Southeast Idaho Outdoor Recreation
Hells Half Acre National Landmark, (Bingham & Bonneville Counties), This interesting interpretive nature trail takes visitors though an incredible 5,200 year-old lava flow with paved walkways and 25 engraved signs on the hike identifying aspects of the lava flow's unique ecosystem. The Hells Half acre lava flow, which emerged from a shield volcano, is one of many basalt flows on the Snake River Plain. It is relatively young, and it has only been partially colonized by vegetation. It is also a very large and mostly roadless flow. Nevertheless, it is near the population centers of Idaho Falls and Blackfoot, and Shelley, Idaho (less than ten miles). Interstate highway 15 cuts through a small portion of the flow. At rest stops on the Interstate, there are short paved walks providing an interpreted trail across the very rough surface.
Blackfoot River Canyon, (Bingham County), For a great backcountry scenic drive, check out this portion of the Blackfoot River Canyon. It's a smaller version of the Snake River Birds of Prey Area. Steep canyon cliffs, aspen and cottonwood trees support nesting golden eagles, prairie falcons, red-tailed hawks, great horned owls and other raptor species. Use turnouts along the road for parking and walk approximately 200 yards to the rim for viewing. A few road spurs provide access to the canyon bottom.
Wolverine Canyon, (Bingham County), just northeast of Blackfoot, is a year-round recreational center, offering hiking, whitewater rafting, and fishing during the summer, and cross-country skiing and snowmobiling during the winter.
Pebble Creek Ski Area, (Bannock County), Celebrating 57 years of skiing excellence, Pebble Creek is a vertical playground that attracts extreme skiers but also offers plenty of terrain variety for other skill levels. Located just south of the City of Pocatello, in the Caribou National Forest, Pebble Creek boasts virtually non-existent lift lines. The 40 member PSIA/AASI Member Ski & Snowboard School offers a wide range of group programs as well as private lessons.
Pebble Creek plays host to 1,100 skiable acres, 54 runs and an abundance of annual snowfall, providing enough playful terrain for beginners and those demanding an honest challenge. The rental shop carries high performance shaped skis and the lodge offers cafeteria-style dining and fresh home-baked treats. Renowned for its fun and friendly atmosphere Pebble Creek offers great winter fun at a great value!
Dry Valley Trail, (Caribou County), is a great place for hiking. Dry Valley Trail in Caribou County, Idaho is the outdoors at it's best. A visit to Diamond Boulder Flat rejuvenates the soul. Mabey Canyon is a nice place not a far walk. South Fork Campbell Canyon has a stream you might jump into while there. Visiting Stewart Flat is a great way to spend an afternoon and don't forget to explore Kendall Canyon.
Massacre Rocks State Park, (Power County), was named from the skirmishes that took place in this area during the 1800s when large numbers of settlers passed through on the Oregon Trail. It was declared a state park in 1967. The area is also known for its geology because volcanic evidence is abundant.
American Falls Reservoir, (Power County), Located on Highway 38 near American Falls, Idaho. There have been two American Falls Dams. The first was built from 1925-1927 and the second from 1974-1978. The second dam is located immediately downstream from the original. The first dam was so deteriorated by 1975 that the reservoir was only holding two thirds of its capacity. The replacement dam was designed and constructed by Bechtel Corporation. It is currently operated by the Bureau of Reclamation and provides irrigation, flood control, power generation, recreation, and the improvement of fish and wildlife resources.
Bear Lake, (Bear Lake County), The crown jewel is Bear Lake, a large scenic lake often called "The Carribean of the Rockies" for its intense turquoise blue water. As visitors catch their first glimpse of the lake, they marvel at its color and wonder what makes the lake so blue. Sitting on one of its many white, sandy beaches, you can imagine yourself on your own little island.
Bear Lake is home to a trophy cutthroat trout fishery where the Idaho State record cutthroat of 19 lbs. was caught. Lake trout (mackinaw) also inhabit the lake and may grow to 30 lbs. Trolling and jigging from boats can be done throughout the year (winter and spring months being the most productive).
Cub River, (Franklin County), offers some great fly fishing. Most of the fish are cutthroat trout with some hatchery rainbow this is a catch and release area.
Located between Preston and Franklin city turn on Cub River Road from Hwy 91.
Foster Reservoir:, (Franklin County), Rainbow trout, perch, bluegill, crappie and largemouth bass. Should be good for trout and fair for perch and bluegill.
