The closest beach to the resort is about 100 yards upstream. Walk carefully along the highway and you’ll see a path through the blackberry bushes that leads to a gravelly beach with marginal swimming. One mile downstream is “Old Number One” that is found where there is a paved turn-out on the highway and a concrete outhouse. This is a very nice beach with good swimming area. Going upstream, proceed to either Three Devils or Wild Goose, both of which are Forest Service areas with outhouses and picnic tables. Each has superb beaches, especially Wild Goose that has a giant beach and large swimming hole.
Little Smith Creek
Depart from the parking lot of the Café and walk along the highway going west about 200 yards. Turn right on Little Smith Creek Road and walk through the hamlet of Syringa. After about 300 yards the road ends at a Forest Service gate. Continue past this and you can hike for miles. After another 250 yards you’ll pass an old Forest Service building that was used for tree-planting activities. Another 100 yards you’ll cross the creek – a cool place to play with children on hot days. Another few hundred yards you’ll come to a fork in the trail. The right fork gets rather brushy and follows the creek.
Lochsa Historical Ranger Station
At approximately milepost 116 you’ll see a sign and parking lot on your left. This is worth a stop to learn about the local history of the Forest Service in the area.
Lewis and Clark Trail
Lewis and Clark traveled within a few miles of the River Dance Lodge in the fall of 1805 and early summer of 1806 on the Nez Perce Trail, also known as the Lolo Trail. If you're a Lewis and Clark history buff, this is the ideal Lewis and Clark Trail resort base from which to explore. You can drive to the Lolo Motorway and hike to several of the sites recorded in the journals of Lewis and Clark. Spring and summer is alive with wildflowers and spectacular vistas of scenes that have changed little in the last 200 years.
The town of Grangeville
The county seat of Idaho County, largest county in the lower 48 states, Grangeville is small-town America at its best. 45 minutes from the River Dance Lodge, and a beautiful drive up the South Fork of the Clearwater, you'll find shopping, museums and more. In 1994 the remains of a Columbian Mammoth, a species that went extinct some 10-15,000 years ago, was discovered at nearby Tolo Lake. There is an excellent exhibit and replica of one of these impressive creatures located on Highway 95 just next to Grangeville.
The Historical Museum at St. Gertrude
This famous museum is about an hour from the River Dance Lodge and is one of the oldest and best museums in the state.