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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!



The Boise National Forest has published its Biennial Monitoring Evaluation Report

Biennial Monitoring Evaluation Report for Fiscal Years 2016-2017.

The Forest revised its Forest Plan monitoring program in 2016 to align with requirements of the 2012 Planning Rule, which is codified in 36 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 219.



For  information about wildfires and fire restrictions throughout Idaho visit:  


Fires in the Intermountain Region - InciWeb

The map below is produced by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group and is hosted on the National Fire Situational Awareness page, where users may access the map in a full browser view. Additional incident specific information may also be accessed at InciWeb.





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Pioneer Wildfire Recovery and Restoration

Updates and Information Regarding Timber Sales



Cascade RD - Fall Colors




View the Interactive Boise NF Closure Map to see all road closures by District.

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




Your Social Media Connections 

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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

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

Motorcycle Riders


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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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

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2019 Christmas Tree Permits

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Every Kid Outdoors - 4th Graders eligible for a special pass! Link opens in a new window

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Celebrate Bat Week - October 24-31, 2019 and visit: http://www.BatWeek.org Link opens in a Pdf Document

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

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 Fuels Treatments - Contact the Districts if you have additional questions Link opens in a new window

Rx Fire Photo

2019 FALL Prescribed Fire program completed -www.rxfire.com Link opens in a new window

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Sign up for Reconstruction Updates - Stolle Meadows Roadway Reconstruction Project Link opens in a new window

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10-2019 FS Retirees Newsletter Link opens in a Pdf Document

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2019 Scan QR codes or go to www.avenza.com and download app. Boise NF Motor Vehicle Use Maps can be downloaded to your mobile phone Link opens in a Pdf Document