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    Camping and shooting, Idaho gets it right

    Or at least they are getting there with 12 lines open at a time on the first and third Saturdays of the month. I did a test run for motorcycle camping to Farragut State Park (located on the south end of Lake Pend Oreille about 20 miles north of Coeur d' Alene) over in Idaho yesterday and checked in on their shooting range. The last I checked a couple of years ago they were restoring/repairing the ranges so here is where they are now.


    The gate was locked so I had to walk in about a quarter mile.

    Of the two similar buildings in this pic the one on the left looks like the one ready to go.

    With these benches inside

    Here are some other pics of the rest of the range still in progress I guess...





    Here's a slightly blurry but still legible picture of the flyer

    Another slightly blurring picture of the campground map showing the location of the ranges in relation to the camping areas.

    And finally for shits and giggles... proof that I actually camped off a motorcycle (either that or a staged pic)... oh and more info can be found here http://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/parks/farragut

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    Re: Camping and shooting, Idaho gets it right

    Nice. This is less than ten minutes away from my friend's house. Irony being that we just built a range on his property.

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    Re: Camping and shooting, Idaho gets it right

    So this is all really cool, nice trip. But I can't help but think you were trespassing........
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    Re: Camping and shooting, Idaho gets it right

    So you are telling me I can go fishing and then go shooting all while camping in a campground with a restroom? So when is the range supposed to open, from the dates on the flyers they are behind track.

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    Re: Camping and shooting, Idaho gets it right

    Quote Originally Posted by Jagerbomber35 View Post
    So this is all really cool, nice trip. But I can't help but think you were trespassing........
    No, I went to the visitor center and got clearance to go check it out prior to.

    Quote Originally Posted by mediumrarechicken View Post
    So you are telling me I can go fishing and then go shooting all while camping in a campground with a restroom? So when is the range supposed to open, from the dates on the flyers they are behind track.
    Yes, flyer says 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month, not sure what you mean by behind track, with all the talk of cutting spending I was happy to see that they got enough funding to get this far.
    Gun Problem? ... You mean like when you squeeze the trigger and nothing goes bang... right?

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    Re: Camping and shooting, Idaho gets it right

    Quote Originally Posted by mediumrarechicken View Post
    So you are telling me I can go fishing and then go shooting all while camping in a campground with a restroom? So when is the range supposed to open, from the dates on the flyers they are behind track.
    Members can do this at the Tacoma Sportsman's Club. Campground with cold water toilets and sinks, large covered picnic building, numerous fire pits, electricity, RV dump, horse shoe pits, softball field and near the archery and clays ranges.
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    Re: Camping and shooting, Idaho gets it right

    Quote Originally Posted by corpsman View Post
    Members can do this at the Tacoma Sportsman's Club. Campground with cold water toilets and sinks, large covered picnic building, numerous fire pits, electricity, RV dump, horse shoe pits, softball field and near the archery and clays ranges.
    Sleeping in a tent or your vehicle on private property outside of Tacoma isn't camping.

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    Re: Camping and shooting, Idaho gets it right

    Quote Originally Posted by rpatton View Post
    No, I went to the visitor center and got clearance to go check it out prior to.


    Yes, flyer says 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month, not sure what you mean by behind track, with all the talk of cutting spending I was happy to see that they got enough funding to get this far.
    I didn't read the whole letter and some of the pix were of the second range and I didn't pay attention that it wasnt finished.
    Quote Originally Posted by corpsman View Post
    Members can do this at the Tacoma Sportsman's Club. Campground with cold water toilets and sinks, large covered picnic building, numerous fire pits, electricity, RV dump, horse shoe pits, softball field and near the archery and clays ranges.
    camping 2miles from my house isn't camping.

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    Re: Camping and shooting, Idaho gets it right

    A little history on the park:

    Farragut State Park was the former site of Farragut Naval Training Station, a major training base of the U.S. Navy during World War II. The base was named after David Farragut, the first admiral in the U.S. Navy, the leading naval officer during the Civil War.

    Knowing that President Roosevelt was seeking a location for a secure inland naval training center, Eleanor Roosevelt allegedly noticed the lake on a flight to Seattle. Ground was broken in March 1942, and by September the base had a population of 55,000, making it the largest city in Idaho. Liberty trains to Spokane ran three times daily. At the time Farragut was the second-largest naval training center in the world.


    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. It was also used as a prisoner of war camp; nearly 900 Germans worked as gardeners and maintenance men. In 1942, Lt. Commander Henry T. McMaster, supervisor of support services at the station, contracted photographer Ross Hall to produce group and portrait photos of all recruits and companies. Operator of a studio in nearby Sandpoint, Hall employed up to 15 workers in creating a photographic archive of more than 300,000 images.
    From 1946-49 it was the site of the Farragut College and Technical Institute, which did not re-open in late 1949 due to financial difficulties. The park adjoins the deepwater Lake Pend Oreille, where the Navy maintains a submarine research center at Bayview, the Acoustic Research Detachment. The land was transferred to the state of Idaho in 1949 and became a state park in 1965.
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