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he alarm goes off and it’s time to get out of the sack and get ready for fishing. The coffee’s brewing. The furnace is warming things up. Got to check email with the Wi-Fi and also check the Idaho Statesman’s website for the latest news. Yup, it’s all about comfortable camping, and it’s easy in Idaho where there are so many places to plug in your RV and enjoy fishing, boating and other activities. It’s fun to explore places across the state and just take your home with you whether you have a tent trailer, pickup camper, trailer or luxury motorhome. RVs sure make traveling across the state a lot easier. Enjoy these campgrounds, which are all well suited for RV camping because they have showers, restrooms, hookups and other amenities. They are good places to park, plug in and play.

PRIEST LAKE

What: The Indian Creek unit of Priest Lake State Park caters to RVers. It’s located on the shores of Priest Lake in northern Idaho, which is known for fishing, boating and hiking in the nearby mountains. The Indian Creek unit has RV spaces, a park store, laundry, boat ramp and docks. There is a 24-hour gas pump, but no diesel. If you have a power boat, you can explore the lake and head out to U.S. Forest Service islands in the lake to have a picnic. You can also head up to the waterway between Priest Lake and Upper Priest Lake. There are a lot of mountain bike trails in the area. Fees: Campsites range upward of $28 a night depending on hookups. Reservation fees are extra, and there’s a day-use fee if you don’t have a state parks pass. Book a reservation at (888) 922-6743. Getting there: It’s a day’s drive from Boise to Priest Lake (about 480 miles). To make it a leisurely trip, it’s best to camp over one night somewhere in between, like along the Salmon River, or at Hells Gate State Park in Lewiston. Take Idaho 55 north to New Meadows and continue on U.S. 95 toward Sandpoint. Take U.S. 2 west to Priest River and turn north on Idaho 57 about 30 miles to Priest Lake. Information: 443-2200; parksandrecreation.idaho.gov. See RV, O5 FROM TOP TO BOTTOM:

PRIEST LAKE: Boating and fishing are popular pursuits on the northern Idaho lake. State park campgrounds have boat ramps. CASTLE ROCKS STATE PARK: The park near City of Rocks National Reserve has RV hookups. FIRE PAN: Metal oil-draining pans make great fire pans when stacked on each other. PRIEST LAKE: The store at the headquarters at Priest Lake State Park has ice cream cones and supplies for RV campers.

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4 Q&A: 10 camping questions you’ve wanted to ask. 6 RESERVOIRS: Camp, fish and relax. 8 ATVs: Camp and ride your motorcycle or ATV. 10 CABINS & YURTS: Comfy campouts. 14 BASE CAMP: Where to camp and hike. MORE: Lakes, gadgets and gear, RV tips, books.

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You’re not going to get a pass for being forgetful if you show up in the mountains or on a lake without all your necessary permits and passes. And, you won’t want to drive all the way back into town to get the pass you need. Keep all your permits and passes together in a bag and switch it from rig to rig as you need it. Here’s a checklist of some of the permits that are available: Æ Idaho fishing license — Available from sporting goods stores or online at fishandgame.idaho.gov. Æ Invasive species sticker for nonmotorized boats — Any boat registered in Idaho or another state must purchase and display the sticker to launch and operate legally in Idaho. Nonmotorized vessels except inflatables less than 10 feet in length also must have a sticker. Get more infor-

mation at parksandrecreation. idaho.gov. Æ Current registration for your motorboat or sailboat — Registration includes the invasive species fee. (See above website.) Æ If you’re boating in a neighboring state, they also likely require the invasive species sticker for their state, and won’t recognize Idaho’s. Æ Current boat trailer registration and plates — Get them at DMV. Æ Idaho recreation vehicle registration — Get them at DMV or county assessor’s offices. For details, go to itd.idaho.gov/dmv. Æ Idaho Off Highway Vehicle sticker for your motorcycles or ATVs — For details go to parksandrecreation. idaho.gov and click on the ATV/Motorbike icon. Æ Campground reservation printout — When you make a reservation you get a confirmation.

Æ Senior pass for federal recreation sites — To get the senior discount, you must get your pass in advance at store.usgs.gov/pass/general.html. Æ Idaho State Parks Passport — Allows entry into all state parks without paying the day-use fee. Go to parksandrecreation.idaho.gov. Æ Group passes — National forest regulations require gatherings to get a special-use permit for use of national forest lands. Under the regulation, a permit is needed for an activity that involves a group of 75 or more people. Check with local U.S. Forest Service offices. Æ Firewood permit — If you’re bringing back a load of firewood after your campout, get a permit from Forest Service offices or get a list of vendors from each forest headquarters. For Boise National Forest, go to fs.usda.gov/boise.

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ForestServicecloses road to Bear Valley The Boise and Salmon-Challis national forests temporarily closed Forest Road 579 until June 6, or until the road dries out, the federal agency announced this week. If the road opens earlier, the closure signs will be removed. The section of the road affected begins at the junction of the Forest Road 579 and Idaho 21. It goes northwest the Bruce Meadows airstrip in the Bear Valley area, which is popular for camping and canoeing. The road was closed for snow plowing to provide limited access for tree planting operations. At least 6 inches of snow will remain on the road surface, to provide for a slow melt, thereby protecting the road surface from damage, the Forest Service said. Reforestation for the 2006 Red Mountain burn has been underway since spring 2010. About 1,687 acres have been planted with seedlings. The Lowman Ranger District plans to plant an additional 1,078 acres this spring and 70 acres in the fall. For more information about the road closure, contact the Lowman Ranger District at 259-3361. The closure order and map can be found online at fs.usda.gov/boise.

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hat headline has no direct bearing on you, but here’s why I mention it. Reservoirs are hot right now. Some of the fishing I’ve participated in and heard about from very reliable people is bordering on legendary. So here’s the obvious short version. Get out on them and have a blast. Here’s the longer version. Keeping track of them all is a challenge because we’re having such a weird water year, and the way Idaho manages water in reservoirs is difficult to

predict and sometimes even harder to understand. Take two popular reservoirs for example, Brownlee and Magic. Magic is about 25 percent filled with about as much water is flowing out as in. Mind you, this is probably peak runoff right now, which doesn’t bode well for later. Part of the reason is Magic was drained for dam repairs, then the low snowpack meant a double

whammy of low water. Now to Brownlee. You might think with many Southwest Idaho reservoirs unlikely to fill, that would occur at Brownlee, too. Nope, it’s expected to be full by Memorial Day weekend. Go upstream to Owyhee Reservoir, and it’s less than 50 percent filled and dropping. Now let’s move to the north to Cascade, which should easily fill this spring. I think there’s going to be some really good fishing up there this summer because it’s high enough in elevation that it will hopefully remain relatively cool. I will try to keep you up-to-date on reservoirs, but don’t linger. The best time to be there may be now.

WHERE TO GO FISHING BROWNLEE RESERVOIR (BASS)

SALMON RIVER (CHINOOK)

OWYHEE RIVER (TROUT)

Bass fishing has been really good, but crappie fishing slow. All docks are in the water and boat ramps usable. The reservoir will likely be full by Memorial Day weekend. Getting there: Take U.S. 95 to Cambridge and Idaho 71.

A couple dozen fish have made it to Rapid River fish trap. Both rivers are high and muddy. The Main is about 58,000 cfs and the Little Salmon about 3,000 cfs. When it drops, be ready to roll. Getting there: Take Idaho 55 and/or U.S. 95 north to Riggins.

Lots of caddis hatching. Great weather, and plenty of fish. It’s a great time of year for this river. It was flowing about 160 cfs on Wednesday, which is a good wading flow. Getting there: Head to Adrian, Ore., and follow the signs toward Lake Owyhee State Park.

DUCK VALLEY RESERVATION (TROUT)

LITTLE CAMAS RESERVOIR (TROUT)

Billy Shaw is fishing very well. Mountain View is a little slower, and no word on Sheep Creek. All the reservoirs are in good shape. Fly anglers are doing well with leech patterns and chironomids. Getting there: Interstate 84 east to Mountain Home and Idaho 51 to the reservation.

It’s on salvage fishing rules, which means anything goes except guns, explosive and electricity. But you can have a guiltfree fish fry. Better hurry, it’s literally going down the drain. Getting there: Take Interstate 84 to Mountain Home and U.S. 20 to the reservoir.

