Greetings Farragut friends, and happy November!
Today starts the annual archery hunting season in the park which runs through December 1st.
If you have any questions about the areas open for hunting, please stop in at the visitor center and grab a map.
The Waldron campground will close today as well as the gates for the day use areas.
You will continue to see equipment working along the boat launch road. The goal is to have an overflow parking area in place to help with the high use the launch gets mid-summer.
Start your visit to Farragut State Park at the visitor center located at the west entrance. Find park maps, trail guides, campground registration, natural history park displays and a gift shop offering a variety of unique souvenir items and snacks.
The park has over 40 miles of trails for you to explore. For those who like a challenge, take the Highpoint Trail to the Scout Trail and hike up Bernard Peak and look back across the lake at Farragut State Park. A map is available for download that shows trails within Farragut State Park, accessible during the summer months.
The nickname given to the "Rite of Passage" artwork located in the Farragut Memorial Plaza, next to the Museum at the Brig. He represents the 293,381 sailors who trained on these grounds for duty in World War II. Their stories are told in the museum, which is open from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day.
The Museum at the Brig houses the world's largest collection of United States Farragut Naval Training Station (1942-1946) memorabilia. It includes two restored vehicles on display in the courtyard of the brig building. A 1938 Ford 2-ton work truck and a 1942 Pirsch open cab fire engine, were used when the Farragut Naval Training Station was in operation. Films on area history and geology are shown daily in the Museum at the Brig's Pacific Theater. The museum is open Memorial Day through Labor Day, 10 am to 5 pm.
Farragut has five 18 – hole disc golf courses. The Wreckreator, Northstar, A.W.O.L, and Cutthroat courses offer a world class disc golfing experience. The Little Black Bear is perfect for the beginners and those with children. A large selection of golf discs and accessories can be found at the Farragut gift shop.
Picnic at the Willow Day Use Area, which offers great views of Bernard Peak across Lake Pend Oreille's Idlewilde Bay. Look for the mountain goats that live on this peak or take the terraced trail down to the shoreline to get to the water's edge. You can also picnic at the Shoreline Picnic Area off the south end of the Shoreline Trail.
This horseshoe shaped sand beach is one of the few places on the lake where the water warms enough in the summer for a swim. Remember that pets, glass containers, or hard sided boats (canoes, kayaks, etc) are not allowed in the beach area.
Over 20 miles of trails can be accessed on the north side of the park from the Corral day use and camping area; horses are not allowed south of Highway 54 in the park.
Eagle Boat Launch provides the only major access for boaters on the south end of Lake Pend Oreille, the largest lake in Idaho.
Farragut State Park offers 265 individual campsites and 6 equestrian sites, 10 camping cabins, 6 group camps, and multiple large group use areas including an outdoor amphitheater. The majority of the sites have central water, while many have water and electric at the site, and 48 sites also have sewer at the site. All major campgrounds have a shower house with modern restrooms. A Recreational Vehicle sanitation dump station is available in the park.
A park naturalist is on staff during the summer providing trail hikes, Junior Ranger and evening campfire programs. For those who like to go at their own pace, wayside exhibits are placed around the park, with information on area wildlife and park features.