Forest Service seeks camp hosts in Clearwater country

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Campers who want to put the Treasure Valley’s heat in their rear-view mirror this summer might take a look at some of the cool campgrounds in Idaho’s Clearwater Country that need hosts.

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests put out the word that it is looking for hosts for campgrounds along the Selway and South Fork of the Clearwater rivers and even near famed trout stream Kelly Creek. Yup, Kelly Creek.

The most important job of a campground host is to help the public.  Hosts are expected to assist visitors with information about the campground and local recreation opportunities.  They also clean and stock restrooms, clean fire rings and pick-up litter, mow and clear weeds at campsites and on roadways, stain picnic tables, check that campers pay fees and post reservation signs at campsites.

Here are some of the positions:

North Fork Ranger District:

-    Kelly Forks Campground:  Located at the confluence of Kelly Creek and the North Fork of the Clearwater River, this 15 site campground provides basic campground amenities including water. This would be a great place to spend the summer.

-    Washington Creek Campground:  Located along the North Fork of the Clearwater River, this 23 site campground provides basic campground amenities including water.

Hosts are needed from mid-to-late May through Labor Day, with a weekly schedule of Thursday – Sunday.  Volunteers must provide their own self-contained trailer.  The Forest Service will provide a free RV campsite, water, propane, and a subsistence allowance.  If you are interested in these positions, contact Adam McClory at (208) 875-1734 as soon as possible.

Salmon River Ranger District:

-  South Fork & Castle Creek Campgrounds:  Located along the South Fork of the Clearwater River, these two  campgrounds are adjacent to one another and are staffed with 1 campground host stationed at South Fork Campgound.

Hosts will be needed from June – September, with a weekly schedule of Thursday –Monday, including holidays.  Volunteers must provide their own self-contained trailer. The Forest Service will provide a free RV campsite, water and sewer hookups, propane, gas to power a generator, mileage reimbursement for miles driven in performance of duties at the campground and a subsistence allowance. If you are interested in this position, contact Jeremy Harris at (208) 839-2109 as soon as possible.

Moose Creek Ranger District:

-  O’Hara Campground:  Located within the Wild and Scenic Selway River corridor, 5 miles south of Lowell,  just off U.S.  12.  This site has 31 campsites nestled within large cedar trees.  This would be another one of my favorites.

Hosts will be needed from May 9 – Labor Day, with a weekly schedule of Thursday through Monday, including holidays.  Volunteers must provide their own self-contained trailer. The Forest Service will provide a free RV campsite, water and sewer hookups, propane, gas to power a generator, mileage reimbursement for miles driven in performance of duties at the campground and a subsistence allowance.  If you are interested in this position, contact Heather Berg at (208) 926-6404 as soon as possible.

Photo of a campsite along the Selway River by Pete Zimowsky/Idaho Statesman

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