PONDEROSA STATE PARK ANNOUNCES NEW POND, PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT PROGRAM AND REDUCED NORTH BEACH CAPACITY
MCCALL (June 3, 2013) - A cooperative project between the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) and Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) has constructed a new pond next to the Northwest Passage Campground in the North Beach Unit of Ponderosa State Park. The Northwest Passage pond will be stocked by the IDFG and the area will be maintained by Ponderosa State Park.
“This is a great place for fishermen of all ages to come and catch some nice Rainbow trout,” said Ponderosa State Park Manager, Richard Taplin.
IDPR hopes to open the pond officially at the end of June with a special event.
There is a $5 motor vehicle entry fee, unless you have the new Idaho Passport or Idaho State Parks Annual. For more information on the Idaho State Parks Passport visit: www.parksandrecreation.idaho.gov
Pack it in – Pack it out
Ponderosa State Park is also announcing that all the day use areas at the North Beach Unit are now “Pack it in – Pack it out” areas. This includes the Warren Wagon road boat ramp, and the Eastside roads beach parking lot, beach area and Twah Creek day use area.
“Visitors are required to pack out all their trash; there will be no trash containers or pick up at any of these locations,” said Taplin. “Visitor cooperation in keeping these areas clean is much appreciated.”
New North Beach Capacity
The main eastside beach at the North Beach Unit has a user limit of 750 people for 2013.
“This further reduction is an effort to bring the number of users down to the ability of the park facilities to accommodate their usage,” said Taplin. “Park staff will continue to monitor the usage and make adjustments to the user capacity numbers to reflex the ability of the day use areas facilities to accommodate their affects. “
During the July 4th weekend, vehicle traffic will be one way on Eastside Road, direction of travel will be from Warren Wagon Road south towards Tamarack Bay Condominiums. This is being done to limit congestion and allow for emergency vehicles to have the ability to respond to situations. Again Valley County Sheriff and Idaho State Patrol will be on site to help park staff with visitor issues.
When the 750 person limit is reached the beach will be closed to any more people using the beach.
Look for further information about the activities and restrictions at North Beach as we get closer to the July 4 weekend.