Fisherman casts his line as the sun prepares to set at the Flat Ranch Preserve
Flyfishing on the Henry's Fork Fisherman casts his line as the sun prepares to set at the Flat Ranch Preserve © Hamilton Wallace

Stories in Idaho

Hunting and Fishing Information

Learn more about rules and regulations on property managed by TNC in Idaho.

Idaho’s fishing and hunting community has a long tradition of supporting the conservation of our lands, waters and wild places. We thank you for your interest in properties owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy.

While some TNC properties are open for sporting opportunities, some are closed to hunting and fishing due to access limitations or other conditions. In all cases, TNC considers the biological effects of hunting and fishing to ensure the protection of the plants, animals and natural communities. As such, some sensitive habitats are not currently publicly accessible.

As a general matter, TNC supports access to public lands when consistent with good conservation management.

TNC properties that are not listed below are closed to the public for hunting or fishing.

GUIDELINES

Look for posting and/or marking of our boundaries. Please ensure you are on TNC land where hunting and fishing are allowed, and respect the property rights of adjacent landowners.

Hunters and anglers on TNC preserves should observe all Idaho Department of Fish & Game regulations and follow the same rules applicable to state lands, including obtaining all required government licenses or permits. An exception to the state land rules is that trapping is prohibited on all TNC preserves.

Please be courteous and respect other visitors.

All recreational activity (including hunting and fishing, for example) on TNC lands is at each individual’s own risk. TNC assumes no liability or responsibility of any kind with respect to that activity.

Properties

  • Ball Creek Ranch

    Ball Creek Preserve is a 2300-acre nature preserve of wetlands and working farm land, located 12 miles north of Bonners Ferry.

    Hunting:  No big game hunting or trapping. Waterfowl and turkey hunting are allowed during the hunting season. Access is provided by the Westside County road and TNC road.
    Fishing:
      Fishing allowed in the Kootenai River only.
    Dogs:
      Allowed but must be under owners' control at all times.
    Contact:
      kmcclintock@tnc.org

  • Cenarrusa/Fish Creek Ranch

    Hunting:  No hunting or camping is currently allowed. Travel on roads through the property to access public lands is allowed. Please stay on roads.
    Fishing: 
    N/A
    Contact: 
    208-788-8988

  • Cougar Bay Preserve

    Cougar Bay, a preserve comprised of The Nature Conservancy and Bureau of Land Management property, is located just minutes from downtown Coeur d’Alene.

    Hunting:  No hunting or trapping allowed.
    Fishing:  No fishing allowed.
    Dogs:  Allowed but must be under owners' control at all times.
    Contact:  kmcclintock@tnc.org

  • Crooked Creek Ranch

    Crooked Creek is composed of high-quality sagebrush steppe habitat that supports a dense population of Greater sage-grouse and other common and rare species.

    Hunting:  No trapping. Hunting by permission only. There is no motorized access.
    Fishing:
      N/A
    Dogs:
      Allowed but must be under owners' control at all times.
    Contact:
      david.weskamp@tnc.org

  • Flat Ranch Preserve

    Flat Ranch Preserve offers incredible wildlife viewing and wildflower displays just 15 minutes from Yellowstone National Park.

    Hunting:  Waterfowl hunting only, by permission. Trapping prohibited. Follow all rules posted at visitor center. Access at the marked entrance on HWY 20 only.
    Fishing:
      Open to fishing.  
    Dogs:
      Allowed but must be under owners' control at all times and must be leashed May through July. Please keep dogs at a safe distance from wildlife and livestock to prevent conflicts.
    Contact:
      mward@tnc.org

  • Formation Springs

    Formation Springs features clear-flowing water, wetlands, and travertine terraces located 5 miles from Soda Springs. This property is managed in cooperation with Bureau of Land Management.

    Hunting:  No hunting or trapping allowed.
    Fishing:
      N/A
    Dogs:
      Allowed but must be under owners' control at all times.
    Contact:  david.weskamp@tnc.org

  • Garden Creek Preserve

    Located in Hells Canyon, Garden Creek rewards visitors with stunning vistas, beautiful spring wildflower displays and abundant wildlife. Access is by foot or by jet boat tours from Lewiston.

    Hunting:  Open to hunting. Keep a minimum of ¼ mile distance from all buildings on property.
    Fishing:
      Available from the beach, daytime use only.
    Dogs:  Allowed but must be under owners' control at all times.
    Contact: 
    bunnasch@tnc.org

  • Rinker Rock Creek Ranch

    Located in the Wood River Valley of central Idaho, the 10,400-acre Rinker Rock Creek Ranch provides diverse habitat and water sources for wildlife.

    Hunting:  The ranch has been acquired by the University of Idaho, which manages public use and access. Hunting is permitted, with access by foot and on designated motorized roads only. No sage grouse hunting and no trapping.   Motorized vehicles are limited to designated roads: Rock Creek Road, Glendale Road, Hatty Gulch and East Fork Rock Creek Road. Seasonal restrictions may apply to all types of access.
    Fishing:
      Open to fishing.
    Dogs: 
    Allowed but must be under owners' control at all times.
    Contact: 
    llunte@tnc.org

  • Silver Creek Preserve

    A desert spring creek, Silver Creek offers a world-class trout stream that runs through over 800 acres of TNC property near Picabo.

    Hunting:  No big game hunting or trapping. Waterfowl hunting is allowed only on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays during the hunting season. You must register at the visitor center before entering the preserve to hunt. Please read our Waterfowl Hunting policy.
    Fishing:
      Open to fly-fishing only, Memorial Day weekend through November. Sign-in is required.
    Dogs:
      Dogs are permitted for retrieving waterfowl. Please note free ranging dogs are not allowed on the preserve.
    Contact: 
    erika.phillips@tnc.org

  • South Fork Preserve

    Public access is from the river only and restricted to 100 feet above high-water mark

    Hunting:  No hunting or trapping allowed.
    Fishing:  Allowed from boat only.   
    Dogs:  Please note dogs are not allowed on the preserve.
    Contact:  david.weskamp@tnc.org