NAMPA — Jump Creek Recreation Area is open to the public, and adventurous Idahoans are already taking advantage of the warm spring weather to visit the area.
“The recreation site is a popular area that receives about 20,000 visitors per year and is typically open to the public year-round,” said Owyhee Field Office Outdoor Recreation Planner Ryan Homan.
The Jump Creek Recreation Area, about 10 miles southwest of Marsing, has opportunities for camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, picnicking, gold panning and rock climbing. Jump Creek also serves as a staging area for activities such as off-highway vehicle riding, horseback riding and hunting, according to information from the Bureau of Land Management.
“The Jump Creek Recreation Site is open all year round,” said MJ Byrne, public affairs officer for the Boise District of the BLM. “It does have a night closure, though. The night closure is dusk to dawn.”
Camping is still available at the area, but campers need to obtain a free permit from the Marsing Field Office.
“They need to give our people a couple days’ notice because it’s a small area and it’s sort of on a first-come-first-served basis,” Byrne said.
The recreation area doesn’t close during the winter but did close for part of last summer while crews did construction on the road to the site.
According to the BLM, the project included reconstructing the existing roadbed, adding six culverts for drainage under the roadbed and laying down roughly 200 yards of durable, fiber-laden concrete on top of the road surface.
This summer, the BLM will be installing 10 information kiosks in the area. Construction won’t interfere with use of the Jump Creek site, Byrne said.