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Idaho State Office
Release Date: 06/27/14
Contacts: Jessica Gardetto , 208-373-4060, cell: 208-957-1355  

Have Fun and Be Safe on Public Lands in Idaho

BOISE, ID – With the Fourth of July approaching, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is encouraging the public to get outside enjoy their public lands in Idaho. Seasonal weather conditions are looking good for some summer fun, and campsites, trails, boat launches and other attractions across the State are ready and waiting for visitors. As you head out, the BLM has some helpful tips to help ensure a fun and safe recreation outing:


  • Please do not discharge, use or possess fireworks on public lands. Per BLM Idaho’s Fire Prevention Orders, fireworks are illegal on all public lands from May 10 to October 20.
  • Make sure all off-road vehicles have a properly functioning catalytic converter or approved spark arrester.
  • Only build campfires when and where authorized, never leave a campfire unattended and put them completely out.
  • Put out and dispose of lit, smoking materials appropriately.

Camping: Most BLM campgrounds throughout Idaho are open and ready for the weekend. Please keep these tips in mind:

  • BLM campsites in Idaho are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis; online reservations are not offered.
  • Recreation use fees are in effect for many established BLM sites; please be responsible.
  • Please remember to be considerate of other campers and recognize established quiet hours at designated camping site, stay on existing roads and trials, “leave no trace” and “pack it out.”
  • If you choose to camp at a dispersed site, please select a site that is already established and at least 100 feet away from water sources, and dispose of human waste properly (away from water and in a 6” or deeper hole).

River Etiquette: Although you may find solitude along Idaho's rivers and lakes, you will not be alone, so please be courteous to others. Busy launch sites and congested water traffic can be avoided if everyone practices a few simple courtesies, such as ramp manners, quietness and “sharing the water.” Here are some simple tips that will help:

  • If the river ramp is busy, please wait your turn and use the ramp only for loading and unloading.
  • Please completely prepare your craft before approaching the boat ramp.
  • Allow others to go before you if they are waiting with a loaded boat in the water.
  • Never block a ramp with an unattended watercraft or vehicle.
  • After getting your craft into the water, move it to the end of the dock so others can launch and then proceed with your river trip as soon as possible to avoid congestion at the launch site and docks.

Hiking, Biking and OHVs: It is estimated that over 19,000 trails abound in Idaho. Whether you are interested in hiking on foot, bicycling or traveling by off-highway vehicle, Idaho BLM public lands have something for you to explore. These tips will enhance your visit:

  • Watch the weather! Many roads that access trails become impassable when wet!
  • When using motorized equipment, stay on designated roads and trails.
  • Be courteous and do not disturb wildlife.
  • In the backcountry, use a backpack stove instead of building a fire.
  • Don’t wash your dishes in streams.
  • Pack out what you pack in.

A diverse array of recreational opportunities abounds for individuals of all ages and interests. Public lands are often located in your backyard, so get out and explore the outdoors, it’s yours!

For additional information, visit the Idaho BLM Recreation Website, where you will find a downloadable state recreation guide and map, things to do, places to see, how to plan your trip and more:

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: 06-27-2014