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Development Projects

Development Bureau 

The IDPR Development Department is in charge of all IDPR related building and maintenance projects; everything from campsite upgrades to the construction of new visitor centers.


 Some of the major projects underway include:

  • Ponderosa: A $1.3 million package to improve safety, upgrade facilities and better manage the MeadowMarsh Forest began in September 2020 and will run through the winter, when visitor activity slows and the weather favors rehabilitation work. The construction work includes utility upgrades to the Aspen Loop in the Peninsula Campground, paving of the road to Osprey Point, and the repair of the Peninsula Boat Ramp. Details
  • Thousand Springs Visitors Center: Construction of a $2.5 million, 3,400-square-foot building started in late September and will last for a year. The project will unite Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation with the National Park Service, becoming a central location for Thousand Springs State Park and the Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument. Details
  • Repairs and improvements totaling about $1.1 million is underway at four parks: Thousand Springs (Box Canyon); Priest Lake (Lionhead), Farragut (Eagle Cove Boat Launch), and Bear Lake (East Beach). Funding came from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and is intended to mitigate a record-breaking year for visitation — and use — of Idaho State Parks. Details

Design & Engineering

Bear Lake State Park - Water Spigot & Electrical Service Upgrades


Submittals for Design Build Services will be received by the Department of Parks and Recreation: IDPR 4279 Commerce Circle, Suite B, Idaho Falls, Idaho 83401 beginning immediately, until Thursday August 5th, 2021, at 2:00 pm, local time, for IDPR Project No. 350321/350311 Bear Lake East Beach water spigot and electrical service upgrades, Bear Lake State Park, Bear Lake, Idaho.



A description of the work of this project can be summarized to include upgrading electrical service to sites 1-20 along with pedestals in the East Beach Campground, bringing the sites up to 50 AMP as well as bringing the campground up to code and completing the electrical upgrades.


Construction of two shelters to house or cover existing 480 to 12240 single phase dry step-down transformers to protect the integrity of the transformers and public safety, replacing all existing compromised breakers, possibly upgrading from 15KVA to 25KVA for load, utilizing existing CT cabinets.



Upgrading East Beach Campground water spigots by replacing up to 32 old water spigots within the campground and adding 5 (frost free) to additional sites where they are currently shared. Repairing underground water valve in well to supply adequate water to sites.


Engineer to coordinate with DEQ and Local South East Public Health Department.


A written Request for Qualifications and other information are available at the Department of Parks and Recreation, 4279 Commerce Circle, Suite. B, Idaho Falls, ID 83401: Serena Newman, Construction Manager, (208) 479-1505.


All Contractors must have a Public Works Contractors License and a Design Professional who holds an Idaho Engineering License at the time of submittal to this RFQ.


Project Budget: $200,000.00

Upcoming Development Projects 2021/2022

The table below includes some of the projects planned for 2021, but is by no means all inclusive. For more information about upcoming projects contact the Development Bureau at

Design & Engineering Projects Request for Qualifications (Design) Anticipated Construction Date
Castle Rocks: New Vault Restroom
Summer 2021
Dworshak: Roadway Repairs at Boatramp
Fall 2021
Hells Gate: Marina Dock Replacement
Winter 2021/2022
Hells Gate: Repair & Resurface Trails
Summer 2021
Henrys Lake: Boat Launch Restroom Remodel
Fall 2021
Heyburn: Replace Chatcolet Restroom
Spring 2021
Fall 2021
Heyburn: Replace Lakeview Cottage
Spring 2021
Fall 2021
Lucky Peak: Pave Spring Shores Gravel Area
May 2021
Priest Lake: Dock Replacements
May 2021
Thousand Springs: Billingsley Creek Campground
Fall 2021
Thousand Springs: Re-Roof Ritter Island Barn
Spring 2021
Summer 2021
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