Pine Bar lies along the Lower Salmon River, surrounded by semi-arid mountain peaks. It is a frequent put-in spot for floating the Lower Salmon River via raft, kayak, jet boat, or power boat. Visitors participate in other recreational activities here such as camping, fishing, and picnicking. Several large beaches provide perfect swimming opportunities.
Along the way, stop at Weis Rockshelter, an archaeological site that was inhabited by Nez Perce people for more than 8,000 years. It is named for the amateur archaeologists who excavated and then backfilled it in 1962. The artifacts they unearthed are stored at the University of Idaho. The site is about 8 miles south of Cottonwood, along the Graves Creek Road, 7 miles west and south of Hwy 95. Continue another 5 miles to reach Pine Bar.