The Boise National Forest is located in central Idaho.
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Title - Boise National Forest

Cascade RD - View of Cascade Lake

 

The Boise National Forest’s vast landscape spans over 2.5 million acres of diverse forest and grassland.  Located northeast of Idaho’s capital city of Boise, recreationists can explore the North Fork Payette River Canyon at 2,800 feet in elevation to the nearly 10,000 foot peak of Trinity Mountain.  Whether you choose to explore any of more than 500 trails, or cool off in one of over 250 lakes and reservoirs, the Boise National Forest is truly an outdoor enthusiast’s dream!

 

ATLANTA HIGHWAY DISTRICT - NEWS RELEASE - Forest Road 268 - Middle Fork of the Boise River to Atlanta, ID - Closed Until Further Notice - MAP.

ROADS CLOSED DUE TO ROAD DAMAGE AND WASHOUTS:  VIEW NEWS RELEASE

 

FOR THE MOST CURRENT FIRE INFORMATION GO TO:   INCIWEB.NWCG.GOV

Currently there are no fire restrictions within the Boise National Forest.  View Termination Order.

Area Closure News:  

UPDATE: Closure Area Reduced for Elk & Pony Complex Fires Effective November 7.  VIEW THE NEWS RELEASE and new maps.  

 

 Watch Videos of Boise NF!

Watch Videos of Special Places to Visit! 

Visit the Idaho City RD

Visit the Emmett RD

Visit the Emmett RD - Middle Fork Payette River

Visit the Lowman RD- Deadwood Lookout & Campgrounds

Visit the Lowman RD - Kirkham and Bull Trout Campgrounds

Visit the Cascade RD

 

Road Tripping with MP3

 

Download the Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway Historic Auto Tour to your MP3 player today!

 

   

Recreation

View Each Ranger District For More Information About Recreational Opportunities 

 

Visit a high mountain lake

 

 

The Boise National Forest has 5 Ranger Districts, the Supervisor's Office, Lucky Peak Nursery and a Guard Station in Garden Valley and High Valley.

 

Cascade RD -   Areas of interest:  Highway 55 and 22, Cascade Reservoir, Warm Lake, Johnson Creek, Landmark, Cascade, Yellowpine       

Emmett RD -  Areas of interest:  Highway 17, Sage Hen Reservoir, Middle and South Fork Payette River, Crouch, Garden Valley        

Idaho City RD - Areas of interest:  Highway 21, Mores Creek, Granite Ck, Banner Ridge, Middle Fk Boise River, Barber Flats, Idaho City, Graham, Atlanta     

Lowman RD - Areas of interest:  Highway 21 and 17, Deadwood Reservoir, Scott Mountain, Bear Valley, Bull Trout Lake, Lowman, Travel to Stanley- 

Mountain Home RD - Areas of interest:  Highway 20, Anderson Ranch Res., Little Camas Res., Lucky Peak Res., Shafer Butte, Trinities Rec. Area.

Lucky Peak Nursery - Established in 1959, the Lucky Peak Nursery grows trees, grasses and shrubs for National Forests in Southern Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Western Wyoming, Arizona, and New Mexico.

 

 Visit Idaho's Scenic Byways  - has great video of Idaho's special byways.  

Also check out  Idaho Public Television's - Idaho Scenic Byways

 

 

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Features

Idaho Greater Sage-Grouse

Sage-Grouse - cover page photo

Once seen in great numbers across the West, Greater Sage-Grouse have declined in number over the past century because of the loss of sagebrush habitats essential for their survival.  Because of a court-ordered settlement, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has until 2015 to make a final determination on listing the Greater Sage-Grouse under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).   State wildlife management agencies, along with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS), which administer most Federal lands are taking unprecedented steps to ensure the conservation of the Greater Sage-Grouse on public lands.  Proactively implementing the right policies and conservation measures now will reduce long-term regulatory burdens on stakeholders.  VIEW - FS - All about Greater-Sage-Grouse.


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Welcome to the USDA Forest Service’s “Find-a-Photo", Website - the NatureWatch, Wildlife, Fish, and Threatened and Endangered Species Program's Photograph Library. Find-a-Photo allows you to access thousands of copyright free wildlife, fish, wildflower and environmental education photographs, donated by Forest Service employees and our partners and volunteers. Check back often since new photographs are being added quite frequently. If you are a first-time user, we encourage you to use our new “Simple Search” feature that helps you quickly explore the category of photographs you are seeking.


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Spotlights

Celebrating Wildflowers all Summer!

Idaho State Flower - Syringa

What a special treat it is to gaze upon a meadow blanketed with colorful wildflowers! Or to find a perfect bloom underneath a towering tree while hiking a forest trail. 

Fire Management & Aviation

Boise Hotshots - Retardant Drop

The Boise National Forest includes over 2.5 million acres of diverse forest and grassland.  Every year, the Forest fire staff manages over 100 wildland fires within those acres.

 




The Lucky Peak Nursery Grows Seedlings for Reforestation Following Wildfires

Seedlings in the greenhouse

Each year the Lucky Peak Nursery will grow between 2 and 6 million seedlings and shrubs depending on reforestation demands.

Water – A Prime Reason for the Establishment of National Forests

Beautiful photo of a rainbow trout

The Boise National Forest offers over 7,600 miles of streams and rivers and more than 250 lakes and reservoirs that beckon water sports enthusiasts to raft, kayak, fish, sail, and water ski.



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