national fishing and boating week

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Just in time for National Fishing and Boating Week, #mypubliclandsroadtrip Takes a Ride on the South Salmon River 

The 425-mile Salmon River in Idaho is one of the longest free-flowing rivers in the lower 48 states. The river begins as not much more than a trickle at an elevation of about 8,000 feet in the mountains of central Idaho. It gathers force and carves the second deepest canyon in North America, which effectively splits Idaho in half. The section known as the Lower Salmon River eventually meets the Snake River and flows into the ocean.

The river and its canyon are truly remarkable in this “pool and drop” river where difficult rapids are located in the narrow canyons. The numerous unusual white sand beaches offer camping and serve as a reminder that this river is still free flowing. 

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Today marks the first day of Great Outdoors Month 2014!  

June is designated as Great Outdoors Month each year through a Presidential Proclamation, and highlights the numerous benefits of getting outdoors on our American parks, forests, refuges, and other public lands and waters. Great Outdoors Month features include National Trails Day®, National Fishing and Boating Week, the Great American Backyard Campout, and National Get Outdoors Day.  

All month, we’ll be posting amazing places - from #backyard2backcountry - where you can enjoy the great outdoors.

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Week 2 of the My Public Lands Roadtrip Tours BLM Idaho

Last week, we kicked off the My Public Lands Summer Roadtrip, a summer-long virtual roadtrip of wild landscapes, unique resources and events, and behind-the-scenes with employees. 

This week, we’re touring Idaho for beautiful rivers and wilderness, historical sites, and much more.  Here’s our itinerary:

  • Just in time for National Boating and Fishing Week, we begin our roadtrip today in Eastern Idaho, along the South Fork of the Salmon River.
  • On Tuesday, we’ll explore the truly unique in Eastern Idaho - go pro rides in St. Anthony Sand Dunes, Lewis and Clark’s visit to the “Pirimids,” and a peak at the Gilmore Ghost Town.  
  • On Wednesday, we’ll head over to Southwest Idaho for awesome science – sagegrouse cams and lek counting, behind-the-scenes with a BLM botanist for WomeninSTEM, and a feature on the landscape and wildlife of Morley Nelson Birds of Prey National Conservation Area.
  • We’ll explore the wild in Southwest Idaho on Thursday with the landscapes of the Bruneau-Jarbidge and Owyhee Wilderness, a behind-the-scenes with Artists in Residence along the Owyhee, and a tour of the Silver City Ghost Town.
  • We’ll meet students at Cooper’s Ferry archaeological dig and stop by Lake Coeur d'Alene and the Lower Salmon River in Northern Idaho on Friday.
  • And we’ll spend Saturday in South-central Idaho at Craters of the Moon National Monument for volcanic discovery and bat telemetry, Little City of Rocks geologic formations, and Croy Creek Trail System for a behind-the-scenes of the restoration work by employees and volunteers.
  • We’ll round out our trip on Sunday with a group of Idaho 4Hers who have a unique task – to gentle BLM wild mustangs for adoption.

Read live posts here all week, and then track our progress at http://mypubliclands.tumblr.com/roadtrip.  Follow the story across social media with hashtags #mypubliclandsroadtrip and #BLMroadtrip.