by Randy Stapilus (Falcon Guides)
Among the regions containing the source water of the Boise River, some are very remote, but the Anderson Ranch Dam area is relatively easy to reach, and a sizable portion of the people in the Mountain Home area go there, to the communities of Pine and Featherville, regularly for weekend or longer recreation. The area is easy to reach on relatively good roads. From Mountain Home drive north into the mountains on U.S. Highway 20; there are two cutoffs to the left, one on paved road and one on gravel, leading to the reservoir.
The paved Pine-Featherville Road (the second choice) is an easy and fast run north, all the way to Featherville. Although desert country leads up to the reservoir area, the camping regions are pleasantly forested, and hiking, fishing, and boating all are popular here. High up in the mountains, the temperature tends to be considerably lower in the summer than down in the hot Treasure Valley at Mountain Home. The campgrounds in this eTrail include: Anderson Ranch Dam Spillway, Evans Creek, Big Roaring River Lake/Trinity Lake, Curlew Creek, Pine, Dog Creek, Elks Flat, and Abbot/Baumgartner/Chaparral/Willow Creek.
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