Attractions

How Much Fun Can You Have at Island Park?

That’s a challenge our Island Park guests have been trying to top every time they visit. There is so much to do at Island Park and the surrounding areas that the fun seems to be endless. We have world class snowmobiling, world class fishing, ATV riding, horseback riding, boating, white water rafting… Well, see for yourself. The list goes on and on. There’s summer activities, winter activities, fun destinations and events. Click on one of the activity tabs below to discover what Island Park has to offer you.

 

 

 

Distance from Cabins/Lodges

  • Old Faithful is 52 miles away (Less than 1 hour and 15 minutes with no stops)
  • West Yellowstone Entrance is 22 miles away (about 30 minutes)
  • Connie’s is the nearest restaurant to the 6 cabins in Island Park Village, Lakeview Lodge and Yellowstone Park Cabin guests. Last Chance Cabin guests, you have Trout Hunter and Angler’s Lodge to choose from.
  • Robin’s Roost Nearest gas station to the 6 cabins in Island Park Village, less than one minute away. Last Chance Cabin guests, Last Chance General Store (The Shell Station) is only two blocks from you, and Lakeview Lodge guests, Henry’s Lake Gas Station is only about 4 miles away. Yellowstone Park Cabin guests, you right in between Henrys Lake Gas Station and Robin’s Roost. Take your pick.

 

Summer Activities in Island Park and West Yellowstone

Wild West Whitewater Rafting is all about having fun on the river. Choose between a half day and full day whitewater trip. They even combine whitewater rafting with horseback riding with their Saddle and Paddle trip. Spend the morning riding horses, and then white water down the Yellowstone River.

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American Whitewater is a great website to reference before rafting down any river. It has up-to-date information about water levels, difficulty, weather, rapids, length, average and maximum gradient, etc. The website also has pictures and descriptions of each river.

The Island Park Reservoir
Phone: (208) 558-7301

Island Park Reservoir’s body of water covers 8,400 acres and is popular for boating, fishing and water skiing. Boat ramps/docks are located at Buttermilk Campground, Island Park, Lakeside Lodge, McCrea Bridge Campground, Mill Creek and the West end.

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Ashton Reservoir
Phone: (208) 524-7500

The Ashton Reservoir covers 400 acres of good fishing waters stocked every year with trout. The reservoir provides for picnicking, restrooms, a boat ramp/dock, parking, and fishing. There is also a beautiful ribbon waterfall near the dam.

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Henry’s Lake, Idaho
Phone: (208) 558-7532

The cabins at Island Park Village Resort are just 9 miles (less than 15 minutes) from Henry’s Lake; a fisherman’s paradise. Anglers fish the lake for cutthroat, brook, and rainbow-cutthroat hybrid trout. A fish cleaning station is provided by the park and is located near the boat ramp. Henry’s Lake is open the Thursday before Memorial Day and closes mid-October, weather permitting.

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Hebgen Lake, Montana

Phone: N/A

Address:

Hebgen Lake
Montana 59758
 

Hebgen Lake is a man-made lake 15 miles long and 4 miles wide located about 20 minutes west of West Yellowstone. It’s a popular recreational lake and has been called the premier stillwater fishing lake in Montana. It is populated with brown, cutthroat, and rainbow trouts.

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Many of the winter snowmobile trails become ATV and biking trails in the summer.

Check local gas stations for trail maps.

High Mountain Adventure: This company rents ATVs and other summer toys. It is right across the highway from the Resort.

Below are some links to websites with good information about mountain biking trails for the enthusiasts.

