Farragut State Park

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Farragut State Park
Idaho State Park
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Lake Pend Oreille from Farragut State Park
Named for: David Farragut
Country  United States
State  Idaho
County Kootenai
Location Bayview
 - elevation 2,054 ft (626 m)
 - coordinates 47°57′54″N 116°34′55″W / 47.965°N 116.582°W / 47.965; -116.582Coordinates: 47°57′54″N 116°34′55″W / 47.965°N 116.582°W / 47.965; -116.582
Area 4,000 acres (1,619 ha)
Founded 1964, 51 years ago
Management Idaho Department of Parks
and Recreation
IUCN category V - Protected Landscape/Seascape
Location of Farragut State Park in Idaho

Farragut State Park is a state park of Idaho, USA, on the southern tip of the Lake Pend Oreille in the Coeur d'Alene Mountains in Kootenai County.

The 4,000-acre (16 km2) park is located 5 miles (8 km) east of Athol in the Idaho Panhandle. It is about 30 miles (50 km) northeast of Coeur d'Alene.

Activities include camping, picnicking, hiking, mountain biking, cycling, fishing, boating, swimming, water sports, orienteering, disc golf, flying model aircraft, archery and horse-back riding.

The park also features the Museum at the Brig, located in the confinement facility for the Farragut Naval Training Station. The museum's displays include boot camp, naval and war memorabilia, as well as historic prison cells.[1][2]


The site formerly held the Farragut Naval Training Station, a major training base of the U.S. Navy during World War II.[3] The base was named after David Farragut, the first admiral in the U.S. Navy and the leading naval officer during the Civil War.

Knowing that President Roosevelt was seeking a location for a secure inland naval training center, Eleanor Roosevelt allegedly noticed the lake on a flight to Seattle. Ground was broken in March 1942, and by September the base had a population of 55,000, making it the largest city in Idaho. Liberty trains to Spokane ran three times daily. At the time Farragut was the second-largest naval training center in the world.

Over 293,000 sailors received basic training at Farragut during its 30 months of existence. The last recruit graduated in March 1945 and the facility was decommissioned in June 1946. It was also used as a prisoner of war camp; nearly 900 Germans worked as gardeners and maintenance men.

In 1942, Lt. Commander Henry T. McMaster, supervisor of support services at the station, contracted photographer Ross Hall to produce group and portrait photos of all recruits and companies. Operator of a studio in nearby Sandpoint, Idaho, Hall employed up to 15 workers in creating a photographic archive of more than 300,000 images.

After its use and closure as the Farragut Naval Training Station, the site housed Farragut College and Technical Institute from 1946-49. It did not re-open in late 1949, because of financial difficulties.

Park site[edit]

The park adjoins the deep-water on Lake Pend Oreille, where the Navy maintains a submarine research center at Bayview, the Acoustic Research Detachment.

In 1950, 3,854 acres (1,560 ha) were transferred to the state of Idaho and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and became Farragut Wildlife Management Area, but 2,566 acres (1,038 ha) were transferred back to the federal government in 1964. This land was then deeded back to the state of Idaho and the Department of Parks and Recreation, becoming Farragut State Park.[4]

Scouting history[edit]

Farragut State Park is significant in the history of Scouting in Idaho. The park hosted the National Girl Scout Senior Roundup in 1965,[5] the World Scout Jamboree in 1967,[6][7] the National Scout Jamboree in 1969 and 1973, and the 2002 Star Northwest of the Boy Scouts of America. The world event in 1967 was the only time the event has been held in the United States.[8]

While traveling to the moon aboard Apollo 11 in July 1969, astronaut Neil Armstrong extended a greeting to the scouts attending the national jamboree in Idaho. Armstrong was an Eagle Scout from Ohio. Frank Borman, astronaut and commander of Apollo 8, addressed the scouts, as did Lady Baden-Powell, the widow of scouting's founder.[9] At the Jamboree in 1973, Admiral Elmo Zumwalt, Chief of Naval Operations, and Gene Cernan, astronaut and commander of Apollo 17, addressed the scouts.[10]


  1. ^ "Museums". Idaho Museums. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "Farragut State Park". Visit Northern Idaho. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Giant naval center at Farragut, Idaho, is revealed from air". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington). (photo). October 21, 1945. p. 1. 
  4. ^ Staff (July 1999). "Farragut Wildlife Management Area: Management Plan" (PDF). Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Glynn, James B. (July 15, 1965). "Smylie opens scout show". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington). p. 1. 
  6. ^ Gasman, Bill (August 2, 1967). "Farragut dedicated as Jamboree opens". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington). p. 1. 
  7. ^ "Boy Scouts active at jamboree at Farragut". Spokane Daily Chronicle (Washington). (photos). August 3, 1967. p. 14. 
  8. ^ Gasman, Bill (January 30, 1966). "Farragut awaits big scout jamboree". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington). p. 9. 
  9. ^ "Scouts close jamboree with big varied show". Spokane Daily Chronicle (Washington). July 23, 1969. p. 14. 
  10. ^ "Scouts embrace credo". Spokane Daily Chronicle (Washington). August 8, 1973. p. 3. 

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