The Henry’s Fork Foundation has purchased property east of St. Anthony from the family of the late Harris “Huck” and Betty Moon for a public recreational access to the Henry’s Fork.
The half-acre parcel is situated on the east side of the river north of U.S. 20B at the Del Rio Bridge. The site has long been used as a fisherman access, but with the financial backing of a number of entities such as Idaho Fish and Game and Fremont County, the property can be developed to possibly include a boat launch ramp, portable toilets, interpretive signing, and picnic area, according to HFF Executive Director Brandon Hoffner.
Hoffner announced the acquisition this week and thanked the Moon family for a quick negotiation to preserve the river access for generations to come. Harris and Betty Moon will be recognized as members of the HFF Wild Trout Club and their sons, Phillip and Steve, as HFF Life Members.
“So much of the lower river adjoins private property, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find suitable access for recreational use by the public,” Hoffner said. “The Moon property is an ideal and scenic spot for fishing, wildlife viewing, or just enjoying and evening on the river. I am thankful that between Idaho Fish and Game, Fremont County, and the HFF that the funds were available to quickly complete this project”
Ownership of the property will be transferred to Fremont County by the end of May 2015. “I am really impressed with how quickly the Fremont County Commissioners and staff responded to this opportunity. They really understand the need in our community for recreational access,” said Hoffner.
The Foundation will work with Fremont County, Idaho Fish and Game, neighboring property owners, and other public agencies in developing and maintaining the access site.
Fremont County Commission Chairman Jordan Stoddard said it is a positive that the public access will remain available to all. “This is a great thing for the community and tourist who come to visit. We are glad to be a part of the effort to provide recreational opportunities,” Stoddard said.
HFF has tentative plans for a marker to be placed at the site in recognition of “Huck” Moon and his family. Moon was a life-long resident of eastern Idaho, a veteran, a business owner, and an active member of his church. Moon died Dec. 20, 2014, at the age of 91. His children are Kathy (Lee) Clark of St. Anthony, Dave (Lynda) Moon of Pocatello, Rebecca (Tim) Rehfield of Las Vegas, Nev., Phil (Lacey) Moon of Idaho Falls, and Steve (Camille) Moon of Rigby.
The Henry’s Fork Foundation is a nonprofit operating from Ashton, Idaho, to conserve, protect, and restore the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River and its watershed. Along with the county and other agencies, it maintains numerous access sites on the river from Island Park Dam to the confluence with the South Fork near the Menan Buttes.