Copper Basin Guard Station would be available from June 1 to September 30 at $100 per night. This cabin is located at the entrance to Copper Basin approximately 35 miles from Mackay, Idaho. It sleeps 4-6 people. There is a flush toilet, running water, wood stove, propane appliances, cooking utensils, plates and furniture. The cabin has numerous recreation opportunities nearby including hunting, fishing, camping, horseback riding, hiking and OHV riding.
Lost River District Ranger Diane Weaver stated, “This rental cabin can provide a great opportunity for the public to enjoy the Salmon-Challis National Forest, while retaining some of the comforts of home such as a kitchen, beds and a roof over their head.”
The majority of the revenue collected at recreation fee sites remains on the forest to operate, maintain and improve the facilities and programs.
Pictures of the proposed rental cabins can be found on the Salmon-Challis National Forest webpage. At this time, comments are being accepted on the new rental cabin proposal. Please send your comments to Trish Callaghan, Salmon-Challis National Forest Recreation Program Manager, 1206 S. Challis Street, Salmon, Idaho 83467. Comments will be taken until August 1, 2015.
All new fee proposals will be presented before a citizen’s advisory committee, Idaho BLM Resource Advisory Committee (RRAC). Committee members represent a broad array of recreation interest groups to help ensure that the Forest Service is proposing reasonable and publicly acceptable fee changes. The public is welcome to attend and comment at all advisory committee meetings. The exact meeting time, location and agenda will be announced on the Salmon-Challis National Forest website and through the local media. These fee proposals will also have extensive reviews by both the Forest Service Regional and Washington Offices.
In 2004, Congress passed the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act which allows the Forest Service to retain funds collected at certain recreation sites and use these funds locally to operate and maintain and improve these sites. Before the Forest Service received the authority to retain funds locally, all fees collected by the Forest Service went to the national treasury.
If approved, the cabins would be placed on the National Recreation Reservation Site for rental information and reservations. People can make reservations via toll free number (877) 444-6777 or online at www.recreation.gov.
For more information, questions or comments about this rental cabin fee proposal, please visit the Salmon-Challis National Forest website at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/scnf or contact Melissa Fowler at (208) 588-3407