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About Third Fork Cabin
Third Fork Cabin is a former guard station, first established in 1906 as Station 10 and renamed Third Fork in 1908. A cabin was built at that time, whichexisted until the site was rebuilt by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1933. The current cabins exterior has changed little since that time, with the exception of ametal roof being added sometime before 1984. The cabin is available between mid-April until late October, and its accessible by car. Many modern comforts are provided at the cabin, but guests may need tobring some additional supplies and gear for their stay. Natural Features: Third Fork Cabin sits in a steep mountain landscape heavily forested with old-growth Ponderosa pine at an approximate elevation of 4,700 feet. Tall grasses and varioushardwoods grow on the site. Small mountain streams with native fish flow nearby, and the area is marked by unusual juxtapositions of basalt and granitic rock. Wildlife watchers may spot elk or deer wandering through the area during dawn or dusk, as well as glimpse a bear or moose. Birders can look for a wide variety of bird species. Recreation: Anglers can fish in adjacent Squaw Creek, and big game hunting is also a popular pastime. Facilities: This rustic cabin sleeps four people with one double bed and two single beds with mattresses. Other amenities include a propane cook range, table with chairs, hot water heater, indoor flush toilet, shower and propane heater and refrigerator. A picnic table, campfire ring and pedestal grill sit within the fenced yard. A camp host is located at Antelope Campground, 18 miles east in the Sagehen Reservoir area, where firewood can be purchased. The water at the cabin is potable. Guests should bring their own supply of drinking water as a back up. Bedding, lighting, cookware and utensils are not provided. Guests are expected to clean the cabin before leaving. Nearby Attractions: Sagehen Reservoir is a popular recreation area about 18 miles east of the cabin, offering numerous trails for off-road vehicles, hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Click here for an Idaho OHV safety message. Fishing and boating are permitted in the reservoir, and there is also a picnic area at Sagehen Dam. ACTIVITIES Biking: Mountain Biking Fishing Hiking Hunting Wildlife Viewing
Access
Drive In
Operator
USDA Forest Service
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Location
Third Fork Cabin is located in Idaho
Latitude
44.373 N
Longitude
-116.301 W
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Directions
From Boise, Idaho, take Highway 55 north to Horseshoe Bend. Turn left on Highway 52 and drive west 9 miles to the junction at Sweet/Ola Highway (no road number), thentake a slight right. Take this road north 17 miles to Ola. Make a slight left and continue north through Ola on Road 618 (Third Fork Road) to the Third Fork Cabin. This road changes from pavement to gravel a few miles north of Ola. Third Fork Cabin will be on the right-hand side of Rd. 618.
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