I give you Boehls Cabin


When I was in high school I had a summer job of fighting forest fires for the CPTPA (the Clearwater Potlatch Timber Protective Association) in northern Idaho.  I would spend my summers at a place called Boehls Cabin.  Boehls Cabin is sort of a special place for me.  Years before I worked there in the summer, I would spend summers with my dad in the general area when he would be in logging camp.  If you do a google search, you really won’t come up with much, but I can tell you that it is located in a somewhat remote area of northern Idaho known as Floodwood.


I left northern Idaho for the United States Air Force in 1988 and until a few weeks ago hadn’t been back to Floodwood, or Boehls Cabin since 1989.  The biggest challenge to getting back there when I lived in Arizona was that on the times that we would take vacation and visit my family in Idaho, we never really wanted to kill a full day with a trip out to Floodwood, we would rather spend that time with family and friends.  Now that we are back in the pacific northwest, and getting to spend a lot more time with family, we are also taking the opportunity to sight see and visit some of these places from my past.


I really should have made more images of the place when I was there over the long Memorial Day weekend, but I ended up only taking a few snapshots which are in this post, but that really wasn’t the point of the trip.  It was to spend the day with my brother Randy, his wife Marci and their 3 adorable daughters as well as with my sister Mindi and her fiance Joe at a part of the world that is not only extremely gorgeous, but a place that has  a lot of great memories.

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  1. Toad Hollow Photo June 11, 2013 at 1:38 pm #

    What a great collection of shots here, Scott. Rugged, natural beauty, perfectly captured and shared here. This is highly reminiscent of the logging camps and such we have here on the island.

    • Jon Griffin October 16, 2017 at 10:45 pm #

      Is it possible to get a look at your pics?

  2. Chuck Johnson November 30, 2013 at 9:03 pm #

    Hey Scott,

    Sounds like we went similiar paths. I spent the summers of 53 and 54 at the original Boehls on the Little North Fork while I was in high school in Orofino. I’ve never been to the new one. Hope to get there some day.

  3. Kim puryear July 12, 2014 at 9:58 pm #

    Beautiful photos. I spent most of my summers at Boehls cabin. My sister Donna (Thomas at that time) was cook, flunky, book keeper at one time or another. Loved every minute of my time there! I live in the Seattle area now and would give anything to have those summers back in the Floodwood and My Blue Heaven. Thanks for the memories.

    • Lettis Hooten August 14, 2016 at 2:04 pm #

      My Grandfather was the handy man and my Grandmother was the cook. Herald and Eva Weatherford. Does anyone remember them. I have fond memories of going to the cabins when I was a child. Thanks!!

  4. Brenda May 8, 2015 at 8:50 am #

    Scott to you remember the first Boehls cabin which is under water. So may people who spent time in those camps have such fond memories. My husband was there in 1969-1972. I recently digitalized a bunch of old slides from that time. Thanks for sharing.

    • ScottWood May 15, 2015 at 11:40 am #

      Sorry for the delay in replying. No, the first Boehls Cabin was before my time. Growing up in the area though, and being from a logging family, I heard a lot of stories about the place. Some of those stories almost take on a mythical status these days. 🙂

  5. Joe August 2, 2015 at 2:40 pm #

    I stayed at Boehls while Surveying for the COE a few years back. I’ve considered taking my family up there for fishing and exploring. Do you know who I would contact to stay there?

    • ScottWood August 5, 2015 at 10:58 pm #


      I really don’t know who you would contact, but I would start with the CPTPA. http://www.cptpa.com

      • Bill Curtis August 18, 2015 at 10:05 pm #

        I worked there in the summer of 1959 and 1960. Worked for Duane Space. Seems like a long long time ago. nNever been to the new camp, Just the old one on the little north fork.

    • Joe February 15, 2019 at 8:23 am #

      Thanks Scott! Looks like I’m a little late responding to you ha. I was searching For Boehls camp again today to try and find contact information and discovered your page again and my question from 2015. Pretty awesome. Thanks again for the info. Perhaps I’ll be able to take my family to Boehls this year.

    • Mac October 7, 2020 at 3:40 pm #

      I to have memories of the area and floodwood. It just seems to ruin it a little when everybody hears about it. Idaho is already over run.

  6. Byron Steinacher August 30, 2015 at 9:25 pm #

    I have been delivering fire supplies to Boehls this last week for the Last Inch Fire. It definitely is a beautiful destination which I am sure holds a lot of fond memories for many folks. I have some up to date photo’s if you are interested. Byron

  7. Gary Randall February 2, 2016 at 7:13 pm #

    My dad, Les Randall, worked for the Potlatch out of Boehls from about 1925 until around 1930. Built a cabin on Goat Mt. that was used for fire observation for many years. I have a few pictures of that era, including some of folks at Boehl’s cabin. I can post if anyone would enjoy them?

    • Jon Griffin October 16, 2017 at 10:38 pm #

      I would love to see your pictures if you would like to share.

  8. Jon Griffin October 16, 2017 at 10:36 pm #

    Does anybody have any pics of Boehls Cabin as it was around 1964? That’s when I was back there in the summer working. II was in High school and I had one of the best summers of my life. Wonderful experience.

    • ScottWood October 17, 2017 at 10:50 am #

      I don’t have any, that would have been before my time, and if I am correct, that would have been the “old” Boehls cabin from before the damn going in?

    • Jonathan Griffin July 30, 2019 at 4:28 pm #

      Yes, that was the old Boehls cabin.
      It’s getting hard to find people who even
      remember how beautiful that place was.
      I’m looking for leads if you have any.

  9. Robert Bain January 31, 2019 at 6:46 pm #

    Sometime just before the canyon was flooded by Dworshak Reservoir in the mid 1960’s, my grandfather took my brothers and cousins and I in to see the Original Cabins. I was about five or six at the time and don’t remember much other than being there. The forest was magical that day and imprinted in my mind. The trees were tall and beautiful.

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