East-side Horsethief campground to remain closed

A popular campground on the east side of Horsethief Reservoir will remain closed indefinitely, even while the west side of the reservoir opens to camping on May 1, Idaho Fish and Game said.

Fishing will remain open at the reservoir, about 7 miles east of Cascade, despite the campground closure.


      Finding a suitable volunteer camp host for the east side campground has been a challenge for Fish and Game site manager Dennis Hardy. “We were able to enlist a suitable camp host for the west side campground, but only after a nationwide search,” Hardy said. “Finding one for the east side campground has proven difficult.”


      The high risk of area abuse and property damage without an on-site camp host led to the decision to keep the east side campground closed indefinitely. “Once a suitable camp host is located, we will open the east campground for the remainder of the season,” Hardy said.


      To learn more about the volunteer host position at Horsethief Reservoir or to apply for the position, go to the Volunteer.gov website: Here


      Horsethief Reservoir is one of a  few developed campgrounds where no fee is charged, contributing to its popularity. In the 1990s, Horsethief’s camping areas were developed to limit resource damage from unregulated use, F&G said. Since then, Fish and Game has staffed Horsethief with camp hosts for the peak fishing and camping season. Because of limited financial resources, camp host services, maintenance services and camping end mid-September each year.




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