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Flows are about 8,600 cfs at King Hill and about 6,000 cfs below Swan Falls. Good boating flows, and it’s prime time for smallmouth fishing. You can probably also catch some catfish. Getting there: There’s good access between Swan Falls and Nyssa, Ore.

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LAKE LOWELL (BASS)

CASCADE RESERVOIR (TROUT)

CLEARWATER RIVER (CHINOOK)

More good reports are coming in for both largemouth and smallmouth. Sounds like the spawn is in full swing, which means the fish are really accessible. Fishing the shorelines are probably your best bet. Getting there: Go south from Nampa or Caldwell. There are numerous access points.

Good perch fishing throughout the reservoir and nice sized fish. Boat anglers are doing best, but shore anglers getting some, too. Trout fishing is fair to good for bait anglers. Bass are starting to show. Getting there: Head north from the Treasure Valley on Idaho 55 to Cascade.

The river is flowing really high at 54,000 cfs at Spalding. Dam counts at Lower Granite on Tuesday were 14,708 adults and 3,063 jacks. Those fish should be moving into the river, but until it drops, fishing will likely be challenging. Getting there: Take U.S. 95 north to the river.

HORSETHIEF RESERVOIR (TROUT)

MAGIC RESERVOIR (TROUT)

C.J. STRIKE RESERVOIR (MIXED BAG)

Good, but not great. Expect a big stocking before Memorial Day. Use worms and marshmallows or PowerBait from shore. It’s also a fun place for float tubing or trolling from small boats. Getting there: Take Idaho 55 to Cascade and Warm Lake Road to the Horsethief turnoff.

The reservoir is about 25 percent filled and holding steady for now. There’s fishable water available. Boat launches at Myrtle Point and Westside are useable. No reason why you can’t catch fish there. Getting there: Take Interstate 84 to Mountain Home and U.S. 20 to West Magic Road.

Awesome bass fishing and some decent catches of crappie and perch. There’s a good variety of fish available at this reservoir. Getting there: Take Interstate 84 to Mountain Home and go south on Idaho 51 for the upper end or Idaho 67 for the dam.

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Are you up to the Challenge? The Idaho Statesman’s Outdoors team is asking its readers every week to “Name the Place.” We pick the photos; you send in your guesses on the location of the photo. To make your guess official — and enter to win an Idaho Outdoors hat — email, phone, fax or mail your guess with your name, mailing address and phone number by the end of the day Monday.

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Email: outdoors@idahostatesman.com Fax: 377-6449 Telephone: 373-6615 or 377-6445. Call between 11 a.m. and noon on Mondays. Mail: Name the Place c/o Roger Phillips Idaho Statesman P.O. Box 40 Boise, ID 83707 NOTE: A winner will be chosen by drawing from all correct entries received by Monday.

Jesse Cowan, of Boise, bagged this bear in Central Idaho this spring. Viki LaFay, of New Meadows, correctly guessed the trail at Rapid River near Riggins.

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time for southern Idaho because it’s lower in elevation and has more of a desert climate. Many campgrounds in the mountains don’t open until June or July. A good rule of thumb is to camp at lower elevations in the spring, then move into the mountains during summer.

have campground hosts, but many do not. Most Forest Service and BLM campgrounds do not have RV hookups, but many have paved RV pads.

2. Do I need a reservation? Depends. If you’re planning to camp between Memorial Day and Labor Day, especially weekends, it’s a good idea. You can make reservations for state parks at parks andrecreation.idaho.gov, and at Forest Service or BLM campgrounds at recreation.gov. Remember there are reservation fees, 1. Where can I camp? and not all campgrounds ofWe’ve listed a bunch of fer reservations. campgrounds here, and Not all campsites are most public campgrounds reservable, and if a popular in Idaho are managed by the campground is booked, Forest Service, Idaho Parks most popular recreation arand Recreation, Bureau of eas have more nearby. So if Land Management, and a you get a sudden urge to go few other public agencies. camping, don’t let the lack Idaho Power also owns and of a reservation stop you. But if you want peace of operates several campmind and don’t mind paying grounds. State parks, Idaho Power a few bucks for it, reservations are a good option. campgrounds and private campgrounds tend to be the 2. Do I have to camp in a most developed, and you campground? can typically find flush toiNo. You can camp on lets, running water, showmost publicly owned federers, RV hookups, etc. al and state lands. No fees or At some of those places, you may even be able to buy permits are required in a cup of gourmet coffee and most cases. However, you do need to get Wi-Fi in your tent or RV. be self-contained. You Expect to pay about $20 to $30 per night depending should know how to camp on what services you use, with minimal impact on the and don’t expect solitude land, and be careful with because they are popular. fire. Many state parks also You also can’t drive off have cabins and yurts (See road to a camp spot, but page 013), which makes it finding a decent spot near a really easy to go camping if road is usually not difficult. you don’t have all the gear, There’s a different etior you want something a lit- quette than at a developed tle more cozy than a tent. campground. You should bring a Forest Service and BLM portable toilet along. Just campgrounds tend to be less developed and cheaper. because bears do it in the woods, doesn’t mean you Expect to pay $5 to $15 should. per night. They typically Most people use these have outhouses and water pumps that are centrally lo- spots for solitude. A good cated in the campground, so rule of thumb is to stay out of sight and hearing diseveryone shares them. Most also have fire rings tance from the next camp. and picnic tables. Some Not every one learned to camp as kids, but every one should have experience camping at some point regardless of age. If you’re not a camper, or feel daunted heading into Idaho’s great camping areas, here are some answers to those questions you may not feel comfortable asking.

3. Is camping safe? Are there bears? Yes, and yes. Camping is by and large a safe activity as long as you consider hazards common to all outdoor activities, including bears, but we will get back to that. Use common sense when camping. Have a first-aid kit, and be careful with fire. Also remember the weather can change quickly, especially in the mountains, so always bring warm clothes and extras. Have a good, weatherproof tent and a warm sleeping bag. Nights are cool in the mountains, even in summer. Don’t leave your camp unattended for long periods. Theft occasionally happens, but it’s rare. And despite scary campfire tales, altercations with people are also rare. Now about those bears. Most of Idaho is bear habitat. It’s unlikely you will see a bear, much less have one raid your camp. But it does occasionally happen, usually in the fall when bears are getting ready to hibernate. Learn the basics of camping in bear country, which is essentially safely storing your food and keeping a clean camp. Bear attacks on humans are extremely rare in Idaho. It’s almost cliche, but you’re

9. Should I take my dog along? Dogs and camping go together like campfires and s’mores, but beware, when you hear about a camping disaster story, a dog is often a main culprit. If you’re in a campROGER PHILLIPS / Idaho Statesman file ground, dogs must be on a most roads won’t be an isleash. Your dog doesn’t recmuch more likely to be insue, but it’s best to have a jured by bees than bears. ognize the boundaries befull-sized spare, not a donut. tween campsites, so obey 4. Can I get Wi-Fi, and will that rule. my cellphone work? If you’re camping outside 7. How do I keep from getDepends. Many state a campground, you must ting lost? parks and private campkeep an eye on your dog. Don’t blindly trust your grounds offer Wi-Fi, and Consider Murphy’s Law car’s GPS. Most are configsome campgrounds have at play. Your dog will eat ured for cities and highcell service. ways, and many become un- things it shouldn’t, roll in Idaho is a very mountain- reliable when you get off things you don’t want it to, ous state, and cellphones get wet and likely muddy, pavement. don’t work well in the backand then find your sleeping Get a good ol’ reliable country because mountains map or an atlas. “The Idaho bag irresistible. That’s no block the signal. Road and Recreation Atlas” exaggeration. But your dog There are large swaths of is an excellent one that has is part of the family, so take Idaho that do not get cell it. reasonably good detail service, so if it’s important about back roads. 10. What do I do with my Probably the best map for to you, plan to camp in a state park or near towns, but campers is a Forest Service garbage? Some campgrounds have realize that won’t guarantee map, which tends to be the garbage cans or dumpsters, most up-to-date, covers a cell service, either. but the general rule for fairly large area and shows camping is to pack out what campgrounds. They’re 5. What if there’s an you pack in. available at Forest Service emergency? Minimize waste before offices. If you have cell service, hand by removing excess No map should be concalling 911 will usually put packaging. Don’t cook sidered 100 percent accuyou in contact with the rate because things change meals larger than your nearest sheriff’s office disfrom year to year. patcher. group can consume. Navigating the backcounBut beware it may take a You can burn dry paper while for help to arrive. It’s try typically isn’t difficult, and cardboard in a fire, but always best to be prepared don’t burn other trash. but if in doubt, don’t go to handle it yourself. Do not dump or bury down a dubious road. food waste. It attracts in6. Is my vehicle suitable for 8. When is the best time to sects and wildlife. camping? You may also want an aircamp? If you drive a passenger tight trash container, such As mentioned before, car, it’s best to pick a state Idaho is very mountainous, as a bucket with a tightpark or campground near a which means prime campfitting lid to pack out waste. highway or paved road. ing seasons vary at different If you have an SUV or elevations. Roger Phillips: 377-6215, pickup with all-season tires, May is typically prime Twitter: @rogeroutdoors

