Visit Clearwater Battlefield

In the weeks following the battle at White Bird Canyon, General Oliver O. Howard pursued the Nez Perce across the reservation. On July 11, 1877, General Howard crossed the South Fork of the Clearwater above the Nez Perce camp hoping to take it by surprise. Following a two-day battle, Howard captured the Nez Perce camp while the Nez Perce retreated north to Kamiah and began to head east over the Lolo Trail into western Montana.

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


Getting to Clearwater Battlefield

A historical marker with information about the Battle of the Clearwater is located on Highway 13, approximately 2 miles south of Stites, Idaho.


  • Latitude/Longitude:
    46°4'34.53"N 115°58'31.02"W

Driving to Clearwater Battlefield

Following Idaho State Highway 13 East out of Grangevile for 21.2 miles. On the west side of the highway there is a turnout with a historical marker designating the Clearwater Battlefield.

Things to Do at Clearwater Battlefield

Explore the Site

The Clearwater Battlefield on Battle Ridge is now privately owned and is not accessible to the public. A historical marker at the highway pullout provides information about the battle.

Nearby Amenities

Clearwater Battlefield is located approximately 70 miles east 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 Clearwater Battlefield.

A grassy hillside filled with rocks.

Clearwater Battlefield History

Following a two-day battle from July 11 to July 12 of 1877, the Nez Perce were able to escape from Gen. Oliver O. Howard's surprise attack.

Last updated: February 4, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Nez Perce National Historical Park
39063 US Hwy 95

Lapwai, ID 83540-9715


(208) 843-7009

Contact Us