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resource for interesting information about the falls and the surrounding forest. There are also area pathways ideal for exploration, as well as viewing platforms that boast scenic views of the breathtaking beauty of Upper Mesa Falls, all while surrounded by nature and area wildlife. Harriman State Park and Island Park Reservoir are a fantastic way to enjoy a day outdoors. These two beautiful locations sit about 11 or so miles from each other and boast similar activity opportunities. Harriman State Park is popular for outdoor activity opportunities, including horseback riding, fly fishing, hiking, biking, trails Imagine a place of utter tranquility met with some of the most beautifully pristine spring waters. This destination is Big Springs in Island Park, Idaho. Big Springs produces over 120 million gallons of fresh water each day. The springs are believed to be a result of rain and snowmelt from the Yellowstone Plateau that filters through basalt and sediment, resulting in crystal clear waters. This location is also popular due to the large rainbow fish that gather to be fed by visitors, though no fishing is allowed. Bring quarters if you’d like to feed the birds as well as the fish from the food dispensers located near the bridge. While visiting this location, you may choose to explore the Big Springs Nature Trail. There is also a historic cabin on-site by the name of Johhny Sacks cabin, which originated back in the early 1930s and is available to tour from July 4th (mostly moderate), historic railroad ranch tours, nordic, snowshoeing, fat bike trails and wildlife viewing. Silver Lake is located adjacent to Harriman State Park. Discover Silver Lake and Snake River Walk at Harriman State Park for fun adventures among nature alongside the scenic waters of the lake or river, depending on the route taken. Wildlife in the area has been known to include moose, trumpeter swans, and elk. Island Park Reservoir offers boating and fishing opportunities as well as a chance to check out the Island Park Dam. For those interested in camping at this location, there are a host of campgrounds to choose from in and around the city of Island Park. The city of Island Park is also home to various lodging options ideal for an extended stay in a remarkable location. through Labor Day. Many travelers enjoy adding Upper Mesa Falls as an DEADWOOD RESERVOIR attraction to stop at while making way to Yellowstone National Park. Upper Mesa Falls is a compliment by Lower Mesa Falls, and this incredible destination generally goes unknown to many. Often it comes as a surprise that these fascinating falls are nestled within the Grand Targhee Forest about 14 more or less off the main thoroughfare US-20 along Mesa Falls Scenic Byway. Upper Mesa Falls is accompanied by the Upper Mesa Falls Interpretive Center, an excellent 36 | TREASURE VALLEY SEASONAL ACTIVITIES GUIDE | HOME EDITION Located deep in the Boise National Forest in Southern Idaho is one of Idaho’s best-kept secrets. This majestic destination is Deadwood Reservoir. The crystal clear waters of Deadwood Reservoir are surrounded by dense forest pines and abundant nature. The stunning scenery on a warm summer day with clear skies has a way of giving off a deserted