A sure sign that summer is coming, Payette River passes available now
Annual River Passes for the Payette River recreation area in the Banks and Garden Valley area are now on sale for the entire 2012 season for $20. They are available at the following locations:
The yearly $20 season pass waives the daily $3 fee charged at each site within the recreation area. Fees begin in early May and extend through early October. The passes can also be used in fee areas along the South Fork of the Snake River. During the boating season, self-service fee stations are available for non-annual pass holders.
Funds received are used for operation, improvement and site maintenance to enhance recreation opportunities and public use along the Payette River. The program is currently within the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act as a Fee System.
In effect since 1996, the program is managed jointly by the Bureau of Land Management and the Boise National Forest, with the cooperation of the Boise County Sheriff’s Department. The Forest Service manages the daily operations and maintenance, while the Bureau of Land Management performs most of the construction activities.