Farragut State Park

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Farragut State Park
Idaho State Park
P1010056 (382915584).jpg
Lake Pend Oreille from Farragut State Park
Named for: David Farragut
Country United States
State Idaho
CountyKootenai
LocationBayview
 - elevation2,054 ft (626 m)
 - coordinates47°57′56″N 116°34′57″W / 47.96556°N 116.58250°W / 47.96556; -116.58250
Area4,000 acres (1,619 ha)
Founded1964
ManagementIdaho Department of Parks and Recreation
IUCN categoryV - Protected Landscape/Seascape
Location of Farragut State Park in Idaho
 
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Coordinates: 47°57′56″N 116°34′57″W / 47.96556°N 116.58250°W / 47.96556; -116.58250
Farragut State Park
Idaho State Park
P1010056 (382915584).jpg
Lake Pend Oreille from Farragut State Park
Named for: David Farragut
Country United States
State Idaho
CountyKootenai
LocationBayview
 - elevation2,054 ft (626 m)
 - coordinates47°57′56″N 116°34′57″W / 47.96556°N 116.58250°W / 47.96556; -116.58250
Area4,000 acres (1,619 ha)
Founded1964
ManagementIdaho Department of Parks and Recreation
IUCN categoryV - Protected Landscape/Seascape
Location of Farragut State Park in Idaho

Farragut State Park is a state park of Idaho, USA, on the southern tip of the Lake Pend Oreille in the Coeur d'Alene Mountains in Kootenai County. The site formerly held the 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 and the leading naval officer during the Civil War.

The 4,000-acre (16 km2) park is located 5 miles (8 km) east of Athol in the Idaho Panhandle. It is about 30 miles (50 km) northeast of Coeur d'Alene.

History[edit]

After its use and closure as the Farragut Naval Training Station, it was the site of the Farragut College and Technical Institute from 1946-49. It did not re-open in late 1949, because of financial difficulties.

The park adjoins the deep-water on Lake Pend Oreille, where the Navy maintains a submarine research center at Bayview, the Acoustic Research Detachment.

In 1950, 3,854 acres (1,560 ha) were transferred to the state of Idaho and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and became Farragut Wildlife Management Area, but 2,566 acres (1,038 ha) were transferred back to the federal government in 1964. This land was then deeded back to the state of Idaho and the Department of Parks and Recreation, becoming Farragut State Park.[1]

Scouting history[edit]

Farragut State Park is significant in the history of Scouting in Idaho. The park hosted the 1965 National Girl Scout Senior Roundup, the 1967 World Scout Jamboree, the 1969 National Scout Jamboree, the 1973 National Scout Jamboree, and the 2002 Star Northwest of the Boy Scouts of America.

While traveling to the moon aboard Apollo 11 in July 1969, astronaut Neil Armstrong extended a greeting to the scouts attending the national jamboree in Idaho. Armstrong was an Eagle Scout from Ohio.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Staff (July 1999). "Farragut Wildlife Management Area: Management Plan". Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Retrieved 28 May 2012. 

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