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Park Update 07/23/20:

The well has be repaired and water is now available at the park.

Please click here to read see the irrigation schedule for the park. 

Lake Walcott Snapshot

**Notice: Lake Walcott State Park irrigates the grass in the RV & tent camping areas Monday through Thursday. There is not a set schedule in place. If you are staying in one of these areas, you are welcome to stop by the visitor center for more information.

Location
11 NE of Rupert, ID
86 miles W of Pocatello, ID
133 miles W of Idaho Falls, ID
178 miles E of Boise, ID
191 miles N of Salt Lake City, UT
 
Acreage
65
 
Elevation
4,200
 
Open
Year-round 
 
Overnight
22 serviced, 18 standard, 1 group, 2 cabins
 
Amenities
Showers, flush toilets, dump station
 
Boating
Ramps and docks for day-use
 
Activities
Camp, picnic, hike, disc golf, mountain bike, cycle, fish, boat, swim, birding, horseshoes, motorized and non-motorized boating, windsurfing, sailing, water sports, playground, basketball, disc golf
 
Groups
Shelters and campsites for large groups
 
Winter
Ice fishing
 
Trails
Hike, bike, cross country ski, paved paths
 
Wildlife
Rainbow Trout, Carp, Smallmouth Bass, Bullhead Catfish, Great Horned Owls, Red Tail and Swainson Hawks, Bald Eagles, Songbirds, Waterfowl
 
Learn
Interpretive areas, nature programs, First Time Adventure Program
 
Nearby
Miles of ATV trails, Minidoka Falls, Minidoka National Wildlife Refuge, Rupert Country Club golf course, Rupert Historic District, Minidoka County Historical Museum, Shoshone Falls
 
Rent or buy
Nature Store with disc golf supplies for sale
 
GPS coordinates
42.675 | 113.48306
 
 
 

Lake Walcott has a great disc golf course, awesome fishing opportunities, a canopied park perfect for group activities and a variety of campsites. Campers can set up primitive sites along the water's edge. Several group camp sites for tent camping are also available as are fully serviced campsites and cabins.

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Welcome to Lake Walcott State Park

Located on the edge of Idaho's high desert, Lake Walcott offers a welcome refuge for water and wildlife lovers.  Picnickers will love the grassy, shaded day-use area and disc golfers come from all over to play the world-class 21-hole course. The park is a great base from which to explore the Minidoka National Wildlife Refuge, which offers some of the best birding in southern Idaho.

Disc Golf at Lake Walcott

Lake Walcott Disc Golf Course map



Lake Walcott Park Fees

 

Motor Vehicle Entry Fee

$5 per vehicle

Serviced camp site

$24-$29 per night 

Standard camp site

$10-$21 per night

Group camp

$40-$44 for up to 40 campers

Cabins

 

$50-$55 per night

Fees do not include sales tax

 
 

Lake Walcott State Park

959 E Minidoka Dam, Rupert, ID 83350

The Idaho State Parks Passport: Your State Park Saving Option!

The Idaho State Parks Passport allows Idaho motorists to support Idaho State Parks by agreeing to pay an additional $10 in conjunction with renewing their license plates through the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) and County Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) Offices.  The Passport sticker allows participating Idahoans unlimited daytime entry to Idaho state parks, IDPR operated recreation areas and boating access sites. The Passport will also provide nightly discounts on camping.  

When you pay the additional $10 for your passport, you'll receive a sticker that will adhere to your motor vehicle.  The sticker will provide unlimited access to all 30 state parks for the entire registration year.  

Out-of-state guests will have a savings option too, with the purchase of an Idaho State Park Motor Vehicle Entry Fee (MVEF) Annual.

 

What Will $10 Buy You and Your Family?

  • Admittance to all 30 Idaho State Parks for a year
  • Hundreds of miles of hiking, cycling, mountain biking and Nordic trails
  • Your favorite boat launches
  • Countless historical and cultural sites within your state parks

Good for Idaho, Good for Idahoans!

Idaho‘s State Park Passport is simply a sustainable way to pay for the maintenance and management of Idaho’s 30 cherished state parks.  For those Idahoans who choose to participate in the program, the Idaho State Parks Passport sticker will replace the $5 per motor vehicle entry fee currently in place at state parks while also providing nightly discounts on camping.  