Wyoming

Black Canyon: “The climb up old pass road is mostly on old, rotting pavement with a few switchbacks but not that steep…”

Cache Creek Loop: “Frickin’ wicked decent smooth, winding singletrack through meadows and forest along Cache creek…”

Shadow Mountain: “Follow the dirt road up Shadow Mtn. for about 3 miles. This is a mellow but steady climb. Once you appear to be on top of Shadow Mtn., look for a single track off to the left…”

Idaho

The Big Hole Challenge: “Ride west into Horseshoe canyon. The road will dogleg, first right, then left, then bear left up the canyon road…”

Black Grove: “At the top of the pass, turn Left (south) on a fire road that leads to some undeveloped campsites. Ride approx 1.8 mi untill you see…”

Thousands Spring Valley: “A wide single track trail that has been completely redone by the FS (YOUR TAX $ AT WORK). This is an absolutely beautiful trail through evergreen forest to a wildflower infested alpine valley, Sound good; IT IS!…”

Mill Creek Loop: “Park and gear up in the large parking area on the right of Teton Canyon Rd. there is a amazing view of the Tetons here…”

Montana

Lionhead Mountain Loop: “The trailhead is located 7 miles east of West Yellowstone off of Highway 20. Turn right onto Denny Creek Road and drive 1.5 miles to the trailhead…”

Gardiner to Point of Rocks: Begins in the town Gardiner located a mile high and adjacent to the North Entrance of Yellowstone National Park (shuttle required).

Ross Pass: “The Lat/Long is for Bracket Creek road off of Mt 8 past Bridger Bowl. Easy to moderate double track with a short dificult climb onto Ross Pass. From here you can go north or south along the ridge…”

Island Park Village Golf Course
Phone: (208) 558-7550

Open Season: May 1 – October 15

The Island Park Village Golf Course is a beautiful blue grass, 9 hole, par 35 course with beautiful scenery and mountain fresh air. Middle Tees are 2668 yards and forward Tees are 2668 yards. Rental carts are available as well as rental clubs. Best of all, it’s located right out your front door if you are renting a cabin from Island Park Cabins and Lodges.

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Experience beautiful scenery while hiking the Island Park area.

Coffee Pot Rapids: This trail is located about five miles from the cabins.

Mesa Falls: Highly recommended, family-friendly hike! This hike is located about thirty miles from the cabins but is well worth the drive. The falls are spectacular and are a great photo opportunity.

Golden Lake: Located less than fifteen miles from the cabins in Harriman State Park.

Big Springs and John Sack’s Cabin Hike: A short, family-friendly hike. Take some bread so you can feed the trout from the bridge (but no fishing allowed)! This destination is just a few miles from the cabins! (Follow N. Big Springs Loop Road east until it crosses the river.)

What better way to see the countryside than on horseback!

Dry Ridge Outfitters: Wyoming Horseback Riding Adventures

Horseback Riding with Diamond P Ranch

Horseback Riding with Wild West White Water Rafting. They are a rafting, boating, and canoeing company that also offers horseback riding.

Yellowstone is known to many as the “Serengeti of North America.” It has the largest known concentration of free-roaming wildlife in the lower 48 states from large mammals to tiny birds. Some animals are more visible than others depending on the season. If you like wildlife, then you should make a visit to Yellowstone.

Stay in one of our cabins while enjoying the natural surroundings of Island Park and West Yellowstone.

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Bring a good camera because there are plenty of photo opportunities!

Winter Activities in Island Park and West Yellowstone

When you come to Island Park and the West Yellowstone area to snowmobile, you’ve come to an area that has earned the nick name “Snowmobiling Capital of the World.” If you don’t have a snowmobile of your own, no worries. Just rent one from us and we will bring it to your cabin.

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Check out this list of awesome snowmobiling areas you won’t want to miss.

Goosewing Ranch: Snowmobile and snow coach tours through beautiful Yellowstone National Park.

Snowmobile maps: This website has a list of locations for great snowmobiling trails in and around Island Park. Just click on the map for more information about the area.

Sawtell Snowmobile Loop: This is a great trail area for those new to snowmobiling and to Island Park.

Snowmobiling Mecca: A dream snowmobile vacation through West Yellowstone.

Two Top Mountain and Meadow Creek Loop: Head to one of the most popular destination spots for snowmobilers coming to Island Park.

There are many places to go cross country skiing.

The gallery below is of Harriman State Park. The trail winds through the forest and along the frozen river where you will see swans and geese. Further down the trail is a small wood bridge where there is a nice view for picture taking. Further from the bridge is a warming hut stocked with firewood and a stove, as well as maps and a registry to sign your name if you would like.

