Boise, Idaho, Dec. 23, 2016 — Annual River Passes for the Payette River Recreation Area in the Banks and Garden Valley area are now on sale for the entire 2017 season for $20 per pass at the following locations:
Alpenglow Mountain Sports – Boise/Bogus Basin Rd – 208-331-2628
Cascade Outfitters – Garden City – 208-322-4411
Idaho River Sports – Boise/Hyde Park – 208-336-4844
Ray’s Corner Market – Horseshoe Bend – 208-793-2391
Valley View Chevron – Horseshoe Bend – 208-793-4321
Garden Valley Chevron – Garden Valley – 208-462-3869
USFS Garden Valley Work Center – Garden Valley – 208-462-3241
Emmett Ranger District – Emmett – 208-365-7000
The season pass waives the daily $3 fee charged at each Payette River Recreation site and can also be used in fee areas along the South Fork of the Snake River. Fees will start May 1 in the Payette River complex. River recreation fee sites include: Beehive Bend, Chief Parrish, Banks Beach, Banks River Access, Deer Creek, Confluence and Danskin. During the boating season, there are self-service daily fee stations for non-annual pass holders.
For visitors with an America the Beautiful Interagency Senior or Access Pass, Payette River Recreation Area use is free. The Idaho State Parks Passport is not valid at federal recreation sites.
Funds received are directly used for operation, improvement and site maintenance to enhance recreation opportunities and public use along the Payette River corridor. The fee program is within the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act.
The program is managed jointly by the Bureau of Land Management and the Boise National Forest. The Forest Service manages the daily operations and maintenance, and administers commercial outfitter and guide permits, while the BLM performs most of the construction activities and administers special recreation event permits.
Comments are welcome and are evaluated annually. Further information is available by calling the Emmett Ranger District at 208-365-7000.