NEWS RELEASE: For Immediate Release

Contact: Laurie McConnell
Idaho Commerce – Tourism Development

Idaho Commerce Announces 2023 Wild Rivers Grant Awards

BOISE, Idaho (February 13, 2023)—During its meeting held virtually on February 10, 2023, the Wild Rivers advisory panel granted $38,000 from the Wild Rivers specialty license plate fund to eligible applicants through the Idaho Wild Rivers Grant Program.

Under Section 49-419C, Idaho Code, proceeds from the sale of Wild Rivers specialty license plates may be used for one of the following purposes:

  • To promote whitewater river tourism within Idaho.
  • To promote, encourage or ensure safe use of Idaho’s whitewater rivers.
  • To improve user facilities or access to whitewater rivers.
  • To help clean up litter or promote good conservation practices by river users.

Eligible recipients of Wild Rivers grant funds are federal, state, or local government agencies, or incorporated non-profit organizations related to whitewater river recreation.

Grant award recipients are:

ApplicantAmount Awarded
Team River Runner$5,000
River Discovery$6,500
McCall Fire Rural Protection District$4,000
Dare to Kayak – Salmon River Dive Team$3,300
Salmon River Outfitters Associates$10,500
Salmon White Water Association$8,700

For a history of the grant awards, click here.

For specific questions about the program, contact Idaho Commerce Grants and Contracts Manager, Ewa Szewczyk, at

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