Set your calendar, and RSVP for a fun evening at the beautiful Warhawk Air Museum on the Nampa Airport.  This event is designed to appeal to pilots and non pilots alike.  We hope you will invite family, friends, veterans, and history lovers.  You will dine among beautiful WWII era artifacts, includingWarhawk Museum cars, planes, and other displays from that time.  Dance to Big Band Music, and bid on a few unique items that will be on silent auction.  And, maybe you will even win the 1945 Willys Jeep that will be raffled that night! There will be no 'presentation' during the evening, apart from some acknowledgements and a WWII artifact donation to the museum--so the evening is yours to just enjoy friends and the aura of the Warhawk Air Museum.  If you wish, come in 1940's attire, or simply dress up in modern style for the event on Nov 1, from 6:30pm-10:00pm.  IAF wishes to thank the Warhawk for supporting this non profit fund-raising event, and if you haven't visited the Warhawk in a while, you are in for a treat!  

A fine buffet meal will include top sirloin with mushroom reduction; artichoke/parmesan chicken and quinoa/herb stuffed peppers (vegetarian and gluten-free) along with garlic mashed potatoes, sauteed vegetables and a tasty pear/candied walnut salad.  Tickets are $65, and includes museum admission, dinner, pre-dinner drink, wine with dinner, dancing and great camaraderie.  A cash bar will also be provided. Please contact Nadine now to reserve your tickets--we will bill you later:  208-861-9056 or email  

Willys JeepA very few 1945 Willys Jeep raffle tickets remain available for sale at the door.  We will draw the winner of the Jeep during the event--click here for more information.

We sure could use some help in the following areas:

 * Volunteer bakers to bring deserts (which will be bid on by the guests in a fun way to select desert);

 * Individuals to bring unique, salable items for silent auction ($25-$5000 in value)

 * For information on donations/deserts--contact Colleen at 208-859-2471 or .

On Aug 23 from 8-10 am, the Breakfast Event at Big Creek will be a very special one.  The Payette National Forest (USFS) will kick off their Celebration of Wilderness with our breakfast event.  After breakfast, you can enjoy some music, and talk with Earl Dodds, long time ranger from the 50s-80s--plus see wilderness tools and a pack string demo.  It has been 50 years since the Wilderness Act was created.  Here is information from the Payette National Forest who is putting on the program after breakfast:

USFS Aug 23 Wilderness Sched

If you have been meaning to donate but have needed that extra 'umph' to do so--we have great news for you.  The IAF is announcing a $22,500 'Double Your Donation Challenge' whereby any donation we receive between July 15 and Sept 30 will be matched dollar for dollar up to $22,500.  This is possible due to the generosity of two donors: Colin Lind of California pledged up to $20,000 to start the match program, and the McCall Chapter of the Idaho Aviation Association (IAA) has added up to $2,500 to the Double Your Donation Challenge pot.  BUT TO GET THESE PLEDGES, WE NEED FRIENDS LIKE YOU TO DONATE BEFORE SEPT 30!  You will get the satisfaction of knowing your dollars are double, and you will also be able to write off your donation to the full extent of the law (we will send you a receipt appropriate for tax purposes).

We have a lot of momentum on this already: Since we started talking to past and potential donors about this just recently, we already received commitments or cash totalling $12,500!  So, we are already more than half way to meet the Double Your Donation Challenge...and ask if you would consider donating again or for the first time. Remember, we now have shirts and other appreciation gifts for donors that have proven quite popular!  Click Here for the Donate Page.

For more frequent updates, please view our Facebook page even if you do not have a Facebook account--you can check out great info on our new webcam, work party efforts, photos, and more.  Click Here to View BigCreekLodgeIdaho on Facebook.


Vic Jaro led a small but efficient team on May 31-June 1 that tackled a large list of items to get the site ready for hosting breakfast events and also some pre-construction work during the summer.   Here’s what the work party accomplished:

  1. Got the backhoe offsite operational – engine and hydraulics – and moved to a nearby cabin for further maintenance.
  2. Dug the foundation hole for the Big Creek web cam.  This will be installed in a few weeks.  It has been kindly provided by the Idaho Aviation Association.
  3. Mowed the grass in the lodge area.
  4. Filled the irrigation water tank and watered the lawn.
  5. The water system to the duplex was charged and checked for leaks; sinks and toilets are working (not potable water).
  6. The duplex was completely cleaned and disinfected. (It is now useable for volunteers)
  7. Mounted the generator and belted it to the pelton wheel turbine. (Still need to modify the safety guard and get it mounted)
  8. Cleaned the hydroelectric house.
  9. Cleared brush from the area around the potable water tanks on the hill.
  10. Completely dismantled and rebuilt approximately 200 feet of the pasture pole fence that runs along the east side of the lodge area.
  11. We are ready to do test holes for required septic drainfield soil tests in a few weeks.

It was a very productive 1 ½ days. Thanks to Jim, Hank, Eve, Sparky, Larry, Stan that weekend and Vic plus Bill and Doug for their pre-work too!


WP1 14 mow grass EveNow that the site has been prepped after a long winter, we’re ready to serve YOU breakfast!  Our first events are on June 21 and June 28 from 8-10am, and have announced other dates on our website.  Many of you have already enjoyed breakfast at the site—it’s an outdoor setting that really can’t be beat.  The road into Big Creek is still snowed in, so pilots will likely be the only visitors for these first two dates. 

  • Visitors will have the option of taking a brief tour of the grounds and learning about the critical systems that are in place now, and the plan going forward.  Details will be posted at the breakfast.
  • We are down to 100 remaining raffle tickets (out of 400) for the 1945 Willys Jeep—we’ve saved these last tickets for the breakfast events.  We’ll also have polo and tee shirts available to order for donors (not for retail sale—they are a thank you gift for $130 donations).  
  • If you are flying in, here’s the low down:  the strip is in good condition.  Like last year, be wary of the beaver ponds on the north end of the runway—the water is encroaching on the sides of the runway at the north end and is marked with orange cones.  There are some gopher holes on the south end near the parking area—so taxi carefully.   
  • Pilots, be aware there will be arriving and departing traffic in a constricted area.  Please communicate position reports and be ready to extend arrivals or departures depending on traffic--flexibility and situational awareness is an asset.  For reference to pilots unfamiliar with the area, Profile Summit (aka Profile Pass) is a popular arrival path from the south (identified by the road going up and over into Big Creek).  You may also hear “Smith Creek” used as a position report or base turn—this is a fairly large drainage located just downstream (north) of the airstrip on the west side of the canyon.