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Obia Creek is the answer for Number 503 of Orofino History Trivia a special feature to celebrate the history and heritage of Clearwater Country.

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Monday: People grazed sheep there.

Tuesday: Open to the public

Wednesday: Some people fish there.

Thursday: There are two different stories about its name.

Friday: There were elk in one story.

Saturday: There was also a Russian in that story.

Monday: There are miners in the other story.

Tuesday: Some people go with a rod and reel

Wednesday: Near Musselshell

Thursday: In Idaho County

Thursday: A creek

Obia Creek is located near Musselshell in Idaho County. It is touted as a great place to fish whether anglers are fly fishing, bait casting or spinning. It is open to the public fishing, though people need to check regulations with Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Sheep used to graze in the area.

According to The Clearwater Story: A History of the Clearwater National Forest, there are two stories about how it got its name. One is about two men, one a Russian, who were hunting for elk. The Russian called out 'I got obia', meaning 'I got two'. The other is that it was named by miners. Ralph Space, author of the book, thinks the second is more likely because early miners named almost all the large streams in the area and there were no elk in that area until about 1924.

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