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For the week of May 23 through May 29, 2001

Memorial Day weekend activities greet summer

Express Staff Writer

The Wood River Valley isn’t lacking for Memorial Day weekend activities.

Between Magic Reservoir boating, Sawtooth National Forest camping and Hailey’s Springfest, to name a few planned activities, you’ll probably be able to find something to do this weekend.

  • The American Legion Post 115 is holding its annual Memorial Day ceremonies at the Ketchum Cemetery, beginning at 11 a.m. Monday.

Veterans in American Legion uniforms will honor deceased service men and women. There are over 125 veterans buried in the Ketchum Cemetery. Following prayers and a short speech there will be a three-volley Rifle Salute and Taps will be played. The public is invited and seating is provided.

  • Magic Reservoir boaters are invited to attend a boat parade on Sunday in honor of Memorial Day.

The parade and subsequent picnic are sponsored by the West magic Lake Recreation Club. At noon, bring a boat and join in at the West Magic docks. Memorial services begin at 2:30 at the monument in the park. At 3 p.m., join the barbecue on the club deck.

Low water, a Magic boater reported, shouldn’t be a problem.

  • The Nature Conservancy’s Silver Creek Preserve will kick off its 25th anniversary season and the 2001 fishing season on Memorial Day weekend with a weekend-long open house at the visitors center.

Preserve staff will be discuss Silver Creek’s unique ecosystem and the conservancy’s history of community-based conservation works in the valley. Fishing information will also be available and fly-tying demonstrations will be presented throughout the weekend.

The visitors center will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day through Labor Day weekend.

  • Many of the Sawtooth National Forest’s campgrounds are open for the holiday weekend.

While many of the campgrounds are open, some water systems are not yet working, so campers should bring their own water. Additionally, visitors will be asked to take their trash home as contracts for garbage hauling in several areas are not yet in effect.

Trail users will find some trails blocked by fallen trees. Crews are just beginning summer maintenance.

On the Ketchum Ranger District, all lower elevation roads and trails are open. Some trails remain closed at high elevations.

On the Sawtooth national Recreation Area (SNRA), Redfish Lake area campgrounds are open and offering full services. Forest workers are working in the Redfish Lake area to halt the spread of mountain pine beetles, so expect logging in the area through the end of may.

Inlet and Stanley Lake campgrounds at Stanley Lake are also open with full services. A few campgrounds along the Salmon River downstream from Stanley will also be open, including Salmon River and Riverside campgrounds.

Pettit Lake, Smokey Bear, Caribou and Wood River campgrounds are open without services.

Many of the roads on the SNRA are open, but travelers can expect wet, soft areas and snowdrifts at higher elevations.


Following are a few more activities planned this weekend:

  • Each day, Friday through May 28, the Sun Valley Mountain Wellness Festival—a celebration of wellness sponsored by the Sun Valley/Ketchum Chamber of Commerce—will occur at Elkhorn Resort. Over 70 programs, keynote presentations and displays will be part of the festival.

  • A 4-mile running race and 2-mile walking race will be held Saturday morning as part of the Sun Valley Mountain Wellness Festival. Registration is at 7 a.m. at the Elkhorn resort plaza. The race starts at 8 a.m. Registration is $18.

  • Hailey’s Springfest celebration—barbecue, fun and games—will be on Saturday and Sunday at Roberta McKercher Park.

For more information on the weekend’s activities, see the Calendar of Events on page C13 of the printed version of the Idaho Mountain Express.


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