Clearwater Corridor Natural Resources Conservation Area

Clearwater Corridor - view of the stream
The Commission on Old Growth Alternatives for Washington's Forest Trust Lands (1989) recommended preservation of this remnant forest type. The 2,323-acre conservation area includes a mature coastal forest of Sitka spruce, western hemlock, red alder and bigleaf maple, riparian habitat along the Snahapish and Clearwater Rivers, and important elk habitat. 
Features Protected: Coastal forest and riparian habitat
Ecoregion:  Northwest Coast (Jefferson County) 

Science, Research and Monitoring

Public and private universities, other research institutions and individual researchers may contact DNR to propose a research project at the site. If you are interested in pursuing research at Clearwater Corridor NRCA, please contact David Wilderman, natural areas ecologist, at  

Environmental Education and Public Access clear stream water flowing between the rocks

Currently no formal educational programs are available at Clearwater Corridor NRCA.
Low-impact Recreation Sites
Upper Clearwater Campground
Upper Clearwater Campground, near the Clearwater River, features six campsites in a secluded forest setting. Campground includes vault toilets.
Recreation alert: Expect possible delays and use caution on forest roads due to timber harvest activities nearby. 
  • Dogs allowed on leash. 
  • Garbage service is not provided. Pack out what you pack in. 
  • Campground is first come, first served.
  • Enjoy campfires in approved fire pits in designated campgrounds only. Check for burn bans.
  • Don't Move Firewood: Help protect Pacific Northwest forests by preventing the spread of invasive species. Firewood can carry insects and diseases that can threaten the health of our western forests. Please purchase firewood near your campsite. Find more information here.

Directions to the Site

From the intersection of Highway 101 and Clearwater Road, travel north on Clearwater Road (on the Hoh Mainline/Snahapish Mainline) to Upper Clearwater Road; just after Snahapish River, turn right and travel about 3 miles on the C3000 Road.
A Washington State Discover Pass is required for parking at this site. This funding helps DNR manage these important natural areas across the state.