The St. Joe River

A True Idaho Gem

The St. Joe River is a blue ribbon West-slope cutthroat trout fishery and free-stone river in Northern Idaho


The St. Joe is located on the fringe of the beautiful St. Joe National Forest as the river's unimpeded flows run out of the Bitterroot mountains and into pristine Lake Coeur d'Alene (One of “1000 Places to See before you Die” by Shultz).  It is easily accessible from Coeur d'Alene, Spokane, Pullman, WA and Moscow, ID.

Biology and Ecology

Opportunities for unique and pure fly fishing experiences are abundant as gin clear water runs along the wild Idaho temperate conifer forests, creating deep turquoise pools and runs which makes for perfect cutthroat habitat.  The St Joe is unique in that it is considered to be the highest navigable water in the US by the coast guard.  Few rivers in the west are home to native populations of fish!  The Joe holds native west slope cutthroat only found in the inland Pacific Northwest.  


We primarily fish on the St. Joe spring through fall, though fishing is possible all year depending on conditions and your threshold for adventure.

White Pine Outfitters holds one of two permits to professionally guide trips on the St. Joe River from Avery to St. Joe City, the premier stretch for float fishing.   *Permit #19367.

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