SPOTLIGHT ON: Idaho…get your adventure on!

Year after year, people from around the world seek out Idaho for recreation, and many decide they want their own recreational property.

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So what is it about Idaho that makes it so popular for recreational property buyers?  “For recreation, we have something for everybody,” said Rick Musick of United Country Musick & Sons in Grangeville, Idaho, a member of the Potlatch Preferred Broker Network. As examples, there are plentiful opportunities for hunting whitetail and mule deer, elk, cougar, bear or turkey.

The Clearwater River and Salmon River offer some of the best steelhead trout fishing in the world. And beyond hunting and fishing, the state is a tremendous location for snowmobiling, ATVs, skiing, biking, whitewater rafting, and hiking.   The state’s small towns offer a respite from the hustle and bustle of city living, while people can  pick from among a wide range of difficulty levels in their activities.

As an example, the Visit Idaho blog recently wrote an item about five kid-friendly hikes in the Stanley and McCall areas. For rafting, Idaho has more white-water river  miles than any other state in the lower 48 states.

But Idaho recreation doesn’t only involve roughing it. A number of culinary festivals offer “foodies” an opportunity to sample foods and wines the state produces.

“There are a lot of different ways to recreate here in Idaho, and four seasons in which to do it,” said Bob Crawford of Crawford Olson Real Estate Services in McCall,  Idaho.  “And whatever your passion – hunting, fishing, wake surfing, hiking, skiing,  camping, the list goes on – the access to it is unparalleled. I can Nordic ski in the morning and be at work by 10 a.m.”

To establish a home base for recreational activities, many Idaho visitors are realizing that owning a tract of land offers a number of advantages.  “It’s getting more difficult to find long-term opportunities to stay at campgrounds,” Musick said. “Also, in many areas, there are more hunting restrictions on government land, making  owning your own property appealing.”

For many buyers, having 20 to 50 acres of your own can provide access to hundreds of thousands of acres of property with excellent hunting opportunities. Some Potlatch properties are near government land, and many adjoin other Potlatch properties where it’s possible to get a permit for hunting.

And when Musick and  Crawford talk to buyers who are looking for property, they hear that Idaho also has another advantage.   In many areas of the state, there many properties for sale without covenants, conditions and restrictions (CCRs), meaning that an owner does not have to get permission to make improvements on his property.

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