Smiths Ferry, Idaho

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Smiths Ferry, Idaho
Census-designated place
Location of Smiths Ferry in Valley County, Idaho.
Location of Smiths Ferry in Valley County, Idaho.
Smiths Ferry, Idaho is located in Idaho
Smiths Ferry, Idaho
Smiths Ferry, Idaho
Location of Smiths Ferry in Valley County, Idaho.
Coordinates: 44°18′05″N 116°05′22″W / 44.30139°N 116.08944°W / 44.30139; -116.08944Coordinates: 44°18′05″N 116°05′22″W / 44.30139°N 116.08944°W / 44.30139; -116.08944
Country United States
State Idaho
County Valley
 • Total 2.009 sq mi (5.20 km2)
 • Land 1.849 sq mi (4.79 km2)
 • Water 0.160 sq mi (0.41 km2)
Elevation 4,554 ft (1,388 m)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 75
 • Density 37/sq mi (14/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
Area code(s) 208
GNIS feature ID 400096[2]

Smiths Ferry is a census-designated place in Valley County, Idaho, United States. Its population was 75 as of the 2010 census.[1] Situated where the North Fork of the Payette River briefly calms and widens, its elevation is 4,554 feet (1,388 m) above sea level.

A ferry at the river was established by Clinton Meyers in 1887 to transport livestock to summer pasture in the Round and Long Valleys across the river. Also popular with freighters, the ferry was sold by Meyers to Jim Smith in 1891, hence the name Smith's Ferry.[3]


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[4]


Smiths Ferry sits along State Highway 55, the primary north-south route out of Boise, It was designated the "Payette River Scenic Byway" in 1977.[6]


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 23 March 2011. 
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Smiths Ferry, Idaho
  3. ^ "Smiths Ferry, ID". U.S. Forest Service, Boise National Forest. Retrieved December 14, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016. 
  5. ^ Rand McNally. The Road Atlas '09. Chicago: Rand McNally, 2009, p. 31.
  6. ^ - about - accessed 2011-12-10

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