Little Slate Creek Roadless Area

Little Slate Creek, Little Slate Creek North, North Fork Slate Creek, and John Day Click on the image to enlarge and zoom.

Little Slate Creek Roadless Area is 12,000 acres and located on the divide between the Salmon River and Slate Creek. The region is characterized by steep side slopes and draws where numerous Slate Creek tributaries furrow the landscape. Some flat benches at mid-elevations relieve sharp inclines. Elevation ranges from 2,100 feet where Slate Creek crosses the National Forest boundary to 7,370 feet just below Nut Basin, where a 2-acre lake of the same name lies rather unexpectedly, nurturing a large population of eastern brook trout. The area is almost completely forested with a majority of Douglas fir. The vegetation screen provides quality ungulate range in summer and winter. Consequently, the area is a popular hunting destination. Steelhead, Chinook summer salmon, and bull trout also thrive.

Little Slate Creek, FOC File Photo

Certain pockets invite solitude, such as the ominously named Deadhorse Creek, hidden in the interior and scenic points such as Slate Point, Dead Point, and Nut Point. Trail 307 that runs west to east is part of the old miners’ route to Florence, which is outside of the roadless area. Gold was discovered in Florence Basin in the summer of 1861 and by November there were 2,000 miners in the camp. However, the winter of 1861-62 was one of the coldest in Idaho history and Van Buren Creek—a key drainage—was named after a traveler who froze to death there. Besides trails and some grazing by domestic cattle (which conflicts with healthy fisheries), the landscape within the roadless area has maintained its natural integrity. Unfortunately, off-site intrusions are apparent from the hills and ridges, and ORV damage creates unnecessary stress on the land.


Other Roadless Areas

Clear Creek


Dixie Summit-Nut Hill

Eldorado Creek

Fish-Hungery Creek (North Lochsa Slope)

Gospel-Hump Additions

Grandmother Mountain

John Day

Kelly Creek (Great Burn)

Lick Point

Little Slate Creek

Little Slate Creek North

Lochsa Slope/Selway-Bitterroot Addition


Meadow Creek/Selway-Bitterroot Addition

Moose Mountain

North Fork Slate Creek

North Fork Spruce/Selway-Bitterroot Addition

O’Hara-Falls Creek

Pilot Knob (Silver Creek)

Pinchot Butte

Pot Mountain

Rackliff-Gedney/Selway-Bitterroot Addition

Selway-Bitterroot Additions

Siwash Creek

Sneakfoot Meadows/Selway-Bitterroot Addition

Upper North Fork

Weir Creek (Weir-Post Office)

Weitas Creek


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