Saturday, April 30, 2016

South Tourist Park, Idaho Falls, ID–free, but not for us


We found South Tourist Park through freecampsites.net. It is a City park which allows free overnight camping for one night beside the Snake River. There are a couple back-in sites, and some pull-through sites that are large for big rigs. They also have a dump and potable water. There is a boat ramp and fishing on the river. There are restrooms, but it was locked when I walked by. The coordinates for the park entrance are 43.473228, -112.052804. We had Verizon 4G and 28 TV channels.

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In the freecampsites.net reviews, some mention “shifty” individuals in the area. I also read on the internet there have been issues with homeless people staying here and drug deals at night. There was a lot of traffic through the park all day. The Parks Dept. drove through once during the day. We didn’t see any marked police cars drive through. Curt talked to two other campers beside us; one was there four nights already, the other, two. They said another camper was there over a week. They said, too, that the area becomes very busy in the late afternoon and evening with vehicles meeting. We just didn’t feel comfortable there toward evening, so went to Walmart for the night and we’ll go to our next boondocking spot in the morning.


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