Campground closings, or adjustment in facility services vary widely across the Forest, with a few facilities closed already, some either closing or changing to limited service starting October 1, and some staying open with full services depending on the weather.
“As public use drops, and as the weather gets colder, we try to balance providing developed recreation site access, with the costs of continuing service,” said Danelle Highfill, Forest Recreation Officer. “Some campgrounds will remain open without services and no fees will be charged at those sites due to the discontinued service.”
Services discontinued include water, restroom maintenance and garbage service. Hunters and campers are reminded there is a 14 day stay limit in effect throughout the year, which not only applies in the campgrounds but also in dispersed recreation sites. Dispersed recreation sites remain open, but users must be prepared for changeable weather conditions, especially snow. Pack it in and pack it out for trash will be in effect.
Forest roads traditionally are closed beginning October 1 at selected locations to enhance wildlife habitat security, provide for non-motorized hunting opportunities, and to protect road surfaces as wet conditions arrive.
Hunters and other recreationists need to acquire free Motor Vehicle Use Maps which provide specific road information. Roads closed may not be gated, and it is the user’s responsibility to
obtain a map(s), which are available at Ranger Districts, the Interagency Visitor Center in Boise, or the Idaho Department of Fish and Game State or Nampa field offices. Anyone using a motor vehicle on routes closed may be subject to a fine whether the gates have been closed or not.
Check www.fs.usda.gov/boise or call the Ranger Stations for updates on campground and road closures. Visitors can check Forest wide reservations openings and closures at www.reservations.gov.
Highlighted Popular Recreation Sites Status:
Emmett Ranger District Recreation Sites:
Remaining open until October 15, 2012: (Fees will still apply and water will remain on.)
Middle Fork Area:
Hot Springs Campground
Tie Creek Campground
Trail Creek Campground
Boiling Springs Campground
Boiling Springs Cabin and Deadwood Lookout- make reservations through www.recreation.gov
Sage Hen Complex Campgrounds:
Sage Hen Creek
Sagehen Dam Picnic Area
Third Fork Cabin: Closing November 1, 2012. Reservations can be made through www.recreation.gov
Silver Creek Campground (if weather is good, this campground will remain open after November 1) Water will be turned off by the end of October, but campers can still get water from Silver Creek Plunge.
Payette River Recreation Sites:
The Payette River recreation sites restrooms will close October 1, 2012 with discontinued day use fees, except the Banks River Access recreation site.
The $3 day-use fee still applies until September 28. Some of the river sites restrooms will be closing at this time. Throughout October, the remainder of the recreation sites will be closing which means restrooms doors will be locked. The Banks Access Recreation Site restrooms will be open and remain open during the entire winter season.
Idaho City Ranger District:
Service will end on October 1 for all campgrounds, except Bad Bear and Edna Creek; service will end at these campgrounds on October 15. Gates will close at Greyback and Hayfork campgrounds on October 1.
Cascade Ranger District:
Upper French Creek and Amanita campgrounds are closed. Sites 25-31 and the group site at Shoreline Campground are closed. Services will be reduced at all other campgrounds with reduced prices starting October 1.
Lowman Ranger District:
No fees or services will be in effect for all campgrounds after October 1.
Mountain Home Ranger District:
Trinity Area Campgrounds remain closed under the Trinity fire closure order.
Anderson Reservoir Recreation Sites facility service will end on October 1.
Recreation sites facility service on the South Fork and Middle Fork Boise River will end on October 1.