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Idaho Governor Butch Otter (right), Russell Westerberg, and County Commissioner Gordon Cruickshank share a moment at Big Creek recently. The Governor and Commissioner were briefed on the rebuild Big Creek project--and our goal to provide a place for the public to connect with the outdoors while being disconnected from the rest of the world.

For those of you who are Facebook followers/enthusiasts, IAF has launched a Big Creek Lodge Idaho page to keep you updated on activities, photos and plans. You can see photos and news from the First Big Creek Breakfast Events of 2013, and much more. Please "Like" us and follow the news at!/BigCreekLodgeIdaho

June Events Tremendously Successful at Big Creek!  Do yourself a favor and hit "MORE" now to read the full scoop...

June 19, 2013. June has been a big month at Big Creek!Sam Perez wood cutter web

On June 1-2, about 30 volunteers showed up at the Big Creek Lodge site and pitched in to start transforming the site from suffering 5 years of disuse to being ready for public events during the summer! Volunteers cut down nearly 30 trees which were killed from the 2008 fire, cleaned and disinfected the duplex cabin, fixed doors on the old general store (being used for storage), and worked on the various water systems to get them running again. It was a huge success, and the IAF will be scheduling another work party in July (tentative date is July 20, but keep an eye out for an official announcement).

On Saturday June 15, the IAF hosted the first public breakfast at Big Creek since the fire in October 2008. It was very well attended, and breakfast was served to 85 eager visitors on a gorgeous, cool morning. Some came from the fly-in at Johnson Creek (which drew visitors from all over the US), but many others came regionally from Washington, Montana, Oregon and all parts of Idaho. In addition, representatives from the US Forest Service attended the event. We officially announced and signed the 30 year Special Use Permit with the USFS. The 30 year permit is huge news, since USFS IAF Sign BC SUP webnormal permits for these types of operations are 20 years. This news underscores how supportive the USFS is on this project. The permit enables the IAF to host events at the site before and after lodge construction is complete.   In honor of this large milestone, and symbolizing public activity on the site, volunteers raised the US Flag while happy visitors applauded.

On Saturday evening June 15, IAF Vice President Colleen Back accepted a $1000 group donation from during a briefing she gave to the 100+ fly-in visitors at Johnson Creek Airstrip (3U2). The SuperCub community has long supported Idaho’s backcountry flying with group donations to several organizations. In addition to this kind donation, the IAF received another $4,500 in donations at the breakfast event (separate from breakfast proceeds) and online donations during the weekend. Momentum continues to increase! Get involved.

May 19, 2013.  Rebuild Big Creek project had a very successful showing at the Idaho Aviation Expo held May 17-18 at Idaho Falls in the AeroMark hangar.  IAF accomplished 3 major things at the show:

  1. Unveiled the new logo, which pays hommage to the old logo with water, trees and a small aircraft, but adds Goat Mountain in the background--which is also an icon of the area.  Logo can be seen on the top bar of the website (click on logo and return to homepage).
  2. Announced a special gift for $500 and $1000 donors. Big Creek painting The thank you gift is a beautiful limited edition print of the view on short final at Big Creek, and was painted by Dree Sexton in 1999 for Bruce Parker of Boise.  She has given permission for us to reproduce it, and we are limiting the reproduction to 750 (see photo to right).  The 18x21" numbered print on acid-free quality museum paper will be sent as a thank-you to those donating $500, while a high quality framed numbered version (measuring 26x29") will be provided to those donating $1000 or more.  The prints were received with great enthusiasm at the show.
  3. The IAF accepted a $10,000 donation commitment for Rebuild Big Creek from an avid backcountry pilot and general aviation supporter.  The fund raising continues to be on track as we continue to work permitting and logistic site prep for the summer activities.
  4. Announced a work party on June 1-2, and confirmed summer public breakfast events.  See schedule of events for more information!

Hoyt Kodiak webThe Idaho Aviation Expo was a huge success for the Rebuild Big Creek project. Thanks to the many visitors, AeroMark (gracious host at Idaho Falls), and Idaho Aviation Association for a wonderful event.  IAF wishes to also thank Al Hoyt (IAF Board Member, and Quest Kodiak Dealer), who provided transportation to the IAF crew, and donated the booth space.  Mark Peterson donated the banner printing for the booth and CLM Marketing provided the creative work.  The booth was manned by volunteers Bev Larkin, Bruce Parker and Board member Colleen Back. These are all ways IAF is carefully managing costs while getting the news out about the Rebuild Big Creek project.