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Boating

 

 

 

North Bingham County Recreation Area (NBCRA) -- is located one mile west of Shelley, this beautiful multi-use park offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities. A boat ramp provides access to the Snake River for boaters and fishermen. There are facilities for group picnics, reunions, and company parties including newly installed restrooms and showers. For equestrians, there is a rodeo arena. For model airplane enthusiasts, there is a flying field and runway. Activity areas include a softball field, tennis court, basketball and volleyball court, playground, and fire pits. There is a 12-unit RV Park, restroom, group shelter and dump station.

Sportsman's Park -- This beautiful 30-acre park is a multi-use area with facilities and activities for a variety of recreational uses. Situated adjacent to the American Falls Reservoir, it provides primary access to the lake for boaters and fishermen with two boat ramps. There are two large group shelters and eight smaller picnic shelters. There are two playgrounds, three restrooms, horseshoe pits and volleyball courts. RV parking with hookups are available for 16 vehicles and 10 more without hookups. Tent sites are available throughout the park and there is a RV dump station. There is a paved hiking/bicycle trail along the rim of the reservoir. The trailhead is at the park and is 1.1 miles long. Special features are two observation platforms with a pavilion and benches for users to observe the waterfowl.

Other Recreational Areas -- There are several undeveloped, but heavily used camp areas in Bingham County. Near Springfield is McTucker Creek campgrounds and fish ponds. In the County are Morgan's Bridge, Trail Creek, Graves Creek, Rawlins Creek, Sage Hen Flats, and Seventy Creek campgrounds. Wolverine Canyon has several camp and picnic areas. In the northeast is the Grey's lake Outlet camp area.

Waterways

Bingham County has an excellent waterways program with 12 ramps accesses along the Snake River. One is located and maintained by the City of Firth. There are also a few private accesses along the Snake River.

A ramp is located at Sportsman's Park in Aberdeen, which is part of the American Falls Reservoir. Watercraft can put in at Sportsman's Park and travel along the reservoir. The park is also an excellent spot for picnicking and family outings. Jensen Grove is a lake that is filled from the Snake River and Excellent for the water enthusiast. There is a slalom course and a designated swimming area. Although this body of water is in the county, it is under the jurisdiction of the City of Blackfoot.

Maintenance and improvements of the waterways in Bingham County are supported through the registration of watercrafts. Individuals designated the area to which they want their monies to go. The State Parks and Recreation Department then forwards the monies to the counties. Grants through the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation are also used in the maintenance and improvement of ramps, docks and new ramp accesses. Future projects are to improve current ramps and make them handicap assessable, where feasible, and support the Marina Deputy Program for continued water safety and boating enforcement.