Annual fall campground and road closures went into effect Monday in the Boise National Forest, but there are lots of places to go.
Closures of Forest Service roads started Oct. 1. Closures are designed to provide quiet zones for wildlife, nonmotorized hunting opportunities and protection of road surfaces as wet weather begins.
See a copy of a free Motor Vehicle Use Map available at ranger district offices, the Interagency Visitor Center near Wal-Mart off Cole and Overland roads in Boise, or at Idaho Fish and Game offices.
Here is a list of campgrounds that will remain open until Oct. 15 with water on and fees in effect:
M.F. Payette River
Hot Springs, Tie Creek, Trail Creek, and Boiling campgrounds; Boiling Springs Cabin and Deadwood Lookout (reservations through recreation.gov).
Silver Creek Campground will remain open after Nov. 1 if the weather remains good. Water will be turned off by the end of October, but campers can still get water from Silver Creek Plunge.
Sage Hen complex
Sage Hen Campgrounds: Sage Hen Creek, Antelope, Antelope Annex and Cartwright Ridge and Sage Hen Dam picnic area. Third Fork Cabin will close Nov. 1.
Payette River sites
Restrooms at Payette River recreation sites will be closing throughout October, and the doors will be locked. The Banks Access Recreation Site restroom remains open during winter. The $3 day-use fees are no longer in effect.
Idaho City area
Services ended Oct. 1 for all campgrounds, except Bad Bear and Edna Creek, where services will end Oct. 15. Gates are closed at Grayback and Hayfork campgrounds.
Upper French Creek and Amanita campgrounds are closed. Sites 25-31 and the group site at Shoreline Campground at Warm Lake are closed. Services were reduced at all other campgrounds in the Cascade Ranger District with reduced prices as of Oct. 1.
Fees are no longer in effect and services no longer available at all campgrounds in the Lowman Ranger District.
Trinity area campgrounds remain closed under the Trinity fire closure.
Services at campgrounds and recreation sites ended at Anderson Reservoir.
No services are available in campgrounds and recreation sites along the south and middle forks of the Boise River.
The McCall Ranger District will be closing campgrounds in the Burgdorf area through Oct. 21 to cut hazardous trees. These campgrounds will be closed for about four days at a time during the next few weeks: Burgdorf, Jeanette Creek, Bear Pete Dispersed Site and Corduroy Creek Dispersed Site.
For more information, call the McCall Ranger District at 634-0400.
Some fire restrictions lifted
The Payette, Boise and Sawtooth national forests will lift Stage One fire restrictions on Friday, Oct. 5.
This means you can have a campfire outside of a designated recreation site. While fire restrictions are being lifted, make sure campfires are dead out. Conditions are dry and fire danger is high.
The Trinity Ridge Fire closure area was reduced Oct. 1, opening nearly 200,000 acres that had been closed.
Currently 32,000 acres remain closed. That includes a 25,000-acre area west of Pine extending to and including the Trinity Lakes Recreation Area. It also includes a 10,000-acre area in the West Warrior Mountain area, northeast of the Middle Fork of the Boise River and Swanholm roads.
All roads are open with the exception of Forest Road 129 and 172. They will open Wednesday, Oct. 10.
All trails are open with the exception of West Warrior Trail (57), and Roaring River Trail (45). The Hot Creek Trail (47) is open to foot travel only.
Many of the trails and backcountry roads now open have not been evaluated or cleared of fallen trees or rocks that could block travel.
Closures for the Wesley Fire near New Meadows are: Upper Boulder Creek, Upper Lick Creek, Upper Bear, Echols Mountain, Echols Creek, Upper Rapid River, the area north and west of Smokey Boulder Road 074, including portions of Boulder Creek, Huckleberry Campground, the Road to Black lake (Rd 112) and the Black Lake area are still closed.
The Kleinschmidt Grade and Council/Cuprum roads are open via roads 002 and 105. For details, call (208) 253-0178.
Compiled by Pete Zimowsky: Twitter: @Zimosoutdoors