Location: From St. Maries at the junction of Idaho 3 and Forest Hwy 50 (FS 50), east along the St. Joe River for 75 miles. At the junction with Road 218, FS 50 heads north (left) and climbs 14 miles to the Idaho-Montana border.
Length: 89 miles. Allow 2.5 to 3 hours one way.
Roadway:Two-lane paved road with numerous pull-outs and points of interest along the way.
When to see it: Year around from St. Maries to Avery (47 miles). The 42 miles from Avery to the Idaho border is usually open from May through November. During the winter, this section is a snowmobile route.
Special attractions: Falls Creek waterfall; Marble Creek historic site and picnic area; Avery Ranger Station; Avery Museum; Upper Landing Picnic area; Idaho Panhandle National Forest; St. Joe Wild and Scenic River; breathtaking scenery; blue ribbon fishery; white water rafting; and the Hiawatha Rails to Trails is near by.
Camping: Private facilities are available in and around St. Maries and Avery; Shadowy St. Joe Campground and Huckleberry Campground are located along the lower, slower moving St. Joe River; Pack Saddle; Turner Tin Can and Conrad Crossing campgrounds are upstream from Avery along the Wild and Scenic St. Joe; and numerous undeveloped campsites along the river
Services: Full services are available in St Maries and Avery, and partial services in Calder.
Whom to call:
St. Maries Chamber of Commerce
St. Joe Ranger District, St. Maries Office
Bureau of Land Management: www.blm.gov