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AIC Shines Its Community Spotlight on Crouch

Thursday, March 22, 2018  
Posted by: Gay Dawn Oyler
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Crouch Street

Crouch is 48 miles north of Boise in the Boise National Forest near the location where the North and South Forks of the Payette Rivers combine to form the Payette River.

The 33-mile Wildlife Canyon Scenic Byway, the state road paralleling the Payette River and its South Fork between the unincorporated communities of Banks on Idaho Highway 55 and Lowman on Idaho Highway 21, lies about a mile south of the city.

Historical Tidbits

Around 1900 Billy Crouch, a gold prospector and homesteader, filed his claims near what is now the City of Crouch. Several other homesteaders joined him. During the 1920s Billy Crouch donated land for a hall and opened a general store.

In 1933 many of the federally employed Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) workers working on the road between Banks and Lowman built temporary housing in Crouch and nearby Garden Valley. In 1934 community leaders applied for and received authorization for a post office they named Crouch.

The CCC workers caused the town’s population to swell. In 1951 community leaders applied to county officials and became an incorporated village.

Ideal Vacation Spot

In 1980 Crouch had a population of 69. Beginning in the late 1980s, developers and individuals, primarily from the Treasure Valley, began building and developing vacation homes—generally on private unincorporated land near Crouch and the unincorporated community of Garden Valley. By 2000 the city’s population had more than doubled.

Amenities and Attractions Today

Crouch’s greatest attraction is its beautiful location in the Boise National Forest near the beautiful Payette River and its tributaries. Herds of elk and deer winter a few miles east of Crouch near the Danskin River access. Residents, outdoor enthusiasts, anglers and hunters also often observe wild turkey, chukers, eagles, osprey, cougars, bear and wolves.

Each summer whitewater kayakers and rafters enjoy the nearby rapids on the forks of the Payette River—in some stretches rated Class III, IV and V.

Many Treasure Valley residents pass near Crouch as they take a recreational drive north from Boise on Highway 55; the Payette River Scenic Byway to Banks; then east on the Wildlife Canyon Scenic Byway; and then southwest back to Boise on Highway 21, the Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway.

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