2020 Boise NF Mushroom Gathering


Photo of a Morel Mushroom


2020 Mushroom Picking General Guidelines within the Boise National Forest


Mushroom picking in 2020 will be for personal use only. No permit required.

There will be no commercial permits sold in 2020.


News release regarding gathering of mushrooms.


The best times for sucessful mushroom gathering are dependent upon the picking area.  Mushrooms emerge in the spring when moisture, soil, aspect, snow levels and temperatures are just right. Generally the season starts in late May and extends through June.  

Most often the best location for mushrooms is in areas that were burned or the soil was disturbed the previous year. Sometimes there are mushrooms found two-three years after the burn, although usually the first year is generally the optimal season. The spring snow pack helps determine the amount and timing of mushroom growth.  Snow melt can greatly influence when, and for how long, mushrooms survive. 

Please use caution, because of this year's above normal snow pack, roads at elevations above 5000 feet may remain impassible due to snow and debris through June! Also rivers and creeks are running very high and can be dangerous.




Personal use harvesting - applies:

Pursuant to 36 CFR 261.50 (e), the following persons are exempt from this order:  (0402-00-50):

  • Persons may personal harvest up to 5 gallons of morel mushrooms per person and possess up to 10 gallons per person per day.

  • The mushrooms are used for non-commercial purposes.

  • Mushrooms are not to be sold for profit.



If you need further information about area, road or trail closures, go to the Alerts and Notices page.

Boise National Forest Alerts and Notices page.


Photo of group of morel mushrooms



Know Your Mushrooms!

Each year interest grows in harvesting wild edibles from National Forests around the country. In many places, it's bracken ferns or pine nuts, but locally the primary interest lies in wild mushrooms.  Proper identification and determination of whether a mushroom is edible is solely the responsibility of the picker.



Photo of Boise NF-  Motor Vehicle Use Maps



It is your responsibility to research the area and understand which roads are open to motorized travel.  Free Motor Vehicle Use Maps(MVUMs) are available at the locations selling the permits. 

Link to MVUM maps



Mushroom Gathering Policy



Reference Maps of Wildfire Areas from years.


2019 Wildfire Maps

1980-2019 Boise NF - History map of large Fires

Boise NF - Canyon Fire +- 300 acres

Boise NF - Small Fires within Boise NF

2019 Wildfire Maps - Within Neighboring Forests 

Payette NF - Nethker Fire +- 2,355 acres (off Burgdorf Road)

Salmon Challis NF -Shady Fire +- 4,109 acres,

Cove Creek Fire +- 5,013 acres, Vader Fire +- 400 acres,

Location map of Salmon NF Fires


2018 Wildfire Maps

1980-2018 History map of Boise NF large Fires

2018 Wapiti Fire General Vicinity Map

2018 Lodgepole Fire General Vicinity Map


2017 Wildfire Maps

1980-2017 History map of Boise NF large Fires

2017 Bearskin Fire General Vicinity Map


2016 Wildfire Maps

1900-2016 History map of Boise NF large fires

2016 Pioneer Fire General Vicinity Map

The Pioneer Fire was approximately 188,000 acres within the Idaho City RD and Lowman RD.  The area includes the Rough (4,130 acres) and Buck (1,255 acres) Fires.

2016 - View Payette National Forest Commercial Mushroom Permit News Release

2016 - View Payette National Forest Mushroom Brochure


2015 Wildfire Maps

2015 History Map of Boise NF Large Fires

2015 Mushroom Maps Document - (from 2015 Fire Season)

2015 General Vicinity Map of Large Fires

2015 Boise National Forest:

Cougar Fire- east of Cascade, ID

West Scriver Fire - north of Crouch, ID

Walker Fire - west of Idaho City, ID

2015 Wildfire Maps - Within Neighboring Forests 

Payette National Forest:  Commercial permits are available for Tepee Springs and Rapid Fire areas.   208-634-7000

Tepee Springs Fire- north of Mccall, ID

Rapid Fire - southeast of McCall, ID

Idaho Department of Lands:

West Scriver Fire - north of Crouch, ID


2014 Wildfire Large Maps

2014 History Map of Boise NF Large Fires

Whiskey Complex - Emmett RD - travel along Highway 17 toward the Garden Valley Workstation.


