UPDATED NF Clearwater / Kelly Cr

Sean Visintainer - 06/22/21

Fly fishing the North Fork Clearwater River near the Black Canyon during summertime.

Update - Hoodoo Open

From the North Fork Range District Facebook Post: Hoodoo Pass is now OPEN. Black Canyon is still IMPASSABLE. Kelly Forks Office to remain closed.

Private landholders have plowed FSR #250. The north end of Road #250 is open from Superior, MT to its junction with FSR #255, about three miles south of The Cedars Campground. Forest users can reach Kelly Creek via FSR #255, Deception Saddle. Motorists should proceed with caution and expect increased traffic - and tight squeezes - in both directions. Road 250, Black Canyon, remains impassable due to major avalanches and rock slides. Hidden Creek Campground is not open or accessible.

The popular Kelly Forks Work Center Office/ "General Store" will not open this summer. Kelly Creek-vicinity campers are reminded to bring their own ice, snacks and potable water. Also, the work center's cell service booster is no longer operable. Visitors who require cell connectivity should think twice before planning their getaways. Be sure to contact the North Fork Ranger District Information Desk for updates on road, campground, and trail conditions - (208) 476-4541 or (208) 476-8288.

Hoodoo Pass: NOW OPEN

Black Canyon: Not passable for the ENTIRE year due to a massive slide(s).


This year anglers wanting to visit these fabled waters will have to get creative on when / where they choose to access the fisheries. Either planning on fishing above the Black Canyon, or taking the longer routes and going over to Kelly Creek via Deception Saddle or up from Pierce.

North Fork Ranger District Facebook (More slide photos):

North Fork Clearwater River Flows:

North Fork Clearwater Black Canyon Slide