By Mary Keating
CASTLE ROCK STATE PARKÂ â€“ To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Idaho Park Systems and introduce the fishing pond and archery course, Castle Rock State Park will host a ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday at 11am. Festivities include free fishing at the beautiful new fishing pond, archery course exhibition, a Dutch oven meal and kidâ€™s games in the shaded picnic area.
â€śBring your fly rods, mountain bikes, climbing gear, bow and arrows and your dadâ€ť said Wallace Keck, Superintendent for the City of Rocks National Reserve. â€śThis area is fast becoming Idahoâ€™s recreation mecca and it has something to offer everyone.â€ť
Castle Rock State Park, with a couple of new additions this spring, is accessible, close and a unique place to enjoy the weekend. In addition to the scenic walks near the historic California Trail and the varied opportunities for wildlife watching, photography, world class technical rock climbing, picnicking, disc golf, biking, and camping, Castle Rock State Park now has a 1.4 acre fishing pond and is proud to open an archery course. The course will host a minimum of fourteen stations; eventually, the course will be extended with the goal of hosting state and national archery competitions.
Castle Rocks State Park is located two miles northwest of the village of Almo in southern Cassia County. The area sits at a crossroads of many different ecosystems. Basins, wetlands, peaks and rivers, each with their own unique ecosystem and magnificent backdrops, draw many outdoor enthusiasts to the region.
Mary Keating is a monthly contributor to the Family Living Magazine, a national and state award-winning feature writer, a wife and mother. Find her at marykeating.com or on Facebook.