Flickr album link: Three Island Crossing State Park
For those who are interested in old west history, the Three Island Crossing was where pioneers traveling on the Oregon Trail had to ferry across a very perilous section of the mighty Snake River, in order to get to the promised land. Ferries back in those days were basically a large raft tethered with rope stretched across the river and a team of horses pulled a tow line till the raft landed on shore. This was dangerous work that was best performed by river men with experience, so there was nearly always a fee involved with the passage. As can be imagined, there were no guarantees and many unfortunate souls perished in the depths of this body of water. Three Island Crossing ranks right up there with Lee's Ferry in Arizona as one of the most dangerous river crossings in the old west and there are many interesting documentations of the treacherous events to discover in this part of Idaho.
History buffs will simply fall in love with the idea of spending time at Three Mile Crossing State Park, because it is easy to trace the footsteps of the past. The old original Oregon Trail wagon ruts are still visible in the protected areas and there is a large pioneer history museum located onsite. Hours upon hours can be spent perusing the Oregon Trail History and Education Center and this Idaho State Park Complex offers a modern self guided tour. Riverside campsites are available through the warm weather seasons and the fishing is always top notch in. the Snake River. The actual Three Islands that facilitated the pioneer crossing can only be reached by boat and a launch ramp along with watercraft rental businesses are located nearby. The series of islands along this stretch of the Snake River is also a great place to view spring season migrating birds, so be sure to pack a powerful lens for the ride!
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