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Bosie District Office
Release Date: 06/12/14
Contacts: MJ Byrne , 208-384-3393 or 208-871-1992 (cell)  

Reconstruction of Jump Creek Road Complete

BOISE – A two-month project of extensive reconstructing and resurfacing of the access road to Jump Creek Recreation Site has been completed ahead of schedule, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Owyhee Field Office announced today. Jump Creek is located about 10 miles southwest of Marsing, Idaho.

"The recreation site is a popular area that receives about 20,000 visitors per year and is typically open to the public year-round," said Owyhee Field Office Outdoor Recreation Planner Ryan Homan. Recreation activities within the immediate area include camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, picnicking, gold panning and rock climbing. Jump Creek also serves as a staging area for activities such as off highway vehicle riding, horseback riding, and hunting.

The project included reconstructing the existing roadbed, adding six culverts for drainage under the roadbed and laying down roughly 200 yards of durable, fiber-laden concrete on top of the over 500-foot long surface. The Jump Creek project was funded by a grant of $84,000 from Idaho Parks and Recreation as well as the cost of BLM labor used as a match. The total project cost, including BLM labor, was about $130,000.

"Prior to the upgrade, the road leading into the recreation site received periodic maintenance that typically only included blading of the road surface," according to Homan. "Magnesium chloride was occasionally applied to the roadbed to bind the materials. However, the road would quickly washboard, rut and erode due to heavy traffic use, improper drainage and the steep grade, making it unusable to two-wheel drive vehicles and occasionally stranding visitors at the recreation site."

“Overall, the much needed upgrade of the access road has resolved resource issues, greatly extended the lifespan of the facilities in the area, and ensures all recreationists safe and improved access to the restroom facilities and day use area year-round,” said Homan.

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 sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Last updated: 06-18-2014