Open House to discuss grants for Horsethief Reservoir

Camping upgrades may soon be coming to Horsethief Reservoir, and the public is invited to an open house to learn more about and discuss the proposed upgrades.

The open house will be held on December 28th from 2 to 5 pm at Fish and Game’s Nampa Regional office, located at 3101 S. Powerline Road, Nampa, ID, 83686. For those unable to attend, written comments may be sent to the the same address.

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Dennis Hardy

For the second year in a row, Idaho Parks and Recreation’s RV grant monies are being pursued to fund camping area improvements. During 2017, IDFG was fortunate to be awarded two grants. Obtained funds are being utilized to develop high-quality host sites and for the purchase and installation of fire rings and picnic tables at some sites. “Host site development is necessary for us to attract and retain quality camp hosts throughout the camping season, Fish and Game recreation site maintenance foreman Dennis Hardy noted. “The fire pits and picnic tables will enhance the camping experience for visitors, while addressing the issue of fire safety at Horsethief.”

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Dennis Hardy

For 2018, staff is developing a grant application with the hopes of renovating the entire Kings Point camping area, one of the largest and most popular at Horsethief. Funds would be used to grade, delineate, and asphalt roads and parking areas, as well as delineate and improve campsites by installing hardened borders, crushed gravel, and picnic tables. Improvements are intended to increase user enjoyment, reduce conflict and resource damage, as well as facilitate more year-round use of this area.

Individuals with disabilities may request open house meeting accommodations by contacting Teri Mattulat at the Fish and Game Nampa office (208-465-8465) or through the Idaho Relay Service at 1-800-377-3529 (TDD).