Island Park, Idaho
- About 75 miles North/East of Idaho Falls
- About 25 miles South/West of W. Yellowstone
Coming from the South: Take I-20 East into Island Park. From the Phillips 66 gas station at Elk Creek, turn left (directly across the street from the gas statioin) onto YaleKilgore Road and drive 3.7 miles (over bridge/river). Make hard left onto Shotgun Road (gravel) and travel 3.2 miles (past rodeo grounds) until you see a grove of pines on the left and the sign for Centennial Shores. Enter code into gate keypad (code received after reservations are made). You are now on Century Road and, after .4 miles, turn right on to Taylor Mountain Road. After .1 miles, turn right on to Cove Road. In another .5 miles, turn right on to South Shore Road. In .4 miles, turn left onto Bishop Mountain Drive. Our cabin is the first beautiful structure on your left.
Some of the same natural forces that once made Yellowstone National Park so scenic also made Island Park similarly beautiful. Island Park sits in the world's largest caldera, 23 miles in diameter, created from a volcano that collapsed in prehistoric times. Now covered in a dense forest of pine and wildflowers, it is popular for hiking, fishing and boating in the summer and cross country skiing and snowmobiling in the winter. The Henry's Fork of the Snake River is world famous for fly fishing, and is curtailed here to form the 7,000 acre Island Park reservoir, popular to both anglers and boaters. The Henry's Fork then winds through the meadows of one of Idaho's most premiere state park, Harriman State Park, also known as the Railroad Ranch.
Island Park is a rustic area with many ranches and guest lodges where you can fully experience the atmosphere of the region. A most rewarding side trip in route to Island Park is the Mesa Falls Scenic Byway. Mesa Falls is 65' high and can be viewed from an observation point high above the falls. Upper Mesa Falls is 112' and has a network of viewing platforms, as well as a visitors center.Just before the Montana border, you will find Henrys Lake and Henrys Lake State Park. Located only 15 miles west of Yellowstone National Park, this high mountain lake is the kind of place fisherman dream about. The state park is open in summer and fall for anglers to fish for cutthroat, brook and rainbow-cutthroat hybrid trout. Another source for the Henry's Fork comes from Big Springs, where 120 million gallons of water bubble up into the river each day. The Big Springs Nature Trail, six miles north of the Island Park Ranger Station, is a half-mile, handicap-accessible trail that provides great viewing of osprey, bald eagles, waterfowl and an occasional moose, deer or muskrat.Info from http://www.islandparkchamber.org/