Out of State Guests

Our out-of-state guests have savings options too! You can purchase a $40 Motor Vehicle Entry Fee (MVEF) Annual and receive access to all of Idaho's State Parks and nightly discounts on camping. MVEF Annuals can be purchased at any Idaho State Park and online.

 


Idaho's First Time Adventure Program

**The Experience Idaho Loaner Backpack Program is currently suspended due to COVID-19**

Have you always wanted to camp outdoors, bike, fish or engage in paddle sports, but didn’t know the basics, have the proper equipment, or even know where to go?  Our First Time Adventure Program brings families and the great outdoors together!  We host a fun-filled, outdoor experience for first-time adventurers. Our park's knowledgeable and friendly staff will provide you with gear, show you the ropes and make sure you have fun in the process.

          

Participating State Parks

Castle Rocks State Park

Castle Rocks State Park offers an introductory fishing program for all ages.  Equipment is available. Contact the park directly to participate: (208)824-5519

Hells Gate State Park
Hells Gate State Park offers several first time programs including instruction on camping, bicycling and bird watching. Equipment is available for use. Contact the park for details: (208)799-5015.

Lake Cascade State Park
Lake Cascade State Park offers introductory programs for both first time campers and paddlers. Camping and paddling equipment is available for use. Contact the park for details: (208)382-6544.

Lucky Peak State Park
Lucky Peak State Park offers an introductory outdoor recreation skills programs specific to fishing, camping and dutch oven cooking. Equipment is available at the park for use. Contact the park directly for details (208)334-2432.

Lake Walcott State Park
Lake Walcott State Park offers a first time fishing program for all ages. Instruction provided and equipment is available for use. Contact the park for details: (208)436-1258.

Massacre Rocks State Park
Massacre Rocks State Park offers an intensive water sports safety programs for all ages and skill levels including first time canoeing and kayaking classes. Vessels and safety equipment available for use. Contact the park for details: (208)548-2672.

Priest Lake State Park
Priest Lake State Park offers several first time adventure programs including first time camping, dutch oven cooking, snow shoeing and water sports. Equipment is available for use. Contact the park for details: (208)443-2200.  

Winchester Lake State Park

Winchester Lake State Park offers a first time fishing program, complete with an end-of-year tournament, for all ages. Equipment is available for use. Contact the park for details: (208)924-7563.

 

First Time Adventure Programs within Idaho's State Parks are generously sponsored by:

 


Idaho State Parks Online Junior Ranger
 

To Parents & Guardians

Our goal is to help your children discover more about the outdoors while learning about our parks and making connections to the natural world. Here is how it works: when your child completes the Junior Ranger Actions for one of the twenty-two parks in the program, they can download the certificate for that park and fill in their name for completing the Junior Ranger program at that park. The program is designed for youth ages 6 to 12. We hope the discoveries your explorers experience in the program will encourage them to appreciate and protect Idaho’s natural and cultural resources.

The online Junior Ranger Program can work for those at home. It also can be a great activity either before or after visiting one of Idaho’s State Parks.

Junior Ranger Actions

Click here to find a list of downloadable digital Junior Ranger activity sheets and start earning your Junior Ranger Certificates today!

Choose and do three or more of these activities for the park you select:

Optional if you are able to visit the park:

  • Take a hike with your parents.

  • Attend a park presentation.

Once you have completed three activities, download the Junior Ranger certificate for that park and fill in your name to recognize your completion.

Congratulations Junior Ranger!

Welcome Junior Rangers for Idaho State Parks!

To get started, say the Junior Ranger Pledge out-loud:

Junior Ranger Pledge

I accept the challenge to become an Idaho State Parks Junior Ranger. I will discover more about and help protect Idaho’s parks and the natural world around me. I will share my discoveries with my friends and family.

Participating Parks:

Castle Rocks State Park
City of Rocks National Reserve *
Farragut State Park
Lake Cascade State Park
Dworshak State Park
Hells Gate State Park
Ponderosa State Park
Priest Lake State Park
Three Island Crossing State Park
Bruneau Dunes State Park
Harriman State Park *
Heyburn State Park
Henrys Lake State Park
Land of Yankee Fork State Park
Massacre Rocks State Park
Round Lake State Park
Thousand Springs State Park
Lucky Peak State Park
Lake Walcott State Park
Winchester Lake State Park
Eagle Island State Park
Trail of the Coeur d' Alenes
Coeur d' Alene's Old Mission State Park *

*These parks offer the Junior Ranger Program year-round.

