Farragut State Park

Farragut State Park is a public recreation area located at the southern tip of Lake Pend Oreille in the Coeur d'Alene Mountains of the Idaho Panhandle in the northwest United States.[2] The 4,000-acre (1,600 ha) state park is five miles (8 km) east of Athol in Kootenai County, about thirty miles (50 km) northeast of Coeur d'Alene. Activities include camping, picnicking, hiking, mountain biking, cycling, fishing, boating, swimming, water sports, orienteering, disc golf, flying model aircraft, archery, and horseback riding.[1]

Farragut State Park
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
Lake Pend Oreille from Farragut State Park
Location in Idaho
Location in the United States
LocationKootenai County, Idaho, United States
Nearest cityAthol, Idaho
Coordinates47°57′05″N 116°36′08″W[1]
Area4,000 acres (16 km2)[1]
Elevation2,054 ft (626 m)[1]
DesignationIdaho state park
AdministratorIdaho Department of Parks and Recreation
WebsiteFarragut State Park


Naval training base

The park grounds were formerly the Farragut Naval Training Station, a major training base of the U.S. Navy during World War II.[3] Over 293,000 sailors received basic training at Farragut during its 30 months of existence. The last recruit graduated in March 1945 and the facility was decommissioned in June 1946.[4][5]

State park

In 1950, the federal government transferred 3,854 acres (1,560 ha) of the former Farragut Naval Training Center to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, creating the Farragut Wildlife Management Area. In 1964, the department transferred 2,566 acres (1,038 ha) back to the federal government, which then deeded the land to the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation. That acreage became Farragut State Park by an act of the Idaho Legislature in 1966.[6]


Farragut State Park is significant in the history of Scouting in Idaho. It hosted the National Girl Scout Senior Roundup in 1965,[7][8] the World Scout Jamboree in 1967,[9][10] the National Scout Jamboree in 1969 and 1973, and the 2002 Star Northwest of the Boy Scouts of America. The world event in 1967 was the only time the event has been held in the United States until 2019.[11]

While traveling to the moon aboard Apollo 11 in July 1969, astronaut Neil Armstrong extended a greeting to the Scouts attending the national jamboree in Idaho. Armstrong was an Eagle Scout from Ohio. Frank Borman, astronaut and commander of Apollo 8, addressed the Scouts, as did Lady Baden-Powell, the widow of Scouting's founder.[12] At the Jamboree in 1973, Admiral Elmo Zumwalt, Chief of Naval Operations, and Gene Cernan, astronaut and commander of Apollo 17, addressed the Scouts.[13]

Activities and amenities

The park offers traditional recreational opportunities such as picnicking, boating, swimming, hiking, and camping, as well as disc golf, a model airplane flying field, the Naval Training Center and a museum.[14] A remaining military feature is the Museum at the Brig, located in the confinement facility of the naval training station. Its displays include boot camp, naval, and war memorabilia as well as historic prison cells.[15]


  1. "Farragut State Park". Idaho Parks and Recreation. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  2. Cort Conley (1982). Idaho for the Curious. Backeddy Books. pp. 288–292. ISBN 0-9603566-3-0.
  3. "Giant naval center at Farragut, Idaho, is revealed from air". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Wash. (photo). October 21, 1945. p. 1.
  4. "Farragut center decommissioned". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Spokane, Wash. June 15, 1946. p. 1.
  5. "Farragut closed in formal Navy flag ceremony". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Lewiston, Idaho. Associated Press. June 16, 1946. p. 2.
  6. Bryan Helmich, Regional Habitat Biologist; Paul Hanna, Regional Habitat Manager (July 1999). "Farragut Wildlife Management Area Management Plan" (PDF). Idaho Department of Fish and Game. p. 2. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 2, 2012. Retrieved May 28, 2012.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  7. Myers, Robert (July 11, 1965). "Scenic Idaho camp ready for Girl Scouts of world". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Wash. Associated Press. p. 17.
  8. Glynn, James B. (July 15, 1965). "Smylie opens scout show". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Wash. p. 1.
  9. Gasman, Bill (August 2, 1967). "Farragut dedicated as Jamboree opens". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Wash. p. 1.
  10. "Boy Scouts active at jamboree at Farragut". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Spokane, Wash. (photos). August 3, 1967. p. 14.
  11. Gasman, Bill (January 30, 1966). "Farragut awaits big scout jamboree". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Wash. p. 9.
  12. "Scouts close jamboree with big varied show". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Spokane, Wash. July 23, 1969. p. 14.
  13. "Scouts embrace credo". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Spokane, Wash. August 8, 1973. p. 3.
  14. "Farragut State Park". Visit Northern Idaho. Retrieved November 11, 2014.
  15. "Museum at the Brig" (PDF). Idaho Parks and Recreation. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
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