Harriman State Park (Idaho)

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Coordinates: 44°20′10″N 111°27′41″W / 44.33611°N 111.46139°W / 44.33611; -111.46139
Harriman State Park
Idaho State Park
Country  United States
State  Idaho
County Fremont
Location Island Park
 - elevation 6,120 ft (1,865 m)
 - coordinates 44°20′10″N 111°27′41″W / 44.33611°N 111.46139°W / 44.33611; -111.46139
Area 11,000 acres (4,452 ha)
Founded 1977
Management Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation
IUCN category V - Protected Landscape/Seascape
Location of Harriman State Park in Idaho

Harriman State Park is a state park in eastern Idaho, USA. It is located on an 11,000-acre (45 km2) wildlife refuge in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and is home to an abundance of elk, moose, sandhill cranes, trumpeter swans, and the occasional black or grizzly bear.[1] Two-thirds of the trumpeter swans that winter in the contiguous United States spend the season in Harriman State Park.[2] The land was deeded to Idaho for free in 1977 by Roland and W. Averell Harriman, whose insistence that the state have a professional park managing service helped prompt the creation of the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation in 1965.[2] The park opened to the public in 1982. It is located in Fremont County, 3 miles (4.8 km) south of Island Park, Idaho. Henry's Fork, a world-famous fly-fishing stream, winds through the meadows of Harriman State Park. In winter, many of its roads and trails are groomed for cross country skiing.

The park is located within a geological feature called a caldera, the Henry's Fork Caldera.

Friends of Harriman State Park, Inc. is a 501c3 organization dedicated to community projects that directly benefit Harriman State Park of Idaho. Friends of Harriman State Park was formed in the winter of 2010 after the announcement by the State of Idaho of the need to cut park funding completely and eventually dissolve the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation into another state agency.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation. "Harriman State Park". 
  2. ^ a b "State Lands in Idaho: History". Idaho Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 2011-03-04. 

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