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 CELLPHONE COVERAGE.

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

 

BEFORE YOU HEAD TO THE FOREST.... Please check with the Districts for campground opening dates. Also check the Alerts & Notices link for road and area closures.

Make your reservations ahead of time at: www.recreation.gov.

 

 

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.

 

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions to be TERMINATED within Boise National Forest effective Sept. 17, 2017 at 12:01.

 

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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Big Trinity Lake Campground    Trinity Recreation Area normally opens in mid July. Call District for updates.  (208-587-7961)
Blue Lake Trail    The Blue Lake Trail and Snowbank Road #446 gate open on June 1.
Crooked River Trail Closed to Visitor The Idaho City Ranger District has temporarily closed National Forest System (NFS) trail 158 (Crooked River Trail) for public safety and protection from hazards associated with the Pioneer Fire. -  This closure order will be in effect from May 25, 2017, through Dec. 31, 2018, unless rescinded earlier by the Forest Supervisor. (0402-03-74). VIEW THE CLOSURE AND MAP
Danskin Mountain OHV Area Trail(s) Open to Visitor The Danskin Trail system is open from April 11 through January 1, 2018.
Dog Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Dog Creek Campground is currently closed.  Closure:  0402-01-84.  View Alerts & Notices webpage. Campground may open mid-July of 2018.  Please call the District for updates.
Edna Creek Campground - reserve Open to Visitor Open May 24 - September 25
Graham Guard Station - Rental Cabin Closed to Visitor

CURRENTLY FLY IN ONLY.  ROAD CLOSED.

July 1 -  September 18 -  Due to high-elevation snow, vehicle access to the Graham Cabin is generally limited from mid-July to early October. If the road is open, it is extremely rocky and rutted and has very steep sections; you will also have to ford the river. Only high clearance 4-wheel drive vehicles are recommended.
Plan a minimum of three hours for the trip from Idaho City to the cabin. Call the District for conditions before you go.

You can fly into the Graham area. An airstrip is located directly across from the cabin and is generally free of snow from late May until early October. Remember, however, to use only appropriate landing precautions for this backcountry airstrip.

Grayback Campground and Group sites - reserve Closed to Visitor Closed due to bridge washout in 2017.  Officials hope to have the campgound re-opened in late summer of 2018.  Check at:  www.recreation.gov to make reservations. Call the District for most current updates. 208-392-6681.
Lower Roaring River Trail 045    There is a closure on a portion of the Lower Roaring River Trail - 045.  #0402-01-59.  View Alerts & Notices webpage.
Rainbow Point Campground - reserve Open to Visitor May 24 – September 13 – (weather permitting through hunting season)
Rattlesnake Campground and Group sites - reserve    Campground is scheduled to reopen on May 31, 2018!  Very nice renovation!
Shafer Butte Campground and Group sites - reserve    June 15 - October 1  (or until closed by snow).  Campground gate is closed October 1.
Tailwaters Boat Access    May 15 - October 1  Under Closure Order # 0402-01-84.  View Alerts & Notices webpage.
Tailwaters Campground    Currently Day use only. Closure:  0402-01-84.  View Alerts & Notices webpage.
Trinity Lakes Guard Station - Rental Cabin    July 15 - October 1  (or until closed by snow)  - Access limited must have a reservation.
William H. Pogue National Recreation Trail    Closure on a portion of the trail.  Order #0402-01-059  View Alerts & Notices webpage.  
William Pogue National Recreation Trailhead    Closure on a portion of the trail.  Order #0402-01-059  View Alerts & Notices webpage.
Wilson Creek Trail    Closure on a portion of the trail.  Order #0402-01-084  View Alerts & Notices webpage.
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