Over 100 years ago, emigrants on the Oregon Trail passed through what is now the Milner Historic Recreation Area, creating ruts as they traveled through the soft soil of the area. Some of the emigrants chose to camp here, resting before continuing the long journey ahead. The historic recreation area preserves these still visible Oregon Trail ruts. Just north of the recreation area's west entrance is an interpretive shelter and a hiking trail that leads to some of the Oregon Trail ruts. Centered within the historic recreation area is a 1.3-mile paved ADA walking path that follows the historic ruts with interpretive panels along the way discussing the history of the area.
Milner Historic Recreation Area also offers ample opportunities for recreation, including four miles of Snake River shoreline making it the largest accessible section of public land along the river in the entire Magic Valley. Enjoying this shoreline is made easier with access to two boat ramps within the recreation area, one of which includes a kayak/canoe launch to assist in use of non-motorized watercraft. Fishing the Snake River for bass, perch, catfish, trout and carp is popular whether from boat or shore. The area's basalt cliffs and surrounding sagebrush/grassland are a year-round haven for songbirds, waterfowl, upland birds, rabbits, and reptiles. Mule deer can often be seen along the tree lines and near the river.
Scattered through the historic recreation area are 26 campsites with moderate development such as fire rings, picnic tables and vault toilets located nearby. Some campsites situated near the river's edge have docks from which campers can swim, fish or boat. One of the boat ramps includes a picnic area with shade structures, picnic tables, grills, and horseshoe pits.
This is a US fee site that currently has a $3 day use fee and $5 per vehicle per night camping fee. Annual passes are available by contacting the Burley Field Office. Idaho State Park Passes are not accepted. No reservations are available, and all sites are first come- first serve. Camping allowed only in numbered and designated sites. Currently no water, electric hook ups, or dump station on site. RV's and large trailers are recommended to use the west entrance into the historic recreation area due to low clearance on the east end. While there are camp sites that can accommodate larger RV's, not all sites are RV friendly, enter with caution. Bring your own firewood as cutting of vegetation on site is prohibited. Shooting of firearms is prohibited within 100 yards of any picnic, camping, scenic viewing, boat ramp, or gathering site.
For the first time in nearly 30 years, there is a planned fee increase for Milner Historic Recreation Area in 2022. This will enable the BLM to improve services and amenities, ensuring the sites remain operational for years to come. The new fee structure will appear as follows for both Milner Historic Recreation Area and Lud Drexler Park.
Day Use: $5
Overnight Camping: $15 per site per night, to include two vehicles per site. Additional vehicles will be charged $5 per night per vehicle.
Annual Pass: $50 for unlimited day use at Milner Historic Recreation Area and Lud Drexler Park. Reduces camping rate to $5 per site per night, to include two vehicles. Available at the Burley Field Office and Twin Falls District Office in 2022. Learn more: https://on.doi.gov/3u64HKG