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Horseshoe Lake

Ashton, Idaho

18.3 miles E of Ashton, Idaho

Horseshoe Lake is hidden back in the Targhee National Forest. It's a beautiful lake with plenty of lily pads. The road to get there is well maintained and there are many options for pull-outs and parking once you get there. The lake has a gradual decline great for wading but has plenty deep enough for swimming and canoeing. A youth camp has a floating dock out towards the middle that is often free to use for jumping in. The lake is also a great place to go fishing. No motorized boats are allowed.

Camp, Canoe, Dive, Swim

swim Swimming Hole

camp Campsite

canoe Canoeing Area

dive Diving Platform

Added on 2 Nov 2017

Big Springs

Island Park, Idaho

7.6 miles NE of Island Park, Idaho

There's also a great little walking trail along the river with placards that tell about the ecosystem and history of the area. There's about a 1/2 mile that's paved and then a 1/2 mile of dirt trail. The trail is NOT a loop. The trailhead is on the South West side of the bridge. There's a great spot to feed the fish under the West side of the bridge so bring some quarters to buy fish food. The trail to Johnny Sack's Cabin is on the North Side of the Cabin.

Campground (Fee Required)

This campground Is located on the Ashton·lsland Park Ranger District, comprising nearly 650,000 acres of National Forest System lands. Numerous amenities are offered such as single and double sites which Includes fire rings. utlllty tables. picnic tables, and reslrooms. This campground is situated nen to the beautiful Henry's Fork shaded by Lodgepole Pines. Come In and relax with friends and family. Head on out and explore the Big Springs Interpretative Trail which starts at the bridge Just Outside the campground. Be sure to visit the historical Johnny Sack Cabin, offering a unique Insight Into the history of the Big Springs Area. Just follow the asphalt walkway which will take you to the cabin Just north of the campground. Explore the historical, cultural, geological, and recreational resources this area has to offer.

Take a scenic drive south along the Mesa Falls Scenic By·Way. Stop by the Mesa Falls Visitor Center for an interpretative tour and captivating view of Upper Falls. A two mile Interpretative hiking uall will offer you a view of Canyon Rim.

Length of Stay: Forest Order

Camping or occupying a Single site for a period longer than 16 consecutive days Is prohibited. After leaving a site, a minimum of 7 days Is required before any group or person(s) from that group may reoccupy their original location.

This limit of stay restriction Is necessary to reduce displacment of other Forest desiring to occupy a particular campsite, and reducing the opportunity for visitor or group of visitors from monopolizing a campsite for long periods time (in excess of 16 days).

Fire Safety: Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires

Make sure your fire is DEAD OUT

  • NEVER leave a fire unattended.
  • Keep your fires small. Firewood Is available for sale. See campground host.
  • Check with campground host for current fire restrictions.
  • Use existing fire rings. Scrape away litter end any other burnable material within a l0 foot-diameter circle surrounding the fire ring.
  • Make sure all wood fits inside the fire ring.
  • To put out a campfire, slowly pour water onto the fire and stir with a shovel until all material is cool to the touch.
  • Do not bury your fire. The coals can smolder and re-ignite.
  • Make sure the fire is dead out. Many wildfires have been caused by abandoned campfires.

Bear Country: Required Food Storage Order

Your Safety Is Important to Us

All food and other items that might attract bears must be stored where bears cannot access them at night and during the daytime when unattended. Attended means that a person is physically present within 100 feet and in direct sight of the food.

What are bear attractants?

  • All food and anything that contacted food. This includes full or empty coolers, packaging, boxes, cans, bottles, dirty dishes and silverware, etc.
  • All beverages and beverage containers, full or empty (including water)
  • All garbage, food scraps, and cooking grease. Never dump grease, beverages, or scraps on the ground.
  • Never leave garbage in your fire pit or outside.
  • Pet food and pet food bowls.
  • Gas cans.
  • Grills. Burn grill for at least 5 minutes after use to get rid of any residues. Clorox the grease trap.

