The Hailey City Council on Monday (Jan. 11) approved Mayor Martha Burke’s signature on a $500,000 grant application to the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation for what could become the city’s first established campground, according to the Idaho Mountain Express.
If built, the Croy Creek Campground would sit on a city-owned parcel between Rotarun Ski Area and Lions Park, just north of the Wood River Land Trust’s new Simons Bauer preserve.
According to renderings from Hailey-based Lyon Landscape Architects, the campground would encompass 33 campsites — 24 RV sites and nine camping areas with designated tent platforms and parking spots.
Community Development Director Lisa Horowitz said campers would be provided with potable water, dishwashing stations, two ADA-compliant vault toilets, picnic tables, fire rings with grills, a bike tent storage area and benches. Sites would be set apart by about 25 feet with native shrubbery in between, she said
“Our overall goal is a ‘tread lightly’ campground in a high-desert riparian ecosystem. We would expect a lot of educational and outreach materials about how to go light on the landscape,” Horowitz said Monday.
The campground would be open from around the end of May until about the end of October and would not be available in the winter due to wintering wildlife and maintenance needs. Wildlife-friendly fencing would help delineate the property from the Simons Bauer Preserve, she said.