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World War II history. National Reserve, which is Reservation fees are extra. Fees: Prices range upnear this state park, are exMore information: (541) wards of $24 depending on cellent for hiking and ex869-2365 or hookups. Reservation fees ploring. are extra, and there’s a day- oregonstateparks.org. This is a world-renowned use fee if you don’t have a rock climbing area, and if state parks pass. Book a you’re not a climber, it’s still HELLS CANYON PARKS reservation at (888) 922entertaining to watch someWhat: Idaho Power Co.’s 6743. one else do it. parks in Hells Canyon offer Getting there: It might be RV hookups on the banks of The park’s also known best to make the trip from for its wildflowers in spring Brownlee, Oxbow and Hells the Treasure Valley up U.S. Canyon reservoirs, northand early summer. 95 (or Idaho 55 and U.S. 95) The land is rich in piowest of Cambridge. in two days with a stop at neer and Native American Woodhead, McCormick, Lewiston’s Hells Gate State Copperfield and Hells history. The state park and federal reserve are operated Park. It is reached off U.S. 95 Canyon parks lure anglers through the same visitor who chase bass and crappie at Athol. Go east on Idaho center. in the reservoirs. Idaho’s state parks offer lots of lawn space for kids to play near RV sites. 54 for 4 miles. You’ll find water and There are hiking trails Information: 683-2425, or showers at the state park McCall and the backcountry great scenic views from dif- a lot of information about nearby and scenic drives, parksandrecreation.idaho. and also yurts for rent. The ferent areas of the park. west of the reservoir. It’s but the main activity of the surrounding area and gov. park also features a Don’t miss the view from popular all summer long. these parks is boating and nearby places to see the bunkhouse and lodge for Fees: Prices for campsites Osprey Point, which is HELLS GATE STATE PARK fishing. Oregon Trail. rent. You’ll find showers, rest- can range up to $38 a night, among the best in the McIt is also a good jumping What: Hells Gate is locatFees: Smoky Mountain Call area. depending on services. off point for exploring other ed along the Snake River at rooms, electrical hookups, The park is close to Mcwater, boat ramps and docks Reservation fees are extra, sections of the Oregon Trail Campground, a state park Lewiston and known for Call with golf, food and all and there’s a day-use fee if and picnic areas. from Glenns Ferry to Boise. facility, costs $22 for servboating and fishing. you don’t have a state parks services available. Fees: $16 per night RVs; The park has a nine-hole iced campsites. It’s popular during pass. $10 for tents. No reservadisc golf course, and there’s salmon and steelhead seaInformation: 824-5901; Fees: Individual campGetting there: Drive about sites range up to $26 a night good bird watching along tions. sons, and Lewiston’s mild parksandrecreation.idaho. Getting there: From Cam- 70 miles north of the Treas- depending on services. Exthe Snake River. Downtown gov. climate means year round bridge, take Idaho 71 west to ure Valley on Idaho 55 to camping. tra charges for reservations, Glenns Ferry is within walkWoodhead Park along ing distance. The park has trails for which are strongly recomCascade and look for the HENRYS LAKE STATE Fees: Camping prices hiking, mountain biking and Brownlee Reservoir. It takes signs. mended during summer. PARK horseback riding. It is locat- about two and a half to three There’s also a day-use fee if range $22 to $38 depending Information: 382-6544; What: It’s one of Idaho’s hours to drive from the ed close to outfitters who you don’t have a state parks on hookups. Reservation parksandrecreation.idaho. rare mountain lakes with are extra, and there’s a day run jetboat trips into Hells pass. gov. Treasure Valley. full hookup camping. use fee if you don’t have a Canyon. Getting there: Drive 102 Information: Henrys Lake also is an Don’t miss the Lewis and idahopower.com. miles north of the Treasure state parks pass. angler’s dream with cutPONDEROSA STATE Getting there: Take Inter- throat, brook and cut-bow Clark Discovery Center Valley on Idaho 55 and look PARK state 84 east from Boise to (with displays, movies for the signs in McCall. hybrid trout. It’s considered LAKE CASCADE STATE What: The state park is Glenns Ferry and follow the one of the best trout fishabout the Corps of DiscovInformation: 634-2164; on the shores of Payette PARK signs. Driving time is about eries in the West. ery and Nez Perce Tribe) parksandrecreation.idaho. What: This state park of- Lake at McCall and one of an hour and a half. and the Jack O’Connor gov. The park usually opens fers boating, fishing, swim- the most popular parks in Information: 366-2394; the Thursday before Memoming and other activities on the state because of its Hunting Heritage Educaparksandrecreation.idaho. rial Day weekend in prepaLake Cascade near Cascade. scenery and recreation. THREE ISLAND tion Center. gov. ration for the beginning of It is popular with water You’ll find power, sewer CROSSING STATE PARK Fees: Individual campthe fishing season. skiers and sailboaters. A sites range up to $22 a night and water hookups at the What: The state park is In addition to regular boat ramp and docks are Poison Creek and depending on services. popular with Oregon Trail BRUNEAU DUNES STATE park amenities, it also has a available. The park also has buffs and is rich in pioneer Ridgeview units. Reservation fees are extra, PARK an assortment of hiking and and Native American Besides water activities, and there’s a day-use fee if What: Whatever else you boat ramp and docks and a biking trails and woodsy you don’t have a state parks the state park is a good history. do at this park, the climb up fish-cleaning station. There are other things to jumping off point for scenic places to explore. pass. Book a reservation at The Oregon Trail History the 400-foot dune is one of do besides fishing. You’ll You’ll find beaches and drives to Warm Lake, (888) 922-6743. and Education Center gives the highlights. Getting there: It’s 270 It’s a great area for hiking, find hiking and biking trails, miles north of the Treasure and kids will have a blast and the park is a good startValley and reached by takplaying in the sand. The ing point for exploring the ing U.S. 95 north to Lewisstar-gazing observatory is a scenic Island Park and Yelton, or Idaho 55 north to hit, too. lowstone areas. New Meadows and then The dunes lakes offer Fees: Prices per night U.S. 95. good fishing for bass and range up to $24, depending Information: 799-5015; bluegill in the spring. on services. You’ll pay extra parksandrecreation.idaho. Birds migrate through the for reservations, or if you gov. area and the lakes lure a va- don’t have a parks pass. riety of waterfowl and Getting there: It’s 369 shorebirds. miles from the Treasure FAREWELL BEND Fees: Prices range up to Valley so expect about 6 or 7 What: This Oregon state $22 depending on services. hours drive. Take the freepark is where the Snake RivGetting there: Take Inter- ways east from Boise and er forms Brownlee Reserstate 84 east to Mountain head north out of Idaho voir. It is popular spot for Home and Idaho 51 south to Falls and Ashton. fishing in the river and the Snake River. Follow the Information: 558-7532: reservoir. It has docks and a signs east on Idaho 78 to the parksandrecreation.idaho. boat ramp. park. Driving time is a little gov. An Oregon fishing liover an hour. cense is needed to fish from Pete Zimowsky: 377-6445, Information: 366-7919; shore, but you can launch a Three Island Crossing State Park has spacious pull-ins for double campsites for RVs. Twitter: @Zimosoutdoors

