Island Park Idaho

Lower Mesa Falls, Island Park Idaho
Lower Mesa Falls

Island Park is a city in Fremont County, Idaho, United States. The city's population was 215 at the 2000 census. The city was incorporated by owners of the many lodges and resorts along U.S. Route 20 in 1947 to circumvent Idaho's liquor laws that prohibited the sale of liquor outside of city limits. It is only 500 feet wide in most locations and, at 33 miles claims to have the longest "Main Street" in the world.

From the northern area of Island Park, where Henry’s Lake awaits the trophy trout angler, to the southern area, where there’s Blue Ribbon fly fishing on the Henry’s Fork, Island Park is a rear-round recreation paradise. The Island Park Caldera (volcano cone) is one of the largest calderas in the world. It has a nearly level 20-mile wide circular floor that slopes slightly towards the southeast. The caldera floor is at about 6,000 feet of elevation with the rim generally being several hundred feet higher. The Henry's Lake Flat area, north of the caldera, is a little higher. Henry's Lake is at 6,500 feet with the flats sloping slightly southward towards the caldera.

Upper Mesa Falls, Island Park Idaho
Upper Mesa Falls, Island Park Idaho

The area sports two Idaho state parks — Henry’s Lake and Harriman, and is surrounded by the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, where you can hike, mountain bike, ride ATV’s, fish, boat, bird watch, do nature photography, and much more.

Island Park Idaho is In the heart of Targhee National Forest, whether you are interested in historical landmarks, fly fishing, hiking, camping horseback riding, hunting, snowmobiling or just on your way through to Yellowstone National Park, Island Park’s natural splendor will captivate you.

Harriman State Park, 4,330 acres of pristine forest land and high-country meadows. Located in the center of a 16,000-acre wildlife refuge, the park is a haven to rare trumpeter swans, numerous waterfowl and elk, deer and other wildlife.

fly-fisherman, Last Chance Idaho
Fly-fisherman, Henry's Fork River, Last Chance Idaho

The world famous fly-fishing stream, the Henry's Fork of the Snake River, winds through the meadows at the park. The Henry's Fork is one of the most famous trout streams in all of the United States. It's legendary hatches and abundant large wild rainbow trout make the Henry's Fork one of America's top fly-fishing destinations. The river flows for approximately 150 miles and within its journey passes some of the more classic dry fly water in the United States. Gentle flowing meadowland, pocket water, and spring creek like sections make up much of this legendary fishery made popular by Avril Harriman the railroad man. The Henry's Fork of the Snake is a spectacular river and fishery. Anglers come from all over the world to this river to fish its diverse and productive waters. 

Island Park snowmobiling
Snowmobiling is big business and big fun in Island Park in Winter.

Snowmobiling is big business and big fun in Island Park in Winter and it’s a snowmobiler’s winter wonderland where you can escape to prodigious hordes of powder and hundreds of miles of groomed trail; horizons of snow-capped peaks beckon, powder blanketed valleys of white entice you off your groomed trail, and breathtaking scenery stops you in your tracks. Each Winter Island Park is the beneficiary of average of 229 inches of snow. Hundreds of thousands of acres of public land are open to snowmobiling and exploring.

Island Park maintains over six hundred miles of groomed snowmobile trails with four full time groomers operating daily to insure smooth riding for the Island Park snowmobiler await both novices and experienced riders alike. Snowmobile in our back yard with fewer restrictions, ride in the shadow of the majestic Tetons Mountains, or play in the hills and meadows within an hour’s drive of our front door. An additional 400 miles of snowmobile trails abut the Island Park snowmobile trail system. Abundant off-trail opportunities exist to challenge all riding experience. Island Park is one of Idaho's least restricted snowmobiling areas.

