Idaho Nature April 15, 2018
There’s A State Park On This Little Known Island In Idaho And It’s Absolutely Beautiful
One of the best things about living in Idaho is discovering all of the hidden gems that our state has to offer. Just when you think you’ve seen everything there is to see in our state, you stumble across something new. A lot of people have heard of Thousand Springs State Park in Hagerman, Idaho. However, few realize that a portion of the state park is located on this little known island. Ritter Island State Park is like an oasis hiding in plain sight. This beautiful place is a must-see!
Hiding inside of Thousand Springs State Park is a little known place called Ritter Island. This portion of the park is unknown to most, but its hiding some truly incredible beauty.
The island is accessible via a footbridge and it's open year round Thursday through Monday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. However, you can paddle around the island anytime from dawn until dusk.
This is where you'll get the best view of the springs flowing down the Snake River cliffs. It's an astonishing sight that will leave you totally mesmerized.
During the summer, you'll often see people kayaking or paddleboarding around the island. There's really no better way to cool off on a hot day than by soaking in these delightful waters!
Ritter Island is truly an oasis of wildlife and natural beauty. Birders will be pleased to know that there is a wide variety of bird species that can be found here including warblers, orioles, and great blue herons. Oh, and the fishing is abundant. Large trout are known to hang out around the island.
Perhaps the most fascinating part of this island is its history. Minnie Miller's old dairy barn is still in great shape and available for tours.
Miller was a businesswoman from Utah. She created this magnificent barn while trying to achieve her goal of finding the purest Guernsey dairy cow. The park even offers docent-led tours of this fascinating piece of history.
This place is truly a photographer's paradise. The breathtaking springs flow all year long. The next time you're searching for a spot to spend a day, plan a visit to this fantastic little island.
You'll find the park at 1074 E 2350 S, Hagerman, ID 83332. As with all Idaho state parks, there is a $5 entrance fee to the park.
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