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Catch a fish from camp at these reservoir campgrounds Spring is the optimal time to visit before the summer heats up and water levels drop. You camp and fish in the green valley with rolling hills and Nevada’s mountains forming a jagged horiGrab your bait bucket, zon to the south. lawn chair and cooler — a The reservoir is owned reservoir awaits you. It’s hard to be beat shore- and operated by the Shoshone-Paiute Tribe and side camping, or being well-stocked with rainbow within a short walk of a trout. A tribal fishing lireservoir. You have fishing out your front door, and you cense is required. The trout aren’t the same also get the simple pleasure waking up to sunrise on the as the ones stocked by water. Idaho Fish and Game, and Spring is the perfect time it’s noticeable. The Duck of year for many reservoirs Valley fish are aggressive in Southwest Idaho. When fish that will put a bend in the heat of summer arrives, your rod. There are also trothey can get pretty toasty phy trout in reservoir rangand the fish tend to get ing up to 7 or 8 pounds. lethargic. Many reservoirs The reservoir has a boat also get drained by irrigalaunch and is open to motors, which can leave a mud- torized boats, but still comfortable for float tubers bedy bathtub ring. cause it has lots of coves But warm weather and and bays. cool water are an unbeatCamping costs $6 to $15 able combination for spring camping, and here are some per night with the higher cost for sites with electric places to check out: hookups. If you prefer undevelMOUNTAIN VIEW Where: On the Duck Val- oped camping, there are spots available at nearby ley Indian Reservation on Billy Shaw and Sheep Creek the Idaho/Nevada border reservoirs, which are also What you can catch there: on the reservation. Rainbow trout. For details, go to Why it’s cool: This highshopaitribes.org. desert reservoir is a good mix of comfortable camping, good fishing and MAGIC scenery. Where: South of U.S. 20 BY ROGER PHILLIPS rphillips@idahostatesman.com © 2013 Idaho Statesman

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Whether at a developed campground or an undeveloped spot near shore, reservoirs are fun places to camp and fish. between Fairfield and Idaho 75. You can also access it off Idaho 75 by going north from Shoshone. What you can catch there: Rainbow trout, brown trout, perch, smallmouth bass. Why it’s cool: Magic often lives up to its name. The fish sometimes appear and disappear as if by magic. But it typically fishes best during spring, and it has some great trout fishing with some real monsters if it’s your lucky day. There’s a developed Bureau of Land Management campground at Lava Point on the northwest end of the reservoir. It has a boat launch, outhouse, picnic tables, fire pits, and no fees. Don’t expect a lot of privacy or shade. Myrtle Point also has camping with an outhouse and picnic shelter. There’s undeveloped camping on

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the west side of the dam area and other areas surrounding the reservoir, most of which is BLM property. There’s a bar, restaurant and store at West Magic Resort, which rents fully furnished cabins for $100 per night. Each cabin sleep four. There are 30 RV spaces, but reservations are a must. RV spaces are $30 per night with water, power and sewer hookups. For reservations or details call 487-2571, or go to facebook.com/west magicresort.

MANN CREEK RESERVOIR

Where: Located off U.S. 95 about 15 miles north of Weiser on Mann Creek Reservoir Road. What you can catch there: Rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, crappie.

Why it’s cool: Mann Creek Reservoir is nicely located at just under 3,000 feet elevation at the base of mountains. That means you have a mild climate and good spring camping, but also access to the higher country nearby. A Forest Service campground is located at the upper end of the reservoir and has 13 spaces in a nicely landscaped, shady area. You can reserve campsites at recreation.gov or call (877) 444-6777. The campground has good access for RVs, and also some nice tent spots. You’re not right on the water, but very close to it. The lower end of the reservoir has a boat launch, and there’s good shore access around the reservoir making it a nice place for shore anglers and boaters. Trout fishing is probably

most popular at the reservoir because there’s a mix of stocked and wild rainbow trout. But you can also catch bass there.

HORSETHIEF

Where: Located east of Cascade. Take Warm Lake Road 6 miles to the marked Horsethief turnoff. What you can catch there: Rainbow trout, brown trout. Why it’s cool: This reservoir feels more like a mountain lake because it’s located at about 4,800 feet elevation and surrounded by timber. It’s a pretty developed area with a mix of private lands and public lands owned by the Forest Service and Idaho Fish and Game. The reservoir is wellstocked with trout and there’s good hold over from year to year, so they get a chance to grow. But it also gets lots of fishing pressure,

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Bring your float tube or other small craft. They’re a great way to catch fish. also a boat launch there, and camping is $5 per night. There’s also undeveloped camping at Norton Bay and Grays Landing south of Lud Drexler Park on the east side of the reservoir, or wherever else you can find access to the reservoir’s shoreline. The land around the 14-mile reservoir is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. This reservoir has an interesting mix of fish, including walleye. You can also catch trout, bass and other species there. Bring all your tackle and see how many different fish you can catch. This reservoir is best suited for boating because it’s large and much of the shoreline is not easily accessible.

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for irrigation this year and Idaho Fish and Game has already put salvage rules on it. That means you can keep as many fish as you can catch out of it. That’s sad after it carried over fish for a few years. This won’t be as picturesque as usual because of low water, but it’s still worth a look. There’s undeveloped camping along the shoreline, and also a private campground that’s within walking distance of the reservoir. You can bring your tent or RV (hookups available), or even rent an RV on-site. SALMON FALLS CREEK There are cabins for rent Where: Located south of that sleep four with a sepaTwin Falls near Rogerson. rate bedroom with queenWhat you can catch there: size bed and sofa bed (no Trout, bass, walleye, perch, linens provided) and and more. kitchen with all amenities. Why it’s cool: This is a reFor details, go to ally interesting reservoir fortrunningbear.com or call that’s often overlooked by LITTLE CAMAS 653-2494. Treasure Valley anglers. Where: Located on U.S. The Little Camas Inn also It’s about a three-hour 20 between Mountain reopened in November and drive from the Treasure Val- Home and Fairfield about ley, and the only developed and hour and a half from the is open six days per week (closed Tuesdays) so you campground is at Lud Treasure Valley. Drexler Park near the dam don’t have to pack a cooler. What you can catch there: on the north end of the Rainbow trout, smallmouth Stop in the restaurant for a reservoir. bass. burger and beer. They will The campground has 20 Why it’s cool: Better get also sell you bait. spaces, and has outhouses there fast because this Roger Phillips: 377-6215, and drinking water. There’s reservoir is getting drained Twitter: @rogeroutdoors so don’t expect lots of big trout. There are many campsites nicely tucked into the trees, but it’s also a popular area that gets really packed during summer and holiday weekends. There are outhouses, fire pits, etc., and no fees to camp there. There are good sites for both tents and RVs. There are also water pumps at central locations. The reservoir is 275 acres, which makes it a nice size for small craft including small motorboats, canoes, kayaks and float tubes.

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Camp and cruise These destinations are great for riding motorcycles and ATVs.

Motorcycles and ATVs are fun ways to see more country around where you camp.

Ranch Reservoir and numerous trailheads that lead you into the surrounding mountains. There are too many trails in the area to explain each BY ROGER PHILLIPS rphillips@idahostatesman.com one, but if you’re exploring © 2013 Idaho Statesman all the single-track trails the area has to offer, expect inHauling the ATVs and termediate to advanced motorcycles on a camping trails in pretty steep countrip is an Idaho tradition, try. and there are lots of places The Iron Mountain Lookthat are well-suited for ridout trail is open to ATVs, ing and relaxing. and there are also lots of Before you choose an area, it’s always good to do a backcountry roads to ride. little research at trails.idaho.gov, which MANN CREEK shows not only what trails Where: Located at Mann are available, but what vehi- Creek Reservoir off U.S. 95 cles are allowed on them. between Weiser and MidYou might also check out vale. the Idaho Department Parks Why it’s cool: This campof Recreation website to ground is a gateway to the brush up on the rules for Hitt Mountain and Sturgill ATV and motorcycle riding Peak areas. There are also on Forest Service roads, es- campgrounds farther up pecially if kids will be ridMann Creek Road if you ing. want to get out of the sageGo to parksandrecrebrush country and into the ation.idaho.gov and click on forest. the “ATV/motorbike” icon. The Sturgill and Hitt Forest Service maps also mountains may have snow until late June because of show what trails are availhigh elevation, but it might able and what vehicles are clear earlier than normal allowed on them. this year because of hot Once you get the details dialed, you will find count- weather and a low snowpack. less miles of scenic dirt According to the Forest roads and trails that take you deep into the backcoun- Service, Sturgill Mountain Lookout area provides three try at these destinations. scenic ATV trail loops totaling about 23 miles. BAUMGARTNER These loops are twoWhere: Located east of Featherville along the South track ATV trails rated moderate in difficulty by Forest Fork of the Boise River. Service standards. Why it’s cool: This is a Each loop includes secmotherlode of single-track tions of backcountry roads for experienced off-road or four-wheel-drive roads motorcycle riders, and a linking the trails together. swimming pool filled by a The highlights of the natural hot spring makes it a loops include Sturgill Lookgreat place to camp. out at 7,600 feet in elevation There are several other with stunning views of the campgrounds along the ROGER PHILLIPS / rphillips@idahostatesman.com South Fork of the Boise Riv- surrounding landscape, iner upstream from Anderson cluding the Eagle Cap

