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Red Ives cabin reservation deadline Thursday

A fly fisherman gets into casting position on the Lower St. Joe River. (Rich Landers)
A fly fisherman gets into casting position on the Lower St. Joe River. (Rich Landers)

FISHING -- Procrastinators lose in the quest to bunk in a Forest Service cabin along the St. Joe River, float a prized Idaho wilderness river or backpack through certain prized wilderness areas.

This is the season for thinking ahead to summer adventures that require a special permit or reservations.

Reservations for most permits and rentals on national forests and parks area available through the National Recreation Reservation System (NRRS), (877) 444-6777 or

However, not every choice destination is onboard with the national online system.

Entering the lottery for reserving the Red Ives Cabin on the St. Joe River requires a letter of application to the ranger district.

  • Applications must be postmarked by Thursday Feb. 28!

Red Ives cabin reservations are assigned in a lottery drawing. Applications are accepted early January through Feb. 28. The application is available from Forest Service offices or online at; click on the Red Ives Quick Link. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of March.

More than 500 applications were received for the 2012 season but only 50 applicants could be selected for reservations. Info: (208) 245-2531.

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Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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