Island Park, Idaho

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Island Park is a city in Fremont County, Idaho, United States. The city's population was 215 at the 2000 census. The city was incorporated by owners of the many lodges and resorts along U.S. Route 20 in 1947, primarily to circumvent Idaho's liquor laws that prohibited the sale of liquor outside of city limits. It is only 500 feet (150 m) wide in most locations and, at 33 miles (53 km), claims to have the longest "Main Street" in the world.

Island Park News is the community's newspaper, a weekly newspaper with a daily website[1] and a recreation website.[2] Henry's Fork Country is the recreation guide.

Island Park is part of the Rexburg, Idaho Micropolitan Statistical Area.

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Geography

City geography

Island Park is located at 44°29′59″N 111°20′19″W / 44.49972°N 111.33861°W / 44.49972; -111.33861 (44.499607, -111.338709).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.4 square miles (19 km2), of which 6.2 square miles (16 km2) is land and 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2) (16.40%) is water.

Regional geography

The area was known as Island Park long before the 33-mile (53 km)-long town was incorporated.[4] The area known as Island Park is mostly a large crater or caldera named the Henry's Fork Caldera that was created by the same hotspot that created the earlier Island Park Caldera and the later Yellowstone Caldera.[5] In addition to the Henry's Fork Caldera, about a third of what is known as Island Park, is north of this caldera and extends across Henry's Lake Flat, across Henry's Lake, and to the Idaho/Montana border. Henry's Lake Flat is a flat bottomed valley between high mountain ranges with Henry's Lake at the northwest end of the flats. Mount Jefferson, south of Henry's Lake, is at 10,203 feet (3,110 m) and Targhee Peak, north of Henry's Lake is at 10,240 feet (3,120 m). The most famous of Island Park's peaks, however, is the 9,886-foot (3,013 m) Sawtell Peak south of Henry's Lake near Mount Jefferson. The peak is known for its beauty and is named for a perceived resemblance to a Native American chief's profile while napping. The peak has also been called Chief Rains in the Face. Sawtell Peak is topped by a FAA radar dome and is a visible from nearly anywhere in Island Park.

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