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Wilderness, Seven Devils Wilderness and nearby Cuddy Mountain. These ATV loop trails are best accessed from the Mann Creek Reservoir Road. You can start at one of the campgrounds and ride from there, or drive to the top of Sturgill and ride. It’s approximately 20 miles from U.S. 95 to the Sturgill Lookout Trailhead. Trail conditions change from year to year, so you should contact the Weiser or Council ranger districts of the Payette National Forest for trail conditions before you head up there.

BURGDORF

Where: Located north of McCall off Warren Wagon Road. Why it’s cool: Tuck this one away for summer or late spring. It’s a great place to ride with a mix of singletrack trails, back roads and dirt roads for both ATV and motorcycle riders. Don’t forget the private hot springs where you can take a soak in one of the most beautiful settings in the McCall area. Developed camping is fairly limited at Burgdorf. There’s a small Forest Service campground there, and cabins for rent at the hot springs. For details go to burgdorfhotsprings.com, or call 636-3036. There’s also plenty of undeveloped camping on Forest Service land nearby, and several developed campgrounds in the area, including Upper Payette Lake and Chinook. Motorcycle riders can expect some intermediate-toadvanced trails if they’re hitting the single track. ATV riders will find mostly gravel and dirt roads, but lots of them, including long and scenic rides. You can go east to Secesh and Warren and then down to the South Fork of the Salmon River and beyond, or go north from Burgdorf all the way to the Main Salmon River.

SILVER CREEK

Where: Located north of

The Custer Motorway between Sunbeam and Challis mixes backcountry riding with history. Garden Valley and Crouch. Why it’s cool: This has long been a popular area for motorcycle and ATV riding. The Forest Service’s Silver Creek and Boiling Springs campgrounds are both good base camps for riders. There’s also Silver Creek Plunge, which is a private hot springs with lodging. There’s a variety of riding, including exploring backcountry roads and riding singletrack. Check out the 6-mile Silver Creek Summit Trail (Trail 044) north of Silver Creek Campground. It goes north along an old roadbed to the ridge between Silver Creek and Bull Creek. It was rebuilt to motorcycle standards with grant funds and was re-

opened to motorcycles last October. It is closed to ATVs. According to the Forest Service, “At the summit views of Bull Creek and the Deadwood Ridge match any on the forest.” ATV riders may want to camp on the Boiling Springs side, which provides better access to trails.

SAGEHEN

Where: West of Smiths Ferry on the Boise National Forest. Why it’s cool: This spot is close to the Treasure Valley, but up in the forest where there are lots of roads and trails available for ATV and motorcycle riders. There are five different Forest Service campgrounds and one picnic area

around Sagehen Reservoir, which is a really scenic spot tucked into thick forest. The area has a mix of motorized and nonmotorized routes, so bring a Boise National Forest map to ensure you’re riding on open trails. Motorcycle riders can ride the West Mountain Trail (Trail 131), which runs along the spine of ridge west of Lake Cascade. ATV riders can check out the 16-mile KYAOTT Trail, which includes old logging roads that are closed to fullsized vehicles, but open to ATVs.

LAND OF THE YANKEE FORK STATE PARK

Where: Located between Sunbeam and Challis. Why it’s cool: This is a unique area that features

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the 50-mile Custer Motorway Adventure road. The motorway starts near Sunbeam east of Stanley off Idaho 75. It’s a great place to ride and explore a historic mining area, and also a base camp for a wealth of roads and trails in the adjacent areas. There are developed campgrounds — Custer, Greylock, Eightmile and Mill Creek — along the motorway and other undeveloped camping spots along it, which is essentially a gravel road. You pass through a variety of terrain from sagebrush country to thick lodgepole forests to red rock country. The route crosses an 8,800-foot summit, which

clears of snow anywhere from mid June to early July. You can contact the state park at 879-5244. Another cool option is the Lombard Trail, which starts from the Bayhorse site off Idaho 75 south of Challis. You can ride an ATV to old mine sites starting from the Bayhorse park headquarters. You can camp at the Forest Service’s Bayhorse Campground located on Idaho 75, but it’s not connected to the park and vehicles that aren’t street legal must be trailered to the Lombard trailhead. For details go to parks andrecreation.idaho.gov and click on Land of the Yankee Fork.

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If you’re indoors, is it still camping? You can ponder this question at state park cabins and yurts. BY ROGER PHILLIPS rphillips@idahostatesman.com © 2013 Idaho Statesman

Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation wants to make your camping life a little easier. The agency has a variety of nontraditional camping options at its parks, including rustic cabins, luxury cabins and yurts. Maybe nontraditional isn’t technically correct. Cabins have been around a lot longer than RVs, and Mongolian nomads slept in yurts for centuries before the tents were reborn in the U.S. and modern versions were placed in parks. So don’t consider yourself cushy campers, consider yourself modern pioneers with comfy beds, heating and AC, great views, and more. In the era of luxury RVs and hi-tech tents and camping gear, it might seem odd that parks would be renting yurts and cabins, but it was public demand that got them going. “We asked our customers, and they told us that’s what they wanted,” said Jennifer Okerland, communications manager for parks and recreation. Convenience is one of the big benefits. You’re guaranteed a warm, dry comfortable place to sleep. You also have to pack less gear. Depending on which accommodations you choose, you may only need to show up with clothes and food. And you get to wake up in a state park, or in the backcountry. “It’s a great place to take your family and reconnect with nature and have a comfortable overnight experience,” Okerland said. The accommodations vary at different parks, and what you need to bring de-

pends on what you rent. Want the lap of luxury? Check out the deluxe shoreline cabins at Ponderosa State Park on Payette Lake or at Farragut State Park on Lake Pend Orielle. Even Okerland concedes they’re more like vacation homes than cabins. They include all the comforts of home and “million dollar views.” Just show up with food, clothes and toys and everything else is there. With basic cabins, you will essentially be bringing everything you would bring for camping except a tent, but you will be snug in a cabin with heating and AC, although cooking outside with your camp stove. Yurts vary. Some include most furnishing and cooking equipment, others you bring your own. Prices also range between the accommodations, starting at about $50 per night for a basic cabin at parks. You also don’t have to go to a state park to enjoy a yurt. If you want to feel like you’re roughing it in comfort, rent a backcountry yurt in the Idaho City area. The yurts are most popular during winter for skiers and snowshoers, but their popularity is growing as a spring-through-fall destination. Most will require at least a short hike to reach them, which limits what you can bring. But once you get there, you have spacious accommodations and amazing views. If solitude is a priority, you will find it at the backcountry yurts. Your nearest camping neighbor is bound to be miles away. Yet another option for groups, including family reunions and other gatherings, are the yurts at Lake Cascade State Park. There are several in a segregated area near the lake, and you rent them all. There’s also space for RVs and tents at

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Basic cabins like this one at Three Island Crossing near Glenns Ferry are available at many state parks. Nightly rentals start at about $50.

the same spot. So there are obviously lots of sleeping options at state parks beyond of pitching a tent or hauling an RV. But here’s the fine print. Park accommodations are popular, and they can be reserved up to nine months

in advance. If you want one, better try to make your reservations now, because they may already be booked for summer weekends. If you can go midweek, your odds of snagging one improve, and it’s not too

early to start thinking about fall or even next year. Next time you’re at a state park, check out what they have to offer, mark the specific cabin or yurt that you want, and then book it later in the season, or get it early for one of those peak

periods next year. Do it at parksand recreation.idaho.gov. You can also call the individual parks and ask about accommodations they have. Be sure to ask their advice on what accommodations will best suit your needs. Also, make sure you know what’s provided and what you will need to bring because they differ depending on where and what you rent. Remember, when you book a night in a yurt or cabin, you don’t have to worry about the weather. If it rains (or even snows), you will be snug indoors with a heater or wood stove going and asking yourself “is this still camping?”

