July 17, 2008

Registration Fees Help Improve Recreation Areas

By Pete Zimowsky, The Idaho Statesman, Boise

Jul. 17--Ever wonder where the money generated by the registration fees for your outdoor toys ends up?

The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation has approved $6.8 million in grants to fund recreation projects statewide.

The projects include a variety of improvements -- from boat docks at Lucky Peak Reservoir to new toilets near Sagehen Reservoir.

Each year the state agency awards grants from several programs for development and maintenance of recreational facilities in Idaho.

"In most cases, the recreationists themselves decide where registration dollars are best spent," said Robert Meinen, director of Idaho Parks and Recreation. "Grant requests are reviewed and ranked by statewide committees made up of those who participate in each recreational activity.

"Then, the Idaho park and recreation board reviews the recommendations to see that they meet our strategic-plan goals," he said.

The annual grants are provided from money from the registration of boats, RVs, snowmobiles, motorbikes and ATVs.

Here is a list of some of the grants and the counties in which they are located.


Ada County will receive $15,480 to install a gangway at Lucky Peak Reservoir and $135,000 to purchase docks for the reservoir.

Idaho Parks and Recreation will receive $85,000 to install boat launch docks at Lucky Peak Spring Shores Marina.

The city of Boise will receive $14,000 for trail construction at Watchman Trail.


The Payette National Forest will receive $20,000 for trail site improvements at Smokey Boulder.


The Boise National Forest will receive $10,831 to replace toilets at Swinging Bridge Campground and $45,700 to rehabilitate Haga Trail.

Idaho City will receive $145,000 for lighting and restrooms at the Idaho City dump station.

The Southwest Idaho Mountain Bike Association will receive $65,000 for trail construction and the trailhead at Eastside Trail.

Idaho Parks and Recreation will receive $9,564 for seasonal employees for the Idaho City Yurt System and $30,000 to replace the yurt decks at Skyline and Elkhorn yurts.


Camas County will get $62,740 for a search and rescue building.

The Sawtooth National Forest will receive $39,000 for motorized-trail maintenance at the Fairfield Ranger District.


The U.S. Forest Service will get $43,000 for trail rehabilitation and signs at Williams Creek, $85,444 for trail reconstruction at Big Casino Creek, $31,950 for campground toilet replacement at Beaver Creek and $27,000 for improvements at Wildhorse Campground.


The Boise National Forest will get $46,500 for trailhead improvements at 3 Point Mountain, $15,000 for trail maintenance at the Danskin Mountain Trail and $18,657 for dock replacement at Anderson Ranch.

The Elmore County Sheriff will receive $4,000 from the Off-Road Motor Vehicle Fund to purchase an enclosed trailer for the Pine, Featherville, Prairie, Atlanta and Deer Creek area.


The Boise National Forest will get $14,685 for picnic tables at Sagehen Campground and $21,748 to replace toilets at Cartwright-Sagehen areas.


The Payette National Forest will get $25,935 to improve Squaw Meadows Trail.

Valley County will receive $9,800 to replace docks at Lake Cascade and $8,000 for eradication of Eurasian milfoil at Payette Lake.

Idaho Parks and Recreation will get $25,000 to improve dock access at Crown Point Campground at Lake Cascade, $4,397 to purchase buoys and supplies for Ponderosa State Park, $405,000 to redevelop Peninsula Campground at Ponderosa State Park and $850,000 to rehabilitate and develop Big Sage Campground.

Friends of the Cascade Whitewater Park will receive $19,480 to develop access for a water trail on the North Fork of the Payette River.

The Boise National Forest will get $55,000 to build Trapper Creek Bridge on the Old Thunder Mountain Road.


The Weiser Valley Highway District will receive $200,000 for the Steck Park road project on Old Ferry Road.

The Payette National Forest will get $24,769 to rehabilitate Tool Cache Trail.

Friends of the Weiser River Trail will receive $20,390 to construct the Presley Trailhead and $17,687 to construct the Weiser Trailhead. The group also will receive $21,248 to construct and repair Weiser River Trail.


Idaho Parks and Recreation will get $195,000 to purchase four snowmobile groomers for Latah, Blaine, Camas and Fremont counties.

The Idaho ATV Association will receive $6,761 to purchase trail maintenance equipment for Boise, Elmore and Gem counties.

Boise National Forest will receive $20,000 from the Motorbike Fund for heavy trail maintenance to be used forestwide.

U.S. Bureau of Land Management will receive $30,000 from the Off-Road Motor Vehicle Fund for a statewide OHV Outreach Program.

Pete Zimowsky: 377-6445


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