BLM seeks public input on proposed recreation projects in southeast Idaho

BLM Office:

Pocatello Field Office


Idaho Falls DO
Pocatello FO

Media Contact:

Ben Swaner

Pocatello, Idaho - The Bureau of Land Management’s Pocatello Field Office (PFO) is moving forward with three specific recreational enhancements in southeast Idaho and is seeking public comment related to the projects. These projects include:

Improvements to the boat ramp and trailer parking area at the Maple Grove Campground. The boat ramp would be improved by creating an accessible concrete ramp dock and gangway.  The existing trailer parking area would be expanded to accommodate additional parking spaces including an accessible parking pad. The project would also include building an accessible pathway connecting the parking pad to the boat dock. The Maple Grove Campground is located 16 miles northeast of Preston, within Oneida Narrows adjacent to Oneida Reservoir. The campground receives approximately 10,000 visitors annually.

Improving trail systems in the Soda Hills and Bear Lake areas. This project involves installing new route markers along designated routes, installing Travel Management Area signs and kiosks, and revising and printing travel plan maps that reflect the designated routes on the ground.

Developing a non-motorized watercraft launch site along the Blackfoot River below Blackfoot Reservoir Dam. Currently, a formal put-in location for rafters, kayakers and other river floaters below the Blackfoot Reservoir Dam does not exist. This project involves building an access ramp 0.6 miles below the dam. Pocatello Field Office officials estimate the launch site would serve approximately 1,000 non-motorized boaters each year.

To help fund these important recreation enhancements, the PFO is applying for grants through the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR).

"We are always exploring ways to improve our facilities and trail systems, and to provide new recreational opportunities for the public,” said Blaine Newman, Assistant Field Manager for the PFO. "In the past, IDPR grants have enabled the BLM to accomplish specific, much-needed projects.” 

As part of the grant application process, the PFO is asking for public input related to the proposed projects. “We appreciate any feedback on these projects the public is willing to provide,” added Newman.

Please send comments related to these projects by email to or by mail to Bureau of Land Management, Attn: Chuck Patterson, 4350 Cliffs Drive, Pocatello, ID 83204.

For more information, please contact the Pocatello Field Office at 208-478-6340. 

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.