Gem Area

Ola, Idaho

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The Emmett Valley—actually, a part of the Payette River Valley in the area of the city of Emmett—used to be the scene of vast apple orchards. Many of them are gone now, as Emmett increasingly becomes a bedroom community for the city of Boise. But outdoor opportunities are still plentiful in the neighborhood; you just have to drive a few miles out of town. There is the Montour area, for one, a wooded riverside location still so popular that it serves as an annual gathering point for powwows conducted by Idaho’s Indian tribes. Others lie farther north near the relatively remote community of Ola. It may look like simple farming country, but there’s more to this area than a first inspection will reveal. There are apple festivals in the area, and in early July the Montour area is home to a three-day statewide Indian powwow. Patience and continued exploration will reward the persistent traveler. The campgrounds in this eTrail include: Montour, Antelope, Eastside, Sagehen Creek, and Hollywood Point.
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by Randy Stapilus (Falcon Guides)

The Emmett Valley—actually, a part of the Payette River Valley in the area of the city of Emmett—used to be the scene of vast apple orchards. Many of them are gone now, as Emmett increasingly becomes a bedroom community for the city of Boise. But outdoor opportunities are still plentiful in the neighborhood; you just have to drive a few miles out of town. There is the Montour area, for one, a wooded riverside location still so popular that it serves as an annual gathering point for powwows conducted by Idaho’s Indian tribes.

Others lie farther north near the relatively remote community of Ola. It may look like simple farming country, but there’s more to this area than a first inspection will reveal. There are apple festivals in the area, and in early July the Montour area is home to a three-day statewide Indian powwow. Patience and continued exploration will reward the persistent traveler. The campgrounds in this eTrail include: Montour, Antelope, Eastside, Sagehen Creek, and Hollywood Point.

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Activity Type: Campgrounds, Fishing, Hiking
Nearby City: Ola
Campsites: 5 separate campgrounds
Season & Limits: Spring through fall
Additional Use: Boating
Local Contacts: Boise National Forest
Topo Map: Gem Area Topographic Map
Guide Book: Camping Idaho Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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