just 15 miles west of Yellowstone National Park, this
high-mountain lake is surrounded by 8-10,000 foot
mountains and Targhee National Forest which provide
spectacular scenery. The fishing in
Henry's Lake and
surrounding streams is a trout anglers dream and is a
world renowned fishery. The park, named after explorer
Major Andrew Henry, opens the Thursday before Memorial Day
and closes October 31, or as weather conditions warrant.
After September 15 it is wise to call ahead to see which
services are available.
Cutthroat trout, averaging three to five pounds;
cutthroat-rainbow hybrids of up to 12 pounds; and brook
trout up to three pounds abound in the waters of Henrys
Lake. This provides a sport fishery that challenges the
float-tuber and is equally exciting for a 10-year old
dunking a work over the side of the family boat. Excellent
stream fishing can also be found in the nearby Henry's
Fork, Madison and Gallatin rivers.
A boat ramp and docks are available in the park. Boaters
should be cautious of the lake's unpredictable weather.
Winds can make the surface choppy.
The park offers 45 campsites of which 26 sites have water
and electricity and the remaining sites have central
water. Twenty seven (27) sites are reservable from spring
opening through Labor Day. All sites have a picnic table
and campfire grill. There is a central utility building
with restrooms and showers. For camping reservations call
208-558-7532. During the winter months call
Harriman State Park at 208-558-7368
The park offers a 3.06-mile self-guided interpretive
Harriman State Park lies within an
11,000-acre wildlife refuge in the greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
Moose, Elk, and Sandhill Cranes are common, as is North America's
largest waterfowl, the Trumpeter Swan. Known as one of the best
fly-fishing streams in the nation, the
meanders for eight miles through Harriman. Over 20 miles of trails
are available for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and cross
county skiing. Guided horseback tours are also offered.