Saturday, September 20, 2014

John Muir ADA Trail Gets a New Coat

Assistant Manager, Bert Mecham applying Road Oyl to trail surface
Thanks to a grant from the CHC Foundation of Idaho Falls, Friends of Harriman was able to purchase ten more barrels of Road Oyl, an environmentally friendly pine resin sap used to create hard trail surfaces.  These ten barrels have provided the final top coat on the new John Muir ADA (American Disabilities Act) compliant Interpretive trail, firming the shoulders of the trail and hardening the surface of the first handicap fishing access on "The Ranch". This fishing access located at Sage Flat parking area in Harriman State Park will be the second access for those with less mobility on the Henrys Fork river, the other is located at Box Canyon boat launch.

The John Muir Interpretive ADA Trail has been a project in motion since 2009, a 5 year journey which is nearing completion. We have reached this point in the project because of the support of many including base funding from past IDPR Interpretation program lead by Larry Mink, a grant awarded by IDPR's Recreational Trail Program, The Joe Tuplinsky Memorial Fund, discounts from Mid West - supplier of Road Oyl and Island Park Services - supplier of gravel trail base, and the hard work and dedication of Harriman State Park staff.

1st ADA Fishing Access on "The Ranch"
A grand opening for this 3/4 mile trail is set for Saturday June 27th, 2015 but before the trail and access can be deemed complete, ADA approved metal railings need to be added to the fishing access at a cost of $1500.  If you would like to help support this project by contributing  to the handicap railings, you can send a check to Friends of Harriman State Park, Box 125, Island Park, Idaho 83429 noted ADA trail and you will receive a tax deductible receipt for your contribution.   Friends of Harriman is thrilled to be a part of increasing recreational opportunities to the Island Park community and we thank you for your support.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Brandin Bucks!

Saturday August 30th and Saturday September 13th, Friends of Harriman will be branding bucks for all those that generously donated to the Buy-A-Buck campaign with a mission of replacing the historic jack fence at Harriman State Park of Idaho along Highway 20 in Island Park, Idaho.  Anyone that has contributed and desires to brand their name is invited to attend. 10 am at the East Gate Mailbox.

September 6th will be the final build day, thanks to Jim Kemp ROF. He has tirelessly worked on this jack fence since 2009 contributing his blood, sweat, tears and finances to the project as well as rounding up a dedicated group of folks willing to run drills and pound spikes to restore a Harriman icon.  Hats off to you Jim and to everyone that has contributed their sweat and their finances to this project. It has been an inspiring journey of community spirit.
Jim Kemp ROF

Friday, July 18, 2014

They're at it again!

 Saturday, July 5th a dedicated group of mostly retired Pinehaven residents braved the hot temps and blazing sun to knock out another section of jackfence along Highway 20 south of Last Chance.  The Buy-A-Buck campaign was a first for Friends of Harriman State Park with a goal of preserving part of Harriman State Park history. The approximately 3 miles of jack fence along the Yellowstone corridor has served as an iconic landmark to travelers passing through and staying in Island Park since the Harriman family bought the ranch in the turn of the 19th century.  Seeing this jackfence preserved and not replaced with more modern barbed wire is something FHSP is determined to achieve.
The community believes so as well. This project would not be successful if not for the tax deductible  donations and the dedicated individuals that volunteer their time and pour their sweat into the Buy-A-Buck campaign. Because of this strong commitment from the community we are witnessing the replacement of the legendary jackfence along Harriman's Boundary. Truly spectacular!   If you wish to donate click here for more information and if you wish to volunteer your time drop us a line at You will see this dedicated group out there again tomorrow, July 19th and throughout the summer. Honk to say hi on your way by.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Writers At Harriman Applications Being Accepted

Do you know that feeling you get when you start a new book? Not just any book, but a great one, one that will stay with you forever, always there, tucked away in the deepest recesses of your soul. Where you don't know the characters, or the back story, or anything. When you open up to the first page, and begin reading, with only the slightest, if any, idea of what might happen. When the world around you melts away, and the story settles in. When  a feeling of excitement grows in the pit of your stomach. When you're three chapters in, and already hooked. When you fall in love with the characters. When things go terribly wrong, and you haven't the slightest clue how things will go down. When your heart constricts, and your throat tightens. When you can't help but cry, whether it be from joy, or grief, or sorrow. When your hands tremble, and your mind goes blank. When the initial shock fades, and a wave of satisfaction washes over you. That's how I want people to feel after reading my work.

