Pierce, Idaho & Weippe, Idaho
Experience all that our area has to offer. The journey along Idaho's Highway 11 Gold Rush Historic Byway takes you from the crossing of the Clearwater River at Highway 12 in Greer, through the rolling wheat fields and camas prairies of Fraser and Weippe, into the wooded Gateway to the Clearwater National Forest Backcountry of Pierce. The scenery is breathtaking, with numerous hills, mountains, forests, valleys and rivers to delight any photographer. There are plenty of historic sites to experience, including the site where the starving Lewis and Clark Corp of Discovery met the Nez Perce Indians on the Camas prairie after crossing the Bitterroot Mountains. In addition, 10 miles north, you can visit the oldest town in Idaho - Pierce, a gold rush town which is home to the oldest courthouse in the state. For the outdoor enthusiasts, the area offers everything you could desire: big game hunting, fishing, hiking, ATV trails, downhill and cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and camping. So, take a moment to explore our site to view the numerous opportunities available. After that, drop us a line and we will mail you visitor information, which includes maps and sources for food and lodging during your stay. Then, head on up to the "Hilltop" and experience all the beauty, history and recreation for yourself...we know you will not be disappointed! And if you are like others who have stopped in, you will soon be looking for a way to stay.
Web site: www.Pierce-WeippeChamber.com
Events and Festivals
Camas Festival & Retreat to Weippe Fun Run
Held Memorial Day Weekend. Includes a 3-mile walk/run or a 10K run, live music, traditional craft demonstrations, historic reinactments, Native American storytelling and dance, parade, craft and food vendors, a horseshoe tournament and a melodrama. www.pierce-weippechamber.com/camas.html
Pierce Celebrates 1860 Days
Held in early August. Includes a pie and ice cream social, live music and dancing, 1860 Days Parade, an ATV fun run, a baseball tournament, kid's activities, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors and a horseshoe tournament. www.pierce-weippechamber.com/1860days.html
Wild Weippe Rodeo
Held in mid-August. Includes a cowboy breakfast, a parade, kid's events, rodeo, live music and dancing.
Pierce Holiday Arts & Crafts Bazaar
Held the Saturday before Thanksgiving. It's your holiday shopping jump-start!
Includes arts and craft vendors, a youth art contest, a merchant turkey giveaway, hourly door prizes and a soup and salad luncheon. Admission is free!
Festival of Trees
Held in early December. Includes a holiday decor auction, free snacks, free crafts for kids, musical entertainment and a visit from Santa.
Admission is free!
Hilltop Heritage Museum
Located in Weippe.
Historic Chinese Cemetary
Though the bones were exhumed and returned to China after the workers left, the cemetary remains as a reminder of the area's heritage.
J. Howard Bradbury Logging Museum
Located in Pierce. Contains a wide assortment of historical mining and logging artifacts from the area. Behind the Logging Museum in Pierce stands the first government building in Idaho - the Shoshone County Courthouse of 1862.
Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center at the Weippe Discovery Center
Contains numerous historical murals and a Living Lewis & Clark Landscape display. In addition, it houses the Weippe Library, Technology Center, a College Outreach Center, a Small Business Enhancement Center, a Conference/Meeting area with kitchen facilities, and public restrooms.
Our Lady of the Woodland Catholic Church
A log church from the late 1800's, which is still in use today.
On abandoned logging roads. 208.464.2379
Bald Mountain Ski Area
Operating since 1959 10 miles north of Pierce and is touted as “the best little ski hill in Idaho”. Offering excellent snow conditions and multiple downhill skiing runs from beginner to advanced, you are sure to not be disappointed. www.SkiBaldMountain.com
Clearwater National Forest
The Gold Rush Historic Highway 11 ends in Headquarters at milepost 42.5. By turning left onto USFS Road #247, you enter the Gateway to the Clearwater Backcountry and are taken to the North Fork of the Clearwater National Forest, with many camping, hiking, fishing and other recreational adventures. 208.476.4541
At Musselshell Nordic Ski Trails. Rentals available.
Deer Creek Reservoir
This 80-acre reservoir is located between Pierce and Headquarters on the Gold Rush Historic Highway 11. It is stocked with rainbow and cutthrout trout, and provides fishing opportunities for kids, families and avid anglers. The reservoir will be open all year to fishing, but because of wildlife related road restrictions, the access road will be open to motorized vehicles May 20-September 30 annually. Outside of those dates, anglers and other lake users will need to make a hike of about half a mile to reach the lake.
There are many places to fish near Pierce-Weippe including the North Fork of the Clearwater River, unlimited brook trout streams, Kelly Creek - "Blue Ribbon" Trout and Deer Creek Reservoir.
North Fork River canyon area is great for hiking.
Historic Lolo Trail
Includes the Nez Perce Historic Trail and the Lewis and Clark Historic Trail.
Lots of big game - elk, whitetail deer, cougar, black bear, moose, wild turkey and pheasant.
Along 300 miles of groomed trails. Rentals available.