Recreation

New kind of raft for very fast water shaped like a triangle

The Boise National Forest is a land of steep mountains, fast rivers and dense forests making it a recreation destination any season of the year. From biking and hiking through lush green mountains and rolling arid landscapes, to snowboarding in cooler months and swimming or kayaking in the warmer ones, the Boise National Forest is the recreational choice for over 1.5 million outdoor enthusiasts every year.

 

2016 Spring Camping Conditions - Most Boise NF campgrounds will be open with full service on May 22.  Snow blocks access on many Forest roads.  Read about low elevation alternatives for your spring camping adventure!  Make Forest reservations at: www.recreation.gov.

 

REMINDER:  MOST OF THE BOISE NATIONAL FOREST HAS NO CELL PHONE COVERAGE. 

 

FIRE WATCH:

For information about 2015 wildland fires and the maps go to: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov.

 

RESERVATIONS:

Go to:  www.recreation.gov to make reservations for campgrounds and cabins. 

Look at "Find an Area" and check the District pages for updates regarding fall campground closures.

 

 

NEW HISTORIC AUTO TOUR:

Download the Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway Historic Auto Tour and take our tour from Boise to Stanley and back!

 

 

RECREATION HIGHLIGHTS:

 

SCENIC BYWAYS - If you’re interested in taking the scenic route, three Scenic Byways ramble through portions of the Boise National Forest offering unrivaled natural beauty and multiple recreation opportunities.

 

CABIN RENTALS - Rustic cabins and guard stations once used by Boise National Forest Rangers can be rented for overnight visits.  Each offers unparalleled scenic surroundings, numerous outdoor recreation opportunities and abundant wildlife viewing

 

WATER FUN - Water sports enthusiasts are not hurting for options on the Boise National Forest! With 9,600 miles of rivers and streams, and 15,000 acres of lakes and reservoirs, there is a wide variety of locations for swimming, boating and fishing.

 

View the Valley County Calendar and Take A Look Activity Guide of recreational activities to enjoy near Cascade Ranger District at:  www.pressinthepines.com.

 

Click on FIND AN AREA to search for information by District location.

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Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Castle Creek Campground    Overnight camping allowed, but the river bar on the west side of the campground is closed to overnight camping due to it being in the flood plain of Castle Creek. Restroom facilities are not available due to the structure being burned in the fire.
Danskin Floatboat Access    Day Use Only.
Danskin Mountain OHV Area Trail(s)    Weather and conditions permitting, the Danskin Trail System is normally open from April 11 to January 1.
Danskin Rest Area Boating Site    Day Use Only.
Dog Creek Campground - CLOSED Closed to Visitor Dog Creek Campground will not be open for the 2015 season due to the risk of mudslides from burned slopes.
Elk Creek Boat Ramp Open to Visitor Re-opened after repair work was completed on 10-20-2015.
Evans Creek Campground    Day Use only.
Grayback Campground and Group sites - reserve    Will be closed from May 9-15, 2016 for maintenance and planting projects. Site will reopen May 15, at 2 p.m.
Roaring River Trail (CLOSED) Closed to Visitor The Roaring River Trail system is currently closed.
Spillway Campground    Day Use Only.
Tailwaters Campground    Day Use only.
William H. Pogue Nat. Recreation Trail - CLOSED Closed to Visitor Trail is currently closed.
William Pogue National Recreation Trailhead Closed to Visitor Trailhead is currently closed.

Spotlights

Danskin Mountain OHV Area Trail(s)

Recreation - OHV Riding

Weather and conditions permitting, the Danskin Trail System is normally open from April 11 to January 1.  Check with the Mountain Home Ranger District for updates.  208-587-7961

The Danskin OHV Area Trails encompasse 60,000 acres and provide more than 150 miles of Off-Highway Motorcycle (OHM) and All-terrain Vehicle (ATV) trails in a mountainous, high desert setting.

Trails of varying difficulty from ""Easiest"" to ""Most Difficult"" occur within the area providing recreation opportunities for riders of all skill levels.

The area is composed of predominantly National Forest System land, but includes State of Idaho Endowment land and land administered by the Bureau of Land Management.

There are also several private land parcels within the area.  Motorized use is limited to OHMs and ATVs less than 50 inches wide on designated trails only.

 

There are three main sections of the Danskin Trail System and three main access trailheads named with 300, 400 and 500 numbers.

The Danskin #300 group is accessed at the Bender Creek Trailhead.  (Latitude 43.52809 / Longitude  -115.86913).

The Danskin #400 group is accessed at the Willow Creek Trailhead.   (Latitude 43.53598 / Longitude  -115.81146).

The Danskin #500 group is accessed at the Three Point Mountain Trailhead.  (Lattitude 43.49981 / Longitude  -115.92080).