Campground reopened at the Lower Portneuf fishing access property
The following is an Idaho Fish and Game press release.
Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, popular fishing access and a camping area reopened just north of Lava Hot Springs.
Idaho Fish and Game has just completed the creation of 8 developed campgrounds in a segment of a popular fishing access property known as Lower Portneuf or “Byington Place”. The new open area at the campsite is defined by a new security and rail gate and is accessible by newly resurfaced roads on the property. The individual campsites are separated by gravel platforms, lined with log rails. Scattered camping is no longer permitted in Lower Portneuf, and there is a 10 day limit for overnight camping users; however, the use of the camping area remains free.
Idaho Fish and Game operates the Lower Portneuf Fishing Access Site, which is one of the few public access areas to the river between Chesterfield and McCammon. Because this area is so popular with anglers and campers, Fish and Game decided to make some changes to the old camping system to benefit all user groups.
There have been numerous challenges in managing overnight camping on the property over the years, caused by people exceeding the camping limit, leaving excessive garbage, or even participating in illegal and disruptive activities. The increased level of police presence and required clean-up at this site was neither sustainable nor justifiable under a fishing access program. However, Fish and Game recognizes that camping has been an important use of the Lower Portneuf property and that the property can support camping if it is managed in a more organized manner.
“Providing a clean and safe place for people to enjoy fishing is our priority,” says Regional Director of Fisheries Carson Watkins. “When other uses like camping conflict with this priority, management changes are often necessary. But we hope anglers and campers can now enjoy a better and safer experience when they visit Lower Portneuf.
Fish and Game will begin stocking rainbow trout in the Portneuf River near this access site before Memorial Day weekend. This stretch of the Portneuf River also provides an excellent opportunity for native cutthroat trout to Yellowstone.