Welcome to the Henrys Lake Foundation

Our Mission

To protect and conserve fish and fish habitat in Henrys Lake, Idaho and its watershed. To promote good sportsmanship, conservation of resources, and recruitment of membership to the organization to further enhance the resources available to protect and improve the habitat of the Lake and its watershed, and the health of the overall fishery.

Henrys Lake Foundation is a nonprofit corporation, 501(c) 3, IRS # 820372189 Your donation is tax deductible pursuant to IRS rules governing charitable contributions

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$50 Family membership , annual renewal
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June 2019

Henrys Lake Foundation Summer Gathering and Fundraiser

When: Friday June 28, 2019. Time: 5:30-8:30 PM Meadow Vue Ranch, 3728 Red Rock Rd, Island Park, ID Reservations: $40.00 per person. Please call (208) 558-7411 or email cody@.meadowvueranch.com. Menu: Grilled steaks, Dutch oven chicken, potatoes, beans, salad bar, cornbread and peach cobbler. Hosted sodas, beer and wine. Join us for Happy Hour and appetizers. Silent and live auctions. Live Entertainment and Rod Raffle!

January 2019

North Fremont High School Grant

The Henrys Lake Foundation recently presented a $2000 grant to North Fremont High School for use in their FFA Aquaculture program. In a Statement from the Henrys Lake Foundation. We are very pleased to work with the faculty, staff and students of North Fremont High School. Henrys Lake Foundation looks at this partnership as an opportunity to help the Aquaculture program not only with some financial support but by being able to share our many years of experience and knowledge to advance the learning opportunities of the students. By supporting programs such as this, the benefits to the Henrys Lake fishery are immediately recognizable. We are dedicated to see that we can develop the interest of local students to become professionals in the field. Also, to see that the riparian habits of the tributaries are protected and spend considerable time and monies for fencing the tributary streams, screening the irrigation diversions, improving culverts, hardening stream bottoms where cattle water and planting willows. They can now support a growing population of adfluvial fish and more readily serve as nurseries for developing fry. In addition to our natural production project work, we have projects in hatchery production, fisheries management and water quality.

November 2018

Island Park Welcomes New Henrys Lake Fisheries Biologist (reprint from summer 2018)

The Henrys Lake Hatchery has a new Henrys Lake Fisheries Biologist, Jennifer Vincent. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game hosted approximately 75 people Friday night at the Hatchery facility on Henrys Lake, to meet Jenn and talk fishing. Henrys Lake Foundation and the Drift Lodge helped with the burgers and hot dog dinner including home-made sides and desserts. Jenn will be responsible for collecting research data on fish and helping develop priorities for various fisheries projects. She will provide information about fish resources, regulations and policies to the public; analyze habitat quality and recommend and implement projects to improve fish habitat, including working with landowners who have streams on their property and want to improve them for fish. Basically, what this all means is she will continue the Hatchery’s efforts to improve fish habitat around Henrys Lake. Jenn says, “I am really enjoying being up at Henrys Lake and I look forward to continuing to work with landowners and the Henrys Lake Foundation to improve fishing at Henrys Lake.” Before coming to Island Park, Jenn was a Fisheries Biologist in Ontario, Canada, and she has also worked previously with Idaho Fish and Game, as well as the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. She earned her Master’s degree at Trent University in Canada and her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Richard Hodge, VP of Henrys Lake Foundation, said, “We have partnered with Fish and Game and the Henrys Lake Hatchery for many years to improve fishing on Henrys Lake. We welcome Jenn to Island Park and we look forward to working with her and continuing our partnership with Fish and Game on fish habitat improvement projects throughout the lake and its tributaries for years to come.”

October 2018

BLM seeks public input on Henry’s Lake recreation improvements

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho— The Bureau of Land Management Idaho Falls District is requesting public input on plans for additional recreational access and opportunities on the western and eastern shores of Henry’s Lake. Fremont County submitted a proposal to BLM to expand Bill Frome Park, located on the northwest shore of Henry’s Lake. As part of a holistic approach to the development, the BLM is also considering how to develop and/or manage public land areas along the lake’s south shore. “Public input is key at this juncture,” said Jeremy Casterson, Upper Snake Field Manager. “We need assistance from individuals who recreate in that area to help determine how things should proceed.” As part of the proposal, the BLM has developed several alternatives for both Frome Park and the South Shore. Maps of all eight proposals (Frome Park alternatives A, B, C, D and South Shore alternatives A, B, C, D) and descriptions are available online for public review and comment at the Dept. of the Interior, BLM website: https://go.usa.gov/xPnQR. Hard copies are also available at the Upper Snake Field Office located at 1405 Hollipark Dr. Idaho Falls, Idaho 83401. Henry’s Lake is located in the mountains of southeast Idaho, a short half hour from West Yellowstone. This shallow alpine lake has premier fishing and other recreational opportunities— including camping, hiking and wildlife viewing— in close proximity to traditional working farms and ranches. To ensure your comments are included, please provide your responses no later than November 19, 2018. For questions or for more information on the proposal, please contact Monica Zimmerman, Upper Snake Field Office recreation planner at 208-524-7543 or mzimmerman@blm.gov.

October 2018

18-Class II-030 Public Hearing

Oct 18, 2018 Mr. Jeff Patlovich Island Park City Planning and Zoning Administrator RE: 18-Class II-030 Public Hearing for Ralph and Vicki Andrus at 5219 N. Hwy 20, Island Park Idaho for a 25 ft. variance from the required 75 ft., setback from a body of water. Dear Mr. Patlovich: I am writing to the P and Z Commission to request denial of the requested reduction in setback on behalf of the Henrys Lake Foundation Board of Directors. This property has been a long standing conservation concern for IDFG, Henrys Lake Foundation(HLF), locally active non-profit conservation organizations and local neighboring ranchers due to its location containing a significant wetland, ponds and critical portions of Howard Creek . This area is a Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout(YCT) spawning creek, and the Henrys Lake area and its tributaries are the only location in the State of Idaho that produces naturally spawned YCT. These fish spawn in Howard Creek just above the ponds, and the wetland is a critical nursery for young fry. Although a relatively small production, it’s a valuable asset to the fishery and the State. In 2017, Howard Creek was the best producer of YCT fry than any other tributary of the lake. In years past The Nature Conservancy (TNC) invested funds to provide for an improved culvert under the access road for the previous owner in order to improve passage for spawning YCTs. This resulted in improved spawning numbers returning to the lake. A neighboring rancher attempted to purchase the property outright to prevent any disturbance of the habitat. Another neighboring rancher denied an access easement to reduce the possibility of disturbance of the habitat. We are requesting that the P and Z Commission deny the request of the current owner for a variance from the 75 ft. setback requirement. Setbacks from bodies of water are in place for good reason: to protect bodies of water from disturbance due to development. This is a critical wetland that is very productive for native fish. It deserves protection. The previous owner was denied setback reductions of this magnitude in the past. It appears that the planned development is too large for the buildable portion of the lot. The majority of the property is wetland, not suitable for this type of development, and known to the owner when the land was purchased. The buildable portion will not support a structure of this large size with associated driveways, parking, etc. We appreciate the opportunity to make a public comment on this item of interest in our community. HLF hopes you will consider the concerns we have raised and deny this request. Phil Barker, Past President HLF Board Richard Hodge, Acting President HLF Board Mary Van Fleet, Projects Manager HLF Board