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Elk River Back Country Byway

This 57 mile adventure begins in Orofino, crosses the North Fork of the Clearwater River, passes through the rustic community of Elk River, and ends up in Bovill, Idaho. From Orofino the byway winds through forested hills on its way to Dworshak Reservoir. The large reservoir formed by the waters of the North Fork of the Clearwater is a boating and camping paradise with miles and miles of shoreline.

To cross the reservoir travelers need to pass over the elegant Dent Bridge, named after homesteaders Charles and Katherine Dent who settle on the North Fork of the Clearwater in 1895. The 1,550-foot long bridge has been named one of the 18 most beautiful structures in America.

Further up the byway there's another historic reservoir. The Elk Creek Reservoir dates back to 1919 when Potlatch built a dam on Elk Creek to create a "millpond" to store logs for the sawmill in Elk River. The reservoir is well known for its fishing and the wildlife that frequent the area.