List of Idaho state parks

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Map of State Parks of Idaho
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This is a list of Idaho state parks. The U.S. state of Idaho currently has 30 state parks. This count includes the state-managed City of Rocks National Reserve and four parks which are managed jointly as Thousand Springs State Park. Heyburn State Park, the oldest, was created in 1908, the first state park not only in Idaho but the Pacific Northwest.[1] Total visitation across the system is more than 4.5 million annually.[2]

The state park system is managed by the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation. Their mission statement is "To improve the quality of life in Idaho through outdoor recreation and resource stewardship."[3] The department has the dual duty of "protecting and preserving the resources of the state park system and of providing recreation opportunities and facilities for public use."[4] The park system includes four classifications: natural parks which preserve significant natural resources, recreation parks which offer opportunities for outdoor activities, heritage parks which preserve and interpret sites of cultural importance, and recreation trailways.[4]

History[edit]

For much of the system's history it was managed by the State Land Board, and briefly by the Idaho Transportation Department in the late 1940s. A professional park management agency wasn't created until 1965, this being a qualification both for the donation of Harriman State Park and for federal Land and Water Conservation Fund money.[5]

Those federal grants, largely raised from fees charged to oil companies for offshore drilling, brought $60 million into Idaho for city and county parks as well as state parks.[5] In 1981 the Department of Parks and Recreation began charging entrance fees, which support park operations and maintenance.[5]

List of parks[edit]

