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Three Island Crossing re-enactment canceled due to dangerously high water

History buffs were hoping to reenact the historic Three Island Crossing in Glenns Ferry on Saturday, Aug 13. But because of dangerous river conditions, the reenactment has been canceled. The water passage was known as the most treacherous river crossing on the Oregon Trail. This year marked the first time the reenactment was scheduled to happen since 2010. The Three Island Crossing Festival, though, will still take place Saturday.
History buffs were hoping to reenact the historic Three Island Crossing in Glenns Ferry on Saturday, Aug 13. But because of dangerous river conditions, the reenactment has been canceled. The water passage was known as the most treacherous river crossing on the Oregon Trail. This year marked the first time the reenactment was scheduled to happen since 2010. The Three Island Crossing Festival, though, will still take place Saturday.

The historic reenactment of the pioneers crossing the Snake River won’t happen this year.

“The water levels are just too high,” organizer Rick Wills said.

But you still can celebrate the people who braved the treacherous Snake River at the Three Island Crossing Festival at Glenns Ferry from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. The cost is $5 per car at the gate.

The reenactment was scheduled to return to the festival for the first time since 2010. But as always, safety comes first, Wills says, and the current conditions are just too dangerous. They will try again next year.

The rest of the annual festival should go on without a hitch.

Organizers will literally circle the wagons for the event and offer wagon rides. You also can check out the Mountain Man Village, see historical demonstrations and learn about the pioneers who traveled the Oregon Trail into and through Idaho.

There also will be food vendors, bluegrass music, and an arts and crafts fair.

Until Gus Glenn built his ferry in 1869, pioneers on the Oregon Trail had to make a choice: Ford the Snake River at the dangerous Three Island Crossing or continue on a long, grueling southern route to Fort Boise. More than 50,000 pioneers crossed the river using two of the three islands, which sit like stepping stones between its banks.

Three Island Crossing Festival

10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 13, Three Island Crossing State Park, 1083 3 Island State Park Drive, Glenns Ferry. $5 per car at the gate.

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