A $1.3 million project to improve park facilities and safety began in September and will run through the winter, when visitor activity slows and weather conditions favor construction and rehabilitation work on the MeadowMarsh Forest.
The construction work includes utility upgrades to the Aspen Loop in the Peninsula Campground, paving of the road to Osprey Point, and repair of the Peninsula Boat Ramp.
For more information, visit the Ponderosa Projects page.
Preliminary work activities, including snow removal, for the ID-55 construction between Smiths Ferry and the Rainbow Bridge will start March 8. Drivers can expect daytime work with a 15-minute delay through March 12.
Spring construction will start on March 15. Expect full road closures Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information and to sign up for email updates and text alerts, visit itdprojects.org/id55smithsferry.
Location: 107 miles N of Boise, ID | 266 miles SE of Spokane, WA | 447 miles NW of Salt Lake City, UT
- Boat Ramp/Launch
- Charcoal Grills
- Dump station
- Fire Rings
- Firewood Sales
- Flush toilets
- Group Picnic Shelter
- Indoor Restrooms
- Indoor Showers
- Kayak Rental
- Picnic Areas
- Swimming - Lake/River
- Vault Toilets
- Water - Drinking
- Water Fountains
- RV Campsites
- Tent Campsites
Winter Groomed Nordic Track(s): Yes
Trail Types: Hike and bike on wide & single tracked trails with a variety of surface from paved to dirt; groomed Nordic and signed snowshoe trails
ADA Accessibility features:
- ADA Boat Ramp
- ADA Cabin
- ADA Campsite
- ADA Restroom
- ADA Trail
Coordinates: 44.92778, -116.08222
Groups: Shelter, camps
Overnight: 163 serviced campsites, 22 standard, 7 serviced ADA sites, 9 deluxe cabins (2 ADA), 1 camper cabin
Nearby: Ski, golf, tubing, ice skating, hot springs, wildlife sanctuary, resorts, sleigh rides, Blue Moon Yurt, Backwoods Adventures, Central Idaho Historical Museum, lift-served mountain biking.
Rent or Buy: Canoe and kayak rental; Nature Store for souvenirs and gifts
Wifi Info: Yes, at the visitor center and activity center
Learn: Guided walks, programs, education center will do programs for Schools and other organizations upon request (need a few weeks’ notice to interpretative staff), and Junior Ranger programs are offered during the summer months only.
Visitor Center: Yes
Museum Available: No