Take A Daytrip To Elk River Idaho!

Just 37 Beautiful Miles From Orofino

A Little History on Elk River Idaho:

Elk River was first homesteaded in 1897 by Willard Trumbull. In 1909 his homestead was purchased by the Potlatch Lumber Company, and the first electric saw mill in the country was started in 1910. The name of fast growing town changed from Trumbull to Elk River at this time. The railroad was extended into Elk River from Bovill. By 1912 Elk River was prosperous with about 40 operating businesses, a new school, waterworks system, graded streets, electricity, board sidewalks and a hospital. In 1927 a newer bigger sawmill was built in Lewiston, Idaho and the town started to suffer. By April of 1932 the saw mill closed, and the following year the planner mill had closed.

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Dent Bridge:
(15.2 Miles out of Orofino Idaho
The Dent Bridge is a suspension bridge in the northwest United States, located in north central Idaho in Clearwater County, north of Orofino. It is 17 miles up the North Fork of the former Clearwater River, now the Dworshak Reservoir.
Height: 140′
Clearance below: 40′
Construction started: 1969
Total length: 1,542′
This is a fun daytrip from Orofino to not only show you Dworshak Reservoir… but this beautiful bridge!

Giant Cedar Grove Trailhead
(Upper Basin Road to trail 748 follow signs)
Just 30 minutes north of the sweet little town of Elk River, Idaho, the Giant Cedar Grove Trailhead marks the start of the paved and accessible Giant Red Cedar National Recreation Trail (Trail 748). Hikers can see the “Champion Tree of Idaho,” more than 18′ in diameter along with many groves of old growth cedar trees. Affectionately named the “Champion Tree” or “King Tree,” there is a giant Cedar here that is over 3,000 years old. To put it into perspective, this tree was already 500 years old when the Egyptians were still building pyramids in Giza.
It’s also over 18 feet wide and 177 feet tall.

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Elk Creek Falls:

Elk Creek Falls is a 2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Elk River, Idaho that features three spectacular waterfalls, Upper, Middle and Lower! The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
Elk River Falls (both upper, middle and lower) are well worth a visit before the summer heat takes over, and the grove is also home to thousands of 500-year old giant cedars as well.

Shattuck Brewery:

(52106 Hwy 8, Elk River | https://www.shattuckbrewery.com/)

Set above a 10 million acre aquifer that provides some of the coldest and purest water in the entire state, Shattuck Brewery sits nestled among trees and mountains near the town of Elk River, Idaho. Owner and brewmaster Nate Schwartz brews on a custom 10 bbl system and creates ales in the true Northwest fashion. Locally sourced ingredients, bold flavors, clean water, and emphasis on an ever-evolving line of seasonal and rotational beers that keep the beer lover in all of us trying new flavors and wanting more.
Shattuck Brewery is synonymous with incredible Idaho craft beer. Brewed with love, skill, and inspiration.
Owner and Brewmeistro Nate Schwartz is no stranger to brewing incredible ales. His love for trying new flavors transfers over to his passion for creating new beers, which is why you’ll always find an ever-evolving lineup of Shattuck brewskies. His brewery is his playground and his joy is a testament to the beer.
Beer enthusiast, brewery operator, and COO Sam Schumacher have two goals in mind: First, to make sure the brewery succeeds in creating a remarkable beer. The second, to put that beer on display and make sure that your glass is never dry….ever!
Brewhand and representative Jesse Meyer-Gray will guide you through the vortex of beer with his smooth talk, love of laughter and passion for beer. By day he is Jesse…by night he is beer-slinger Jesse-the-Lion.
On behalf of everybody at Shattuck, we hope to see you at the brewery for a pint!

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Elk River Historical Society Museum:

Elk River Historical Museum has photos, news articles and memorabilia dating back to when Elk River was the Trumbell Homestead, which was turned into a hunting and fishing resort. The historical account of the area continues through the lumber era, when the first all-electric sawmill was built, up to the present time.

At this time, the museum is open on certain weekends, such as Elk River Days, but otherwise is only open upon request

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Shattuck Creek Outfitters:

(208)826-3373 | 49813 Hwy 8, Elk River | http://shattuckcreek.com/
FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED SINCE 1984. For 32 years they have taken pride in providing a great hunting experience to all hunters. They provide licensed, guided hunts for Elk, Deer, Moose, Bear, Cougar, Wolf and other predators. They monitor and track game movement in our region and invest time scouting before hunting season begins to ensure their hunts are successful. Looking for a guided hunt? You have found your match!

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Elk Butte Lookout:

First used as a camp lookout in 1912, a platform tower and log cabin were built in 1918. The cabin was burned by hunters, and replaced in 1926 (this cabin is still there). A 30′ wooden tower with live-in cab was built in 1933. An army-surplus 80′ steel tower, with the original cab from the 1933 tower at the 30′ level, was built in 1948. It had been staffed into the 1990’s, and is presently on emergency status. The tower is listed on the National Historic Lookout Register.

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Eat In Elk River

Elk Butte Log Inn

Toms Tavern

Elk River Lodge and General Store


Stay In Elk River

Elk River Lodge and General Store

Red Barn Rentals

Elk River Outback Condos

  • 208-826-3405   |   201 S 1st St, Elk River

Whispering Pines RV Park

  • 208-826-3333   |   35233 Dent Bridge Rd

Recreation District Campgrounds

Need More Information?  Contact the Orofino Chamber Of Commerce at
208-476-4335 or director@orofino.com
and we will point you in the right direction!