One mile north of Preston off SH 34 onto East Glendale Road.
Hawkins Reservoir:, (Franklin County), Rainbow trout.
Located 10 miles west of the Preston-Logan exit off I-15 on Hawkins Road.
Johnson Reservoir:, (Franklin County), Rainbow trout, bluegill, largemouth bass. Good fishing for rainbow trout; fair for bluegill.
Located 3 miles east of Preston on Oneida Road, just past Lamont Reservoir.
Lamont Reservoir:, (Franklin County), Rainbow trout, bluegill, perch, largemouth bass. Fair fishing for bluegill, perch and rainbow trout.
Located 3 miles east of Preston on Oneida Road.
Oneida Reservoir:, (Franklin County), Walleye, perch and occasional smallmouth bass. Fair fishing for 12-14 inch walleye with occasional fish larger than 20 inches. Oneida Narrows Reservoir is used to generate electricity, it is open to the public for boating, fishing, swimming etc. There are 2 boat ramps, and camping available as well as a day use picnic area. Below the dam another 6 miles of Bear River provide great trout fishing in the beautiful Oneida Narrows.
Drive from Grace or Preston on Highway 34 to the intersection with Highway 36, 5 miles north of Preston. Turn onto Highway 36 and drive east 3 miles (almost to the Bear River), turn north on the Oneida Narrows Road and drive 6 miles to Oneida Reservoir.
Treasureton Reservoir:, (Franklin County), Rainbow trout: This reservoir is managed for quality size trout.
Located near SH34, 11 miles north of Preston.
Condie Reservoir:, (Franklin County), Bluegill, perch and largemouth bass.
Access from SH 34, 8 miles north of Preston.
Twin Lakes Reservoir:, (Franklin County), Bluegill, perch, largemouth bass and rainbow trout: Good fishing or bluegill, fair for perch and rainbow trout The Twin Lakes Canal Company charges a daily entry fee to access the reservoir, $5 per vehicle.
Access from Twin Lakes Road off SH91 north of Preston.
Swan Valley, (Franklin County), has over 400 miles of groomed snowmobile trails yet remains a virtual unknown playground for winter recreation. Two primary accesses to the snowmobile trail system, which takes riders to the upper reaches of Bonneville and Bingham Counties are Fall Creek on the West end of the valley on Snake River Road at the Swan Valley Bridge and the Palisades Dam access at the East end. Both access are just off Highway 26. The pristine trail system is home to trumpeter swans, sand hill cranes, moose, elk, white tail and mule deer, osprey, and bald eagles.
Ririe Reservoir, (Bonneville County), is formed by Ririe Dam which is a major feature on the Ririe Project . Ririe Reservoir is administered by the Bonneville County Parks & Recreation Department. Access to this 1,500-acre reservoir with 32 miles of shoreline is fair to good. Fishing season runs from late May through November. Available species include rainbow, brown, and cutthroat trout. Site offers rest rooms, boat ramp and dock, campground, swimming, and visitor center.
Tautphaus Park Zoo, (Bonneville County), is accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA). Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats.
Pocatello Zoo, (Bannock County), housed in Ross Park, showcases native animals of the Rocky Mountain region in a natural setting.
The Curlew National Grassland, (Oneida County), is located 16 miles west of Malad on Highway 37. The grasslands cover 47,600 acres. Stone Reservoir & Campgrounds, (Oneida County), is Located on the Curlew National Grassland. Motorized boats are allowed on the reservoir. Open to fishing year-round for: Rainbow Trout, Largemouth Bass, Perch, and Crappie. Located 9.4 miles south of Holbrook, Idaho. Security is provided by hosts and periodic patrols by the county sheriff. This is a desert/sagebrush ecosystem so the only shade is the picnic covers or the ones you bring with you. The road within the campground is paved. There is one ADA accessible campsite with concrete and asphalt surfacing and an accessible toilet in the campground.Elkhorn Mountain, (Oneida County), Elevation 9,095, Elkhorn Mountain is located 6 miles west of Interstate 15 at Malad Summit. Standing Rock, (Oneida County), is located 5 miles west of Weston, Idaho along the road to the Caribou Forest boundary. Wright's Creek Trail, (Oneida County), runs north and south for 12 miles in the Elkhorn Mountain Range from Summit Campground to Wright's Creek. This National Recreation Trail is a"no charge" scenic route open to all recreational uses and activities.