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Harriman State Park, Island Park

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Harriman State Park is a state park in eastern Idaho, United States. It is located on an 11000acre wildlife refuge in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and is home to an abundance of elk, moose, sandhill cranes, trumpeter swans, and the occasional black or grizzly bear. Two-thirds of the trumpeter swans that winter in the contiguous United States spend the season in Harriman State Park. The land was deeded to Idaho for free in 1977 by Roland and W. Averell Harriman, whose insistence that the state have a professional park managing service helped prompt the creation of the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation in 1965. The park opened to the public in 1982. It is located in Fremont County, 3mi south of Island Park, Idaho. Henry's Fork, a fly-fishing stream, winds through the meadows of Harriman State Park. In winter, many of its roads and trails are groomed for cross country skiing.The park is located within a geological feature called a caldera, the Henry's Fork Caldera.Friends of Harriman State Park, Inc/ is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to community projects that directly benefit Harriman State Park of Idaho. Friends of Harriman State Park was formed in the winter of 2010 after the announcement by the State of Idaho of the need to cut park funding completely and eventually dissolve the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation into another state agency.
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  • This is a beautiful park. So many great memories asking trails, a beautiful river, lakes, trumpeter swans, horses, cows, American pelicans and so much more. A great place to get out of the car and enj...  more »
  • My sister and husband ski patrol here so they took us to see the park on our recent trip to Idaho, A park volunteer gave us some history and a tour of the Harriman Ranch House and some of the building...  more »
  • I have volunteered and worked here and the more I learn about this place, the more I love it. It is where the millionaires used to spend their summers and it still looks the same after more than 100 y...  more »
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  • Very peaceful place to be, the walk around the lake was a little far from the trail. Lots of different birds to hear and see. I enjoyed my visit even though trails were closed
  • Beautiful countryside with a huge network of paths to walk, bike, ride horses, and even cross-country ski in the winter. Has a few historical cottages you can peruse, and even rent for family or work events. I've been in both winter and summer, and each is a unique experience. You can easily get lost if you don't pay attention to where you are going, and the maps they provide are difficult to read (and find where you are).
  • Good nature walk or bike ride or cross-country ski. Parking fee $5 per vehicle or you can buy the $10 pass with your car registration. Winter use fee: $5 per day per person or $35 for season pass. 24miles of trails (gotta bring your own gear & recommend you have bear spray just in case)
  • Great staff! Very responsive to questions and working on issues we had while visiting.
  • Harriman Park is beautiful any time of year. We love to bike here in the summer and snow shoe in the winter. Waterfowl are plentiful and you never tire of the beauty of this State Park. Truly heaven on earth!

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