Recreation alert: N.F. Boise River washout

ImageA key section of the North Fork Boise River Road, Forest Road 327 within the Boise National Forest, has been closed due to a river washout at Milepost 30. The U.S. Forest Service made the announcement Tuesday (May 8).

It is located 11 miles north and northeast of Black Rock Campground.

This road is commonly used in the summer months for easier access from Idaho 21 to the Middle Fork of the Boise River and Atlanta. It is preferred to driving up the Middle Fork Road from Lucky Peak and Arrowrock reservoirs because the Middle Fork Road is washboardy, curvy and rough.

The prime alternate route until the washout is repaired is unfortunately, the Middle Fork Boise River Road.

The secondary alternate route is Forest Road 348 to its junction with Forest Road 327, which connects to the Middle Fork Boise River Road. That road is rough and not suitable for passenger vehicles or trailers.

The road surface at the washout has been reduced to less than two feet in width. It is located about 40 miles east of Boise in Boise County.

Repairs will be initiated once the river recedes and the Forest Service checks to see how the washout affected the river's fishery.

Further information about access in the area is available by contacting the Idaho City Ranger District at 392-6681.

Photo provided by U.S. Forest Service

Bummer.

Bummer. I was pondering taking a trip up there this weekend just to check things out. I'm going to have to say it was a bad idea.