fishing and hiking to exploring historical sites related to the Nez Perce tribe and early European settlers.

Location and Access

Ohara Campground is in a remote area, away from major cities, providing a serene experience for campers who enjoy nature. Before visiting, it is essential to check the route and ensure your vehicle can handle forest roads, which can sometimes be rugged.

Campsites and Amenities


  • Various sites that can accommodate tents and smaller trailer units.
  • Often nestled amongst trees and verdant surroundings.


  • Usually include basic facilities such as toilets and potable water.
  • Some sites may offer picnic tables and fire rings.


  • Fishing: Many streams and lakes in the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests are populated with different fish species, which can provide excellent fishing opportunities.
  • Hiking: There are numerous trails of varying difficulty levels for day hikes or extended backpacking trips.
  • Wildlife Viewing: The forests are inhabited by various wildlife species, from deer and elk to bears and wolves.
  • Historical Sites: The area is rich in history relating to the Nez Perce tribe and the westward expansion of settlers in the 19th century.

Reservations and Fees

  • Campsites at Ohara Campground may be available on a first-come-first-served basis or through a reservation system. It is critical to check current information.
  • Fees are typically charged for nightly stays, but rates and payment methods can vary, so checking the official Forest Service website or calling the local ranger district is essential.

Seasonal Access

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests have seasonal variations that can affect campground accessibility, with many sites only accessible during the summer and early fall months. It's essential to verify the operating season for Ohara Campground before planning your trip.

Regulations and Safety

  • Fire restrictions may be in place, especially during dry seasons.
  • Wildlife encounters, including bears, require proper food storage and disposal.
  • Check for updated regulations, such as stay limits and vehicle restrictions.

Contact Information

For the latest information, and to ensure the best possible camping experience, it is advisable to contact the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests' local ranger district or visit the official U.S. Forest Service website before heading to the Ohara Campground.

Note: This information is an overview and may not reflect the most current conditions or facilities at Ohara Campground. Always check with the appropriate Forest Service office for the latest updates.

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