Most people think of an island as something belonging in an ocean. But deep within the boundaries of the Targhee National Forest lies an almost magical island that offers all of this and more. The same natural forces that made Yellowstone so scenic have made Island Park similarly beautiful - country just made for relaxation and recreation! To fully capture the spirit of the Island Park region, stay in on of the numerous ranches and guest lodges. You can fish in the summer and nordic ski or snowmobile in the winter. And it's just a short jaunt to Yellowstone National Park!

snowmobiling Island Park

Yellowstone News

Animal cruelty all dressed up like city zoning

An open letter to Red Lodge Community Development Director Peter A. Italino and his coconspirators on the City Council concerning the outlawing of horse shelters on properties of five acres or less.

Peter I hate it when city people move to the country then try to make the country more city like they left. I see Peter you are a city escapee (Front Range Denver) and a long time “City” planner at that.

Rod Lodge Montana’s Mayor oddly enough is from New Jersey. I was surprised to discover the Mayor is a libertarian...........................Rest of story

 

Red Lodge Montana, codifies horse cruelty
Here a horse shelter is being removed from a Red Lodge property where horses are legal; however, shelter for horse is been made illegal. Red Lodge Montana, codifies horse cruelty!.  If you are looking for a Greater Yellowstone community to move to for the "Montana" experience, I wouldn't choose this one.
Grizzly 399 and her cub swimming in roadside pond

Tribal Nations sign historic treaty for sacred Grizzly Bear

On Sunday (10/2/16), Native American Tribes from the U.S. and Canada convened at Jackson Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park to sign a historic treaty to pledge their dedication to protecting the Grizzly bear. Tribes across both countries are angry after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in March proposed removing the Grizzly bear from the federal endangered species list, which would allow the three states to manage the bears and allow hunting.

The treaty entitled, “The Grizzly: A Treaty of Cooperation, Cultural Revitalization and Restoration,” offers innovative and sweeping reforms to hostile management of the states that are poised to wrest control of the fate of Yellowstone’s Grizzly bears if, as expected, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) removes Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections from the Great Bear (“delisting”) later this year. The long battle pits tribes and environmental groups against ranchers and state officials who argue that there are too many bears in the Yellowstone region and they constitute a threat to public safety. ..........................   Rest Of  Article

Montana, Wyoming and Idaho Game ad Fish's plan to screw the grizzlies

Wyoming, Montana and Idaho officials contend that federal wildlife managers are overstepping their authority by requiring that grizzly bear hunting regulations be put in place before final “delisting” of the species. The directors of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Idaho Department of Fish and Game and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks jointly urged the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to do away with a focus on hunting in a proposed grizzly delisting rule that’s now on the table. ....... Jackson Hole News and Gude article here.

Montana, Wyoming and Idaho Game ad Fish's protest to get rid of federal oversight so they can kill grizzlies as they see fit...........  Read PDF Here

Momma grizzly, baby grizzly, swimming, grizzly sow, and cub
Grizzly 399 and her cub swimming in roadside pond
Wyoming's Grizzly Harvest

Wyoming's Grizzly Harvest
A preview of the book authored by R. Bear Stands Last.

Discover why Wyoming should not be entrusted with the future survival of the Great Bear in Wyoming's Grizzly Harvest - The Story the State Wants to Bury With the Bears

Wyoming's Grizzly Harvest is excerpted from the forthcoming book Adrift on Yellowstone Island. GOAL has arranged for this excerpt to be provided to you FREE as the grizzly's fate outweighs commercial concerns.

Until April 14, you have the opportunity to comment on Wyoming's draft 2016 Grizzly Bear Management Plan. Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WFGD) representatives are currently traveling statewide to sell the plan and WGFD's ability to "manage" grizzlies post-delisting to you.

