Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Feathers 'n' Fins Skiathon - Saturday, February 28

 No it's not a race, it's a fun event for you, your family, your park and friends group. No matter the age, no matter the ability. Classic and skate ski divisions, 7km, 10km, and 20km distances.Participate or spectate; the road is now plowed into the Railroad Ranch so you can drive up to watch the event. We'd love your support!


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Do you know you can support Friends of Harriman every time you shop on Amazon? That's right, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to FHSP. Just click the "Get Started" button below to link your Amazon account to Friends of Harriman State Park; a nonprofit organization which serves as a fundraising and volunteer partner for Harriman State Park of Idaho.
Friends Of Harriman State Park Incorporated

Friday, January 9, 2015

Feathers 'n' Fins Skiathon Takes Flight Once Again

Photo By Jodi Stiehl





Friends of Harriman and Harriman State Park are relaunching the Feathers 'n' Fins Skiathon this February 28th, 2015! A cross-country ski event for people of all ages and all abilities.  A mass start event with classic and skate ski divisions; 7km, 10km, and 20km distances. If you like to get outside and recreate in the winter while supporting your local recreation area, this event is for you. 

Click here for more information

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 friendsofharriman@gmail.com. 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 towritersatharriman.org