Press Release

Some Horsethief Reservoir Campgrounds Closing Early

The campground closures will have no impact on fishing or boating activities at Horsethief.

Several Horsethief Reservoir area campgrounds will be closing just after Labor Day weekend and will remain closed until the spring of 2019. The closures come about three weeks earlier than normal.

Ospreys Bay, Easters, Timber Bay and Bear Knob Campgrounds, all located on the west shore of Horsethief, will be closed on September 4th. Only Kings Point campground will remain open, including the Kings Point boat ramp. The entire east side of Horsethief has been closed this season as campground construction upgrades continue in that area.

Horsethief Reservoir is managed cooperatively by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and the YMCA. Fish and Game oversees Horsethief’s popular trout fishery, while the YMCA is responsible for campground management.

The campground closures will have no impact on fishing or boating activities at Horsethief.

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Evin Oneale, IDFG

Early departure of the area’s campground host prompted the early closures. “The presence of a campground host makes everyone’s camping experience better,” IDFG recreation site maintenance foreman Dennis Hardy noted. “And it’s particularly important to have a staffer on site this year due to fire restrictions.” For the remainder of the camping season, YMCA staff will be serving as interim camp hosts, visiting Kings Point Campground several times each day to provide maintenance and assist campers as needed.

For questions regarding campground closures at Horsethief Reservoir, please contact YMCA representative Randy Spiwak at 386-212-7123.

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