Thank you to the community for supporting this important recreational corridor - you've restored the Wood River Trail for all to enjoy!

On Tuesday May 21, 2013, Blaine County voters approved a two year temporary levy to reconstruct, resurface and rehabilitate the Wood River Trail from Bellevue to North of Ketchum to restore its useful life for another 30 years.

The Wood River Trail is a multi-use, non-motorized path that connects the communities of the Wood River Valley. According to 2012 trail-count estimates, the Wood River Trail sees over 300,000 visits per year, enabling healthy, active recreation such as walking, biking, running, rollerblading and cross country skiing for residents and visitors alike. Working in partnership with the community, the BCRD began construction of the Wood River Trail in back in 1984.

This 20 mile artery travels from Bellevue to the north of Ketchum and is maintained by the BCRD each year through regular seal coating, crack filling and other maintenance. In spite of our consistent efforts to maintain the path, we have reached the point where the annual maintenance does little to significantly improve or prolong its life. Based upon the engineering studies conducted, the Wood River Trail can be rehabilitated today by efficiently reusing/recycling much of the materials in place, or alternatively, we could delay several years and likely expect a much more involved and expensive rehabilitation process.

This path is now approaching an average age of 30 years. In February of 2013, the BCRD Board of Directors passed a resolution calling for a special levy election on May 21, 2013 for an additional two year levy to reconstruct, resurface, and rehabilitate the Wood River Trail from Bellevue to north of Ketchum to restore its useful life for another estimated 30 years of useful life.  The levy required majority support from the special levy election and would total $3.5 million, amounting to $1.75 million per year for two years. Based on Blaine County 2012 calculated total taxable value, this cost is estimated at about $21 per $100,000 of taxable value per year for two years. More information is available below or feel free to contact the BCRD directly at 208 578 2273. 

Schedule/Calendar Information
  • Election Date - (May 21, 2013)

Other Information
  • PDF map of Wood River Trail
  • Summer Trailink page for Wood River Trail (virtual map, elevation information, interpretives)
  • Winter Trailink page for Wood River Trail (virtual map, elevation, grooming info)

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