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.



UPDATE:  9-11-2015 - Effective Friday morning, September 11, 2015, at 12:01 a.m. the Stage 1 Fire Restrictions on the Boise and Payette National Forests are terminated.

For information about ongoing wildland fire activity, go to




Go to: to make reservations for campgrounds and cabins. 

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




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





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:


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) Open to Visitor Danskin OHV Area Trails are open
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 Closed to Visitor In 2013, portions of Elk Creek Boat Ramp site received extreme storm damage. Portions of the parking area, both cement boat ramp and wooden docks were damaged. Temporary repairs were completed, which has allowed public access to continue using the site. A contractor and Forest Staff are scheduled to begin repair on September 9, 2015 and end approximately October 19, 2015. The repair will consist of removal of damaged facilities, and pouring of new ramp, dock anchors and abutment. Once the work is completed, additional time is needed to allow for curing of the concrete.
Evans Creek Campground    Day Use only.
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.