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Photo of wildflowers within Cascade District Photo of Middle Fork Payette River within Emmett Ranger District Aerial photo of Lucky Peak Nursery Photo of camping within Idaho City Ranger District Photo of Kayaker within Lowman Ranger District Photo of high mountain lake within Mountain Home Ranger District


Boise National Forest asks the public to please recreate responsibly.

Law enforcement and/or search and rescue operations may be limited due to COVID-19 issues. High-risk activities such as rock climbing, etc. or backcountry activities that increase your chance of injury or distress should be avoided. We also encourage you to follow public health guidelines regarding social distancing while you recreate in National Forests. For more information about how the Forest Service is responding to COVID-19, visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/about-agency/covid19-updates

National Forests in Idaho COVID-19 related closures only:




2020 List of Fall Campground Closures

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2020 LIST OF SPRING CAMPGROUND OPENING DATES   (Will be updated in spring of 2021)


Photo of Kayaker on South Fork Payette River




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!



Photo of wildfire and sunrise


Fire Information

Fire information for the Boise National Forest Fires and Fires all over the U.S. are posted at Inciweb.

INCIWEB-  Is the site that has wildland information, photos, updates and maps: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov.


For information about wildfires and fire RESTRICTIONS throughout Idaho visit: http://www.idahofireinfo.com/







Photo of a sign in wooded area warning of dangers


For all Boise National Forest Closures visit the interactive Closure Story Map:



Check before you go:   http://lb.511.idaho.gov/idlb/





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These official sites for information for the Boise National Forest.

Facebook:  U.S. Forest Service – Boise National Forest

Boise NF Twitter: @BoiseNF

Boise NF Website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/boise

InciWeb:  http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

Hunting information: https://idfg.idaho.gov/hunt

Idaho smoke information: https://idsmoke.blogspot.com/

Daily Idaho Satellite Smoke Analysis - https://arcg.is/1zfeqH

Fire Restrictions: https://www.idahofireinfo.com/p/fire-restrictions.html


 Watch Videos of Boise NF!


Watch Videos of Special Places to Visit!

(Some videos may be dated due to impacts of wildfires)


Visit the Mountain Home RD - Campgrounds in the Trinity Recreation Area.

Visit the Mountain Home RD - Campgrounds adjacent to Anderson Ranch Reservoir and along the South Fork Boise River

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 - Currently Kirkham Campground is DAY USE ONLY.   NO OVERNIGHT CAMPING.

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


Big Trinity Lake - Great blue colors and sky


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 - Featured areas:  State Highway 55 and Forest Highway 22, Cascade Reservoir, Warm Lake, Johnson Creek, Landmark, Cascade and Yellowpine.

Emmett RD - Featured areas:  Forest Highway 17, Sage Hen Reservoir, Middle and South Fork Payette River, Crouch and Garden Valley.

Idaho City RD - Featured areas:  State Highway 21, Mores Creek, Granite Ck, Banner Ridge, Middle Fk Boise River, Barber Flats, Idaho City, Graham and Atlanta.

Lowman RD - Featured areas:  State Highway 21 and Forest Highway 17, Deadwood Reservoir, Scott Mountain, Bear Valley, Bull Trout Lake, Lowman and a beautiful drive to Stanley, Idaho.

Mountain Home RD - Featured areas:  State Highway 20, Anderson Ranch Reservoir, Little Camas Reservoir, Arrowrock Reservoir, South Fork Boise River, Shafer Butte and Trinities Recreation Area.

Lucky Peak Nursery - Featured:  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


Forest Service Issues Final Environmental Impact Statement and Draft Records

Sage-Grouse - cover page photo

Forest Service Issues Final Environmental Impact Statement and Draft Records of Decision for Greater Sage-grouse Conservation


The Intermountain and Rocky Mountain Regions of the Forests Service incorporated standards and guidelines for the conservation of greater sage-grouse into forest plans in 2015. 

View the latest news about the Forest Service’s Greater Sage-Grouse conservation efforts.

The comments received have been summarized into a report.  View the REPORT.

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.

Also check out Current Seed Inventories from across the west.

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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.

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.


National Forest Foundation Video about our Treasured Landscapes

National Forest Foundation Photo

Watch this beautiful video about the national forests and grasslands.

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Watch your favorite Boise National Forest and USDA Forest Service videos on YouTube! Link opens in a new window

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For all Boise National Forest Closures visit the interactive Closure Story Map Link opens in a new window

Map of the Districts for employment outreaches

Recreation Opportunities by District AREA Link opens in a new window

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Southwest Idaho Interagency - STORY MAP - Call the districts if you have additional questions Link opens in a new window

Idaho Road Conditions

Idaho Road Conditions - Know before you go Link opens in a new window

Idaho Avalanche Safety Links

Boise and Payette Avalanche Advisory Center Link opens in a new window

Snowmobiling - Parks and Recreation Logo and photo

Your Guide to Snowmobiling Adventures in Southern Idaho

Bogus Basin Web Cams

Bogus Basin - ski area web cams Link opens in a new window

Cabin Rental 2 - Stolle

You may reserve your favorite cabin or campsite 6 months in advance at www.recreation.gov Link opens in a new window

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It's all yours! Video library from Boise NF and Forests around the Region! Learn about forest management, employment, recreation and much more..... Link opens in a new window