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Here’s where to find a lake in the woods Shoreside camping and paddling are classic and timeless. STORY AND PHOTOS BY PETE ZIMOWSKY pzimowsky@ idahostatesman.com © 2013 Idaho Statesman

Combining flatwater canoeing and camping in Idaho is as simple as taking a stroke with a paddle on placid waters. There are dozens of campgrounds located near lakes and reservoirs where touring kayakers and canoeists can enjoy miles of paddling. With most of the campgrounds, it’s only a short carry from the campsite to the lake. Here are five prime campgrounds for paddlers:

Paddling the lower St. Maries River offers a chance to get away from it all.

UPPER PAYETTE LAKE

What: It’s north of McCall, and it’s perfect for serene paddling. The lake is also stocked with trout and there’s a 1-mile trail along the lake’s shore. And, it’s always fun to hike or bike nearby trails, or hit historic HEYBURN STATE PARK What: The park has about Burgdorf Hot Springs, which is a short drive away. 5,744 acres of land, but get Fees: $10 a night for a this, 2,332 acres of water. campsite. That makes it a paddling Getting there: It’s about 2 paradise. You can bring hours to McCall from the your own boat or rent a Treasure Valley on Idaho 55 kayak, canoe or pedal boat or U.S. 95. Head 16 miles and take off on three lakes — Chatcolet, Benewah and north of McCall on the WarHidden Lakes or the St. Joe ren Wagon Road. Information: 634-0400. River, all at the southern end of Lake Coeur d’Alene. Fees: Motor vehicle entry ALTURAS LAKE INLET fee, $5 (or annual state parks What: What better way to pass); Chatcolet campenjoy views of the Sawtooth ground (no hookups and Range than paddling on showers) $14.84 a night; Alturas Lake. Hawley’s Landing (showers There is motor boating and restrooms), tent, $16.96, and water-skiing on the water and electric site lake, but kayakers and ca$23.32; full hookup, $25.44. noeists can enjoy a paddling (Benewah campground adventure by keeping close same as Hawley’s.) to shore. There are plenty of Getting there: It’s 353 nearby trails for exploring. miles north of Boise and Fees: $14-$28 a night. reached by driving Idaho 55 Getting there: Drive 25 and U.S. 95 to Plummer and miles south of Stanley on turning east. Idaho 75. Information: parksand Information: 774-3000. recreation.idaho.gov/parks/ heyburn.

DEADWOOD RESERVOIR

What: If you don’t mind a long drive on bumpy back roads with your canoe or kayak bouncing all over the roof rack, this is a good getaway with good fishing. It’s a reservoir, but it looks more like a highmountain lake because it’s in a natural setting in the Boise National Forest. There are four U.S. Forest Service campgrounds on or near the reservoir: Cozy Cove, Howers, Barneys and River Side. There’s also some undeveloped camping near the reservoir. Canoeist can also cross the reservoir and camp in undeveloped campsites. Fees: $12 per night for developed campsites. Getting there: From Cascade, take Warm Lake Road, which turns into Forest Road 579 and turns south to the reservoir. Another option is to take Idaho 21 north of Lowman past Banner Summit to Forest Road 579 and go west to the reservoir. Information: Go to fs.usda.gov/boise and click on “Recreation” and then “Camping and Cabins.”

Paddling on Upper Payette Lake near McCall offers a lot of solitude.

reservoir is stocked with trout and a great size for canoeing. It’s a mountainforested atmosphere with plenty of places for the kids to hike and play, too. It is easily accessible for motorhomes and people pulling RVs. There are two developed Forest Service campLOST VALLEY RESERVOIR grounds near the reservoir: Slaughter Gulch and Cold What: This mid-sized

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small community of Pine Ridge off U.S. 95 about 8 miles southwest of New Meadows. Take Forest Road 089 about 3 miles to the reservoir. Information: Go to fs. usda.gov/payette, click on “Recreation” and “Camping and Cabins.”

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lakes, or you can go all the way to the rim of Hells Canyon. The neat thing about camping here is that you gain 5,800 feet in elevation STORY AND PHOTOS BY PETE ZIMOWSKY from the town of Riggins by pzimowsky@ driving the road up into idahostatesman.com alpine country. © 2013 Idaho Statesman Fees: None. Getting there: Head to Doing day hikes in Idaho’s mountains from a com- Riggins on U.S. 95. Just south of Riggins, take U.S. fortable base camp sure Forest Service Road 517 to makes exploring the backthe west. It’s 17 miles to the country a lot easier. top and the campgrounds. You don’t have to haul your camping gear, food and Large camp trailers and motorhomes are not advised on other essentials in a backthe steep road up to Seven pack. It’s all at the campDevils, but people tow tent ground in your RV or tent, which means you can travel trailers and horse trailers to the campground. light into those mountain Information: 628-3916; lakes, or other secluded fs.fed.us/hellscanyon. spots. I’m not bad-mouthing backpacking, but for some WILDERNESS GATEWAY people, carrying a light dayWhat: Wilderness Gatepack rather than a backpack way Campground is right and seeing the same counon the Wild and Scenic try, makes a lot of sense. Lochsa River along U.S. 12 There are lots of campin northern Idaho. Besides access to whitegrounds at trailheads that water rafting and kayaking that offer great hiking: and trout fishing, the campground is at the base of hikSEVEN DEVILS What: Seven Devils and ing and horseback-riding Windy Saddle camptrails in the Selway-Bittergrounds are located at trail- root Wilderness. The campground is large heads into the Seven Devils enough for RVs, but comMountains southwest of fortable for tent camping. Riggins. It’s also not far from food, You can hike to a moungas and supplies in Lowell. tain lake to catch trout, or head out to a meadow to get There are no hookups. Fees: Starting at $9. gorgeous photos of wildGetting there: From Lowflowers. Who knows, you ell on U.S. 12, drive east for might even bump into a 25 miles. mountain goat. Information: 926-4274; The area is known for its reserveamerica.com and ruggedness, but hiking the search for Wilderness Gatetrails without a backpack way. makes it more accessible. There are several different trails that lead to great See TRAILS, O16 PETE ZIMOWSKY / Idaho Statesman file mountain views and lots of

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REDFISH LAKE

What: Campgrounds at Redfish Lake offer a short drive to main trailheads into the Sawtooth Wilderness. It’s a great way to see the Sawtooths on day hikes. One of the best ways to cut 5 miles off a hike is to take the boat shuttle offered by Redfish Lake Lodge. It goes up the lake to a main trailhead. Check at redfishlake.com for details. Reservations are a must for campgrounds near Redfish Lake because they are so popular. Fees: $15 to $30. Getting there: From Stanley, head about 7 miles south on Idaho 75 to the turnoff to Redfish Lake. It’s about 3 miles to campgrounds. Information: Go to reserveamerica.com and search for Outlet Campground near Stanley.

NORTH FORK

What: North Fork Campground is on the Big Wood River north of Ketchum and ideal for exploring the 20mile Harriman Trail on a mountain bike or hiking. There are also numerous side roads and trails branching off the Harriman Trail. You’ll be able to wade and fish or swim in the river, if it’s not too cold for you. You’ll also find other trailheads nearby. Several of the trails go to mountain peaks in the Smoky and Boulder mountains. Fees: $12 to $23. Getting there: From Ketchum, drive about 8 miles north on Idaho 75. The campground is on the west side of the highway. Information: 774-3000; reserveamerica.com and search for North Fork Campground near Ketchum.

