Swimming upstream can be pretty darn hard, as floaters bucked off their rafts during a leisurely trip down the Boise River will tell you. Yet every August, a group of kokanee salmon migrate upstream into Mores Creek and Grimes Creek.
Today, you can celebrate their determination, and Idaho wildlife in general, with the annual Kokanee Outdoor Day. This family friendly event is part road trip and part celebration in Idaho City's John Brogan Park. Getting to the historic town is half the fun, with four stops planned along the roughly 40-mile trip up Highway 21.
The first features the Golden Eagle Audubon Society, where visitors can watch for raptors (of the bird, not Jurassic Park, variety). The next stop includes bug-hunting and watching for fish, and the third involves panning for gold with the Idaho Gold Prospecting Association.
The fourth stop at Grimes Creek features tree-planting, followed by a landslide of entertainment at the park. Events at the festival will include music, vendor and artist booths, food (including salmon burgers), water games and other kids' activities, conservation group info, a gypsy fortune teller, a beer garden and an appearance by iconic Idaho fish Lonesome Larry.
Road trip stops are open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and the festival in the park takes place from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The day of fun is FREE and put on by the Sierra Club, Trout Unlimited, U.S. Forest Service and Idaho Rivers United.