Portals to Parks Activity Sheets

Park Video Presentations

Select the video you would like to watch. Not all parks will have videos available.

Leave No Trace

Download, print, and complete the Leave No Trace activity.

Optional activities if you are able to visit the park:

  • Take a hike with your parents.
  • Attend a park presentation.
  • Once you have completed three activities, download the Junior Ranger certificate for that park and fill in your name to recognize your completion.

Congratulations, you are now an official Junior Ranger!
 

 IDPR’S MASCOT: SCOUT THE FOX

ID Scout is a red fox, native to Idaho, and attends special events at Idaho

State Parks and others sponsored by our Recreational Programs. is a red fox, native

SCOUT THE FOX

• Foxes are one of the most intelligent animals in the world. They are very sharp and can out-wit many of their predators. Because of this, they are also incredible hunters.

• They can run at speeds of up to 23 miles per hour!

• They utilize a lot of non-verbal communication, like tail wags and body posture.

• Foxes use the earth’s magnetic field to hunt.

• They tend to be solitary animals, but are very playful when they choose to be!

• The Red Fox and Kit Fox are the two types of fox found in Idaho.

 


Experience Idaho Loaner Backpacks: An Extension of the Junior Ranger Program offered within Idaho's State Parks

Getting children outside and exploring the natural world is one of Idaho State Park’s most important goals. We thank you for making plans to take your child to an Idaho State Park and want to help you help them have a great experience outdoors. The Experience Idaho Loaner Backpack program provides a backpack for your child, filled with great items to learn about and explore Idaho's State Parks. The backpacks are made available free of charge for use during your stay. 

Each Gootium backpack contains all that you need for a self-guided trek through the park. With binoculars, magnifiers, field guides, and other equipment to enrich your exploration and understanding of nature.

The Experience Idaho Loaner Backpack Program is the legacy of Governor Dirk Kempthorne, encouraging Idahoans to experience the wonders of nature. The program was made possible by very generous donations to the Friends of Idaho State Parks. Special thanks to Gootium for donating the program backpacks.  

To check-out a backpack, visit with park staff inside the visitor center.

Park Update 07/23/20:

The well has be repaired and water is now available at the park.

Please click here to read see the irrigation schedule for the park. 

Lake Walcott Snapshot

**Notice: Lake Walcott State Park irrigates the grass in the RV & tent camping areas Monday through Thursday. There is not a set schedule in place. If you are staying in one of these areas, you are welcome to stop by the visitor center for more information.

Location
11 NE of Rupert, ID
86 miles W of Pocatello, ID
133 miles W of Idaho Falls, ID
178 miles E of Boise, ID
191 miles N of Salt Lake City, UT
 
Acreage
65
 
Elevation
4,200
 
Open
Year-round 
 
Overnight
22 serviced, 18 standard, 1 group, 2 cabins
 
Amenities
Showers, flush toilets, dump station
 
Boating
Ramps and docks for day-use
 
Activities
Camp, picnic, hike, disc golf, mountain bike, cycle, fish, boat, swim, birding, horseshoes, motorized and non-motorized boating, windsurfing, sailing, water sports, playground, basketball, disc golf
 
Groups
Shelters and campsites for large groups
 
Winter
Ice fishing
 
Trails
Hike, bike, cross country ski, paved paths
 
Wildlife
Rainbow Trout, Carp, Smallmouth Bass, Bullhead Catfish, Great Horned Owls, Red Tail and Swainson Hawks, Bald Eagles, Songbirds, Waterfowl
 
Learn
Interpretive areas, nature programs, First Time Adventure Program
 
Nearby
Miles of ATV trails, Minidoka Falls, Minidoka National Wildlife Refuge, Rupert Country Club golf course, Rupert Historic District, Minidoka County Historical Museum, Shoshone Falls
 
Rent or buy
Nature Store with disc golf supplies for sale
 
GPS coordinates
42.675 | 113.48306
 
 
 

Lake Walcott has a great disc golf course, awesome fishing opportunities, a canopied park perfect for group activities and a variety of campsites. Campers can set up primitive sites along the water's edge. Several group camp sites for tent camping are also available as are fully serviced campsites and cabins.

Next Events

No events found.

