Recreation

Beautiful photo of a rainbow trout

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.

REMINDER:  MOST OF THE BOISE NATIONAL FOREST HAS NO CELL PHONE COVERAGE.

Check each district (Areas & Activities - Find An Area) for a listing campgrounds.

 

Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend visiting the Forest!  Check with the Districts before you go for campground openings.  Check the Alerts & Notices page for road and area closures. 

 

 

FIRE WATCH: 

VIEW AREA CLOSURES DUE TO WILDFIRE ACTIVITY AT ALERTS AND NOTICES PAGE.

INCIWEB-  For 2017 wildland information, photos, updates and maps go to: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov.

 

 

RESERVATIONS: 1-877-444-6777

Go to:  www.recreation.gov to make reservations for campgrounds and cabins. 

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

 

 

NEW HISTORIC AUTO TOUR:

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

 

 

RECREATION HIGHLIGHTS:

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:  www.pressinthepines.com.

 

Click on FIND AN AREA to search for information by District location.

 

 

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Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Amanita Campground - reserve Closed to Visitor Closed until June 30, 2017.
Beaver Creek Rental Cabin and Group Site - reserve Closed to Visitor Closed due to 2016 Pioneer Fire.
Danskin Mountain OHV Area Trail(s) Open to Visitor Open May 18, 2017.
Deadwood Campground Closed to Visitor Within Pioneer Fire Closure Area.
Deadwood River Access Site Closed to Visitor Within Pioneer Fire Closure Area.
Dog Creek Campground - CLOSED Closed to Visitor Dog Creek Campground is currently closed.
Edna Creek Campground - reserve Closed to Visitor Closed due to 2016 Pioneer Fire.
Grayback Campground and Group sites - reserve Closed to Visitor Closed due to bridge washout.
Park Creek Campground and Group sites - reserve Closed to Visitor Pioneer Fire Closure Area.
Pine Flats Campground - reserve Closed to Visitor Pioneer Fire Closure Area.
Rainbow Point Campground - reserve Closed to Visitor Closed until June 30, 2017
Roaring River Trail Open to Visitor
Tailwaters Campground    Day Use only.
Whoop Um Up Equestrian Campground Closed to Visitor Closed due to 2016 Pioneer Fire.
Whoop Um Up Park N' Ski Closed to Visitor Closed due to 2016 Pioneer Fire.
Whoop Um Up Trailhead Closed to Visitor Closed due to 2016 Pioneer Fire.
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.
Wilson Creek Trail Closed to Visitor Wilson OHV Trail System is currently closed to all motorized and mechanized vehicles.