Friday, July 8, 2011

Day 09 – Marsing, ID July 08, 2011


This morning we slept in past 10:00 AM. After a late breakfast, we took a drive around the area; a key landmark is Lizard Butte that towers above the Snake River near Marsing, ID.


Lizard Butte

Several churches and even the town library bear the Lizard Butte name. I am sure it was used as a landmark for those traveling the Snake River.

Next on our list was Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge. Before settlements in the area, the area was a low-lying area with many springs. In winter, herds of deer and elk came from the mountains to eat the abundant grasses. Early settlers observing these herds dubbed the area Deer Flat.

Between 1906 and 1908, two large and two small embankments / dams, were built creating Lake Lowell.

After the reservoir was completed, President Teddy Roosevelt realized that the nearby 9,000 acre lake would be an oasis for wildlife. On February 25, 1909 President Roosevelt established one of the oldest refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System, Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge.



Lake Lowell


Marsing Park on the Snake River


Mik looking for gophers

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