You will be surprised to learn how much there is to do in this small community. With the many activities available in our area, you will want to make a bucket list and even wish you had more time to spend here.
Fly fishermen come from all over the world to fish around Island Park for a reason: the rivers, creeks and lakes around us offer some of the best trout fishing one can have. The Henry's Fork of the Snake River with Box Canyon & Harriman State Park, Henry's Middle Fork, Henry's Lake & Island Park Reservoir.
Also nearby from Grandma's Cabin is Montana's Madison River and Hebgen Lake along with Yellowstone National Park's Firehole and Gibbon Rivers.
Henry’s Fork of the Snake River is known as one of the finest trout streams in the lower 48 states and offers some of the best dry fly fishing in the country. Grandma’s Cabin is just minutes from Henry’s Fork and Harriman State Park. Anglers can hire superior outfitting and guide services right in Last Chance. Guides are skilled in challenging the experienced angler or providing lessons to beginner fly-fishermen and women. If you are looking for a guided fly fishing trip or just a great fly shop in the area, we recommend Henry’s Fork Anglers or the Trouthunter, which are both right here in Last Chance.
Few rivers can match the Henry’s Fork. It has a wide variety of water temperatures and insect hatches from stoneflies, mayflies, caddis and damselflies that provide a feast of bugs for the fish. Trout Unlimited has voted the Henry’s Fork the number one trout stream in the country.
The area tributaries of the Henry’s Fork provide unnumbered miles of streams and creeks providing scenery, solitude and excellent fishing for any angler.
Take the kids fishing to one of the kids ponds available in Island Park.
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s Take Me Fishing Trailer will be in Island Park at the Stoddard Mill Pond. IDFG provides all the equipment, bait and instruction to help new anglers get into the sport. No fishing license is required while the fishing trailer is on site. Friday August 20, 2021.
Rafting, Boating & Kayaking
Island Park has a wide variety of water activities available whether you're looking for a leisurely scenic float trip down the Henry's For of the Snake River on the Big Springs National Water Trail or a late summer float down the Box Canyon, Coffee Pot. The Buffalo River also offers a shorter float. Be sure to watch for birds and moose along the way. Take a guided white water adventure on the Gallatin or Yellowstone rivers from Big Sky and Gardiner Montana or from Jackson Hole Wyoming raft another section of the Snake River.
Start your own Great Backyard Bird Count Checklist right here at Grandma’s Cabin by looking for the Morning Doves, Ruffed Grouse, Sandhill Cranes, Black-capped and Mountain Chickadees, Downey Woodpecker, Steller’s Jays, Bald Eagles, Cassin’s Finch, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and more. The Backyard Birdcount is also for kids!
These nearby areas also provide excellent birdwatching opportunities:
Hiking trails in Island Park, Idaho give you a wide variety ranging from easy to difficult. Options include trails right in the Targhee National Forest and Yellowstone National Park. Grandma’s Cabin is a hiker’s paradise. You can pick a trail from the wide variety of books and maps right at the cabin. While hiking be sure to watch for wild flowers and do some wildlife watching along the way.
Horseback Riding & Rodeo
Saddle Up! Grandma’s Cabin has a wrangler near by. Choose from a horseback ride in Harriman State Park, Yellowstone National Park or the National Forest. Outfitters provide an exceptional horseback riding experience that will suit the most eager cowboys & cowgirls. In fact you will find horses right at Grandma’s Cabin (not to ride) but you can give them an occasional carrot or apple. Be sure to bring some along!
Golf Island Park
If golfing is your thing, there are a few mountain courses to give a try. Golfers in Island Park can play locally at the Island Park Village Golf Course. The course is open seven days a week, May-October and also offers a 300 yard driving range with 10 stations. Here are a few nearby courses.
Mountain Biking in Island Park will surprise you at the amount of trails available with a variety of terrain from old logging roads to the more technical single tracks, all within minutes of the cabin.
Take your bike to Big Springs and ride up the old rail road bed or keep going to West Yellowstone. Ride the many trails available in Harriman State Park. Better yet, ride right from Grandma's Cabin along the Henry's Fork River, right in Last Chance. For a longer ride take the Mesa Falls scenic byway down to the Upper & Lower Falls and Bear Gulch. Be sure to checkout the old railroad tunnel.
Attend a Ranger Program
Attend a Ranger program either in Yellowstone or Harriman State Park and become a Junior Ranger. Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons offer a variety of locations throughout the park with programs. Harriman State Parks offers a Junior Ranger Badge and events throughout the seasons.
Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center
Old Faithful Visitor Center
Dinner Theatre & Play House
Family Friendly Musical Spoofs or Variety Show! Join us for a night of family friendly fun and entertainment.
Join us for dinner and the show or just the show. After you have laughed yourself another appetite visit our concessions station at intermission for fresh popcorn, Jackson Hole Huckleberry Sodas, Cinnamon Rolls, candy bars or ice cream.