The Island Park and West Yellowstone areas will surround you with beautiful winter scenes likely to take your breath away!

Image source: National Geographic

Destinations Near Island Park and West Yellowstone

Image source: http://www.globeimages.net
 

Yellowstone National Park is America’s first national park established in 1872. Some of the wildlife that living within the park are grizzly bears, wolves, bison, and elk. Yellowstone National Park is also where you will find Old Faithful and a collection of the world’s most extraordinary geysers and hot springs, and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

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Visitor Information: (307) 344-7381

Road Conditions: (307) 344-2117

Address:

Yellowstone National Park, WY
82190-0168

 

Seasonal Road Closures: From early November through late April, all roads south through the park are closed to wheeled vehicles, including the road to Old Faithful Geyser. [Read more]

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Grand Teton National Park is located in Northwestern Wyoming and is always inspiring with it’s landscapes of magnificent mountains, crystal lakes, and unique wildlife.

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Visitor Information: (307) 739-3300

Road Conditions: (307) 739-3682

Address:

Grand Teton National Park
Moose, WY 83012

 

Seasonal Road Closures: Starting November 1st (Highway 89, 191, and 26 will remain open).

Harriman State Park is located within Yellowstone National Park and is part of over 16,000 acres of protected land and wildlife. Over 20 miles of trails are available for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and cross county skiing. It is not uncommon to see Moose, Elk, Sandhill Cranes, and Trumpeter Swan in and around Harriman State Park.

BE BEAR AWARE while recreating at Harriman. The Grizzly bear inhabits this area. Pack bear spray, hike in groups, and use bear bells mountain biking.

Phone: (208) 558-7368

Street Address:

3489 Green Canyon Road
Island Park, ID 83429

(18 miles N. of Ashton on Hwy. 20)

Facilities: Showers, Flush Toilets, Fish Cleaning Station, Dump Station

Summer Activities: Fishing, Wildlife Viewing, Horseback Riding, Hiking, and Biking.

Winter Activities: 28 Miles of groomed track, Cross Country Skiing Skate, Classic, Skier Defined, and Snowshoe.

This is the type of lake that fisherman dream about. Anglers fish for cutthroat, brook and rainbow-cutthroat hybrid trout. The park has a modern fish cleaning station near the boat ramp. There is also plenty of places for hiking and biking.

Phone: (208) 558-7532

Street Address:

3917 E. 5100 N.
Island Park, ID 83429
Facilities: Showers, Flush Toilets, Fish Cleaning Station, Dump Station

 

Open Season: Opens the Thursday before Memorial Day and closes the 3rd Saturday in October

Created from the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River, the Island Park Reservoir covers 8400 acres with plenty of water activities. The reservoir is a great place for fishing, boating, water skiing, jet skiing, swimming. Driving over the dam is a great place for scenic views of Centennial Mountains and Box canyon.

Phone: (208) 558-7301

Street Address:

Island Park Reservoir
Idaho 83429
Facilities: Boat Docks, Campgrounds

 

Summer Activities: Fishing, Boating, Water skiing, Camping

Due to its unique location and picturesque setting, Johnny’s cabin and nearby water-wheel have long been one of the most photographed sites in Island Park.

Johnny Sack Cabin is located just a few miles from the cabins at Big Springs. Follow N. Big Springs Loop Road east until it crosses the river. The cabin can be reached via a short family-friendly hike on a paved walking path starting in the campground at Big Springs. The cabin’s unique location, construction, and furnishings make for an interesting visit. Take some bread so you can feed the trout from the bridge (but no fishing allowed)! Learn more about Johnny Sack Cabin.

For Information: (208) 624-7332

Open Hours: Open daily 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mid-June through Mid-September

Mesa Falls, Idaho is actually two separate falls, the Upper Mesa Falls and the Lower Mesa Falls. Upper Mesa Falls is roughly 114 feet high and 200 feet wide. Upper Mesa Falls is only about 48 miles from West Yellowstone on Highway 47. The Lower Mesa Falls is approximately a mile beyond that.