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What: Copper Basin, at the base of the Pioneer and White Knob mountains east of Sun Valley between Idaho 75 and U.S. 93, encom-

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Camping at Seven Devils Campground offers a lot of hiking and scenery. passes hundreds of square miles of mountain streams, peaks, sagebrush and forest. It’s cherished by backcountry wanderers. The main access to the basin is the Copper Basin Loop Road that circles an area called the Potholes. The road is a jumping-off point for equestrians, hikers, anglers, ATVers, motorcyclists, mountain bikers. The 20- to 25-mile loop (depending on side trips) takes travelers to trailheads such as Bellas, Broad and Muldoon canyons and the Lake Creek Trailhead. Along the way is Star Hope Campground, which was recently renovated and has new camping and equestrian features. The road around Copper Basin also has plenty of undeveloped camping spots. Fees: There are no fees for undeveloped campsites. Star Hope Campground costs $10 a night. Getting there: In Sun Valley, take Idaho 75 (Main Street) to Sun Valley Road. Turn northeast onto Sun Valley Road. This road turns into the Trail Creek Road. Follow it to the Copper Basin Road. Turn right onto the Copper Basin Road. Follow it 13 miles to the Copper Basin Loop Road. Information: fs.usda.gov/scnf and search for campgrounds.

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Wild Idaho! 2013: 4 p.m. May

17 to noon May 19 at Redfish Lake Lodge, Stanley. Keynote speaker Dr. James Weatherby will speak about conservation and politics in Idaho. On Saturday afternoon, select from a number of field trips. Silent auction begins late in the afternoon, with a banquet, live auction and socializing to follow. $250 per person, includes conference, lodging at Redfish and all meals. 345-6933 ext. 14. Full agenda at idahoconservation.org (under Hikes & Events)

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ho Museum of Mining and Geology is sponsoring a field trip to Bruneau Reef and Bruneau Woodpile Fossils. Led by Clyde Stroup. Meet at the museum, 2455 Old Penitentiary Road, at 7:30 a.m. for an 8 a.m. departure. Dress for the weather and bring water, lunch, snacks. Back in Boise by 5 p.m. $10 members, $15 nonmembers. No reservations needed. 853-1678. Avimor bird walk: 8 a.m. at the parking lot on Avimor Drive, eight miles north of Eagle off Idaho 55. Led by Robert Mortensen. First half of walk will be on paved trails along Spring Valley Creek. The second half will involve some hiking on more rugged terrain in varying locations. Free. 7947906, avimor.com/about/events.

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Big Nasty Mud Run and Mountain Bike Weekend:

Three-mile mud run at 11 a.m. May 18 and mountain bike XC (eight-mile loop) at 11 a.m. May 19 at Tom Pence Ranch on Big Willow Road (take I-84 exit 13, follow signs, located four miles from New Plymouth). Cost is $20-$30. Register at redpodium.com.

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this spring were all bunched up. Wonder why? Biologists say ewes congregate during the lambing season as a defensive mechanism. It’s called predator swamping. The idea is that in a big group you have a lower chance of you or your offspring being the one that gets taken by a predator. If an ewe and lamb were on their own, the chances of getting taken by a predator increases. Predator swamping also is the reason that the timing of lamb births is synchronized; it reduces the chance of the predators being effective at taking the young lambs over a longer period of time, according to wildlife biologists.

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Idaho Fish and Game Free Fish- Dutch Oven Cook-off. ing Trailer: 4 to 8 p.m. at Kleiner bigwaterblowout.com. Pond, Meridian. Loaner rods and Idaho Internet Crimes Against tackle available, and no fishing liChildren Coalition Alley Cat cense required while the trailer is Bike Challenge and Raffle: 10:30 at the location.

a.m. at Joe’s Crab Shack, 2288 N. Garden St., Boise. Participants reIdaho Fish and Game Free Fish- ceive a manifest listing 15 locations. Ride to each location and ing Trailer: 4 to 8 p.m. at Parkcomplete an activity. $25 ($20 for Center Pond, Boise. Loaner rods and tackle available, and no fishing raffle). icacfoundation.org. license required while the trailer is SATURDAY,JUNE8 at the location. Bob LeBow Bike Tour: 7 a.m. at Nampa High School, 203 Lake THURSDAY,MAY30 Idaho Fish and Game Free Fish- Lowell Ave. (start/finish). Six courses from 3 to 100 miles ing Trailer: 4 to 8 p.m. at McDethrough scenic Canyon, Owyhee, vitt Pond, Meridian. Loaner rods and tackle available, and no fishing and Malheur counties. Benefits Idaho Fish and Game Free Fish- license required while the trailer is the Terry Reilly Zero Pay Fund. $20-$50, depending on distance. ing Trailer: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at at the location. Early-bird registration for individuWilliams Pond, Boise. Loaner SATURDAY,JUNE1 als and teams ends May 8. 467rods and tackle available, and no fishing license required while the Idaho Fish and Game Free Fish- 4431, trhs.org. ing Trailer: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Set- Idaho Fish and Game Free Fishtrailer is at the location. tlers Pond, Meridian. Loaner rods ing Trailer: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at SATURDAY-SUNDAY, and tackle available, and no fishing McDevitt Pond, Meridian. Loaner MAY 18-19 license required while the trailer is rods and tackle available, and no Mill Creek Moose 3D Shoot: at the location. fishing license required while the Registration from 8 to 11 a.m. Big Water Blowout River Festi- trailer is at the location. both days outside Cambridge. val: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Riggins Weiser River TrailBike Ride: 9 40 targets, trophies both days, City Park, 2.5 hours north of Boise a.m. at Weiser River Trail Head, smoker round Friday and Saturon Idaho 95. Rafting trips (9 a.m. Hornet Creek Road, Council. Disday at 6 p.m. Hosted by Indianto 4 p.m., $30), a beer eddy, music tance of 28 miles mostly downhill.

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veterinary services at Idaho Humane Society Veterinary Medical Center.

bers, $6 for guests of members during the week. Community Climb Sunday, $6 for guests (no member sponsor required). Student Recreation Center, 1515 University Drive, Boise. 426-1946, rec.boisestate.edu/outdoor. Nampa Rec Center: Rock wall hours: 4 to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 131 Constitution Way. 465-2288, nampareccenter.org. YMCA: Climbing walls available at the Downtown Family YMCA and the West Family YMCA. Both Ys offer youth and adult classes, group rentals and a kids climbing club. 377-9622, ext. 520; 3445501, ext. 247.

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Dog Agility: Boise Agility Runners and Climbers (BARC): 7 p.m. first Monday of each month at various locations. boiseagility.org.

German Shorthaired Pointer Club of Idaho: 7 p.m. second

Tuesday of each month (September through May) at Fiesta Guadalajara, 704 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian. gspcidaho.org.

