Originally Posted by Ever_Cat
I have only been to the Lochsa in June many years ago so my memory of campsites has faded and it is a very different river in June than it will be in a couple of weeks. The St. Joe is a great suggestion. I will do some research on this. Thanks.
There are some small 2-track turnoffs from the highway that go down to the Lochsa where you can primitive camp...very sporadic, just pick one. Some are a mile apart, some are 5-6 miles apart, kind of depends on the terrain. There are also a few forest roads north of the highway that I haven't explored, but I know people camp there. May be busier with hunting camps.
Also spend a few hours at Weir hot springs, north side of the road at about mile marker 142. Jerry Johnson hot springs (at the Warm Springs pack bridge, not the Jerry Johnson campground) is nice but not as nice as Weir. Lolo Hot Springs is more commercialized, but also very nice.
The Lochsa and St. Joe are parallel drainages, separated by about 100 miles north to south. You could connect through Lewiston-Moscow-St. Maries on the west side and St. Regis-Missoula-Lolo on the west side and make a killer loop.
I know exactly zero about fishing, but let me know if you need any more help with roads/directions. haha
This is what the Lochsa looks like in October: