Eastern Idaho is a trout lover's mecca. The Upper Snake River includes Henrys Lake, Island Park Reservoir, and the South Fork of the Snake River with its Palisades Reservoir. These waters, and their tributaries, support some of Idaho's premier trout fisheries. Partly for this reason, world-famous Henrys Fork is being considered for designation as a "Wild and Scenic River." The rivers flow muddy and high until July, so the best fishing is mid-summer and fall.
Palisades Reservoir is one of five lakes in Idaho where anglers can catch mackinaw, or lake trout. Hatchery-raised coho salmon are also found in Palisades, as well as Island Park and Ririe Reservoir. The rest of the region holds some kokanee, plus heavy-bodied, heart-stopping trophy rainbows, cutthroats, and browns. Mastering and matching the hatch is an artform in this region. Lakes and ponds have bass, perch and catfish. Superb ice fishing is enjoyed during sunny winter days on frozen lakes and reservoirs.
Besides fishing trips, guides offer rafting trips, wagon and trail rides, backpacking, snowmobiling, and hunts for all Idaho big game and game bird species, generally forest grouse and waterfowl.
Other regional events and highlights include the Rendezvous Celebration in August; Teton Hot Air Balloon Race in July; Idaho International Folk Dance Festival; Bluegrass Festival; Spencer Opal Mines; Harriman State Park; and Mesa Falls.
For information contact: Yellowstone/Teton Territory 1-800-634-3246 outside Idaho or 208-523-1010; or Chambers of Commerce in Idaho Falls, 208-523-1010; and Rexburg, 208-356-5700; Idaho State Parks & Recreation, 208-334-2470; Idaho Travel Committee, 1-800-635-7820 out of state or 208-334-2470.