Pets allowed
Allowed
Guided tours
No
Backcountry camping
No
Lodging
No
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The Howard Preserve is a 35 acre section of land alongside the beautiful Big Wood River in Bellevue, Idaho. To access the preserve it is best to park on Elm Street then follow the road down and enter the preserve.

This protected piece of land within the Big Wood River floodplain has been owned by the Howard family since 1972. It is now part of a conservation easement, which protects the property in perpetuity. The preserve is an important piece of land so close to downtown Bellevue that provides public access to the river, as well as protecting the land and wildlife.

The public can explore the preserve via a few short hiking trails. You’ll come across some great fishing spots as you travel alongside the river. There is also an irrigation diversion that forms a small waterfall and is a scenic site.

Be sure to stop by the preserve the next time you are in Bellevue!

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Scenic preserve alongside the Big Wood River. Fishing and river access.

Cons

Some noise from nearby downtown roads.

Features

Wildlife
Waterfalls
Family friendly
Big vistas
Big Game Watching
Fishing
Near lake or river
Bird watching

Location

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