Recreation Announcements

Valley County applies for four Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation grants


Valley County Parks and Recreation is applying for funding for 4 recreational projects under Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation.  

Project one is an application for a commercial lawnmower for campground and recreation site maintenance, the match amount for this grant will come from campground fees collected at Wellington Campground.  This proposal is under the Recreational Vehicle Fund.  

Project two is for funding for improvements at the Brush Creek Parking Lot on Warren Wagon Road.  Improvements being proposed are for a CXT vault toilet, picnic tables, firepits and graded gravel parking areas for campers.  This request for funding is also through the Recreational Vehicle Fund, matching funds are made up of a combination of Resource Advisory Committee funding (RAC), user group cash contributions, and parking fees collected at the Brush Creek site.  

Project 3 is a request for funding under the Recreational Trails Program for improvements at the Cabarton Launch site on the North Fork of the Payette River below Cascade.  Proposed improvements include a boat ramp, an additional raft slide ramp and informational signage.  The match amount for this project will be partially funded by fees collected at the site.   

Project 4 is an overlap on the Cabarton Launch site improvements for funding for the boat ramp only under the Cutthroat Trout license plate program.  This application is a backup plan in case the RTP application is not funded, matching funds will come from user fees collected at the site.  


Pathway Project along Samson Trail to Begin


Valley County Pathways has finalized an agreement with Breckon Land Design to conduct design and engineering work along 2.5 miles of Samson Trail Road to provide more detailed information about the corridor for developing a non-motorized trail.

The Breckon Land Design work will include a detailed land survey, wetlands delineation work and trail cross-sectional drawings.  

Valley County Pathways, a nonprofit trail-advocacy group, is partnering with Valley County to develop a 2.5-mile, non-motorized natural-surface trail from the Payette Middle School going to Pearson Lane. Valley County Pathways is covering the $35,000 cost of the design-engineering work.

Valley County applied for and received a $190,000 grant from the State of Idaho under the Children Pedestrian Safety Program to build the walking/biking pedestrian trail along Samson Trail. The route would provide a walking/biking/running trail for local residents to enjoy close to home, plus it would create a safer commuting corridor into McCall.

But the state grant cannot be used for design-engineering work, just the construction side of the project.

VCP and Valley County would like to share the results of the design-engineering work with Samson Trail residents and the greater McCall community in the mid-winter time frame. VCP and the county will host a community meeting to share the results, answer questions and discuss with homeowners potential locations for the trail project along Samson Trail Road.

The design standard that VCP and the county would like to achieve is similar to the Bear Basin Connector Trail that runs from the western edge of McCall to Bear Basin Road. The natural surface trail would be 5-7 feet wide with a compacted surface.

The trail would be located in the county right of way along Samson Trail Road, between the edge of the pavement and private property.


Board members sought for Valley County Recreation Advisory Council


Valley County is seeking applicants for a 7–9 person council that will provide community-based advice and recommendations on the best use of lands and funding in Valley County to achieve the optimal long-term conservation and public recreational benefits.

The goal for the new board is to represent a wide diversity of recreational and conservation interests while providing recommendations to the Valley County Parks and Recreation Department and the Board of County Commissioners.  Membership will be made up full-time residents of Valley County with 2 positions open to property owners whose primary residence is not in Valley County.  Priority selection will include 1 member from: the McCall area, Lake Fork/Donnelly area, Cascade area, and the Smith’s Ferry/Yellowpine areas.  All positions will be appointed based on a diversity of interests and qualifications.  Appointments will be made by the Valley County Board of County Commissioners for 1-3 year staggered terms. This is a great opportunity to serve your community and to be a part of recreational planning and development in Valley County.

Interested parties should submit a letter of introduction or resume describing recreational interests and qualifications as well as their willingness to be engaged and participate in a collaborative by December 15, 2022.  Attendance at a majority of the meetings each year is required.  Letters of introduction or resumes can be submitted at the Valley County Courthouse emailed to dbingaman@co.valley.id.us, or mailed to VC Parks and Recreation at: PO Box 1350, Cascade, ID 83611.

For more information and a complete description of the Advisory Board and its by-laws please visit this link.


DMV Service Changes


Cascade DMV: walk-in service Monday - Friday, 9am - 4pm. 

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Don't want to make a trip to either DMV? There is a lot you can do from home or at alternate locations: 

Via PHONE:  

  • Renew or Request Replacement Registration: (208) 382-7141 | You may renew your registration online, through the mail, or by renewing over the phone with ITD at 208-334-8649. Stickers will be mailed to you. 
  • Insurance Suspensions: (208) 382-7141 | County offices cannot clear insurance suspensions- you must do that directly with ITD. Have your plate number and insurance policy number available. If you also need to renew, ask the agent if they can assist you with renewing over the phone after they lift your suspension.   

Via WEBSITE: https://www.co.valley.id.us/MotorVehicles 

  • Register a vehicle purchased from an Idaho Dealer | You can now transfer existing registration and plates or purchase new registration and plates if you have purchased your vehicle from an Idaho dealer online.  
  • Renew Registration  
  • File a Release of Liability  
  • Change your Address  
  • Insurance Suspensions 

RECREATION REGISTRATIONS: Off-Highway, Snowmobile, and Boat Registrations 

Online: https://idahostateparks.reserveamerica.com/home.page 

Over the phone: 1-888-922-6743 

Local Business Outlets:  

MCCALL    

  • Albertsons
  • Ponderosa State Park
  • Mountain Meadows Adventure Rentals
  • Mile High Power Sports 

DONNELLY

  • Mountain Meadows Adventure Rentals
  • Stinker Store 

CASCADE

  • Cascade Hardware
  • Lake Cascade State Park Visitors Center
  • Valley Bait & Tackle 

WARM LAKE

  • North Shore Lodge & Resort

General Information
Valley County Recreation Director
Larry Laxson
Assistant Director
Danny Amen
Recreation Planner
Dave Bingaman