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Created: 2019/05/19 05:28 AM         Last Updated: 2019/08/19 05:28 AM

Attraction Details Attraction Name:WOOD RIVER PICNIC AREA (ID)

Attraction Type: Recreation Area

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Wood River Picnic Area is located adjacent to beautiful Big Wood River at an elevation of 6,400 feet, conveniently close to Ketchum, Idaho only 10 miles south. Douglas firs, ponderosa pines, lodgepole pines, and aspens offer plentiful shade, colorful summer wildflowers are abundant, and willows dot the banks of the river. Temperatures are cool with an average summer high of 78 degrees F and a low of 40 degrees F. This site is part of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, where outdoor activities abound. Fly-fishing for rainbow, brown and brook trout is popular on the Big Wood River, as is float tubing. A self-guided scenic nature trail begins here, leading to a small cave and a beaver pond.

This is a day use area only that can accommodate up to 150 people. Flush toilets, potable water, and garbage service are provided, as are large picnic tables, a group grill and fire ring. Roads and spurs are paved, but the picnic surface is dirt. An amphitheater with electricity and wooden benches is just a short walk from the picnic area. Firewood is sold at the site.

The 20-mile Harriman Trail passes nearby, offering excellent hiking and biking. Numerous additional trails spur off the Harriman Trail leading to deep canyons, sparkling lakes, swimming holes, and more great high country fishing. Easley Hot Springs is 4 miles north, with a swimming pool, hot tubs, hot showers, and a small store. The Sawtooth National Recreation Area Visitor Center is 2.5 miles from the picnic site, with a small museum, bookstore and area information. An RV dump station and potable water are located here as well. Sun Valley Resort is 7 miles away, with hiking, biking, guided horseback riding, and beautiful mountain scenery. Popular area events include Wagon Days in Ketchum in September, and in Stanley an hour away, an Arts & Crafts Fair in July, and Salmon Festival, Quilt Fair, and Firemen's Ball in September

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Phone Number:208-774-2366



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Take State Highway 75 north 10 miles from Ketchum, Idaho. Turn at the Wood River Campground sign. Stay on the main campground road for a short distance. The parking lot for the picnic site is on the right side of the road.