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If you drive north from Boise for approximately 45 minutes you'll reach the little town of Banks. Actually, Banks is not really a town but an unincorporated census-designated place in Boise County. The 2016 census estimated its population to be nine which is down from the 2010 population of 17. However, Banks is a hopping place. Because of its location at the confluence of the north and south forks of the Payette River, this small spot on the map sees a lot of activity from those wishing to enjoy what the rivers have to offer.
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83602 Banks Idaho Homes and Lifestyle
One of the wonderful things about Idaho is the diversity of its topography. Ranging from sea level in Lewiston to Borah Peak (also known as Mt. Borah), at lofty 12,662 feet, the change in altitude alone provides a dazzling variety of landscapes with their accompanying flora and fauna. Idaho is known for its mountains, desert areas, and extensive swaths of protected wilderness and endless outdoor recreation areas. Adventure awaits those who travel the diverse roads of Idaho.
Highway 55 begins at US 95 at Marsing, southwest of Boise and continues north 148 Miles and reconnects with US 95 at New Meadows. As you leave the Boise Area you also leave the flat desert of the Treasure Valley and begin to climb, finding yourself in the rugged pine tree laden mountains. The Payette River and the highway seem to be sandwiched on both sides with steep mountainsides, which seem impossible to climb except by the deer and other wildlife that live in this area. This is a two lane mountain road with curves and hills, with mountains on one side and a river on the other, sometimes flowing 20 feet below the side of the road. This can be alarming to people unaccustomed to driving on this highway. But it is a well-traveled road and is a primary route for people traveling from Boise both Valley County and Garden Valley and beyond.
This is an area very popular for many outdoor activities, and vacationers, permanent residents and cabin owners use Highway 55 as the main artery to get to their destinations. Fishermen often line the banks and in the shallower parts of the river swimmers and splashers can be seen cooling off on a hot summer day. Probably one of the most popular activities enjoyed in Banks is that of kayaking or rafting the river. Banks is the home of the Bear Valley Rafting Company. Leading their rafting trips are experienced white water rafting guides. They offer half day trips and full day trips for first-time floaters who just want to enjoy the beautiful scenery as they float by on their rafts, stopping occasionally at a sandy beach or great swimming hole. For the more venturesome rafters, Bear Valley offers an exciting trip down “The Staircase”, a quarter-mile long class IV rapids- a trip that requires a lot of paddling and a lot of nerves. There are age requirements for these trips and children under 18 must have a parent’s signature before they will be allowed to participate.
After a day in the water or even if you are just driving through Banks to another destination when hunger strikes the Banks Store and Café is right there with plenty of parking and outside seating overlooking the river. Recently updated, The Banks Store and Café proclaims itself to be “The home of Idaho's best hamburger”, and according to reviews, they could possibly be right. Hamburgers are not the only food served in the café. From breakfast food to dinners and drinks, the café has plenty of choices to choose from. If you are not hungry enough for a meal just pop into the little store to pick up snacks and something cold to drink.
Just north of the Café is the intersection of Highway 55 and Banks Lowman Road. This is where travelers turn off of Highway 55 to head east toward Garden Valley, Lowman and beyond. This intersection can get very busy during popular times of the summer. As both Highway 55 and Banks Lowman Road are two lane roads this can mean stop and go traffic as people try to turn off of the Banks Lowman Road onto Highway 55. During the busiest travel times such as weekends and holidays, there will be a flagger at this intersection to help traffic flow more freely. Traveling north on Highway 55 from Banks takes you to the small towns of Smith's Ferry, Cascade, Donnelly, Gold Fork, McCall and New Meadows. The number of permanent residents of these towns is relatively small, averaging around 1000, but their numbers swell as vacationers come to enjoy the rivers, lakes, and mountain activities. Highway 55 is well maintained in the winter as well, and unless you are traveling during a storm, the roads should be plowed and fairly easily traveled.
So while Banks may seem insignificant on the map it plays an important role to those who are traveling through, or to those who decide to stay and play in Banks.
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Listing information last updated on August 3rd, 2021 at 3:31pm MDT.