Summer Activities:

  • Fishing: Downstream from the Lower Falls is Henry’s Fork where you will find great fishing.
  • Boating: A scenic float trip downriver from Mesa Falls to Warm River is always nice. Hiking and biking
  • Hiking and Biking: There are many trails around the falls including a one-mile trail from the Upper Falls to the Lower Falls. Mountain biking the 14.7-mile Warm River trail should take you about 2 hours

Winter Activities: In the winter the Forest Service road becomes one of many snowmobile trails in the area. If you have a snowmobile or cross-country skis, winter is the time to go; if you don’t, there is no access. Spring through fall is great by car.

Phone: (208) 652-3355

Street Address:

714 Main St.
Ashton ID, 83420
Facilities: Gift Shop, Handicap Access, Parking, Restrooms, Vault Toilets, Visitor Center

Fees: $5 per vehicle if you park and walk to the falls lookout.

The Opal Mines carries a full line of cutting supplies, rough opal, and finished jewelry at their shop. They also have a nice selection of other gemstone specimens from throughout the northwest. In Addition, they have a full hook-up RV park, gas, propane and convenience store. The Opal Country Cafe serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Phone: 208-374-5476

Street Address:

27 Opal Ave.
Spencer, Idaho 83446

 

Website: Spencer Opal Mines

West Yellowstone is an interesting town to stop by. Many spots around the town have live music, where you can have a drink or dinner and enjoy the entertainment. It’s common for name bands to play in West Yellowstone.

There are two theatres, the Playmill Theatre with theatrical productions such as THE LION KING, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, and WHITE CHRISTMAS. Then there’s the IMAX Theatre with special movies all about Yellowstone and Yellowstone wildlife.

 

Bear World is a drive-thru wildlife park where you can see bears and other animals in their natural habitat. The animals available to see include American Black Bear, Grizzly Bear, Gray Wolves, Rocky Mountain Elk, Bison, White-tail Deer, Mule Deer, Rocky Mountain Goats, and Moose.

Phone: 208-359-9688

Address:

6010 South 4300 West,
5 miles South of Rexburg, Idaho 83440

Hours: Open 7 Days a Week from 9am to 5pm

St. Anthony Sand Dunes is a popular 11,000 acre sandy playground for the high adrenalin seeker. The dunes are made of clear, shifting, white quartz sand carried by the wind from the nearby Teton and Snake Rivers. The dunes reach up to 400 feet high and move about eight feet each year. The St Anthony Sand Dunes is also a wilderness study area and home to one of the largest herds of wintering elk in the United States.

Location:

50 miles northwest of Idaho Falls, Idaho

From US-20 southbound, take exit #346 (Saint Anthony City Center). Turn right onto Bridge Street and continue through the stop light to West 4th N. Turn left onto West 4th N, which turns into 600 N after you leave city limits. Follow 600 N approximately 3 miles until you reach the intersection with Red Road. Turn left to go to Egin Lakes access or right to the parking and dispersed camping areas along Red Road.

Facilities:

  • Parking (3 graveled areas), ATV unloading ramp, equestrian trailer area
  • Restrooms
  • RV dump station
  • Concessions, water stations, picnic sites
  • Contact station area: law enforcement, EMS, Idaho Air Rescue
  • Safety flags, annual ORV sticker; designated routes, ride only in open sand; no glass containers; all riders under age 18 must wear helmets (ID state law).

Fees:

  • $5.00 per vehicle, per day
  • $10.00 per use of RV dump stations
  • $60.00 season pass

Events Near Island Park and West Yellowstone

This historic dog sled race has an interesting history dating back to March 4, 1917 when the first 55 mile race began from West Yellowstone, MT to Ashton, ID (Now fully held inside the Ashton area).

Mushers come from all parts of the United States determined to run their dogs in the race and win. The notable example was in 1948 when musher Lewis Price dropped his dogs by parachute from a plane to the starting line! It is an exciting winter experience with events for mushers, spectators, and dogs of all sizes.

