Island Park is a beautiful place to live and visit. Island Park is nestled in the Henry’s Fork and Island Park Caldera and surrounded by the Targhee National Forest, Idaho State land, and public land. Island Park is a recreational area and the locals and visitors all enjoy the outdoor atmosphere year round.
What can you do in Island Park, you ask? Just about anything that has to do with the outdoors.
Henry’s Lake and Henry’s Fork River are world renowned for their fishing of rainbow, cutthroat, cut-bow hybrid, and brook trouts. You can hire a guide, tube float, trolling, lake and stream fish, and fly fish. Island Park Reservoir is also a great place to fish, but it is also the best place for your water recreation activities of water skiing, tubing, jet ski, swimming, and boating. Want a relaxing canoe, kayak, or inner tube float try the Buffalo River or the Henry’s Fork River East of Macks Inn. Want a more challenging float than try the Box Canyon of the Henry’s Fork River.
Island Park is surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery. There are walking and biking trails in Harriman State Park, Mesa Falls, and all through out the mountain ranges. Horseback riding is a great way to see the surrounding areas. There are many companies that offer a guided ride service. Check with the local forest service office for trail maps for biking, walking, and hiking. There are lots of hidden lakes and meadows in our surrounding mountains.
In the winter time there are over 500 groomed snowmobile trails. There are also 40 miles of groomed country ski trails. The summer opens up ATV and other motorized travel on trails, old railroad beds, and dirt roads. If your up for an adventure you can travel a different dirt road and trail system each day and not see the same location.
Yellowstone National Park is just 15 to 45 minutes away from the Island Park area; depends on where you are lodging. Other great scenic places are: Mesa Falls, Harriman State Park, Henry’s Lake State Park, Big Springs, Johnny Sack Cabin, Bishop Mountain Look Out, Sawtell Mountain Peak, Two Top Mountain Peak, Quake Lake, Virginia City-Nevada City, Jackson Hole, The Tetons, and Grand Targhee National Park. So much to see and not enough time for a quick trip.
If your into treasure hunt adventures then try your hand at geocaching. There are geocache spots in the Island Park area. Find more information here.
Maybe ghost towns are your thing. The closest one to Island Park is in Virginia – Nevada City in Montana near Ennis. The town resident’s love the late 1800 and early 1900 era. Visit their ghost town in Nevada City or sign up for a ghost tour of Virginia City. Here is a link to Montana ghost towns and Idaho ghost towns.
There are a few scenic drives in the Island Park area; Bishop Mountain Look Out, Big Springs, Sawtell Mountain Peak, Mesa Falls, and Henry’s Fork Byway. The Fremont County website has a driving guide for the Island Park area with key points of interest. Click here for more information.
Wanting to do a wedding in Island Park contact the following businesses that maybe able to help you.
Barry Ladd Photography – 208-589-1111
Sweet Peeps Kitchen (Cakes and catering) – 208-419-9882
Eagle Ridge Ranch – 208-558-0900
Elk Creek Ranch – 208-558-7404
Elk Lake Resort – 406-276-3282
Jared’s Wild Rose Ranch – 208-558-7201
Lakeside Lodge – 208-558-9770
Little Church in the Pines – 208-9394
Sawtelle Mountain Resort – 208-558-9366
Trouthunter – 208-558-0919