HARRIMAN STATE PARK
Harriman State Park lies within an 11,000-acre wildlife refuge in the greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Moose, Elk, and Sandhill Cranes are common, as is North America's largest waterfowl, the Trumpeter Swan. Known as one of the best fly-fishing streams in the nation, the Henrys Fork meanders for eight miles through Harriman. Over 20 miles of trails are available for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and cross county skiing. Guided horseback tours are offered by a park vendor, Dry Ridge Outfitters, 208 354-2284 .
Owned by Union Pacific Railroad investors from 1902 to 1977, the park acreage served as a cattle ranch and private retreat of the Harriman and Guggenheim families. Today, Harriman State Park provides the perfect setting to enjoy the park's unique history in a beautiful natural setting.
During the summer there are regular tours of the Railroad Ranch buildings. Fishing, hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking are other ways to experience the beauty of the area. Don?t forget to bring your camera. There are breath-taking wildflower displays in the sage meadows and pastureland which dominate the landscape. Visitors often see elk, deer and moose, particularly in the morning and evening. The views of the Teton Mountain Range are spectacular.
During winter months guests can enjoy Nordic skiing and the Jones House warming hut?open on weekends, offering views of the Henrys Fork, bald eagles and trumpeter swans.
The Harriman Yurts are each equipped with two futon style bunk beds, woodstove, table and chairs, and propane appliances for light and cooking. The yurts adjoin Harriman's extensive cross-country trail system and are only a short distance from the world famous Henry's Fork of the Snake River.
Make a reservation online, or call 866 634-3246.
Ranch Manager's House This four-bedroom fully furnished log home has a modern kitchen, a rustic knotty-pine living room with a stone fireplace and an enclosed sun porch. Perfect for that once-in-a-lifetime fly-fishing vacation.
Maximum capacity eight 8 persons
For reservations, call 866 634-3246.
Cattle Foreman's House A beautifully furnished three-bedroom cabin located within the historic Railroad Ranch. A wood burning stove, complete kitchen, bunk beds, and two queen size beds make this historic cabin an incredibly comfortable way to enjoy Harriman State Park.
Maximum capacity six 6 persons
For reservations, call 866 634-3246.
1. Harriman State Park offers several swimming options in Idaho.
2. The park features a large, natural lake for open water swimming.
3. Silver Lake provides clear waters and stunning surroundings ideal for swimmers of all levels.
4. Swimming is allowed throughout the summer months when temperatures are warmer.
5. There's no lifeguard on duty so swim at your own risk and ensure safety precautions are taken care of beforehand.
6. The beach area near the parking lot makes access to the lake easy for families with children or picnic gear.
The park offers a variety of boating options for visitors. Canoeing and kayaking are popular activities, with rentals available on-site during the summer months. The Henry's Fork River that runs through the park is also known as one of the best fly-fishing rivers in America, attracting fishing enthusiasts from all over who enjoy floating down it in drift boats or rafts. However, motorized watercrafts are not permitted to maintain peace and tranquility within this natural setting.
Enjoy fly fishing in Henry's Fork River, known for its rainbow trout. Other species include brook and cutthroat trout. Anglers can also fish at Silver Lake or Railroad Ranch Reservoirs which are stocked with various types of trout too.