New campaign provides guidelines for outdoor recreation

Posted at 1:34 PM, Apr 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-16 15:59:25-04

BOISE, Idaho — Governor Brad Little and natural resource managers are urging Idahoans to protect the health of themselves and everyone around the while doing outdoor activities. Recreate Responsible Idaho is a new campaign offering guidelines for those who want to recreate outdoors.

The Governor's office says all of us must work together to keep areas open for recreation during the COVID-19 pandemic. By following guidelines set in Recreate Responsible Idaho, closures can be minimized if people do not overcrowd areas and practice social distancing.

State and federal lands and many other recreational areas are largely open for day use, even under the Governor’s statewide stay-home order. People must recreate responsibly by observing social distancing, limiting how far they travel and reducing their impacts on any place they visit.

“People should get outside and get some fresh air,” Governor Little said. “It’s healthy and reduces the stress we’re all feeling these days. But it has to be done responsibly with people protecting their health and the health of the larger community.”

Recreate Responsible Idaho aims to improve the outdoor experience for everyone. The campaign is backed by Gov. Little, Idaho and federal resource agencies and outdoor industry groups.

When out recreating, practice social distancing and enjoy the outdoors close to home whenever possible. If you are sick, stay home.

Check before traveling to a campground, forest or fishing hole if you decide to go somewhere. Contact information for recreational sites can be found here. Most government campgrounds and many boat ramps are closed.

If a trailhead or boat launch is crowded, find another place or come back during slower hours. Bring supplies like water, food, hand sanitizer and toilet paper to ensure you have a good time and avoid contact with others.

Prepare to pack out your trash as garbage service may unavailable. People should refrain from high-risk activities like riding an expert-level trail or climbing sketchy terrain to make sure medical resources remain available for the virus fight.