Great American Outdoors Act

A photo of 4 GAOA projects


The Boise National Forest is pleased to announce that they will begin working on nine projects using funding from the Great American Outdoors Act. The projects are the first round of infrastructure improvements to address deferred maintenance on the Forest while improving visitor experiences.


“Our highest priority when implementing the Great American Outdoors Act are those projects that reduce deferred maintenance, are ready to implement and provide the greatest immediate benefit to the public,” said Tawnya Brummett, Boise National Forest Supervisor. 


Signed into law in August 2020, the Great American Outdoors Act (document) provides funding that will enable federal land managers to take aggressive steps to address deferred maintenance and other infrastructure projects on national forests and grasslands through 2025.



2023 Proposed Boise NF Projects

Boise NF Managers have identified the need for improvements in 2023 at the following locations within the Boise National Forest. They welcome your ideas for additional projects and feedback on the 2023 proposed projects.


Please submit your feedback as soon as possible and no later than July 21, 2021, to


Payette River Corridor Deferred Maintenance Reduction and Recreation Management

Type: Developed Recreation Site

Description: Partnership between the BLM and US Forest Service to provide consistent management along the river corridor to improve boat launches and day use sites. This will improve visitor experience and continue to promote rural community economic development.


Bull Trout Campground Reconstruction

Type: Developed Recreation Site

Description: Increases visitor access and improves experience by renovating group sites, boat ramps, and campsite furniture along with installing vault toilets and constructing/reconstructing roads and spur roads.


Little Roaring River and Power Plant Campgrounds Site Furniture Replacement

Type: Developed Recreation Site

Description: Replaces 30 picnic tables, 30 fire rings and 30 utility tables at Little Roaring and Powerplant Campgrounds increasing accessibility and improving visitor experience.


Cascade District Wide Boat Dock Replacement

Type: Developed Recreation Site

Description: Replaces or repairs all docks and minor ramp improvements on the Cascade Ranger District, including Warm Lake, Campbell Creek, French Creek, and Rainbow Point to improve safety, enhance visitor experience and continued access to Cascade and Warm Lakes.


Shafer Butte Campground Water System Reconstruction and Site Improvements

Type: Developed Recreation Site and Water System Reconstruction

Description: Renovates, replaces and improves existing water systems, campsites, furniture and amenities to improve accessibility and visitor experience at this popular campground.


Lime Creek and South Fork Sand Creek Trail Bridge Replacements

Type: Trail Bridge

Description: Replace trail bridges at Lime Creek and South Fork Sand Creek on two high use trails, (Slickear Trail and South Fork Sand CreekTrail), to address safety concerns, increase access and improve visitor experience.


Roaring River Trail Deferred Maintenance

Type: Trail Improvement

Description: Reconstruct and reroute multiple sections of trail and bridges that were damaged by flooding to improve access and overall visitor experience.


Bridge 255-0.1 (Middle Fork Boise River) Bridge Replacement

Type: Road Improvement

Description: Replaces deficient bridge on the Roaring River Road over the Middle Fork of the Boise River with a prefabricated steel bridge improving visitor access and safety.




2022 Boise NF Projects

The following projects have been included in the President’s Budget for 2022 (not yet approved by Congress):


Sage Hen Recreation Area Reconstruction

Type: Developed recreation site improvements and reconstruction


Kirkham Developed Recreation Site Improvements (multi-year project)

Type: Developed recreation site improvements and reconstruction


Four Trail Bridge Replacements on the Yellow Jacket, Ten Mile Ridge, Silver Creek Summit and Horse Haven Trails

Type: Trail Improvement




2021 Boise NF Projects

Yellow Jacket, Ten Mile Ridge and Silver Creek Summit Trail Maintenance  

Scriver Creek Priority Bridge Replacement

East Fork Burnt Log Creek Priority Bridge Replacement

Boundary Creek -Dagger Falls Road Improvements

Central Idaho Wilderness Complex Priority Area Trails Maintenance.

Edna Creek Campground Redesign and Improvements

Toilet Replacements at Buck Mountain, Penny Springs, and Trout Creek Campgrounds

Idaho City Compound Water System Reconstruction

Third Fork Project Camp and Recreation Rental Cabin Water System Reconstruction




Each year Forests submit projects for consideration using the following criteria: 

Reducing deferred maintenance

Promoting management of America’s forests

Improving visitor experience

Contributing to rural economic development

Improving visitor access

Ensuring health and safety

Leveraging partner contributions and resources