Idaho Adventure News

  • Idaho Salmon and Steelhead: 2022 run status, news updates, coming months.

    As many of you may already know, the last couple years have brought some big news regarding Idaho’s salmon and steelhead, and the main challenges they contend with for survival and stock recovery.  A little under two years ago, Representative Mike Simpson of Idaho’s second district unveiled his Northwest in Transition Columbia Basin Initiative plan that proposed a retirement of the four Lower Snake River dams, along with significant investments in power systems, river communities, industry infrastructure, and more.  Again, this is a recap for most, but the retirement and breaching of these fou...

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  • Idaho Rafting, Jet Boat season looks promising in Summer 2022

    By Steve Stuebner With every snowflake that falls in the Idaho mountains from this amazing series of April snow storms, the stoke level for the summer rafting and jet boat season for Idaho rivers is rising rapidly! More than 2 feet new snow has fallen in the Idaho high country just in the last week, increasing snowpack levels in all of the key river basins that count for whitewater rafting and jet boat trips – the Salmon, Snake, Middle Fork Salmon, Payette, Lochsa and more. “I’m optimistic, with these spring storms we’re getting right now, it’s not nearly as dire as last year,” said Jared Hopk...

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  • Idaho’s unsung recreation meccas

    Discover an eclectic mix of world-class recreation activities in these quaint mountain communities  By Steve Stuebner It’s summertime in Idaho, and the recreation season is in full swing in our mountains, lakes and rivers. In this segment on Exploring Idaho, we’re spotlighting some of the lesser-known, unsung recreation meccas in the state, anchored in quaint, friendly small towns. Visitors will be delighted to learn about them, and ...

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  • Summer is Here! Time to Plan Some Fishing & A Trail Ride in Idaho!

    Wilderness hunt in the Sawtooths (courtesy Mystic Saddle Ranch) By Steve Stuebner As we’ve turned the corner from spring to summer in June, the weather is warming up into the 80s, the wildflowers are popping in the mountains, and the fish are biting on lakes and rivers in the great state of Idaho. Now is a great time to reserve dates for an unforgettable horseback ride into the Idaho wilderness. Ride in a small grou...

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  • Idaho outfitters looking forward to a fantastic whitewater season in 2019

    BOISE -- (April 2, 2019) – Idaho outfitters are excited about mountain snowpack levels across Idaho because the abundant snow provides a strong indication of a promising whitewater rafting and jet boating season on rivers in the spring and summer of 2019.  Idaho snowpack levels are above-average in the river basins that count the most for whitewater rafting and jet boating statewide. Snowpack levels are particularly strong in the Owyhee (130 percent of normal) and Bruneau river basins (121 percent of normal), where desert riv...

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  • Visit Idaho

    18 Summers Mini Film https://youtu.be/_XLCGSSSk8w Chad Suter started sharing weekly videos of his family on YouTube 4-years ago to help others feel empowered to spend more time together and travel. Even though Chad and Sweet Pea call San Diego home, they’re always on the lookout for unique getaways. So when they heard about Idaho’s mountainous, lake-covered...

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  • IOGA’s New Year’s Resolutions

    Maybe you have been living out in the backcountry under a rock, or dealing with the most recent Steelhead closure, or maybe you are just enjoying a slow wrap up to the busy holiday season. Whatever the case, there are a couple of things that you should know. Most of them are about digging deep into our carefully cultivated roots to start some new action-packed beginnings.   First and foremost-- IOGA is welcoming in some new leadership. If you weren't able to attend our recent annual December meeting we introduced our new Executive Director, Aaron Lieberman. We voted in a new President, Jeff B...

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  • Thank You to Idaho Forest Service for Trail Work

    For years the United States Forest Service has struggled maintaining our trail systems in central Idaho.  Lowering budgets have caused reduced manpower to get the job done.  It seems volunteer work is being relied upon more and more. Last spring I had talked to my interim permit administrator Phil McNeal and asked him if there was any way of clearing 3 or 4 trails in the Yankee Fork of the Salmon.  They had not been cleared since I bought the business 10 years ago.  Fortunately, these trails were not in the Frank Church Wilderness but they bordered it.  Since we were not relegated to using ...

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  • Idaho Steelhead Resolution December 2018

    Update on the Steelhead Closure by Aaron Lieberman Outfitters and guides from across the state gathered in Boise late last week for IOGA’s 64th Annual Membership Meeting, with great turnout, presentations and an engaged membership community in attendance. Among those positive outcomes was a vote on, and approval of, a Membership [Steelhead] Resolution outlining IOGA’s position on the ongoing closure of the steelhead fishing season on the Salmon River between Warren Creek and Copper Mine and on the South Fork Clearwater upstream of Mount Idaho Bridge. While press coverage of the closure has f...

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  • IOGA annual meeting set for Dec. 12-13 in Boise

    [caption id="attachment_1239" align="alignnone" width="1600"] Auction items for The Thaw fundraiser will include river trips and pack trips into the Idaho backcountry.[/caption] By Steve Stuebner The Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association 2018 annual meeting will feature the introduction of new executive director Aaron Lieberman, discussions about a new hunting tag allocation system and  budgeting for a seasonal business, and, of course, the Thaw Fundraiser, dinner, silent/live auction and live music by Jimmy Bivens. The meeting will occur on Wednesday, Dec. 12 and Thursday, Dec. 13, in Bo...

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  • Idaho outfitters look forward to a strong big-game season in 2018

    [caption id="attachment_1067" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Wilderness hunt in the Sawtooths (courtesy Mystic Saddle Ranch)[/caption] Idaho’s hunting outfitters and Fish and Game officials are expecting a very active big-game season this fall, with potentially a record number of hunters pursuing elk, mule deer, and white-tailed deer and strong harvest rates expected. Archery season is under way, and rifle big-game seasons are starting in mid-September in Central Idaho units, where you can rifle hunt during the elk-rutting season. All of the big game seasons will be in full swing by October...

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  • Idaho outfitters excited about bountiful water for world-class river trips

    [caption id="attachment_414" align="alignnone" width="4608"] Deep mountain snow will provide plenty of water for Idaho's rivers this year. Here, a river guide navigates a raft through a big rapid in Hells Canyon, the nation's deepest gorge. (Courtesy Hells Canyon Adventures)[/caption] By Steve Stuebner Mother Nature blessed Idaho with bountiful snow in the mountains, and now the state’s world-class rivers are rising for what promises to be an outstanding year for whitewater boating for float-boat trips and jet boat trips. Snowpack ranging from 105 percent of normal in the Salmon River Bas...

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