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Three Island Crossing State Park
THREE ISLAND CROSSING STATE PARK
THREE ISLAND CROSSING STATE PARK
P.O. Box 609
Glenns Ferry, Idaho   83623

Phone: 208-366-2394
Reservations: 208-366-2394
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Three Island Crossing State Park
'Retired Wagon'

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A wagon left behind - how many miles on those old wheels

Three Island Crossing State Park
'Trees at the crossing'

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From the desert to the Three Island Crossing area - a great place to rest and gather your thoughts.

Three Island Crossing State Park
'Retired ferry'

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Pay your money and keep your boots dry -

Three Island Crossing State Park
'The River they Crossed'

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The area of the Three Island Crossing - many made the crossing - some did not -

Three Island Crossing State Park

Three Island Crossing State Park

Three Island Crossing State Park is located on the Snake River at Glenns Ferry. It is home to The Oregon Trail History and Education Center where visitors can learn about pioneer emigrants and Native American history.

Oregon Trail pioneers knew this spot well. It was one of the most famous river crossings on the historic trail. Pioneer travelers used the three-island crossing until 1869, when Gus Glenn constructed a ferry about two miles upstream. The Glenns Ferry community sponsors a crossing commemoration the second Saturday of each August. Events often include living history presentations and historic skills fair.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
Day-UseFishingyes
 Hiking Trailyes
 Swimming Beachyes
WinterActivitiesyes
Cabins
Cabin amenities: Units sleep five and are equipped with electricity, lockable windows and doors, heat and A/C.

$35 per night (plus daily MVEF and Idaho State Sales Tax)

Reservation Season: Reservations are available year round for cabins in the Day-Use Area and Wagon Wheel (Upper) Campground. Reservation for cabins in Trailside (Lower) Campground are accepted April 1st through October 31st.

Make a reservation online, or call (866) 634-3246
Camping
Trailside (Lower) Campground

Available Campsites: Serviced Campsite/W,E and Companion Serviced Campsite/W,E

Amenities include individual campsites with water and electricity, and central showers and restroom facilities.

Serviced Campsite/W,E - $16 per night (plus daily MVEF and Idaho State Sales Tax)

Companion Serviced Campsite/W,E - $ 30 per night (plus daily MVEF and Idaho State Sales Tax)

Reservation Season: Reservation are available in the Trailside (Lower) Campground from March 15th through October 31st. Camping is available throughout the off-season on a "first come, first served" basis.

Make a reservation online, or call (866) 634-3246.

Wagon Wheel (Upper) Campground

Available Campsites: Serviced Campsite/W,E and Companion Serviced Campsite/W,E

Amenities include individual campsites with water and electricity, and central showers and restroom facilities.

Serviced Campsite/W,E - $16 per night (plus daily MVEF and Idaho State Sales Tax)

Companion Serviced Campsite/W,E - $ 30 per night (plus daily MVEF and Idaho State Sales Tax)

Reservation Season: Reservations are available in the Wagon Wheel (Upper) Campground from April 1st through October 31st. Camping is available throughout the off-season on a "first come, first served" basis.

Make a reservation online, or call (866) 634-3246.

Multiple Site Reservation Considerations

For groups wishing to book multiple sites (seven (7) campsites or more) Trailside (Lower)Campground is available: multiple site reservations for seven (7) campsites or more must be made through the call center at (866)-634-3246.


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The Oregon Trail in Idaho

The trail played a significant role in the exploration and settlement of western America. The original course of the Oregon Trail was from Independence, Missouri to Oregon City in Oregon's Willamette Valley. Most pioneers traveled the trail from 1841 through 1848. However, fur trappers and explorers used the travel corridor as early as 1811. By the mid-1860s, the trail was used little as an emigration route.

The Oregon Trail entered Idaho in the southeast corner of the state. At Fort Hall, it joined the Snake River, following the south bank until this crossing was reached near Glenns Ferry. The route left Idaho near the site of old Fort Boise, near Parma, after winding through 500 miles of the state.

A Risky River Crossing

Upon reaching the Three Island ford, the emigrants had a difficult decision to make. Should they risk the dangerous crossing of the Snake, or endure the dry, rocky route along the south bank of the river? About half of the emigrants chose to attempt the crossing by using the gravel bars that extended across the river. Not all were successful; many casualties are recounted in pioneer diaries. The rewards of a successful crossing were a shorter route, more potable water and better feed for the stock.

The Three Island ford was used by pioneer travelers until 1869, when Gus Glenn constructed a ferry about two miles upstream.

Crossing Reenactments

The Glenns Ferry community sponsors a crossing reenactment the second Saturday of each August. Events often include living history presentations and a historic skills fair. Contact the park for details of this year's event.

Modern travelers will find a stay at Three Island Crossing much more hospitable than did the pioneers. Located just off Interstate 84 at the Glenns Ferry exit, the park offers a full-service campground, cabins, picnic areas, historical interpretive programs and a fascinating admission-free interpretive center. You can take the self-guided tour, see the replica wagons and dangle your feet in the Snake River where emigrants made their historic crossings.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
August 23 a favorite,park the rv & tour the area, by a teachers aid
We have stayed at this park each time we are in the area and never have been disappointed, We bike the areas, enjoy the scenery and wonder at the pioneers stories we hear and read about...
February 7 Great park for Families by Mitch M
Great views of the Snake River, Trees offer abundant shade even in the heat of the summer. Great facilities.
June 7 Great visitors center by Tony
We loved the history and want to come to the next reenactment of the crossing.


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