What is the Waterways Management Plan?

The Waterways Management Plan: A Sustainable and Adaptable Plan – Preserving What We Love will provide the basis for policies, ordinances, programs, and practices for the primary waterways in Valley County including Lake Cascade, Payette Lake, Warm Lake, Upper Payette Lake, Little Payette Lake, Horsethief Reservoir, Herrick Reservoir, Boulder Meadows Reservoir, Deadwood Reservoir, alpine lakes, and other waterways i.e. North Fork of the Payette River.

The Plan will be an effort co-managed by Valley County and City of McCall with collaborative input from Idaho Department of Lands, U.S. Forest Services, State Parks, and other public agencies. Valley County and the respective jurisdictions will use this Plan to help guide future recreation management while considering environmental stewardship of the lakes and reservoirs.

Sign Up As A Volunteer!

This summer the planning team is diving into data gathering through boat counts and intercept questionnaires, and we need volunteer help! The volunteers will be involved in two activities, once during the peak summer season and once after Labor Day.

  • Boat Counts: Counting types of boats at one time during 2-hour sessions.
  • Intercept Questionnaires: At the same time as the boat counts, volunteers will be out on-site in 2-hour sessions at various boat launch locations.

A training kickoff to learn more and review the methods and logistics for implementing the questionnaires will be held Monday, July 26 at 5pm.

You can sign up for volunteer sessions by reviewing the spreadsheet linked below. Sessions are organized by waterway on the tabs at the bottom and then by date, time, and boat ramp location. Sign up here for the training and for volunteer sessions here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1kOpeEh2p17mepo42AbnDghi2gLfJYxPTxTFQN7yAF8w/edit?usp=sharing

If you have any additional questions prior to the training kickoff, please contract Kristina Kachur at kkachur@logansimpson.com.

Stay Informed

Sign up for updates on the Management Plan.

Project News

This summer the planning team is working with the Steering Committee and Technical Advisory Group to collect information on visitation and recreationalists’ satisfaction on the waterways, as well as completing a report on land use, recreation, and natural resource conditions and trends. Be on the lookout for volunteers administering questionnaires at the various boat ramps or take a short (and newly improved) questionnaire below.

What you can do now:

  • Learn more about the Plan
  • Sign up for updates!
  • Have you visited one of the waterways this summer? Tell us about your experience that day with this short questionnaire:
  • Interested in sharing more about a specific wateray, take the long questionnaire:

For more information:

Reach out to the project management team:

Kristina Kachur, Logan Simpson, Consultant Program Manager, kkachur@logansimpson.com

Cynda Herrick, Valley County, Project Manager, cherrick@co.valley.id.us

Michelle Groenevelt, City of McCall, Project Manager, mgroenevelt@mccall.id.us