About Council

Council is a community located in west central Idaho, about 130 miles northwest of Boise and 35 miles southwest of McCall.  Situated along the broad Weiser River valley, Council is the county seat of Adams County. According to the 2013 US Census the population of Council is 805 people, while Adams County

has a population of approximately 4,000.


Surrounded by timbered mountains, Council sits at an elevation of 3,000 feet, and the view through the crystal clear air is beautiful in all directions.

The Council Valley is nestled between Cuddy Point to the west rising to 7,715 feet and Council Mountain to the east reaching 8,126 feet.


Council boasts four distinct seasons; an early cool spring, a short hot summer, a beautiful crisp fall, and a moderate to severe winter depending on the year. Following spring

rains, the wildflowers are a sight to behold, and the winter provides plenty of snow for skiing and snowmobiling.


Council is located along US Highway 95, which is the major north/south route of the state. It runs north through Lewiston and Coeur d’Alene to the Canadian border and south through Oregon, Nevada, California, and Arizona to the border with Mexico at Yuma.


Nearby recreation areas include Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, Payette Lake, Cascade Lake, Seven Devils Scenic Area, Payette National Forest, Salmon River, and Brundage Mountain and Tamarack Resorts.


Recreational opportunities include downhill and cross country skiing, snowmobiling, boating, fishing, hunting, hiking, and camping…all within easy

driving distance. Council boasts a nine-hole golf course, with additional courses near or in New Meadows, McCall, Payette and Weiser.


The Council Airport features a  3,600 feet long by 60 feet wide paved and lighted runway providing access to all single and most multi-engine general aircraft.