In Search of Wildflowers Near Boise
Wildflowers on the Camas Prairie.
We were ready for a daytrip even though it was a cool, rainy Saturday the first week of June so we went in search of wildflowers near where we live in Boise. We headed toward the Camas Prairie and the Camas Prairie Centennial Marsh Wildlife Management Area which is located near Fairfield about 90 minutes from Boise. This marshland has over 3,000 acres covered with purple camas lily blooms in late May through mid-June and is also where thousands of waterfowl make their home.
Before we even reached the Centennial Marsh Wildlife Area, we saw spectacular fields of purple foliage almost every direction we looked as we came into the Little Camas Prairie.
Where We Found Amazing Wildflower Fields
STARTING POINT: East Boise
DISTANCE FROM STARTING POINT: Approximately 100 miles to the Centennial Marsh
TIME TO REACH: 90 minutes
ROAD SURFACE: Paved, with some dirt side roads
WHEN ACCESSIBLE: Wildflower viewing is in May-June
RECOMMENDED VEHICLES: Any
PET FRIENDLY: Yes, but recommend having dogs on leash
WHEN WE WENT: June 4, 2022
Little Camas Prairie
Camas Prairie Centennial Marsh
I'm Here - Now What?
Wildlife and plant viewing
On the loop heading back home, we stopped at the scenic viewpoint above the Camas Prairie and enjoyed the views of the valley while we huddled in our Jeep having a quick picnic lunch and staying dry during a sudden downpour. We also enjoyed seeing more wildflowers - both purple and yellow.
We ended the day with more great memories of a fun daytrip on a rainy day - much better than staying home and wishing we had nice weather!