2013 Multiple Wildfire Large MAPS

2013 History Map of Boise NF Large Fires

Southwest Idaho Large Fire Vicinity Map

Big Game Units and the Fire Closure Areas

2013 Boise National Forest Wildfire Maps

Ridge Fire Lowman RD - near Red Mountain

Frasier Fire - Emmett RD - along Highway 17, near the Crouch, ID - turnoff. 

Pine Creek Fire - Idaho City RD - near Thorn Creek

Summit Fire -Idaho City RD - near Grimes Pass 

Placer Fire - Idaho City RD - also near Thorn Creek  (on large history map)

Little Queens Fire - Idaho City RD - near Atlanta, ID

North Fork Fire - Cascade RD, near Stolle Meadows (on large history map)

Mountain Home RD - Boise National Forest

Boise NF Fire History Map has general locations

Kelly Fire -Mountain Home RD -  near Featherville, ID

Elk Complex (more than one fire) - From Prairie to Pine, ID along South Fork Boise River.

Pony Complex (more than one fire) Along Blacks Creek Road to Anderson Ranch Reservoir. 

2013 Wildfire Maps - Within Neighboring Forests 

Southwest Idaho Large Fire Map has general locations.   

Sawtooth National Forest: 

Beaver Fire Sawtooth National Forest - near Sun Valley and Ketchum, ID

McCann FireSawtooth National Forest - near Fairfield, ID

Payette National Forest:

Weiser Complex Fire Map  - multiple fires

Salmon- Challis National Forest:

Lodgepole Fire Map


2012 Wildfire Area Maps within the Boise National Forest

Largest wildfire within the Boise NF in 2012 - Trinity Ridge Fire - VIEW MAP

VICINITY - Map for Picking Mushrooms within Trinity Ridge Fire Area:   HERE

History map that shows the old fire scars near the 2012 - Trinity Ridge Fire -  VIEW MAP

Soil Burn Intensity Map for the 2012 - Trinity Ridge Fire - VIEW  MAP

Large Color Map Trinity Ridge Fire Area: 11x17 (may take time to download and print - 7megs): HERE

2012 Wildfire Area Maps Within Neighboring Forests

In 2012 there were two large fires within the Salmon-Challis National Forest, The Halstead Fire located near Stanley and the Mustang Fire near Salmon. 

Check with their office for information about mushroom permits -208-756-2215.

Large fire location map of 3 major fires within the Boise NF and Salmon-Challis NF in 2012 (including the Trinity Ridge Fire).  VIEW MAP

VIEW MAP - Mustang Fire                    

VIEW MAP - 9-13-2012 - Halstead Fire


2011 Wildfire Area Maps Within the Boise National Forest

 The only major fire in 2011 was the 4,000 acre Castro Fire within the Lowman District at an elevation of about 6000 feet.  The fire was 13 air miles northeast of Lowman, Idaho and entirely within the Red Mountain Roadless Area.  Click on the map below for more specific information on location and trails in the area. Just to access the burn area, a mushroom picker will have to hike, mountain bike, horseback ride or motorcycle at least 3 miles into the steep and rugged terrain. Picking success is likely to be slim.

Lowman RD - Castro Fire - Burned Summer of 2011


2010 Wildfire Area Maps Within the Boise National Forest

Vicinity Map of the major fire areas that burned in the summer of 2010

Map of the the ignitions that occurred on August 26, 2010 from a lightning storm. (May of these fires remained very small in acres.)

Cascade RD - Hurd Fire Area Map

Lowman RD -  Little Beaver Fire Area Map

Lowman RD - Little Beaver, Whitehawk and Casner Fires - General Location Map

Lowman RD - Whitehawk and Casner Fire Area Map

Lowman RD - Additional  Map of the Whitehawk Fire and Casner Fire Areas


Sketch of basket of Morel mushrooms