American Dog Derby logo

Contact Info: American Dog Derby

Next Festival: 2012

Burley, ID: July 25th to July 27th

Rexburg, ID: July 28th to August 4th

Click the link for more information about the Idaho International Dance and Music Festival

If you are interested in performing in the Idaho International Dance and Music Festival, please email: donna@rexcc.com

Rexburg Chamber of Commerce

Open Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm.

Located at: 127 E. Main St. in between Syringa Moble and Sprint Mobile.

Phone: 208-356-5700

Toll Free: 888-INFO 880

For information about the different events that are happening in Island Park click the link below.

Island Park Chamber of Commerce Calendar of Events

If you love antiques, then this is one event in Island Park you won’t want to miss.

Three antiques shows will gather for a truly spectacular shopping experience. Travel up and down “Main Street” from Last Chance to the Village Crossroads and enjoy the rich history displayed in these antiques.

Show date: July 23, 24, and 25 on Main street.

What better way to start a season of fishing than with a nice hot breakfast of pancakes with syrup and butter, hash browns, sausage, and a variety of beverages. Best of all it’s FREE! This is an annual event that takes place at 6 a.m. – 1 p.m. the Friday before the fishing season begins. Anyone is invited to participate in this free breakfast paid for by the St. Anthony Chamber of Commerce. There is also a program and special guests for the kids like Woodsy Owl and Smokey Bear.

Location: Clyde Keefer Memorial Park

Time: 6 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Enjoy Four Days of Fun!

Summer Festival is four days of fun-filled activities leading up to the Fourth of July. Some of the events include a hot air balloon rally, craft fair, antique show, rodeo, parade, community breakfast and BBQ, and of course Fireworks! There is something for the whole family to enjoy at Summer Festival. So don’t miss out.

Celebrate the 4th of July in Rexburg with a community breakfast, commercial booths, rodeo, flag raising ceremony, parade, and fireworks.

Community Breakfast: 7 a.m.

Location: Main St in Rexburg

For more info: (208)356-5700

General Area Information for Island Park and West Yellowstone

Idaho Falls Regional Airport: Idaho Falls is about 1 ½ hours from the Island Park cabins.

Salt Lake City International Airport: Salt Lake City, UT is about 4 ½ hours from the Island Park cabins.

Boise Airport: Boise (ID) is about five-and-a-half hours from the Island Park cabins.

West Yellowstone Airport: West Yellowstone is about thirty minutes from the Island Park cabins.

Catholic Church: Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, 328 W 1 N, Saint Anthony, ID 83445; (208) 624-7459.

Non-Denominational: Ashton Christian Fellowship, 784 Baker Rd, Ashton, ID; (208) 652-7681.

LDS: These are all part of the Ashton Idaho Stake (208-652-7680, 208-652-3721).

Island Park Ward Directions

Phone: 208-558-7551 (Office)

Address:

2887 Swan Ln,
Macks Inn, ID 83433

Address:

310-320 Gibbon Ave,
West Yellowstone, MT 59758

West Yellowstone Ward Directions

Phone: 406-646-9357 (Office)

Address:

310-320 Gibbon Ave
West Yellowstone, MT 59758

Mammoth Clinic

Open Season: Year-round except for some holidays.

Open Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Friday

Phone: (307) 344-7965

Address:

Located next to Mammoth Post Office
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190

Old Faithful Clinic

Open Season: May 13-Oct. 3

Open Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. May 13-Sep. 14; Open 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. September 15th-October 3rd

Phone: (307) 344-7325

Address:

495 Old Faithful
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190

Lake Clinic

Open Season: May 20-Sept. 21 (Closed after for fall and winter seasons)

Open Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. May 20-Sep 14; Open 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. September 15th-September 21st

Phone: (307) 242-7241

Address:

713 Lake Lk
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190

Island Park Medical Clinic

Open Season: Year-round except for some holidays.

Open Hours: Mon.,Tues., 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ; Open Thursdays for Blood Draws and Labs

Phone: (208)-558-7766

Address:

3765 N Hwy 20
Island Park, ID 83429