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Clearwater County was established February 27, 1911, by the State of Idaho under the provisions of House Bill No. 2 of the Eleventh Session of the State of Idaho; Clearwater County was named for the Clearwater River whose name was translated from the Nez Perce term Koos-Koos-Kai-Kai, describing clear water. 

In 1805 Lewis and Clark followed an old Indian trail between the north and middle forks of the Clearwater River and met the Nez Perce near the present site of Weippe, Idaho.  Gold was first discovered by E.D. Pierce in 1860 and Pierce City and the oldest mining town in Idaho came into existence and was home to the first courthouse in Idaho.

Clearwater County was formed from Nez Perce County which was a part of Shoshone County from 1864 until 1904, when it then became established as a part of Nez Perce County from 1904 until 1911.  February 27, 2011 marked the 100th anniversary of the creation of Clearwater Count 

All county offices and the transfer station will be closed this
Monday, September 7, 2020 in observance of Labor Day.

Orofino Creek Bridge Update

Construction on the new Orofino Creek Bridge has been slightly delayed. To get back to schedule, LaRivierre will be working overtime and during the weekends. They are planning to be able to trim quite a bit of time by doing this.

During construction traffic will have to go around Harmony Heights Loop via the Deer Creek Road side.

The project is expected to last approximately 90-days. Motorists are encouraged to slow down and pay attention when traveling in this area. 

The County is striving to keep the public informed about the progress in a speedier manner. Your patience is appreciated, and we apologize for any inconvenience. 

If you have any questions, please contact Richard Kinder, HDR Engineering, Inc. at 208-631-9653 or the Road Department at 208-476-4813.


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