Waterways Management Plan

What is the Waterways Management Plan?

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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.

Draft Plan Released! 

The Valley County Waterways Management creates an adaptable management structure to address continued visitation and changing water quality by considering trends in recreation, environmental resources, and land use. A Countywide desired future condition and strategies sets to guide all waterways in the County, with additional strategies provided for Big Payette Lake, Cascade Lake, Warm Lake, adjacent river segments, and alpine lakes. 

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. The Plan provides consistent guiding direction for future waterway management, land use standards, and best practices. Various agencies and partners can adopt and help implement portions of the Plan as relevant to their jurisdiction. The incorporates high level best practices from land management agencies as well as other major recreation waterbodies across the nation within Idaho’s legal framework. 

Comments are most helpful if received by September 12 and will be used to inform the final Management Plan. The final Valley County Waterways Management Plan will be presented to a joint session of Valley County elected officials on October 17 and then adopted by County and City elected bodies in late October. 


We invite you to review the Draft Management Plan and comment via the interactive online comment tool at: https://plan.konveio.com/valley-county-waterways-management-plan-draft 


Comments on the Draft Waterways Management Plan can also be sent to  kkachur@logansimpson.com 

Please submit all comments no later than September 12. 

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 for Training and to Volunteer

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

Stay Informed

Waterways Management Announcements
General Information

For more information:

Reach out to the project management team:

Kristina Kachur, Logan Simpson
Consultant Program Manager

Cynda Herrick
Valley County
Project Manager

Michelle Groenevelt
City of McCall
Project Manager