About the payette river scenic byway
The Payette River Scenic Byway was designated an Idaho Scenic Byway in June 1977. It extends 112 miles along Idaho 55 and accesses some of Idaho's most beautiful scenic and recreational areas in and near the Payette and Boise National Forests. This route offers travelers views of mountains, forests, Payette Lake, Lake Cascade, and the white-water rapids created by the Payette River and is used by rafters, canoeists, and kayakers from around the world.
In 2005, the Payette River Scenic Byway was nationally recognized for its outstanding scenic and historic attributes and designated one of America's Byways. America's Byways program was established in 1996 and includes 126 routes in 44 states designated by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation.
The mission of the Payette River Scenic Byway Advisory Council is to enhance the cultural, archeological, historical, recreational, scenic, and natural experiences of residents and travelers as they live along and travel the Payette River Scenic Byway.
A volunteer advisory council of ten members represents the cities and counties along the Payette River Scenic Byway. 2012 PRSB Advisory Council Members:
- Jamie Anderson
- Linnea Hall
- Dan Richter
- Delta James, Chair
- Shari Fischer
- Dwight Jividen, Vice-Chair
- Cynda Herrick
- Mac Qualls
- Mary Defayette
These are projects that the Payette River Scenic Byway has recently supported:
- Drainage and parking lot improvements to Rotary Park, McCall
- Donnelly entrance sign
- Horseshoe Bend north entrance sign
- New Meadows information kiosk at Dorsey Warr Park
- Wayfinding signage along byway route
- Rest Area construction, Donnelly
- Dorsey Warr Memorial Park restroom improvements, New Meadows
- Wayfinding Study, byway length - Link to FlipBook
- Historic fire truck shelter, New Meadows
Corridoor Management Plan
The Payette River Scenic Byway's Corridor Management Plan (CMP) was developed in 2001 with extensive input from residents, businesses and resource agencies along the byway length. The CMP helps define and prioritize needed projects to improve safety along the scenic byway and enhance the byway's intrinsic qualities. A full copy of the Payette River Scenic Byway's Corridor Management Plan is available for download here.
How to get involved
1. Donate! The Payette River Scenic Byway is a program of Sage Community Resources, a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Your donations are tax deductable and will be directly used to further the mission of the Payette River Scenic Byway. ( Link for PayPal donation )
2. Volunteer! The Payette River Scenic Byway relies on the help of volunteers to accomplish local project and champion regional economic development and marketing efforts. To get involved, email email@example.com.