The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) is updating the 1988 Lucky Peak Master Plan and wants your input!

The Master Plan guides how the Corps manages Lucky Peak project lands surrounding Lucky Peak Lake behind Lucky Peak Dam.  Master Plans are about the land – they do not address dam operations or flood risk management.   

We are also completing an Environmental Assessment (EA) to accompany the revised Master Plan as required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).  We ask for comments from the public and from stakeholders during scoping; the input influences the decisions we make for these public lands. 

The Corps will accept comments from April 10 through May 10, 2023.  See below for information on what the Master Plan covers, the different areas in the Lucky Peak Project, and how you can comment. 

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What is a Master Plan? 

A Master Plan describes how we manage lands surrounding Lucky Peak Lake under our care.  It describes: 

  • The unique and important factors for this Project that influence management 
  • The natural resources on these lands (e.g., soils, vegetation, endangered species) 
  • The cultural resources on these lands (e.g., sites of historical and/or cultural significance) 
  • The recreational resources on these lands (e.g., the unique recreational opportunities, factors which influence recreation) 

Once the resources are identified and described, the Master Plan describes our goals as we manage these resources for the next 20 years or so.  Based on those resource objectives, the current use of the land, existing regulations, and public input, each parcel of land is assigned a land use classification. 

This land classification is the meat of the Master Plan.  The land classification determines the main use of each parcel of land (e.g., recreation, wildlife management).  The Master Plan describes each land management unit by name and identifies any unique characteristics or resource concerns for that area.  Restricted areas and no-wake zones on the surface water of Lucky Peak Lake are also identified. 

The Lucky Peak Master Plan does not: 

  • Deal with details of design or administration of the lands – the Master Plan is a high-level, conceptual document.
  • Address dam operations like spill, fish passage, or dam breaching. 
  • Discuss navigation or flood risk management.
  • Make large-scale changes to how lands are currently managed; there are restrictions and regulations that guide the management of public lands by the Corps. However, because the current Master Plan is so old (1988) and Corps regulations have changed significantly in the interim, there will be larger than normal changes to this Master Plan when updated.

Why does the Master Plan need to be updated? 

The short answer is because it is 35 years old and does not comply with current Corps regulations.  Master Plans used to be much more detailed (even detailing how to prune specific species of trees) than our current standards.  The authorized land classifications have also changed to account for contemporary land uses like mitigation.  The associated Environmental Assessment will consider environmental concerns like endangered species.   

So many things have changed in the past 35 years – an updated Master Plan and Environmental Assessment will allow the Corps to take all these things into account as we plan how to manage this Project for the next 20 years or so.


Land Classifications

Land classifications determine which activities might be authorized or prohibited on a parcel of land.  For instance, an area classified as High Density Recreation will likely have camping sites, paved trails, more sophisticated bathrooms for the public, and boat ramps and docks.  An area classified as Wildlife Management will likely have more primitive bathroom facilities and other amenities, because the focus is providing wildlife habitat, not recreational opportunities to the visiting public.  The new land classifications are better defined than the old land classifications and offer a few more options to help us optimize management.  Here is a chart comparing the land classifications for the existing Master Plan (old) with the currently authorized land classifications that will be used in the updated Master Plan: 



Lucky Peak Project 

There are several recreation areas managed by the Corps on the shores of Lucky Peak Lake. Lucky Peak Dam Area serves as the entrance to Lucky Peak Lake for most visitors, with Barclay Bay and Turner Gulch boat launch areas only 15 minutes from Boise.  Lydle Gulch offers hiking, biking, and equestrian trails and connects to adjacent public lands.  At another end of Lucky Peak Project lands, Robie Creek Park allows visitors to get away from the city and picnic, grill, and swim. Robie Creek’s ideal layout for non-motorized craft such as kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and canoes contributes to the laid-back feel of this area.

Visit Lucky Peak Recreation to learn more about recreation opportunities at Lucky Peak.

Working with the Corps, partners contribute greatly to management of Project resources. For instance, Idaho Fish and Game manages more than 2,800 acres of Lucky Peak Project lands as part of their 34,000 acre Boise River Wildlife Management Area. Idaho Parks and Recreation operates two of the three Lucky Peak State Park Units (Sandy Point and Spring Shores Marina) on lands under lease from the Corps. Finally, Ada County Parks and Waterways provides all of the floating docks at the four Corps-managed boat ramps and over 80 boat-in recreation sites scattered around the lake.

How can I comment?

There are several ways that you can provide input to the Corps on this Master Plan revision.
  • Submit a comment by clicking on the map at the top of this page.  You can click on specific areas (e.g., Barclay Bay, Robie Creek) and make comments specific to that area. 
  • Submit a comment on this page, below! 
  • You may also submit electronic comments via e-mail to:
  • You may submit written comments via U.S. Mail to the Corps at: 
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Walla Walla District
ATTN:  Lucky Peak Master Plan
201 North 3rd Avenue
Walla Walla, WA  99362-1876 


Comments need to be submitted or postmarked no later than May 10, 2023, to ensure consideration.  All comments submitted will be considered and become part of the public record. 

For more information on the scoping meetings or about the Master Plan revision, please contact the Master Planner at or at 509-527-7137.  For more information on the Environmental Assessment, please contact the Environmental Resource Specialist at 509-527-7239. 

This isn’t your only chance to have input on this Master Plan!  When the Master Plan is updated, the draft will be shared with the public and we will ask for comments on the draft.  Those comments will also be considered and incorporated as applicable during finalization of the updated Master Plan.  The final Master Plan will be made available online through this website.  However, comments submitted during scoping (April 10 through May 10, 2023) have a greater chance of influencing how we draft the Master Plan and the Environmental Assessment throughout this process. 

Current Master Plan