Eagle Island State Park

 

Eagle Island state park is gorgeous in all seasons. Located 24 minutes from the Boise area. An expansive 11 acres of the 545-acre day use park are developed so there is plenty of outdoor nature to enjoy. They are open year round from sunrise to sunset, pets are allowed into the park on leashes. There is a $5 entrance fee per car at Eagle Island if you don't have a State parks passports. State parks passports and you can purchase by mail from the Idaho Transportation department issued registration renewal and is $10 for annual registration and $20 for a two-year registration. The great thing about a state parks passport is it gives you free parking at any of the state parks and at the Ford Idaho center too.

Eagle Island park has multiple hiking trails, a lake, disc golf course, horseshoe pits, picnic shelters and more. Eagle Island park has events year round, whether there is snow on the ground or people on the lake. They have water safety classes for free in the spring, and tubing during the winter. One of the perks the park has is WiFi in the west day use area, which is not what you might expect to find in the park. They have a visitors center with souvenirs and gifts, and these hours vary during the winter. Also, they have a park office for reservation info on the picnic shelters and any questions you might have. They have four shelters you can reserve two that are large that fit about 100 people and two that are smaller that can fit about 50 people. These shelters have electrical outlets, grills, and fees for the shelters are per day and nonrefundable.

During the year it is a great place to take family or friends for a sunny day outing. With five miles of trails great for walking, jogging, riding horses and so on. You can also enjoy the volleyball and horseshoe pits. These trails are also great to take out the bikes and the park also has an air compressor(.50 cents, quarters only) this is great in case of a flat tire. If you want to get a heads up on the paths you can always download the free map of the park online The park also has a 9-hole frisbee golf course, that is open May through October and an 18-hole disc golf course open April through November.

During the summer they have a water slide, that is open from memorial day weekend through labor day. Passes to use the water slide can range from $1 for one slide down to an all-day pass for $12. You can bring non-motorized boats on the lake to fish and there is a life jacket loaner station. The lake is very nice and great for swimming with a nice beach area right next to it. They have paddleboard rentals that are available in the park, at the visitors center. The park also has some very nice picnic tables, restroom facilities, picnic shelters large and small, charcoal grills and a playground.

During the cold months, the park is great to go out and enjoy the snow and the events they hold. They have many outdoor winter activities such as tubing (tubes included) and sledding. They also have skiing and snowboarding (there are rentals for snowboards), and a magic carpet as well. This is a wonderful event to take the family out, or a group of friends, to tube down varying lengths of slopes. Open from 3 pm - 8 pm Monday through Friday and from 10 am - 8 pm on weekends and holidays (see website for more details). The day passes are $15 per person and $199 for a season pass, for the slopes and they have a nice fireplace to warm you up after sledding. Another cool event they have at Eagle Island state park are the cross country races. One of the bigger races is the NXR Northwest regional, which stands for Nike Cross northwest regional. This race is for everyone from middle schoolers to adults, they have invitationals as well as star athlete runs. There are 5k races for everyone, except for a 3K race for grade school and middle school boys and girls. They have an Open Invitation for boys and girls in middle school and high school and championship races for those who win. Individual registration is $35 - $40 and team registration is $175 - $400.

One of the newest additions to Eagle island park is the zip lines. These zip lines use a harness and a pulley system several stories off the ground. The zip lines range from 400 - 1,100 feet, the 1,100 feet has three lines, and one of the zip lines you can have two people go side by side. There are six zip lines, each a different length, with a few features such as landing and takeoff spots, with a three-piece suspension bridge. And at the fifth landing spot to the final jump, it requires you jump off the platform connected to a contraption that helps you descend to the ground. There is an optional jump device that simulates a parachute landing, short free fall followed by a controlled descent. These zip lines range from $69 - $79 not including the entry fee to the park. There is also a height requirement for 48 inches and a weight range from 100 - 275 lbs for the harnesses.

In the next ten years, they plan to build an RV park and preserved open space for people to camp. They also plan to add additional ponds and mine gravel from the park to create the pond to save money and use the resources of the park. Among other renovations, there are also plans for a dog park, group camping spots and enhanced opportunities for water sports. Not to mention a new entrance off of State street in Eagle and they are hoping this will bring more visitors to the park. Eagle Island, state park is a wonderful place for family, friends, and a great place to celebrate any occasion you can think of.

Sources

http://www.idahostatesman.com/outdoors/playing-outdoors/article69924622.html

https://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/parks/eagle-island

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