Boat Launch at Massacre Rocks State Park to Receive Major Upgrades, Will Close Temporarily on July 9th for Construction

Thursday June 20, 2024

A new, expanded parking area will handle more automobiles and boat trailers, and the project also includes picnic shelters, sidewalks and a gravel path for the 50-year-old facility.

The upgrades will expand the capacity and recreational opportunities at a time when record numbers of people are enjoying Idaho’s outdoors, said Travis Taylor, manager of Massacre Rocks.

“Our users have asked for better and more parking, so we’re pleased to be able to provide it,” Taylor said. “But besides the parking, the two picnic pavilions, the sidewalk and the pathway will allow more people to enjoy the park.”

The $675,000 project will increase automobile parking from 17 to 39 spaces and expand boat trailer parking from the current 29 to 45 stalls. Additionally, the work includes 617 feet of concrete sidewalk and 127 feet of gravel path to increase walkability.

Work on the parking area will close the launch ramp on July 9, 2024, but completing the parking area will be prioritized ahead of finishing the picnic areas, sidewalks and pathways. The launch is expected to open as early as late September, while the rest of the project is expected to be completed by late fall.

During the project, paddle craft can be launched from the Lower Loop Campground. Lake Walcott State Park and the American Falls Reservoir are also options.