Read exerpt

Partisan Scientists in Public Service I: The Strange Case of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team

(Pull Qoute) Interestingly enough, Chris Servheen has a doctorate in wildlife ecology. Moreover, the IGBST scientists at the time, led by Dr. Charles Schwartz, were deeply involved with and fully complicit in, not only putting together the 2007 delisting Rule, but also in crafting court briefs. In other words, ignorance or lack of education can't be plausibly invoked as an explanation for why the government scientists involved in authoring the 2007 Rule so egregiously misrepresented the relevant science................. rest of article

http://www.grizzlytimes.org/#!Partisan-Scientists-in-Public-Service-I-The-Strange-Case-of-the-Interagency-Grizzly-Bear-Study-Team/c1ou2/56fd9f780cf2b279cdbaa208
Yellowstone Grizzly Bear

A Protective Firewall For Grizzlies

The delisting of the Yellowstone Grizzly Bear is imminent and this we should celebrate (''''dancing''''). Now that our happy dance is complete, we must ensure the grizzlies' recovery is permanent. To ensure "continuity of achievement," the grizzlies need a firewall to protect the success of this achievement from human foible.

The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee was formed in 1983 to help ensure recovery of viable grizzly bear populations and their habitat in the lower 48 states through interagency coordination of policy, planning, management, and research. Many people have been working on this recovery for decades, for some; it has been most of their career. I can understand why the delisting of the grizzly before their retirement is their goal. A metaphorical gold watch if you will.

Many will argue differently,............................. Rest of Article

Blondie the Grizzly Bear and her three cubs
Blondie the Grizzly Sow and her three cubs, where these four bears roam in the Teton Wilderness is likely to open to hunting someday soon, this must not happen.

Yellowstone roadside grizzlies worth rangers' hassle???

Yellowstone visitors would pay an additional $41 to ensure seeing roadside grizzlies, a study shows, and the attraction creates 155 jobs and more than $10 million a year for the regional economy. The $41 visitors would pay is on top of the $25-per-vehicle entrance fee. If Yellowstone no longer allowed grizzly bears to use roadside habitat — and instead chased, moved or killed them — the regional economy would lose more than $10 million a year and 155 jobs according to the paper "The economics of roadside bear viewing."............................Rest of story

Helpful ebook for photographers

The Grand Teton Photo and Field Guide is an encapsulation of the flora, fauna, and photography of Jackson Hole Wyoming and Grand Teton National Park. Also included are thumbnails of the history and geology of the valley. This book is for all visitors with a desire to seek out wildlife, photograph the landscape, or merely learn about the history, geology, and lay of the land of Grand Teton National Park. The author provides general overviews including hot links with more in-depth descriptions of subjects of individual interest.

In the “Lay of the Land” section, includes the obvious highlights along the loop through Grand Teton Park. Hot links to side roads will give you more in-depth description of side roads and feeder roads and their highlights. Also included are descriptions of all two-rut roads that are legal to travel on in Grand Teton Park. GPS links to Google Maps are provided throughout.

As a field guide, profiles of most of animals and birds in the area are described. Jackson Hole is full of wildlife but there are places where animals are, and there are places where they are not. It is a waste of time to scrutinize a landscape devoid of what you are looking for, so this guide narrows options down to the hot spots. I provide maps of the likeliest places to find the popular critters of Grand Teton National Park. I also touch on trees, shrubs, and wildflowers with minimal explanations.  

The grandeur of Grand Teton Park has made it one of the most photographed places in the world. The opportunity to harness multiple juxtapositional elements has drawn photographers for over a century since William Henry Jackson took the first photos here in 1878. Grand Teton Park’s plethora of famous vistas are profiled as well as many which are less clichéd that can bring new perspectives of a well-documented landscape. Grand Tetons’ iconic landscape photo opportunities are described in detail; however, they barely scratch the surface of opportunities as it takes a photographer with an artist’s eye to unveil as they follow their own intuition and vision.  The author who shies away from clichéd landscapes provides a chapter of his favorite places that aren’t landscape clichés.

In the photography section the author includes chapters on composition, exposure basics, when to shoot and why. Daryl has summarized what he teaches in his, half day, Grand Teton workshops in a simple concise way.

If you are only in Grand Teton Park for a day there is a chapter called the “Portfolio Packer Morning Trip,” that does just that, all the icons and several favorite places in a five our blitz.  But it is better to spend more time and dig deep into the embarrassment of riches of Grand Teton National Park................. More Info

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