Thursday, August 11, 2016

"The Rail" Second Edition

Friends of Harriman has just released its second edition of "The Rail", a newsletter aimed at educating the public to some of the things we have been working on.  Have a read HERE.
Thanks for your support!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

"The Rail" First Edition

We are pleased to release Friends of Harriman's first newsletter,  "The Rail" to let you know what our busy little organization has been up to. Thanks for being there with us!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Feathers 'n' Fins Skiathon Postponed to 2017

Golden Lake Dam Breech - Harriman State Park of Idaho

As many may have already heard, the Golden Lake Dam collapsed at Harriman State Park Wednesday, January 13. The dam itself was part of the Golden Lake Loop trail and an integral  part of the cross country ski trail system. It is a popular stretch of the skate trails that exist at Harriman providing a few rolling hills and fun curves while passing by the warming hut on Thurmon Overlook. Because the dam will be closed until spring when repairs can be made, the loop has been severed at the north end.  Although this does not eliminate recreational skiing, it has a huge impact on the Feathers ’n’ Fins Skiathon, which uses this course loop as part of the 10 and 20 kilometer distances. After examination of the alternate options available it was determined that the best strategy would be to postpone the event until we are able to provide an adequate course to the event participants.  It is unfortunate timing for the winter fundraising event for Friends of Harriman State Park who serve as a fundraising partner for Harriman, and to the community who enjoy this winter “fun run.” This is not a conclusion that came lightly.  The challenges presented this season would be difficult to overcome to achieve the desired result.  We look forward to hosting Feather ’n’ Fins again in February 2017  when the dam is fixed and the course is whole again.  For more information regarding the dam breech contact Harriman State Park.  If you would still like to donate to Friends of Harriman State Park or learn of current and past projects check out our Facebook page or visit our website at  For inquiries contact FHSP at Jodi Stiehl, President, FHSP

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Harriman State Park adds ADA fishing access point - Heather Randall of the Rexburg Standard Journal

Bench Dedicated to Joe Tulpinsky
ISLAND PARK — A group gathered at Harriman State Park on July 27 to perform a dedication and celebrate the completion of the John Muir ADA (American Disabilities Act) Compliant Interpretive Trail and fishing platform.
A dedication to the site was also given in honor of the late Joe Tulpinsky, who lived with multiple sclerosis for half of his life.
Jodi Stiehl, current president of Friends of Harriman State Park and former assistant manager of the park, shared some highlights about the six-year project and gave thanks to others who contributed to getting the project completed.
Stiehl explained that the three-quarter-mile loop trail was named after revered naturalist John Muir because while conducting some research, she learned that Muir had been a guest of the Harriman family.
“We named the trail after [Muir] to show awareness that there’s been a lot of important people that have passed through this park over the years,” Stiehl said.
In 2010 Stiehl was spraying weeds in the park, and she met longtime park visitors Tulpinsky and his wife, Linda Summers.
Tulpinsky never allowed his condition to get in the way of him spending time in his beloved outdoors. He and Summers were out on a trail by “Big Bend” when they met Stiehl.
His progression down the trail was interrupted by a cattle guard on the trail. Since he was in a chair, he could not get over it. The couple asked Stiehl if she could get a piece of plywood so that Tulpinsky could get across the guard.
“Right there I realized that the park could do more to increase access,” Stiehl said. She went about ensuring that Tulpinisky and Summers could continue their travels further down the trail on that day and also began the journey toward making the John Muir Interpretive Trail into the John Muir Interpretive Trail with ADA access.
This is the second ADA fishing access point in Island Park. The other one is in Box Canyon.
In an effort to support the environment, Stiehl said they used Road Oyl on the trail, which is a pine resin that binds packed gravel together.
After Tulpinsky’s death, the memorial fund set up in his honor helped pay for enough Road Oyl to complete the pathway.
Harriman State Park Manager John Sullivan shared some thoughts as well.
“The mission and the vision of our park system is basically to improve the quality of life in Idaho,” Sullivan said. “These things improve everyone’s quality of life.”
Sullivan said the park has a new strategic plan which will partially focus on creating experiences for all people, regardless of disability.
“Our new director of this park has taken this issue to heart, and this is the start of something new,” Sullivan said while standing on the newly completed platform.
Summers also shared her joy and gratitude.
She said that her husband’s condition progressed rapidly and that even though he began to lose his ability to do the things he liked, he never lost his desire to do them.
Friends of Harriman and Harriman State Park would like to thank the following sponsors who contributed to completing the project: Idaho Parks and Recreation, Harriman State Park of Idaho, Joe Tulpiniski Memorial Fund, Recreational Trails Program, CHC Foundation, Island Park Services and Midwest Industrial Supply.
Heather Randall of the Rexburg Standard Journal

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A 6 Year Trail Project Now Complete!

Friends of Harriman State Park is excited to introduce the John Muir ADA (American Disabilities Act) compliant Interpretive Trail & Fishing platform at Harriman State Park of Idaho. Inspired by Muir’s 1913 “Island Park” Journal, the interpretive trail tells a story of the natural wonders of the area. In addition, this 3/4 mile loop trail provides an opportunity for those with special needs to better access this special place we all love. It provides a handicap fishing platform increasing opportunities for those with less mobility to fly fish the world famous Henrys’ Fork River, an experience the Harriman’s & their guests treasured before us.
To harmonize with Harriman State Park’s intrinsic beauty, the trail was surfaced with Road Oyl, a pine resin formulation that binds packed gravel maintaining a rustic look while providing a firm surface. It is made from all natural ingredients and can be used in close proximately to wetlands and other environmentally sensitive areas. 

Please join us on Saturday June 27th at 11:00am for our grand opening and dedication ceremony.  Outdoor assistive recreation technologies for those with less mobility will be on hand to help inspire those that desire better access to the great outdoors.
To read about our journey follow these links to past blogs:

This Project Made Possible By Generous Donations From

Idaho Parks and Recreation (IDPR)
Harriman State Park of Idaho
Joe Tulpinsky Memorial Fund
Recreational Trails Program
CHC Foundation 
Island Park Services 
Midwest Industrial Supply

Facilitated By
Friends of Harriman State Park