Lily, 11 Grade, Meridian, Idaho

 Writers @ Harriman will be held August 3 through 9, 2014. To apply, students should go

Saturday, February 1, 2014

New Signs for Harriman Trails Ready to Go

Photo:Bert Mecham
If you've ever hiked the trails at Harriman State Park of Idaho, you've likely come across one of the 26 signs placed at each intersection displaying a map of the trail network. Over the past several years, Harriman State Park has seen a number of changes on its 28 mile, non-motorized, 4-season trail system rendering the exisiting signs outdated.  Friends of Harriman State Park was awarded $4000 from the US Forest Service RAC grants program to purchase 30 new signs for the Harriman State Park trail network. Signs are mounted and ready for placement along the trail. Harriman staff will be erecting the new trail signs this coming summer and would love some help with this large task. If you would like to volunteer give the park a call at 208-558-7368 for more information.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Jim Kemp Rocks the Buck Fence!

Photo:Anne Marie Emery
The Buy-a-Buck project to replace the historic jack fence at Harriman State Park was Friends of Harriman's first project and thanks to the dedication of Jim Kemp (Back left), volunteers, and generous public donations the fence has seen a massive rebuild over the past 4 years.  The above photo was taken on the last fence build day of the 2013 season which reached the east mailbox on Highway 20. Jim and crew rebuilt 900 yards of Jackfence in the 2013 season! The Buy-A-Buck project began at Osbourne bridge on highway 20 in 2008 and headed north along the highway.  Since that time countless volunteers have worked with Jack Fence Coordinator Jim Kemp, R.O.F. to dismantle the old fence and rebuild new fence. Jim has replaced the fence at the Bing Lempke parking area, along the Millionaire's Pool and from Osbourne bridge to the east mailbox.   Jim returns to Island Park every summer and is eager to finish the remaining stretch of fence from the east mailbox north to the tree line however this cannot be accomplished without additional donations to the Buy-A-Buck project.  $100 purchases one section of fence, a "buck", and has the name of choice of up to 30 characters branded on the fence. Currently there is $500 remaining in the Buy-A-Buck fund but $6000 is needed.  A $500 donation will have your name placed in a prominent spot at the east mailbox or Bing Lempke parking and a $1000 donation will have one buck branded at the Millionaires Pool.  If you are interested in donating to this project and help Jim see his mission to completion, you can send a check to FHSP, Box 125, Island Park, ID, 83429.  Please include a note indicating the Buy-A-Buck project and the brand request up to 30 characters.  In memory requests are branded as year of birth - name - year of passing. Friends of Harriman is a non-profit 501.C.3 organization and all donations are tax deductible. If you would like to volunteer to help build the fence in the 2014 season contact Harriman State Park at 208-558-7368.  Watch the blog for "Brand Days" in the 2014 season, we have had many generous donations thus far and will be branding their names this coming summer.  Thank you Jim Kemp R.O.F for your dedication, sweat, tears and financial support to this project, it's couldn't have been done without you!!!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

John Muir ADA Trail Notes

Firm Trail Surface after application of Road Oyl

The John Muir ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Interpretive Trail and Fishing Access at Harriman State Park has seen vast improvements this summer thanks to a large team of individuals committed to making this project a reality.  Friends of Harriman was awarded a $5,600 grant from IDPR Recreation Trails Program and received $6,700 in community donations for the Joe Tuplinsky Memorial Fund which provided funds to purchase gravel and Road Oyl for the project.  Midwest Industrial Supply and Island Park Services also contributed by giving substantial discounts to the Road Oyl product and to the gravel base. Thank you Community!! Harriman staff and volunteers provided large amounts of time, equipment and ingenuity to work with this unfamiliar surfacing sap and even resurrected old ranch equipment to spread the gravel base. 
Harriman Staff Spreading Gravel
with Old Ranch Equipment. Photo K.Hobbs
View From Fishing Access
With fall upon us, funds and materials have been exhausted as the John Muir ADA Trail nears completion.  The trail is open, ready for use and looking great but it will require touch up work next summer  to firm up the shoulders and the fishing access.  To do this, FHSP will be seeking additional funds through grants to purchase more Road Oyl so Harriman Staff can apply an additional treatment over the surface of the trail.  Community comments on the trail are welcome and encouraged so we can continue to provide hardy recreational opportunities for the public.  Comments can be sent to  

                                  Enjoy the Trail!
                                                                                       Jodi Stiehl, President, FHSP