Park Name Website County or
counties
Area[6] Elevation[6] Year estabished[7] Remarks[6]
acres ha ft m
Bear Lake State Park [1] Bear Lake 7002966000000000000966 7002966000000000000391 70035900000000000005,900 70035900000000000001,800 1969 Comprises two properties on the shore of Bear Lake.
Bruneau Dunes State Park [2] Owyhee 70034800000000000004,800 70034800000000000001,900 70032470000000000002,470 7003247000000000000750 1970 Showcases dunes rising up to 470 feet (140 m) above several small lakes.
Castle Rocks State Park [3] Cassia 70031440000000000001,440 7003144000000000000580 70035620000000000005,620 70035620000000000001,710 2004 Features granite spires and an early-20th Century ranch at the base of 10,339-foot (3,151 m) Cache Peak.
City of Rocks National Reserve [4] Cassia 700414407000000000014,407 70041440700000000005,830 70035720000000000005,720 70035720000000000001,740 1988 Showcases granite spires and monoliths popular for rock climbing.
Coeur d'Alene Parkway State Park [5] Kootenai 700134000000000000034 700134000000000000014 70032187000000000002,187 7003218700000000000667 Provides a walking and bicycling path along the north shore of Lake Coeur d'Alene, as the east end of the North Idaho Centennial Trail.
Coeur d'Alene's Old Mission State Park [6] Kootenai 700118000000000000018 70011800000000000007.3 70032200000000000002,200 7003220000000000000670 1975 Interprets the oldest standing building in Idaho, finished in 1853 as a Jesuit mission to the Coeur d'Alene people.
Dworshak State Park [7] Clearwater 7002850000000000000850 7002850000000000000340 70031600000000000001,600 7003160000000000000490 1989 Comprises three properties on the shore of the reservoir created by the Dworshak Dam.
Eagle Island State Park [8] Ada 7002545000000000000545 7002545000000000000221 70032724000000000002,724 7003272400000000000830 1977 Features day-use recreational facilities, including a swimming beach and water slide, near Boise.
Farragut State Park [9] Kootenai 70034000000000000004,000 70034000000000000001,600 70032054000000000002,054 7003205400000000000626 1964 Features recreational facilities on the southwest arm of Lake Pend Oreille, on the site of a former U.S. Navy training base during World War II.
Harriman State Park [10] Fremont 700411000000000000011,000 70041100000000000004,500 70036120000000000006,120 70036120000000000001,870 1977 Preserves expansive wildlife habitat, a historic ranch, and fly fishing in Henrys Fork within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
Hells Gate State Park [11] Idaho 7002960000000000000960 7002960000000000000390 7002733000000000000733 7002733000000000000223 1973 Contains the mouth of Hells Canyon, the deepest canyon in North America.
Henrys Lake State Park [12] Fremont 7002585000000000000585 7002585000000000000237 70036470000000000006,470 70036470000000000001,970 1973 Adjoins a high mountain lake named after explorer Andrew Henry, located 15 miles (24 km) outside Yellowstone National Park.
Heyburn State Park [13] Benewah 70035774000000000005,774 70035774000000000002,337 70032128000000000002,128 7003212800000000000649 1908 Preserves three lakes in the oldest state park in the Pacific Northwest.
Lake Cascade State Park [14] Valley 70034450000000000004,450 70034450000000000001,800 70034825000000000004,825 70034825000000000001,471 Comprises properties dispersed around Lake Cascade's 86 miles (138 km) of shoreline.
Lake Walcott State Park [15] Minidoka 700165000000000000065 700165000000000000026 70034700000000000004,700 70034700000000000001,400 1999 Provides water recreation opportunities at the northwest end of Lake Walcott.
Land of the Yankee Fork State Park [16] Custer 7002520900000000000520.9 7002520900000000000210.8 70035001000000000005,001 70035001000000000001,524 1990 Interprets Idaho's frontier mining history, including the ghost towns of Bayhorse, Bonanza, and Custer.
Lucky Peak State Park [17] Ada 70032750000000000002,750 7003275000000000000840 1956 Comprises three day-use areas just outside Boise on Lucky Peak Lake and the Boise River.
Massacre Rocks State Park [18] Power 7002990000000000000990 7002990000000000000400 70034400000000000004,400 70034400000000000001,300 1967 Preserves a boulder field on the Snake River where emigrants on the Oregon and California Trails feared ambush by Native Americans.
McCroskey State Park [19] Benewah and Latah 70035300000000000005,300 70035300000000000002,100 70033039000000000003,039 7003303900000000000926 1955 Offers a scenic drive along a ridge overlooking the Palouse.
Ponderosa State Park [20] Valley 70031515000000000001,515 7003151500000000000613 70035050000000000005,050 70035050000000000001,540 1973 Preserves a peninsula jutting into Payette Lake.
Priest Lake State Park [21] Bonner 7002755000000000000755 7002755000000000000306 70032440000000000002,440 7003244000000000000740 1973 Comprises three units around Priest Lake in the Selkirk Mountains just 30 miles (48 km) from the Canada – United States border.
Round Lake State Park [22] Bonner 7002142000000000000142 700214200000000000057 70032122000000000002,122 7003212200000000000647 Surrounds a 58-acre (23 ha) lake.
Thousand Springs State Park [23] Gooding 70031500000000000001,500 7003150000000000000610 70032800000000000002,800 7003280000000000000850 2005 Comprises multiple units in the Hagerman Valley where numerous springs charged by the Snake River Aquifer flow out of the eastern valley wall.
Three Island Crossing State Park [24] Elmore 7002613000000000000613 7002613000000000000248 70032484000000000002,484 7003248400000000000757 1968 Interprets the site of a famous ford over the Snake River on the Oregon Trail,
Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes [25] Benewah, Kootenai, and Shoshone Comprises a 73-mile (117 km) paved rail trail across the Idaho Panhandle.
Winchester Lake State Park [26] Lewis 7002418000000000000418 7002418000000000000169 70033900000000000003,900 70033900000000000001,200 1969 Surrounds a 104-acre (42 ha) lake known for its rainbow trout fishing.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation. "Heyburn State Park". Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  2. ^ Idaho State Parks. American Park Network. 2010/11.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation. "Meeting the Challenge: The 2010-2014 Strategic Plan for the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation". Retrieved 2011-03-21. 
  4. ^ a b Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (2005). "Park Classification System". Retrieved 2011-03-21. 
  5. ^ a b c Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation. "History of the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation". Retrieved 2011-03-21. 
  6. ^ a b c All data come from respective Idaho State Parks webpage unless otherwise noted.
  7. ^ "State Lands in Idaho: History". Idaho Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 2011-03-04. 

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