Two Camping Loops at Horsethief Reservoir Set to Close for Improvements July 18

Bear Knob and Timber Bay camping loops will be closed for the remainder of the 2021 camping season, starting July 18 at 5pm. Read on to learn more:

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If you haven’t been to Horsethief Reservoir lately, you might not recognize it. In 2018, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG), Treasure Valley YMCA (TVYMCA), and the Southwest Idaho Recreation and Conservation District began a multi-year effort to improve and develop the camping facilities, using grant money awarded from the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation RV Fund –  a fund  generated from recreational vehicle registration fees.The Eastside loops, King's Point Campground, and Osprey Bay and Easter's Cove loops have all received major improvements over the past few years.

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This year, starting July 18 at 5pm, Bear Knob and Timber Bay camping loops will be closed for further improvements through the remainder of the camping season. The Bear Knob loop will be paved to help alleviate erosion issues caused by improper drainage during runoff. Timber Bay improvements will mimic the Eastside loops and the newly improved Easter's Cove loop – re-graded roads and sites, but no pavement. The goal is to provide a variety of opportunity for all camper types. All sites at both camping areas will be outfitted with spacious living pads, new picnic tables and fire rings in 2021.

These improvement projects are designed to increase camper enjoyment at Horsethief Reservoir, while protecting fragile areas. Horesethief Reservoir is an outstanding fishery and is extremely popular among outdoor recreationists for fishing and camping alike. The fishery is managed by IDFG and the campgrounds are managed by the TVYMCA. Fishing information can be found on the IDFG Fishing Planner and camping is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For further information on the fishery, contact the McCall IDFG office at 208-634-8137, and for camping information please contact the TVYMCA at 386-212-7123 or visit www.horsethiefcampground.com.

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