Description for the Clearwater River, North Fork (Lower)This section covers the one mile of river from the outflow of Dworshak Dam to its entry into the main Clearwater.
The North Fork of the Clearwater flows 135 miles from the Bitterroot Mountains to the main Clearwater. The river is dammed by Dworshak Dam near Ahsahka. The upper portion of the North Fork above Dworshak Dam is a blue ribbon trout stream. This premier fly fishing site has an abundance of westslope cutthroat. The North Fork has several tributaries, most notably Kelly creek and Skull creek. The short stretch below the dam that enters the main Clearwater receives steelhead and salmon annually. Due to the river's small size these fish become highly concentrated during the peak of their run.