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Action Needed!

Due to the “Fly Idaho” Specialty License Plate program the Idaho Aviation Foundation (IAF), who built and manages the lodge, receives funds which pay all of our administrative costs. This benefits donors in that 100% of donated money can then go to IAF programs and projects. We are a 501(c)(3) organization, which means that your donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

BUT, WE NEED YOUR HELP!  Last year the legislature passed a law that will end Idaho’s “Fly Idaho” specialty license plate program this July unless at least 600 more vehicle owners buy the plates—or unless the Legislature amends the law it passed last year.

Please encourage your friends and family to buy the Aviation license plates online at

There is no need to wait for your plate renewal month. Sign up now and the cost is prorated.

In addition,  it is time for our senators to hear from their constituents- YOU. You can find your legislators at You will see all of your legislators’ names, along with small photos of them. Just click on their photo, and that will take you to a page with all their contact information, a short bio, and what committees they are on.

AUGUST 2018:  Great video from Rich Weltner-checking on construction before the Lodge opened.

Rich Wellner Video


JULY 2018: Meteorologist Roland Steadham from Boise’s KBOI Channel 2 visits Big Creek Lodge just before the Open House.

Roland Steadham


OCTOBER 2017: A time lapse of the Big Creek Lodge construction.

Construction Time Lapse


2017: Idaho Public Television’s Outdoor Idaho: Where the Road Ends—Big Creek.

Where the Road Ends—Big Creek


OCTOBER 21, 2015: Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) coverage after ground breaking.

Idaho’s Big Creek Lodge Taking Shape


JULY 30, 2015: McCall Star News coverage of logistics of rebuilding Big Creek Lodge.

A Showcase for How to Get It Done


JULY 23, 2015: National Public Radio/Boise State coverage of why Big Creek Lodge is being rebuilt.

Why A Remote Lodge In Idaho’s Backcountry Is Being Resurrected


JULY 18, 2015: Idaho Aviation Foundation’s 25 year history of flying disabled children, adults and wounded warriors into the Idaho backcountry to enjoy a weekend getaway.

Wheels Down in the Wilderness


JULY 17, 2015: National Public Radio/Boise State coverage of ground breaking.

Volunteers Rebuilding Iconic Backcountry Idaho Lodge After Fire


JULY 16, 2015: Idaho Statesman coverage of rebuilding Big Creek Lodge.

Pilot group to rebuild backcountry lodge in Payette National Forest

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