Welcome to Island Park

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Welcome to Island Park

Food Scene

Local Restaurants and Pubs
A nice lodge with restaurant and bar located on the shore of Island Park Reservoir. Swimming with water trampolenes is open to the public in summer or you can rent a boat or wave runner. In the winter there are snowmobile rentals available.
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Lakeside Lodge and Resort
3857 Lakeside Lodge Ln
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A nice lodge with restaurant and bar located on the shore of Island Park Reservoir. Swimming with water trampolenes is open to the public in summer or you can rent a boat or wave runner. In the winter there are snowmobile rentals available.
Good pizza and burgers along with appetizers and other dishes. Very good Beat and Wedge Salads! A good regional beer selection with a fully stocked bar.
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Pond's Lodge
3757 US-20
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Good pizza and burgers along with appetizers and other dishes. Very good Beat and Wedge Salads! A good regional beer selection with a fully stocked bar.
Good American food: burgers, steaks, sandwiches, spagetti, and chili among other items. A good appetizer list along with a fully stocked bar and a good selection of regional micro brews.
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Connie's
4130 Quakie Ln
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Good American food: burgers, steaks, sandwiches, spagetti, and chili among other items. A good appetizer list along with a fully stocked bar and a good selection of regional micro brews.
Good Tex-Mex style Mexican food. Sit outside on the deck to enjoy the river view in summer.
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Cafe Sabor
4298 US-20
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Good Tex-Mex style Mexican food. Sit outside on the deck to enjoy the river view in summer.
Located on the Snake River in Last Chance the deck offers great views in summer months, but the view from inside isn't bad either. Good food and appetizers, micro brews and a fully stocked bar.
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TroutHunter
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Located on the Snake River in Last Chance the deck offers great views in summer months, but the view from inside isn't bad either. Good food and appetizers, micro brews and a fully stocked bar.
Local grocery store. The place to get the supplies you need while you are visiting.
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Robin's Roost
4150 N Big Springs Loop
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Local grocery store. The place to get the supplies you need while you are visiting.

Area Towns Worth Seeing

Nearby towns worth a visit
Driggs is a nice little tourist town that is the gateway to Grand Targhee Ski Resort, where there are often summer concerts and events. Driggs is about 70 miles from Island Park. It makes a nice day drive to go through Driggs, Victor, over to Jackson and through Teton and Yellowstone National Parks to West Yellowstone and back to Island Park. Driggs has good dining and shopping and is just 7 miles down the road from Victor, Idaho; another nice tourist town.
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Driggs
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Driggs is a nice little tourist town that is the gateway to Grand Targhee Ski Resort, where there are often summer concerts and events. Driggs is about 70 miles from Island Park. It makes a nice day drive to go through Driggs, Victor, over to Jackson and through Teton and Yellowstone National Parks to West Yellowstone and back to Island Park. Driggs has good dining and shopping and is just 7 miles down the road from Victor, Idaho; another nice tourist town.
Victor is another nice little tourist town to visit in the region. Victor sits at the base of Targhee Pass near the Wyoming border. It's about 20 miles from Victor over the pass to Jackson Hole, Wyoming and about 79 miles from Island Park. It makes a nice day drive to go through Driggs, Victor, over to Jackson and through Teton and Yellowstone National Parks to West Yellowstone and back to Island Park. If you like micro-brews be sure to stop by the Grand Teton Brewing Company for a taster.
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Victor
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Victor is another nice little tourist town to visit in the region. Victor sits at the base of Targhee Pass near the Wyoming border. It's about 20 miles from Victor over the pass to Jackson Hole, Wyoming and about 79 miles from Island Park. It makes a nice day drive to go through Driggs, Victor, over to Jackson and through Teton and Yellowstone National Parks to West Yellowstone and back to Island Park. If you like micro-brews be sure to stop by the Grand Teton Brewing Company for a taster.

