Letters from the West

Outdoor Idaho pays tribute to the headwaters of the rivers that run through our state

"Idaho Headwaters" trailer

The Idaho Outdoors crew at Idaho Public Television focus on the headwaters of Idaho's great rivers. You can watch the full episode at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 on IPTV.
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The Idaho Outdoors crew at Idaho Public Television focus on the headwaters of Idaho's great rivers. You can watch the full episode at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 on IPTV.

Bruce Reichert and the gang at Idaho Public Television have traveled all over Idaho and Wyoming’s backcountry to present another grand story about the “wildness state.”

The result premieres December 6 at 7 pm. on Outdoor Idaho in a show called “Idaho Headwaters.”

Just as its 50th anniversary show last year showed off Idaho grandeur, Idaho Headwaters will take viewers to come of Idaho's most beautiful places, which took journeys of several days on for its intrepid crews on difficult trails to access.

So much good comes from headwater streams, those small tributaries that transport water from the upper reaches of the watershed to the main part of the river. There are hundreds of miles of these often unnamed streams, and yet they help define the character of our major rivers.

Bruce Reichert host and executive producer Outdoor Idaho

They went to Spangle Lakes, the headwaters of the Boise River, 16 miles east of Atlanta into the Sawtooth Wilderness, with an elevation of about 5,000 feet. They went into the headwaters of the Middle Fork of the Boise and the South Fork of the Payette, as well as the headwaters of the Big Wood and the Salmon, which all lie within a radius of a few miles.

Using footage shot this summer and new interviews with experts who are familiar with the territory, this program shows the beginnings of some of the state's remarkable rivers, like the Snake and the Salmon, the Selway and the Boise, the St. Joe and the Owyhee.

Rocky Barker: 208-377-6484, @RockyBarker

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