List of Idaho state parks
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. Total visitation across the system is more than 4.5 million annually.
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." 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." 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.
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.
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. In 1981 the Department of Parks and Recreation began charging entrance fees, which support park operations and maintenance.
List of parks
|Bear Lake State Park||Bear Lake||966||391||5,900||1,800||1969||Comprises two properties on the shore of Bear Lake.|
|Bruneau Dunes State Park||Owyhee||4,800||1,900||2,470||750||1970||Showcases dunes rising up to 470 feet (140 m) above several small lakes.|
|Castle Rocks State Park||Cassia||1,440||580||5,620||1,710||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||Cassia||14,407||5,830||5,720||1,740||1988||Showcases granite spires and monoliths popular for rock climbing.|
|Coeur d'Alene Parkway State Park||Kootenai||34||14||2,187||667||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||Kootenai||18||7.3||2,200||670||1975||Interprets the oldest standing building in Idaho, finished in 1853 as a Jesuit mission to the Coeur d'Alene people.|
|Dworshak State Park||Clearwater||850||340||1,600||490||1989||Comprises three properties on the shore of the reservoir created by the Dworshak Dam.|
|Eagle Island State Park||Ada||545||221||2,724||830||1977||Features day-use recreational facilities, including a swimming beach and water slide, near Boise.|
|Farragut State Park||Kootenai||4,000||1,600||2,054||626||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||Fremont||11,000||4,500||6,120||1,870||1977||Preserves expansive wildlife habitat, a historic ranch, and fly fishing in Henrys Fork within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.|
|Hells Gate State Park||Idaho||960||390||733||223||1973||Contains the mouth of Hells Canyon, the deepest canyon in North America.|
|Henrys Lake State Park||Fremont||585||237||6,470||1,970||1973||Adjoins a high mountain lake named after explorer Andrew Henry, located 15 miles (24 km) outside Yellowstone National Park.|
|Heyburn State Park||Benewah||5,774||2,337||2,128||649||1908||Preserves three lakes in the oldest state park in the Pacific Northwest.|
|Lake Cascade State Park||Valley||4,450||1,800||4,825||1,471||Comprises properties dispersed around Lake Cascade's 86 miles (138 km) of shoreline.|
|Lake Walcott State Park||Minidoka||65||26||4,700||1,400||1999||Provides water recreation opportunities at the northwest end of Lake Walcott.|
|Land of the Yankee Fork State Park||Custer||520.9||210.8||5,001||1,524||1990||Interprets Idaho's frontier mining history, including the ghost towns of Bayhorse, Bonanza, and Custer.|
|Lucky Peak State Park||Ada||2,750||840||1956||Comprises three day-use areas just outside Boise on Lucky Peak Lake and the Boise River.|
|Massacre Rocks State Park||Power||990||400||4,400||1,300||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||Benewah,
|5,300||2,100||3,039||926||1955||Offers a scenic drive along a ridge overlooking the Palouse.|
|Ponderosa State Park||Valley||1,515||613||5,050||1,540||1973||Preserves a peninsula jutting into Payette Lake.|
|Priest Lake State Park||Bonner||755||306||2,440||740||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||Bonner||142||57||2,122||647||Surrounds a 58-acre (23 ha) lake.|
|Thousand Springs State Park||Gooding||1,500||610||2,800||850||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||Elmore||613||248||2,484||757||1968||Interprets the site of a famous ford over the Snake River on the Oregon Trail,|
|Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes||Benewah,
|Comprises a 73-mile (117 km) paved rail trail across the Idaho Panhandle.|
|Winchester Lake State Park||Lewis||418||169||3,900||1,200||1969||Surrounds a 104-acre (42 ha) lake known for its rainbow trout fishing.|
- Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation. "Heyburn State Park". Retrieved 2010-06-06.
- Idaho State Parks. American Park Network. 2011.
- Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation. "Meeting the Challenge: The 2010-2014 Strategic Plan for the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-03-21.
- Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (2005). "Park Classification System" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-03-21.
- Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation. "History of the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation". Retrieved 2011-03-21.
- All data come from respective Idaho State Parks webpage unless otherwise noted.
- "State Lands in Idaho: History". Idaho Museum of Natural History. Retrieved October 16, 2017.