See all Lake Walcott events

Welcome to Lake Walcott State Park

Located on the edge of Idaho's high desert, Lake Walcott offers a welcome refuge for water and wildlife lovers.  Picnickers will love the grassy, shaded day-use area and disc golfers come from all over to play the world-class 21-hole course. The park is a great base from which to explore the Minidoka National Wildlife Refuge, which offers some of the best birding in southern Idaho.

Disc Golf at Lake Walcott

Lake Walcott Disc Golf Course map


Lake Walcott Park Fees

 

Motor Vehicle Entry Fee

$5 per vehicle

Serviced camp site

$24-$29 per night 

Standard camp site

$10-$21 per night

Group camp

$40-$44 for up to 40 campers

Cabins

 

$50-$55 per night

Fees do not include sales tax

 
 

Lake Walcott State Park

959 E Minidoka Dam, Rupert, ID 83350

The Idaho State Parks Passport: Your State Park Saving Option!

The Idaho State Parks Passport allows Idaho motorists to support Idaho State Parks by agreeing to pay an additional $10 in conjunction with renewing their license plates through the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) and County Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) Offices.  The Passport sticker allows participating Idahoans unlimited daytime entry to Idaho state parks, IDPR operated recreation areas and boating access sites. The Passport will also provide nightly discounts on camping.  

When you pay the additional $10 for your passport, you'll receive a sticker that will adhere to your motor vehicle.  The sticker will provide unlimited access to all 30 state parks for the entire registration year.  

Out-of-state guests will have a savings option too, with the purchase of an Idaho State Park Motor Vehicle Entry Fee (MVEF) Annual.

 

What Will $10 Buy You and Your Family?

  • Admittance to all 30 Idaho State Parks for a year
  • Hundreds of miles of hiking, cycling, mountain biking and Nordic trails
  • Your favorite boat launches
  • Countless historical and cultural sites within your state parks

Good for Idaho, Good for Idahoans!

Idaho‘s State Park Passport is simply a sustainable way to pay for the maintenance and management of Idaho’s 30 cherished state parks.  For those Idahoans who choose to participate in the program, the Idaho State Parks Passport sticker will replace the $5 per motor vehicle entry fee currently in place at state parks while also providing nightly discounts on camping.  

Out of State Guests

Our out-of-state guests have savings options too! You can purchase a $40 Motor Vehicle Entry Fee (MVEF) Annual and receive access to all of Idaho's State Parks and nightly discounts on camping. MVEF Annuals can be purchased at any Idaho State Park and online.

 

Idaho's First Time Adventure Program

**The Experience Idaho Loaner Backpack Program is currently suspended due to COVID-19**

Have you always wanted to camp outdoors, bike, fish or engage in paddle sports, but didn’t know the basics, have the proper equipment, or even know where to go?  Our First Time Adventure Program brings families and the great outdoors together!  We host a fun-filled, outdoor experience for first-time adventurers. Our park's knowledgeable and friendly staff will provide you with gear, show you the ropes and make sure you have fun in the process.

          

Participating State Parks

Castle Rocks State Park

Castle Rocks State Park offers an introductory fishing program for all ages.  Equipment is available. Contact the park directly to participate: (208)824-5519

Hells Gate State Park
Hells Gate State Park offers several first time programs including instruction on camping, bicycling and bird watching. Equipment is available for use. Contact the park for details: (208)799-5015.

Lake Cascade State Park
Lake Cascade State Park offers introductory programs for both first time campers and paddlers. Camping and paddling equipment is available for use. Contact the park for details: (208)382-6544.

Lucky Peak State Park
Lucky Peak State Park offers an introductory outdoor recreation skills programs specific to fishing, camping and dutch oven cooking. Equipment is available at the park for use. Contact the park directly for details (208)334-2432.

Lake Walcott State Park
Lake Walcott State Park offers a first time fishing program for all ages. Instruction provided and equipment is available for use. Contact the park for details: (208)436-1258.

Massacre Rocks State Park
Massacre Rocks State Park offers an intensive water sports safety programs for all ages and skill levels including first time canoeing and kayaking classes. Vessels and safety equipment available for use. Contact the park for details: (208)548-2672.

Priest Lake State Park
Priest Lake State Park offers several first time adventure programs including first time camping, dutch oven cooking, snow shoeing and water sports. Equipment is available for use. Contact the park for details: (208)443-2200.  

Winchester Lake State Park

Winchester Lake State Park offers a first time fishing program, complete with an end-of-year tournament, for all ages. Equipment is available for use. Contact the park for details: (208)924-7563.

