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Welcome to Adams County, Idaho

Adams County in the state of Idaho was established March 3, 1911 and named for America’s second president, John Adams. It is comprised of 1,376 square miles of mountains, forests, rivers, and high desert and is bordered on the west by Hells Canyon, North America’s deepest river gorge. Our county is home to approximately 4,000 residents and includes the communities of Bear, Council, Cuprum, Goodrich, Fruitvale, Indian Valley, Mesa, New Meadows and Pinehurst. Council, Idaho is the county seat and is known for being the meeting place of the Nez Perce and Shoshoni Indians.

Adams County is a great recreational area. Here you can camp, fish, hunt, hike, swim, horseback ride, and pick huckleberries. In the winter, there are plenty of activities such as snowmobiling, cross country skiing, snow shoeing and downhill skiing. We welcome you to Adams County!

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Adams County now offers viewing of recorded documents. To view those documents, please click this link.



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Adams County is using a comprehensive emergency alert and notification system powered by AlertSense.
The system allows us to send residents emergency alerts, severe weather warnings and community notifications that may personally affect you and the locations you care about. This service is provided free to our residents and is easy to sign up. Anyone in Adams County can register to receive these messages by signing up at this link;…

We urge all individuals and businesses to register to ensure that we can alert you in the event of an emergency. Sign up today and share the types of emergency alerts, severe weather warnings and community notifications that you would like to receive, as well as your contact information and preferences (eg: text message to your cell phone, email, call to your land line phone number). Registration is especially important for those who use a cellular phone or VoIP phone as their primary number, have an unlisted phone number, or who have changed their phone number or address within the past year.
In order to receive personally relevant alerts and notifications, enter your home or work address so that we can send geographically targeted messages. Any information you share will remain private and will only be used to deliver the emergency alerts and community notifications to which you subscribe.
AlertSense enables us to issue emergency alerts to warn citizens of events such as severe weather, fire, flooding, hazardous materials, need for immediate evacuation, civil danger, local area emergencies, and missing persons.
Emergency alerts sent from Adams County will come through with the following Caller ID displayed: 877-957-9563. If you would like to hear the last alert you received repeated, simply dial the Caller ID number back.





Adams County Sheriff’s Office is applying for a grant through the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation to make a purchase of a much-needed three quarter ton pickup for towing of equipment. Without the proper vehicle, utilizing Search and Rescue and Marine Deputies equipment such as jet skis, snowmobiles and boats become difficult. This in turn makes rescues on any Adams County waterways or remote area inaccessible and poses a safety risk for the public. Thank you, Idaho Department of Park and Rec, for the opportunity to apply for this grant to assist in making Adams County recreational areas a safe place to work and play. For additional information or comments and letters please contact Crissy at the Adams County Sheriffs Office. She can be reached at 208-253-4163 or

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