Kirkwood Ranch

Wallowa Whitman National Forest, Near Lucile, Idaho

Kirkwood Ranch does not offer reservations through Please take a look at the area details below for more information about visiting this location. Enjoy your visit!


The Kirkwood Historic Ranch is an area rich in river history from early Native American occupation to pioneer ranching life. This very popular site is accessible by boat via the Snake River, or by hiking the Snake River National Recreation Trail which begins at Pittsburg Landing, approximately 6 miles down river. The historic ranch offers a taste of canyon life in the 1930s with the original ranch house, bunk houses and other out-buildings. As in the past, the cool green lawn and nearby stream offer summer time visitors a welcome rest.

Visitors are welcome to stop at the museum (Temporarily Closed) and learn about ranching life in the canyon. Displays in the log bunkhouse also contain prehistoric artifacts and interpret early Native American occupation in the canyon. A short 3/4 mile hike up Kirkwood Creek takes visitors to the Carter Mansion. It is a vertical log house built in 1920 by Dick Carter, a canyon resident who made his money manufacturing and selling moonshine during the Prohibition era.