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Four Rivers Field Office

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This region is the backyard of Idaho’s largest city (Boise), yet offers easy access to unspoiled destinations for outdoor adventure.

The 130-mile Ridge to Rivers Trail System offers hikers, bikersHiking in the Boise Foothills - Ridge to Rivers Trail System and wildlife viewers plenty of trails to explore. Seven miles up Eighth Street from Boise’s North End, the three-mile Hulls Gulch National Recreation Trail offers a quiet escape from the city and interpretive signs teach visitors about the unique natural history of the Boise Foothills.

In the mid-1800s, thousands of pioneers followed the Oregon Trail 2,000 miles from Missouri to Oregon in search of a better life. Located southeast of Boise, the 135-mile stretch of the Oregon National Historic Trail, can be experienced from a car or explored on foot. Original wagon wheel ruts are visible today on the North Trail and Sinker Creek segments.

At Bonneville Point, visitors can stand in the same spot where Captain Benjamin Bonneville and his expedition party overlooked the valley he named Les Bois, site of the city that today bears the same name — Boise. The site is also an access point for the Oregon Trail and a place to hike, picnic, geocache and view wildlife.

The Payette River offers opportunities for recreationists of all skill levels to kayak, canoe and fish. Motorized and non-motorized boating are allowed and rafting enthusiasts can expect rapids of varying difficulties. Local outfitters offer half and full day trips of this scenic river.

Brownlee Reservoir is a popular fishing location known for its great catfish, crappie and small mouth bass. Fishermen can set-up camp and launch their fishing boats at Steck Park campground. Steck Park, located at the southern end of the 56-mile-long reservoir, offers access to Brownlee Reservoir along the Snake River from the Idaho side of Hell’s Canyon.

Last updated: 03-28-2013