Date of Stay: September 24 – 27, 2016
4490E 3325N, Murtaugh, ID
$15.00 – 30-50amp, water & electric only/nightly (Tent sites available for $5.00/nightly)
Murtaugh Lake RV Park was a real find for us! We were heading towards Boise from Pocatello, ID which was a little further than we usually like to travel in one day. When we first started full time rving, we were hell bent on getting from one destination to another. Then we realized, what are we rushing for? We began this lifestyle to enjoy the road. Plus, sometimes you miss some great places by racing down the highway to the best known ones. We generally try to keep miles on “travel day” under 200; sometimes even less if we come across a place we want to visit. On this journey, we were aiming for Twin Falls for our interim stay. Using our RV Parks app (which I strongly suggest as one of the best campground/park apps), we found the Murtaugh Lake Park listed under Twin Falls county parks. On further investigation, we found that it had several sites with electric and water for $15.00 a night. We were stoked! A site right on the lake with electric and water hookups for $15.00… OK!
The park is located about 21 miles southeast of Twin Falls and is surrounded by farm land. You’ll have to drive a few miles off I-84 to get there and I have to admit, we did get a little confused by our Google Map instructions. But finally I realized I had input our destination simply as Murtaugh Lake. Be SURE to type the full Murtaugh Lake County Park into your navigation system! You do have to go down a short dirt road to get there, but nothing rough or too narrow.
We had made reservations over the phone, but they are not required. The camp host met us upon arrival and drove us to our space. Our pull-through site had a covered picnic table with patio and a wonderful view of the lake only about 50 yards away. With a sprinkler system in force, the park is green and lush. The park also offers tent sites, a couple of covered pavilions for groups, several day use areas with bar-b-que grills, and even boat docks at a few sites.
While there we took day trips to the remarkable Shoshone Falls and the Perrine Bridge only minutes away. Two astounding sights I recommend seeing. The first day we drove to Shoshone Falls. It does cost $3.00 per vehicle to enter, but you can stop before the gate at a scenic overlook if you prefer not to pay. We went ahead and paid the fee which actually gives you access to both the Shoshone Falls and the Dierkes Lake. The falls were not running as fast this time of year, but the beauty of the canyon with the Snake River running through was outstanding. The park had beautiful grassy grounds and picnic tables which many families were enjoying. We drove by the lake, but didn’t spend any time there.
The next day we headed to see the Perrine Bridge. As it is a working bridge that spans the Snake River, we drove over it, then turned around and pulled into the observation area. The view below is amazing to say the least! The overlook showcases the Snake River coursing through the rugged lava rock ravine alongside the beautiful Centennial Waterfront Park and the Canyon Springs Golf Course. We took some photos then loaded back up to get down into the park in order to see
the bridge from below. What a sight! A lovely park with several covered picnic tables, a large pavilion, boat docks and incredible views of the bridge. The weather this time of year in Idaho begs for a picnic! And several folks were taking advantage of it!
Back at the lake, we settled in for a last night of enjoying the ducks and watching the sunset. As I said, Murtaugh Lake County Park was a great find!
Note: Murtaugh Lake County Park does not have sewer hookups or a dump station. However, Scott, our camp host, advised me of a dump station located a few miles west in the town of Kimberly. It is located just off the road near the city park and was engineered to allow RVs plenty of room to pull in, dump and turn around. It is all concrete and very clean. There is no fee to dump, but there is a donation box on-site. We truly appreciate the town of Kimberly for thinking of those of us on the road!