 

First Time Adventure Programs within Idaho's State Parks are generously sponsored by:

 

Idaho State Parks Online Junior Ranger
 

To Parents & Guardians

Our goal is to help your children discover more about the outdoors while learning about our parks and making connections to the natural world. Here is how it works: when your child completes the Junior Ranger Actions for one of the twenty-two parks in the program, they can download the certificate for that park and fill in their name for completing the Junior Ranger program at that park. The program is designed for youth ages 6 to 12. We hope the discoveries your explorers experience in the program will encourage them to appreciate and protect Idaho’s natural and cultural resources.

The online Junior Ranger Program can work for those at home. It also can be a great activity either before or after visiting one of Idaho’s State Parks.

Junior Ranger Actions

Click here to find a list of downloadable digital Junior Ranger activity sheets and start earning your Junior Ranger Certificates today!

Choose and do three or more of these activities for the park you select:

Optional if you are able to visit the park:

  • Take a hike with your parents.

  • Attend a park presentation.

Once you have completed three activities, download the Junior Ranger certificate for that park and fill in your name to recognize your completion.

Congratulations Junior Ranger!

Welcome Junior Rangers for Idaho State Parks!

To get started, say the Junior Ranger Pledge out-loud:

Junior Ranger Pledge

I accept the challenge to become an Idaho State Parks Junior Ranger. I will discover more about and help protect Idaho’s parks and the natural world around me. I will share my discoveries with my friends and family.

Participating Parks:

Castle Rocks State Park
City of Rocks National Reserve *
Farragut State Park
Lake Cascade State Park
Dworshak State Park
Hells Gate State Park
Ponderosa State Park
Priest Lake State Park
Three Island Crossing State Park
Bruneau Dunes State Park
Harriman State Park *
Heyburn State Park
Henrys Lake State Park
Land of Yankee Fork State Park
Massacre Rocks State Park
Round Lake State Park
Thousand Springs State Park
Lucky Peak State Park
Lake Walcott State Park
Winchester Lake State Park
Eagle Island State Park
Trail of the Coeur d' Alenes
Coeur d' Alene's Old Mission State Park *

*These parks offer the Junior Ranger Program year-round.

Portals to Parks Activity Sheets

Park Video Presentations

Select the video you would like to watch. Not all parks will have videos available.

Leave No Trace

Download, print, and complete the Leave No Trace activity.

Optional activities if you are able to visit the park:

  • Take a hike with your parents.
  • Attend a park presentation.
  • Once you have completed three activities, download the Junior Ranger certificate for that park and fill in your name to recognize your completion.

Congratulations, you are now an official Junior Ranger!
 

 IDPR’S MASCOT: SCOUT THE FOX

ID Scout is a red fox, native to Idaho, and attends special events at Idaho

State Parks and others sponsored by our Recreational Programs. is a red fox, native

SCOUT THE FOX

• Foxes are one of the most intelligent animals in the world. They are very sharp and can out-wit many of their predators. Because of this, they are also incredible hunters.

• They can run at speeds of up to 23 miles per hour!

• They utilize a lot of non-verbal communication, like tail wags and body posture.

• Foxes use the earth’s magnetic field to hunt.

• They tend to be solitary animals, but are very playful when they choose to be!

• The Red Fox and Kit Fox are the two types of fox found in Idaho.

 

Experience Idaho Loaner Backpacks: An Extension of the Junior Ranger Program offered within Idaho's State Parks

Getting children outside and exploring the natural world is one of Idaho State Park’s most important goals. We thank you for making plans to take your child to an Idaho State Park and want to help you help them have a great experience outdoors. The Experience Idaho Loaner Backpack program provides a backpack for your child, filled with great items to learn about and explore Idaho's State Parks. The backpacks are made available free of charge for use during your stay. 

Each Gootium backpack contains all that you need for a self-guided trek through the park. With binoculars, magnifiers, field guides, and other equipment to enrich your exploration and understanding of nature.

The Experience Idaho Loaner Backpack Program is the legacy of Governor Dirk Kempthorne, encouraging Idahoans to experience the wonders of nature. The program was made possible by very generous donations to the Friends of Idaho State Parks. Special thanks to Gootium for donating the program backpacks.  

To check-out a backpack, visit with park staff inside the visitor center.