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Monday of each month at Idaho Pizza Co., 405 E. Fairview Ave., Williams Pond, Boise. Loaner rods Meridian. Family-oriented club. and tackle available, and no fishing 888-4334. license required while the trailer is Boise Valley Fly Fishermen: Fly tying demo at 6:30 p.m. and at the location. meeting at 7:30 p.m. second WEDNESDAY,JUNE19 Thursday of each month (except Idaho Fish and Game Free Fish- July, August) at Boise Elks Lodge ing Trailer: 4 to 8 p.m. at McDeNo. 310, 6608 Fairview Ave. 658vitt Pond, Meridian. Loaner rods 1766. and tackle available, and no fishing Fly Fishers of Idaho: Fly-tying license required while the trailer is demo at 6:30 p.m. at meeting at 7 at the location. p.m. third Thursday of each THURSDAY,JUNE20 month (except June, December) Idaho Fish and Game Free Fish- at Idaho Fish and Game, 600 S. Walnut St., Boise. 921-3040, ing Trailer: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at SATURDAY-SUNDAY, flyfishidaho.org. Wilson Ponds, Nampa. Loaner JUNE8-9 rods and tackle available, and no SnakeRiverBassmasters: 7:30 Idaho Rally International: June fishing license required while the p.m. first Monday of each month 8-9 in Boise County. Rally cars, trailer is at the location. at Denny’s, 607 Northside Blvd., UTVs and ATVs will run on the dirt Nampa. Bill Kriner, 468-3620; SATURDAY,JUNE22 roads of Boise County with Placerville as the hub of the activities. Blues Cruise of Idaho: Registra- srb.idahobassfed.com. Ted Trueblood Chapter of Watch the race vehicles at the tion at 6 a.m. and first route at 7 spectator area at the corner of a.m. at Blue Cross of Idaho, 3000 Trout Unlimited: Fly tying demo at 6:30 p.m. and program at 7:30 Grimes Pass Road and the Old E. Pine Ave., Meridian. 100-, 50-, p.m. second Wednesday of each Centerville Road (approximately 30- and 15-mile routes available. month (in January, March, May, two miles up Grimes Pass Road). Proceeds will benefit Bikes for September, November) at MK Be in place by 11:30 a.m. Saturday Kids, which is a partnership beNature Center, 600 S. Walnut St., and 9 a.m. Sunday to avoid the tween the Blue Cross of FoundaBoise. 853-7788. road closures. Volunteers needed. tion for Health and Boise Bicycle Rob Blout, 392-4779, or Dick Project. Register at bluecruise HIKING Rockrohr, 867-6943; idaho.org. Boise WHN: Boise Women’s idahorally.com. Ultimate Urban Challenge: 7:30 Hiking Network. Members post a.m. at the Caven-Williams Sports invitations for day hikes, camping SUNDAY,JUNE9 trips, backpacking, more. Joyce Museum Open House and Cel- Complex, Boise State University Fabre, 921-5026. Join at ebration: 1 p.m. at the Idaho Mu- campus. Using clues, teams of four will bike to secret destinations groups.yahoo.com/group/ seum of Mining and Geology, 2455 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise. to complete assigned challenges. boisewhn. Afterparty and awards ceremony Celebrating Idaho 150 with an inHORSES at the conclusion of the race. Benformal tour of museum, familyBlack Canyon Riding Club: efit for Make-A-Wish Idaho. $49 friendly hillside geology hike and Potluck or ride, 7 p.m. third Saturpresentation: “Earthquakes in Ida- early registration, $75 after June 1. day of each month at 10480 Brill ho? You’ve Gotta be Kidding Me!” 345-9474, idaho.wish.org. Road, Emmett. 365-4062. Every child takes home a free min- Idaho Fish and Game Free FishBoise Back Country Horsemen: ing Trailer: 8 a.m. to noon at eral. 283-3186. 7 p.m. second Tuesday of each Sawyers Pond, Emmett. Loaner WEDNESDAY,JUNE12 month at Idaho Pizza Co., 405 E. rods and tackle available, and no Idaho Fish and Game Free Fish- fishing license required while the Fairview Ave., Meridian. 861ing Trailer: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 4734, 362-3526; boisebch.org. trailer is at the location. Settlers Pond, Meridian. Loaner MOTOR SPORTS SUNDAY,JUNE23 rods and tackle available, and no Canyon County ATV Club: 7 Earthquake Tracking: 2 p.m. at fishing license required while the the Idaho Museum of Mining and p.m. second Wednesday of each trailer is at the location. month at Canyon Creek RestauGeology, 2455 Old Penitentiary THURSDAY,JUNE13 Road, Boise. An introduction to the rant, 1411 Shilo Drive, Nampa. Idaho Fish and Game Free Fish- museum’s earthquake recording Travis Tyson, 250-0842 or travising Trailer: 4 to 8 p.m. at Kleiner dtyson@yahoo.com. station and how it “catches the Pond, Meridian. Loaner rods and waves” of earthquakes locally and Idaho ATV Association: 7 to 9 tackle available, and no fishing lip.m. third Tuesday of each month around the globe. Free for memcense required while the trailer is at Idaho Pizza Co., 405 E. Fairview bers, $3 nonmembers. No regisat the location. Ave., Meridian. idahoatv.org. tration necessary. Igneous Rock Identification: 7 to SHOOTING WEDNESDAY,JUNE26 9 p.m. at the Idaho Museum of Blacks Creek Rifle Range: Public Idaho Fish and Game Free FishMining and Geology, 2455 Old ing Trailer: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mill shooting facility 15 minutes south Penitentiary Road, Boise. Discusof Boise. 2420 E. Kuna Mora sion of igneous features through- Pond, Horseshoe Bend. Loaner Road, Kuna. $8 per day. 342out the western Snake River Plain. rods and tackle available, and no 9614, blackscreekrange.com. fishing license required while the Receive extrusive and intrusive trailer is at the location. Boise Gun Club: Trap and skeet specimens of igneous rock. $5 shooting from noon to 9 p.m. members, $15 nonmembers. THURSDAY,JUNE27 Reservations required: Lois, 713Idaho Fish and Game Free Fish- Wednesday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 2350 E. Kuna Mora Road, 2061. ing Trailer: 4 to 8 p.m. at Wilson Kuna. 342-0892 or Kent, 345Ponds, Nampa. Loaner rods and SATURDAY,JUNE15 0711; boisegunclub.com. tackle available, and no fishing li”It’s a Butte” — SnakeRiver cense required while the trailer is Volcanics: Idaho Museum of at the location. WILDLIFE Mining and Geology presents a geology field trip led by Craig Idaho Herpetological Society: MONDAY-FRIDAY, White. Meet at the museum, Programs 7 p.m. third Sunday of JULY22-26 2455 Old Penitentiary Road, at each month (except in May, OctoTed Trueblood Chapter Boise, 7:30 a.m. for an 8 a.m. departure. Trout Unlimited Trout Camp for ber, November) at Idaho Fish and Dress for the weather and bring Kids: July 22-26 at the MK Nature Game, 600 S. Walnut St., Boise. water, lunch, snacks. Back in Boise Center and on the North Fork of Care of reptiles and amphibians. by 5 p.m. $10 members, $15 non- the Boise River. Fly fishing camp 468-2349. members. No reservations need- for ages 10-13. 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Two camping books for better camp eating and children’s adventures BY ROGER PHILLIPS rphillips@ idahostatesman.com © 2013 Idaho Statesman

THE NEW TRAILSIDE COOKBOOK

Not sure what the old one had, but this one will keep you camp cooking all summer and not repeating a recipe twice (unless you want to). The book covers everything from the staples, such as great camp coffee and gorp, to fancier fare like lambchops with rosemary and grapes. Author Kevin Callan and Margaret Howard show they are campers first and cooks second with this honest, real-world advice. “If you’re using a camp stove, then dinner should

camp cooking for breakfast, lunch, dinner and midday snacks. And the book isn’t just for use around camp. There are tips for shopping for the right camp food, packing it properly, and safe food handling and storage in camp. There’s also a cool chapter on living off the land if you want to seek meals straight from Mother Nature. One final bonus, there recipes for camp cocktails, and you may find recipes only take a maximum of 30 here so tasty you end up usminutes to cook to conserve ing them at home, too. fuel,” they write. “Even if Anyone up for some gin you’re cooking over a camp- and tonic kebabs? Price: $19.95. fire, it shouldn’t take any Getting a copy: Check lolonger. Hungry campers get cal outdoor stores or bookcranky quickly.” stores or go to So with that in mind, be ready to dive into some tasty fireflybooks.com.

THE KIDS’ OUTDOORS ADVENTURE BOOK

While this isn’t exactly a camping book, it doesn’t take a wizard to figure out it makes a great camping companion for kids. Hopefully, your kids will never get bored while camping because there’s so much to do, but this book provides some cool ideas and activities. So if you want something to keep them extra amused and challenged, you could do a lot worse than this book. The subtitle is “448 great things to do in nature before you grow up,” and that’s what it provides. I have minor issues with that because why should grown ups be excluded from the fun? But anyway, with that in mind, here are some

examples: Æ Make your own ice cream. Æ Jump in the middle of a lake. Æ Identify constellations. Æ Find antlers in the woods. Æ Splash in a puddle. Æ Hang upside down from a tree. Æ Take a picture from the top of a mountain. Æ Stare down a momma

grizzly. (Kidding. Just seeing if you were paying attention.) Each activity is rated on an “Adventure Scale” of one through five with “watch the sun set” getting a one-rating and “find at least five new animals in the wild” rating a five (don’t make one of them a momma grizzly). The book has activities for all four seasons, so it’s useful beyond camping seasons, and it includes lots of projects, games and cooking. It also covers a lot of different places, from the forest to the beach to the backyard. Cost: $18.95. Getting a copy: Check local bookstores or go to globepequot.com.

Roger Phillips: 377-6215, Twitter: @rogeroutdoors

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