Visit Camas Prairie

The rolling hills and plains of the Camas Prairie mark the heart of the Nez Perce Indian Reservation. Rich in resources, the prairie grasslands provided forage for horse herds and camas bulbs could be harvested in abundance. With the passage of the Allotment Act by Congress in the 1880s, the amount of land on the Camas Prairie held by nimí·pu· (Nez Perce) families would shrink. Much of the land was converted to agriculture.

This page provides the information you need to plan your visit.

 
A grassy hillside looking down at the lake below on a cloudy day.
A historical marker with information about the Camas Prairie is located on Highway 95, approximately 6 miles south of Grangeville, Idaho.

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Getting to Camas Prairie

A historical marker with information about the Camas Prairie is located on Highway 95, approximately 6 miles south of Grangeville, Idaho.

Location

  • Latitude/Longitude for Highway Pullout:
    45°52'32.68"N 116°13'42.72"W

Driving to Camas Prairie

From Grangeville, Idaho, head south on N College St toward W Main St. Then take a quick right turn at the 1st cross street onto W Main St. After 0.4 miles, turn left onto U.S. Highway 95 South. Continue onto U.S. Highway 95 South for 6.2 miles. The highway pullout will be on the right.

Things to Do at Camas Prairie

Explore the Site

Camas Prairie is a large area, mostly privately owned, that extends many miles between the Salmon and Clearwater drainages. On the highway pullout off of U.S. Highway 95, there is a historical marker that explains the Camas Prairie. Another park site, Tolo Lake, can also be seen in the distance from this pullout.

Nearby Amenities

Camas Prairie is located approximately 64 miles west of the Nez Perce National Historical Park's visitor center where further information is available.

In addition, the Idaho Department of Commerce has a trip planning website that will help you locate hotels, campgrounds, restaurants, and other amenities near Camas Prairie.

 
A grassy meadow on a cloudy day,

Learn more about Camas Prairie

Nez Perce gathered here in late summer and early fall to dig camas bulbs, a major food source for the Nez Perce.

Last updated: February 10, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Nez Perce National Historical Park
39063 US Hwy 95

Lapwai, ID 83540-9715

Phone:

(208) 843-7009

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