Anything with a strong odor is an attractant for bears. Attractants must be stored in a bear-resistant manner. If you are away from your campsite or asleep at night in your test/trailer/RV, these attractants MUST BE STORED. You may be fined if you do not properly store your attractants. If you cannot properly store your attractants, inform the campground host and a bear resistant container may be provided for you.

What is bear resistant storage?

Acceptable places to store and dispose of your attractants are inside a hard-sided trailer, an enclosed vehicle, inside a bear dumpster or trash can (this campground has bear-resistant dumpster). Coolers, tents, underneath your RV/trailer the back of pick-up trucks, boxes, beverage bottles, canned goods, soft-sided trailers, and other containers are not bear resistant. All garbage must go to bear-resistant dumpsters. Garbage must never be left outside unattended. If the dumpster is full, you must take your trash back with you and inform the campground host of the situation.

NOTICE: ATV and Motorcycle use is prohibited

ATVs and motorcycles are prohibited from use in this campground. The following are exempt:

  • Licensed street legal motorcycles.
  • Vehicles used by handicapped individuals.
  • Vehicles used by campground hosts for their official duties.

ATVs and motorcycles may be trailered into the campground, kept in the campsite on a trailer, or parked at a location designated by the campground host.

Educate Yourself

Contact the Island Park or Ashton Ranger Station for information on which areas are open to ATVs.

If you have a Dog: Keep your pet secure at all times

In the national forest, you and your dog could meet people, horses, mountain bikes, ATVs, other dogs, and wild animals. Help make the outdoor experience enjoyable for you, your dog and all the forest's users by following these safety tips:

  • Please remove all feces before vacating your site.
  • Give your dog plenty of water and rest, and watch for signs of stress and fatigue.
  • Keep your dog leashed and under control in campgrounds. Secure your pet in a shady spot and give it lots of attention to minimize barking.
  • If you encounter wild animals, respect them by restraining your dog.

Fireworks are prohibited

Fireworks or other explosives are prohibited within campgrounds and other recreation sites.

Fishing Rules: A fishing license is required to fish in this forest

  • A state fishing license is required to fish in this national forest.
  • A fishing license can be purchased over-the-counter at various stores in the local area. For more information, contact Idaho Fish and Game.
Camp, Hike

hike Hiking Trail

camp Campsite

Added on 2 Nov 2017

Teton Springs Trail

Victor, Idaho

2.1 miles S of Victor, Idaho

Teton Springs Loop is a loop for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The loop is connected to the Teton Springs Resort, but is open to the public for free access. The trail starts on the South side of the Teton Springs Resort East Parking Lot.

The loop is 5.5 miles long with very little elevation change. It is a great place for beginners to practice snow shoeing and cross-country skiing. Teton Springs Loop loops around what during summer months is Teton Springs Golf Course.

The loop is frequented by many types of wildlife. Elk, moose and water fowls are frequently seen near the trail.

Teton Springs Loop is a wonderful trail for those in search of a wintertime adventure. It is easily accessible from the Rexburg and Idaho Falls Areas. This easy access makes this a wonderful way to connect with nature in the cold.

Trail Map: Teton_Springs_Map_2015.pdf

Grooming Report:

Cross-country Ski, Snowshoe

cross-country ski Cross Country Ski Trail

snowshoe Snowshoe Trail

Added on 6 Sep 2017
3.8 mi

Kelly Mountain Trail

Ririe, Idaho

8.2 miles E of Ririe, Idaho

Kelly Canyon Trail is a moderate, uphill trail that can be used by hikers, mountain bikers, and ATV riders. The trail features views of hills, mountains, trees, wildflowers, and some wildlife. Dogs are allowed on the trail, but should be kept on a leash.

Cross-country Ski, Hike, Mountain Bike, Snowshoe

mountain bike Mountain Bike Trail

hike Hiking Trail

cross-country ski Cross Country Ski Trail