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Release Date: 05/25/12
Contacts: Krista Berumen , 208-373-3826  

BLM Temporarily Closes Skinny Dipper Hot Springs to Night-time Use

BOISE, IDAHO – The BLM Four Rivers Field Office has temporarily closed the Skinny Dipper Hot Springs site in Boise County to all recreational use from sunset to sunrise. The parking area along the Banks-Lowman Highway and the trail from the parking area to the hot springs are included in the partial closure.

The closure will help provide for public safety. Since 2004, there have been several fatalities, assaults and numerous injuries associated with night-time use of the area. Due to its location the public does not have cellular phone access, which adds to concerns regarding night-time use.

The parking area adjacent to the Banks-Lowman Highway near mile post 4, the trail from the parking area to Skinny Dipper Hot Springs, and all areas within 1,000 feet of the hot springs are closed from sunset to sunrise each day. The BLM has posted closure signs at main entry points to the closed area and/or other locations on-site. Information about the closure, including maps of the affected area, will be posted in the BLM’s Four Rivers Field Office at 3948 Development Avenue, Boise, Idaho.

This closure and restriction will take effect immediately and will remain in effect until further notice. Persons who are exempt from this closure include contractors hired by the BLM to work in the area; search and rescue personnel; and Federal, state or local officials working within the scope of their duties.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.

Last updated: 10-31-2013