The Event

$91,900 was raised from ticket sales, with approximately $45,000 going to the Rebuild Big Creek Lodge project after expenses (acquisition, Bowl of Ticketsmaintenance, annual).  On Saturday evening, June 4th, approximately 150 Big Creek Lodge fans showed up for the drawing event, where Jay Scherer's name was drawn as the winner of the Cessna 172 raffle.  Jay was provided with the official notification letter and has two weeks to accept or decline the prize.  More about the event and raffle on our Raffle Page.

The year-long project to sell raffle tickets for the 1960 Cessna 172 is drawing to a close!  The Idaho Aviation Foundation will be raffling off the airplane to a lucky winner.     IAF Win Me with LayersV4 small

       When: Saturday June 4 from 4pm-? (drawing is at 6pm)

        Where: AvCenter Hangar at the Nampa Airport (KMAN) near Boise, Idaho. 

        Why:   Come see who does win (ticket holders need not be present to win)! 964 tickets have been sold thus far—and your odds of winning a $30,000 airplane are pretty good!

                   The event is free and open to the public; includes music/dancing, aircraft static displays, free finger food and a cash bar. 

                   It’s your last chance to buy a $50 tax deductible ticket!

 Can’t be there?  The winner’s name will be put on our Facebook Page and emailed to our fans so they can stay informed!

Need more information or have questions? Email us at or call Bruce at 208-871-1423.

The little yet mighty Cessna 172 has flown a long way to raise money for the Rebuild Big Creek Lodge effort.  Bruce Parker and Bill Miller flew the plane from Georgia to Idaho in June of 2015, and the plane has been a visual reminder of the efforts to rebuild the lodge since then.  Volunteers have flown it and worked at aviation events in Montana and Oregon, plus many places in Idaho!  The initiative is expected to raise over $20,000 after all expenses; a great help to the effort!  We thank all donors and ticket holders for their support and interest in this project.

The Cessna 172 raffle is sponsored by the Idaho Aviation Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non profit organization.  Proceeds from the raffle have directly supported the “Rebuild Big Creek Lodge” effort.  All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.


2015.10.12 Completed for 2015The Big Creek Lodge structure now stands!  In October 2015, the building 'shell' was completed with the roof and it is ready to go through its' first winter.  What an accomplishment - many great donors and volunteers helped us get this far! 

2015.09.11 webcam view2015.08.06 Pouring Footings

 The plan for 2016 is to complete the interior - plumbing, electrical, fire suppression, commercial kitchen and room/bath furnishings plus complete the wonderful fireplace.  We need about $250K to finish and we anticipate completion Fall 2016 if fund raising success continues.

2015.09.14 Pre Walls 2015.09.17 Begin Porch Overhang2015.09.17 Corners2015.09.17 One Gable Up2015.10.04 Ceiling2015.10.04 Contractor Jerry Coppernoll2015.10.04 Upstairs rooms2015.10.04 View from Hill2015.10.12 Fireplace Base



Saturday July 18, 2015

Seven years after a devastating fire destroyed beautifuly Big Creek Lodge in a remote section of the Salmon River Mountains, the Idaho Aviation Foundation (IAF) and Payette National Forest (PNF) officially broke ground Saturday to signify a new beginning for the iconic lodge.  "The reconstruction of the lodge is a reality," said IAF President Jim Davies as he addressed the 45 attendees at the ground breaking.  "As we dig into the earth to symbolically start the reconstruction process, I want to thank the many volunteers, donors and partners who helped make this a reality."

Ground breaking event at Big Creek Lodge site. Other speakers at the event included PNF Krassel District Ranger Anthony Botello and Valley County Commissioner Gordon Cruickshank.  Visitors included horsemen, pilots, hunters and campers--all examples of the variety of recreational users attracted to the Big Creek area.  "As we speak, the logs for the lodge are being worked and pre-assembled at the builder's site in Grangeville, Idaho.  Once completed, they will be disassembled and transported here to Big Creek by builder Jerry Coppernoll and his crew," Davies continued.  The log 'shell' and roof will be completed this year, while the electrical, plumbing, interior walls, fireplace and fixtures will be completed next year.

Botello underscored the partnership that has existed and positive relationship between the IAF and PNF on this project.  "Having services at Big Creek has always been in our managementLog pre-assembly continues offsite plan, and although we may not be as thrilled as the IAF is at this milestone, we are VERY happy that this project is moving forward and it will once again be a wonderful asset in the forest."  

Some of the media has picked up the story.  Click on the link below for the stories:

Statesman article on Fri July 17

Boise State Radio story on Fri July 17

For more details, contact Colleen at or call 208-859-2471.