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Reeling in the Spring in Rigby

Posted On
May 10, 2019
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The birds are back in east Idaho. The thaw has finally arrived revealing fields and farmers ready
for the summer growing season. Which also means it’s time for you to get out and start exploring
at the lower elevations around the Yellowstone to Territory.

It’s true, spring time camping can be a bit chilly, but it seems a small price to pay for meteor
showers and sharing the water with no one for miles. What you will see is wildlife. Antelope are
moving throughout the INL. You’ll hear the Sandhill cranes. Early park visitors will catch bears
coming out of hibernation, including famed bear 399. And you’ll begin to see the many shades of
red and green fill in the aspens and willows on the river banks.

One of the hidden gems of east Idaho camping is Jefferson County Lake Campground. The
amenities include 50 serene campsites with water and electric hookups. There is a camp host on
site, bathrooms, volleyball nets, playground equipment, sandy beaches, a lake slide, grassy areas,
walking trails, a boat ramp for non-motorized boats and small shelters on a first come first serve
basis outside the camping fee area. There are large shelters available by reservation only.
The campground is located at 490 N 4000 E in Rigby, ID 83442. Take US-20 (south towards
Idaho Falls). Take Exit 322 (first Rigby exit) or call directly (208) 612-6000.

Jefferson County Lake Campground is a quick stone’s throw from the spring fishing from the
fishing mecca of the Henry’s Fork—a great springtime fishing option. In April mayflies start to
show up, also known as Western March Browns. The tributaries that make up the Henry’s Fork
also are known for a superior caddis hatch in late and early May.

A great itinerary for spring time adventures can be found here.