Eagle Island State Park
Boise, Ada County
Location: 165 Eagle Island Parkway, Eagle ID
Eagle Island State Park is a picturesque recreation area with a white sandy beach on a manmade lake, a water slide, disc golf course, walking trails, equestrian center, concessions, shelters, and picnic benches. The site was not always so hospitable to visitors, however, as it was operated by the Idaho Department of Corrections as The Eagle Island Honor Farm from 1930 to 1977. Prisoners raised hogs and cattle, as well as growing crops like grain, alfalfa, hay, and vegetables. Many of the buildings from this period persist, including the dormitory, slaughterhouse, calf barn, and dairy parlor. The park was dedicated in 1983 and is operated by the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation.