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Lewis County was established in 1911 with its county seat at Nezperce. The County was named for Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Most of the county is within the Nez Perce Indian Reservation. The county contains the northern portion of the Camas Prairie, an elevated prairie-like region of the middle Columbia basin, south of the Clearwater River. The Clearwater River forms the eastern boundary of Lewis County, just upstream of where the Lewis and Clark Expedition put their canoes in the water for the trip to the Pacific Ocean.
Lewis County is part of the great primitive area of Idaho where big game hunting is at its best. The nation's largest elk herd is located not far from here, and deer, bear, mountain lion, pheasant and grouse are plentiful.
The fishing here is awesome. The steelhead trout, measuring up to 45 inches in length, and the chinook salmon travel up the Clearwater to spawn. There are both fall and spring seasons for these beauties, whitefishing in the winter, and trout and bass fishing during the summer, giving anglers plenty of variety. With well-stocked creeks and mountain lakes an hour or two hike away, the Clearwater and its tributaries are considered some of the finest fishing streams in the country.