“To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold”- Aristotle
Winter recreation in Island Park surrounds Anglers Lodge and many outdoor opportunities exist directly out your door. Plenty of skate skiing, classic x-country skiing, and snowshoeing opportunities await our guests, throughout the winter season. Harriman State Park is home to over 20 miles of groomed ski trails, amazing photo opportunities, and wonderful experiences for couples, families, and groups. Sometimes shadowed by the more well known ski areas of Big Sky and Jackson Hole, Kelly Canyon and Grand Targhee have extraordinary groomed runs, and some of the best snow in our region. All can be easily reached for full day adventure from Anglers Lodge.
Many of our local partners also provide winter gear rentals while you’re in the area. Snowshoes, cross-country skis, snowmobiles, and other new or classic ski equipment is available. We do recommend calling for availability or making reservations in advanced. These suppliers also usually have the most up to date information on snow conditions and trail maintenance.
One of the best trail systems near the lodge for snow based, non-motorized use is Harriman State Park: For outdoor recreation, photography, and wildlife viewing, Harriman State Park has it all. With more than 24 miles of groomed trails, you can cross-country ski (both classic and skate), ride your fat bike, or wander about on snowshoes. Trails meander near the Henrys Fork, around Silver Lake, across meadows, through the trees, and through the surrounding hills. Please visit Harriman State Park for more information.
Winter Guided Fishing
The Henry’s Fork River is one of the most famous trout streams in the United States, when the weather is cooperative the fishing can be an absolutely wonderful day on the river. Add the other river systems all reachable from the lodge for full day trips and Anglers Lodge becomes perfectly located for any angler. The following outfitters are located near the lodge and can provide fishing reports, fishing licenses and gear, along with a cadre of fabulous and well experienced guides. For any guided trips, you’ll need to book these in advance.
Henry’s Fork Anglers. Call 208.558.7525 or visit Henry‘s Fork Anglers for more information.
Local Gear Rentals:
There is so much to do around Island Park and we want you to have the opportunity to enjoy it all. Please check out a few of these local companies who are offering gear rentals from snowmobiles, fat bikes, snowshoes and more!
Caldera Tours- Caldera tours has x country ski equipment available for day rentals. Please call John Layshock for ski rentals, pricing and snow coach tours 406.570.3723
High Mountain Adventure- Snowmobile & Clothing rentals . Contact rental sale services 208.558.9572 or check out their website for more information on pricing and tours. Address: 4141 Sawtelle Peak Rd, Island Park, ID 83429
Freeheel & Wheel- Equipment, clothing & accessories sold for bicycling & cross-country skiing rentals.Contact 406.646.7744 or visit Freeheelandwheel.com Address: 33 Yellowstone Ave, West Yellowstone, MT 59758
Hiking Trails and Short Walks near the Lodge:
We kindly ask that your pets do not stay at the lodge unaccompanied. While it can be tough to travel with your valued family member, we have a few suggestions that might make it a worthwhile trip for them! Check out some of these beautiful trails here at the lodge and just a short drive away. ~Staff recommend, *Local favorite.
Box Canyon Campground Box to Rosie's Waterfall Observation Point is a 4.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Island Park, Idaho that features a river. Our staff and many of our local friends LOVE this trail! Not only is Box Canyon a gorgeous hike right along the river but it is a great trail to get you out in nature and off the hwy. Dogs will love having sections to run down to the river and there is a charming bench for you to view Rose’s waterfall across the canyon. If you are feeling adventurous the trail connects all the way down the river and about a mile or so from our lodge. The full hike one way is approx. 3miles. ~ Staff recommend *Local favorite
Last Chance Boat Ramp Trail- Start at the N end of the lodge and walk approx. .25 mile down to the boat ramp headed NW. As a staff, we love this short trail because it is the perfect short walk for your furry friend to cool off in the Henry Fork River! ~ Staff Recommended
River walk past Trouthunter- Headed S take the road to the stop sign at Old Hwy 191. Use the gravel road and head down approximately 1.5-2 miles one way along the river and past Trouthunter to the beginning of “The Ranch” in Harriman State Park. This trail can be tricky when walking through the sage brush as the trail can be hard to navigate but a wonderful walk along the river bank.
Johnny Sack Cabin- Is a 0.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Island Park, Idaho that features a river and is good for all skill levels. All trails has rated this hike as easy.
Big Springs Interpretive Trail - Is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Island Park, Idaho that features a river and is good for all skill levels. All Trails has rated this trail as easy.
Buffalo River Loop - Is a 2.3 mile loop trail located near Island Park, Idaho that features a river and is good for all skill levels. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. All trails has rated this hike as easy.
Harriman State Park - For outdoor recreation, photography, and wildlife viewing, Harriman State Park has it all. With more than 24 miles of groomed trails, you can cross-country ski (both classic and skate), ride your fat bike, or wander about on snowshoes. Trails meander near the Henrys Fork, around Silver Lake, across meadows, through the trees, and through the surrounding hills. Please visit Harriman State Park for more information.