Things to See and Do

Things to see and do outside of Yellowstone Park
If you want to see an entertaining play while you visit checkout the Yellowstone Playhouse. Plays are in the evening and come with a good dinner; often prime rib with salad, baked potato, a vegetable dish and desert. https://yellowstoneplayhouse.com/
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Yellowstone Playhouse at Island Park
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If you want to see an entertaining play while you visit checkout the Yellowstone Playhouse. Plays are in the evening and come with a good dinner; often prime rib with salad, baked potato, a vegetable dish and desert. https://yellowstoneplayhouse.com/
Mesa Falls is an incredible natural wonder to see. One of many great sites around Yellowstone Park that is not in the park. There are also ATV/UTV trails leading to Mesa Falls and you can pick up maps at nearly every store or gas station in Island Park. In the winter you can only see Mesa Falls by snowmobile, but it's easy groomed trails all the way.
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Upper Mesa Falls Interpretive Site
Forest Road 295
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Mesa Falls is an incredible natural wonder to see. One of many great sites around Yellowstone Park that is not in the park. There are also ATV/UTV trails leading to Mesa Falls and you can pick up maps at nearly every store or gas station in Island Park. In the winter you can only see Mesa Falls by snowmobile, but it's easy groomed trails all the way.
Big Springs is a natural wonder. A river literally just starts at the foot of a mountain, seemingly out of nowhere, as water from Yellowstone's geysers and pools trickles through lava rock and reappears through springs at Big Springs. You can get to Big Springs by ATV/UTV or car in summer. In winter you can only snowmobile to Big Springs.
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Big springs
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Big Springs is a natural wonder. A river literally just starts at the foot of a mountain, seemingly out of nowhere, as water from Yellowstone's geysers and pools trickles through lava rock and reappears through springs at Big Springs. You can get to Big Springs by ATV/UTV or car in summer. In winter you can only snowmobile to Big Springs.
Cave Falls road is the only entrance into Yellowstone Park that does not have an official entrance gate. However, you are still supposed to have an active park pass to go in. This is a good sightseeing drive from Island Park. It's around 60 miles to get there so allow plenty of time for slower gravel roads. You can stop at the Timberline Golf Course for something to eat or drink. Just beware they do not allow dogs on the property and are very strict about it.
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Cascate Cave
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Cave Falls road is the only entrance into Yellowstone Park that does not have an official entrance gate. However, you are still supposed to have an active park pass to go in. This is a good sightseeing drive from Island Park. It's around 60 miles to get there so allow plenty of time for slower gravel roads. You can stop at the Timberline Golf Course for something to eat or drink. Just beware they do not allow dogs on the property and are very strict about it.
Howard Spring is near the Idaho-Montana border near the top of Targhee Pass. You can drink the crystal clear spring water and fill up your water jugs for your day of adventure. This is as good as any bottled water you can buy.
Howard Spring
Howard Spring is near the Idaho-Montana border near the top of Targhee Pass. You can drink the crystal clear spring water and fill up your water jugs for your day of adventure. This is as good as any bottled water you can buy.
It's off the beaten path a ways but a nice drive for a picnic and to take in the beauty of the spring coming out of the side of the mountain.
Warm River Spring
It's off the beaten path a ways but a nice drive for a picnic and to take in the beauty of the spring coming out of the side of the mountain.
A fun place to visit and learn more about bears and wolves than you knew before. There's an inside exhibit and information center. Outside you can watch the various bears and wolves that have been rescued and placed in the center. There's also quite a few birds of prey and a new aquatic life center. It's really a small zoo focused on wildlife around Yellowstone.
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Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
201 S Canyon St
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A fun place to visit and learn more about bears and wolves than you knew before. There's an inside exhibit and information center. Outside you can watch the various bears and wolves that have been rescued and placed in the center. There's also quite a few birds of prey and a new aquatic life center. It's really a small zoo focused on wildlife around Yellowstone.
The Museum of the Yellowstone is "dedicated to telling the story of travel to and through Yellowstone National Park, and the Park’s influence on West Yellowstone and the Hebgen Lake Basin"
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Yellowstone Historic Center
104 Yellowstone Ave
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The Museum of the Yellowstone is "dedicated to telling the story of travel to and through Yellowstone National Park, and the Park’s influence on West Yellowstone and the Hebgen Lake Basin"
Quake Lake has a visitor center with a picnic area. Quake Lake was formed in August 17, 1959 when an earthquake caused the side of a mountain to slide and block the Madison River.
Quake Lake Picnic Area
Hebgen Lake Road
Quake Lake has a visitor center with a picnic area. Quake Lake was formed in August 17, 1959 when an earthquake caused the side of a mountain to slide and block the Madison River.

Recreation

Golfing, Hiking, Floating, Fishing and other recreation
The golf course is located in the Island Park Village area. It's a nice 9-hole course. Very beautiful surrounding mountain scenery. The course is rarely so busy that you have groups lined up to tee off. And it's very inexpensive compared to city courses. A round and a cart in 2021 was $30. You can't beat that.
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Island Park Golf Course
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The golf course is located in the Island Park Village area. It's a nice 9-hole course. Very beautiful surrounding mountain scenery. The course is rarely so busy that you have groups lined up to tee off. And it's very inexpensive compared to city courses. A round and a cart in 2021 was $30. You can't beat that.
Harriman State Park was a large ranch donated by the Harriman family to the state of Idaho. The Harriman's owned Union Pacific Railroad. Today the ranch offers horseback riding, with lots of trails, hiking and fishing. In winter you can cross country ski or snowshoe the park trails.
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Harriman State Park
3489 Green Canyon Rd
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Harriman State Park was a large ranch donated by the Harriman family to the state of Idaho. The Harriman's owned Union Pacific Railroad. Today the ranch offers horseback riding, with lots of trails, hiking and fishing. In winter you can cross country ski or snowshoe the park trails.
River floating! Rent a raft and get a shuttle ride up river. Then enjoy the three hour float through calm waters and beautiful forest. Moose sightings are likely. But remember to give them space, they can hurt you if you don't respect their space.
Big Springs Boating Launch
Yellowstone Branch Line Trail
River floating! Rent a raft and get a shuttle ride up river. Then enjoy the three hour float through calm waters and beautiful forest. Moose sightings are likely. But remember to give them space, they can hurt you if you don't respect their space.
Henry's Lake is famous for it's trout fishing. The state park offers public access to the lake for fishing and boating. Henry's is a fishing lake, not a water skiing lake. If you want to water ski go to Island Park Reservoir instead.
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Henrys Lake State Park
3917 E. 5100 N.
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Henry's Lake is famous for it's trout fishing. The state park offers public access to the lake for fishing and boating. Henry's is a fishing lake, not a water skiing lake. If you want to water ski go to Island Park Reservoir instead.

Consigli per viaggiatori

Cosa portare

A jacket, long pants and good shoes.

Even in the hot days of summer the nights get cool quick. Depending where you are there can be mosquitos or other insects that come out. Having long pants and a jacket will keep you warm and help stop the bugs from biting. Good shoes will pay off if you are hiking around Yellowstone or Island Park, and especially if you get lost or in trouble and have to walk far.