Horseback & Bicycle Riding

Craig Mt. Recreation Area has several trails, that are good for any level of rider, both on horse/mule or on bike.  Call 1-866-546-7341 for more information or to request a map of the three trails.
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Winter Activities

Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing and ice skating are just a few of the winter activities you can enjoy in our region.  We have over 250 miles of groomed trails.  The  Winchester Lake Nordic Ski Trail offers beautiful views of the forested park and shimmering lake at Winchester State Park. This 2.5 miles of trail runs through flat and rolling terrain excellent for beginner and intermediate skiers. A one-mile marked but un-groomed section of the trail challenges intermediate and advanced skiers.  The Craig Mountain Area  features over 150 miles of trails that connect to the Winchester, Kueterville and Cottonwood. For more information about snowmobiling in this area please visit the Lewis-Clark Snow Drifters Snowmobile Club’s website....
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ATV Riding

Don’t be surprised when you come around a corner to find and you’re met by a group of 4-wheeling enthusiasts.  We have miles of backroads and trails to enjoy.  For more information, please contact us.
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Fishing & Hunting

The most popular activity at Winchester is fishing for rainbow trout, which are planted annually by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Fishing for bullhead, smallmouth bass, crappie, blue gill is also popular in this year round lake. Ice fishing is somewhat new to the area but has caught on with small ice houses showing up all over the lake. Beautiful blue sky, and cold air makes for a very enjoyable day. In September we host our annual fishing derby.  It is great fun and there are lots of prizes donated by local merchants The lake provides excellent nutrients and supports large populations of all these species. Small boats are allowed; gasoline engines are not. Winchester Lake State Park Website  |  Email  |  Phone:  (208) 924-7563  |  Address:  1786 Forest Rd., Winchester, ID  83555 Soldiers Meadows is a 240 acre man-made lake. Fish for trout, kokanee salmon & crappie. Motors may be used, but only at a trolling speed. Several streams nearby with rainbow & brook. The Idaho Fish & Game own 65,000 acres surrounding the property. Big game includes elk, whitetail & mule deer. Wild turkey are plentiful, along with blue and ruffed grouse. Boat ramp. Motor boating, camping, picnicking, fishing, and swimming. Soldiers Meadows Lake Website  |  Directions:  From Lewiston Orchards, go south 5 miles on Tammany Creek Road, then continue south another 14 miles on Waha Road, past the lake, and turning east on Soldiers Meadow Road. The Camas Prairie’s location is a great advantage, being close to all types of recreation. In less than an hour drive, and in many instances, within a half hour, you can be on the shores of two of the best Steelhead and Salmon fishing rivers in the Pacific Northwest, the Salmon river to the south the famous Clearwater River to the north. The Camas Prairie has the Salmon river on the south hand the famous Clearwater River to the north, the Prairie that lies between is home to record book white tail deer and elk hunting.  Click here for more...
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Historical / Museums

The Historical Museum at St. Gertrude houses a treasure of artifacts showcasing the history of north central Idaho. View special exhibits, including the story of the Benedictine Sisters, the Nez Perce people, Polly Bemis and Buckskin Bill. Discover the Rhoades Emmanuel Gallery – a collection of rare, exquisite Asian and European artifacts dating to the 14th century. Historical Museum at St. Gertrude’s Monastery Website  | Email  |  Phone:  (208) 962.2050  |  Address:  465 Keuterville Road, Cottonwood, Idaho Winchester has a great history, from a frontier town, to logging community, to a hidden recreation area for all season. The Museum of Winchester History is open Monday & Fridays all year, plus special events. 10am to12 noon, If just passing through try the phone numbers, and a historian will be glad to arrange a tour. Museum of Winchester History Webpage | Email | Phone: (208) 924-5946 | Address: 500 McBeth, Winchester, Idaho   ILO Vollmer Historical Society Phone: (208) 924-5484 | Address: 109 E. Main, Craigmont, Idaho Ilo/Vollmer Historical Society in Craigmont is open every Wednesday.  It is located in Craigmont City Hall Building.  Take the 95 Bus. Loop through Craigmont and it will take you right to the Historical Society and City Park.  The Historical Society has members who love to do research, so if you need any help finding relatives, just give them a call at (208) 924-5474....
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Wildlife Viewing

Located near Winchester, Idaho you will find the Wolf Education and Research Center.  They are dedicated to providing public education and scientific research concerning the gray wolf and its habitat in the Northern Rocky Mountains.  Click here for more information. Just a few miles from Winchester, you will find the Craig Mountain Wildlife Area.  Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep were reintroduced to the area in 1983 and have since flourished into a healthy population. Seventeen bighorns were captured near Dubois, Wyoming and released in the Snake River segment. Dedicated bird watchers can enjoy sighting many bird species including yellow warbler, blacked-capped chickadee and pileated woodpecker, pigmy nuthatch, flammulated owl, and white-headed woodpecker. The entire area is open to non-motorized travel year-round and hikers, horseback riders, mountain bikers, and cross-country skiers are welcome to traverse all the interior roads otherwise closed to motorized vehicles. Lawyers Canyon along Lawyers Creek in the middle of the Camas Prairie was named for a Nez Perce Indian. Hallalhotsoot was nicknamed Lawyer by area mountain men because of his shrewd mind and combative nature. Two movies have been made near here: “Told in the Hills” in 1919 and “Breakheart Pass”, in 1979. Hwy. 95 once wound through the canyon but has since been replaced by a newer road on the top of the prairie.  Lawyers Canyon has a small camping area, and in the spring has excellent fishing in Lawyers Creek. It is a quiet place, no through traffic.  Contact us for more...
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Camping

You can RV, tent or yurt camp at Winchester Lake State Park Campground.  Click here for online reservations, or call the park at 208-924-7563. You can still take your chance on finding an empty site, of course. The forested campground has a modern shower house and a nearby...
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