- Associated Press - Saturday, March 15, 2014

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Spring break is usually the first big outdoorsy adventure of the year for parents and kids, and Idaho has plenty of places to satisfy a family’s wanderlust.

During spring break, it’s winterlike or springlike somewhere in the state because of Idaho’s cold mountains and mild canyons.

Basically, it’s a good time for a shakedown outing for the kids.

For Julie Rau, a mom and teacher from Meridian, having 22-month-old daughter Kaylee doesn’t stop her and her husband, Tim, from enjoying the outdoors. Spring break will be an opportunity for them to get out and explore.

“We are a very outdoorsy family,” said Rau. “Kaylee never slowed us down. We just modified our outdoorsy ways to include her.”

No matter how old your kids are, if you’re looking for a place to head out over spring break, look no further than these areas:


This 50-mile-long reservoir is one of three on the Snake River in Hells Canyon where the fish start stirring by March or earlier.

Brownlee, Oxbow and Hells Canyon reservoirs offer a variety of fish from crappie to bass and catfish to trout.

The reservoirs, from 1,700 to 2,100 feet in elevation, are some of the earliest places where you can combine fishing, boating and camping because of the low-elevation milder weather. Sometimes it’s 10 degrees warmer than Boise.

You have a choice of camping at Woodhead Park on Brownlee Reservoir, McCormick on Oxbow Reservoir, and Copperfield and Hells Canyon Park on Hells Canyon Reservoir. The camping is easy, because these campgrounds have full services like hot showers and plug-ins.

And the camping’s cheap, with winter rates ($8 for RV spots and $5 for tent spaces) still in effect until April.

Get there by driving 28 miles northwest of Cambridge on Idaho 71 to Woodhead Park.

Options:?Drive north on the highway along the reservoirs to Hells Canyon Dam. Look for bighorn sheep, deer and eagles. This can be more fun than fishing.

There are a few hiking trailheads midway down Hells Canyon Reservoir on the Idaho side.

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