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Valley Creek Preserve

Established in 2015 to protect salmon habitat, wetlands, and the scenic views of the stunning Sawtooth Valley, the 34-acre Valley Creek Preserve in Stanley is a perfect example of how our organization has worked to protect critical resources not just in the Wood River Valley – but throughout Central Idaho. We proudly share management responsibilities for the Preserve with the city of Stanley.

A major tributary to the Salmon River, Valley Creek has historically provided spawning habitat for Chinook and sockeye salmon, steelhead, bull and westslope cutthroat trout, and other native fish species. The Preserve also provides a wild oasis for all residents, human and wild, as it meanders through downtown Stanley.

FISHING ALLOWED, NO HUNTING

ETHICAL LAND USE

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MINDFUL
PET OWNERSHIP

While dogs are welcome, kindly clean up after them to protect water quality. Keep your furry friends under voice control, ensuring a peaceful coexistence with both other visitors and the local wildlife.

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WARM GESTURES

A simple smile and wave can go a long way in fostering a sense of camaraderie. Greeting fellow explorers with kindness creates an atmosphere of unity and appreciation.

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HEIGHTENED AWARENESS

As you traverse the trails, stay mindful of your surroundings. By respecting the natural habitat and its inhabitants, we create an environment where both humans and wildlife can thrive in harmony.

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NATURE'S CALL

Please be aware that there are currently no restroom facilities available within the Preserve. We advise all visitors to come prepared and plan accordingly for your outdoor adventure.

WE BELIEVE THAT BY UPHOLDING CERTAIN RESTRICTIONS, WE ENSURE THE LONGEVITY AND WELL-BEING OF OUR PRESERVE.

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LEAVE
NO TRACE

Overnight camping, fires, and fireworks are not allowed. Let's cherish the untouched beauty of the Preserve for all to enjoy.

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STAY
ON PATH

To protect ecosystems, please avoid creating new trails. Stick to designated paths to minimize our impact.

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PRESERVING WILDLIFE

Other than fishing, we don’t want to encourage harassing wildlife.

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NO
SMOKING

For the safety of the environment and all visitors, smoking and open flames are not permitted.

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NO MOTORIZED VEHICLES

Motorcycles, snowmobiles, and ATVS need to remain outside the Preserve

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GETTING THERE

To get to the Valley Creek Preserve from downtown Stanley, head west on Highway 21 toward Boise. Three quarters of a mile from the intersection of 75 & 21, youíll see a sign for public fishing access. Turn here, onto Terra Tracts Road and look for the limited public parking before the bridge. Do not block the bridge!

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