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Horsethief Reservoir closed to camping

Mic Williams and dog Dayzee float at Horsethief Reservoir in 2004.
Mic Williams and dog Dayzee float at Horsethief Reservoir in 2004. Idaho Statesman archive

Horsethief Reservoir has been closed to camping after the host resigned, Idaho Fish and Game says.

The closure began Monday. Horsethief will be available for day use only until a new host can be found, perhaps putting Labor Day camping plans in jeopardy. Idaho Fish and Game, which owns the reservoir, has an agreement with adjacent landowners to allow camping only with a qualified host on-site.

The east side of the recreation area also will be unavailable without a host. The west side, which includes the boat launch, dock and fishing area around the dam, remains open for day-use activities.

Horsethief traditionally stays open for camping until Sept. 20. It is 10 miles east of Cascade.

“We realize how important this is for Labor Day, and we will try to get a host as quick as possible,” Fish and Game’s Southwest Region Fisheries Manager Joe Kozfkay said in a press release.

Anyone interested in serving as the camp host can contact Kozfkay or Dennis Hardy at (208) 465-8465. Hosts must be qualified, have a background check done by Fish and Game and be available by Labor Day weekend to reopen the area for camping.

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