Recreation

Preston is a vacationer’s dream. There’s always something to do.

Winter brings the best snow and the most beautiful winter scenery. Snowmobiling and cross country skiing is great. You can travel down Mink Creek, Cub River, and even Logan Canyon and see the most beautiful winter wonderland ever, ending up at Bloomington or Bear Lake.

Spring brings golfing at our 18-hole course, floating and kayaking down the beautiful Bear River, as well as fishing, boating, water-skiing or just camping at our 10 reservoirs. There are three swimming resorts close by and also a new swimming pool in town.

In June, the Elks Demolition Derby is in the arena. The next weekend, we leave Preston City and go south to Franklin for Idaho Days, which is a celebration of the oldest city in Idaho, with a weekend of parades, games and good food. On July 24, our rodeo arena becomes a lighted celebration with the Rotary Club’s Fireworks Extravaganza, and the next weekend it’s That Famous Preston Night Rodeo, sidewalk sales, chuck wagon breakfasts, and the biathlon. There’s team branding, team penning, team roping, and on Friday, something new is being planned that will be fun for the whole family. Come Saturday, there’s the Famous Bull Bonanza and the Wild Cow Milking Contest. August brings the Franklin County Fair, which is always full of things to do.

November is the month for the Festival of Lights, starting the day after Thanksgiving. Friday evening there are fireworks and the Lighted Parade. On Saturday, we have the bed races down State Street, followed by the Children’s Parade. There are also fireworks and a parade Saturday evening. (by Saundra Hubbard from the Preston Citizen)

Discovering Franklin County Recreation Guide (PDF)   Preston Area Birdwatching

  • Oneida Narrows Reservoir – 15 miles NE of Preston on SH 36 – wetland & juniper; Trumpeter Swan in winter, Wild Turkey, Eagle, Osprey
  • Glendale Reservoir – 3 miles NE of Preston on Hwy 36 – Camping, Restrooms
  • Downata – 3 1/2 miles SE of Downey on Hwy 91 – Pelicans, ponds & wetland
  • Swan Lake Marsh – 17 miles NW of Preston on SH 91 – wetlands
  • Oxford Slough Area – 1 mile N of Oxford on County Rd D-1 – wetland
  • Twin Lakes – 4 miles W SH 91 Twin Lakes Rd – wetlands; Loons in spring
  • Weston Reservoir – 13 miles E of I-15 Weston Exit SH 36 – farmland

Water Recreation

  • Cub River offers some great fly fishing. Most of the fish are cutthroat trout with some hatchery rainbow this is a catch and release area. Located between Preston and Franklin city turn on Cub River Road from Hwy 91.
  • Foster Reservoir: Rainbow trout, perch, bluegill, crappie and largemouth bass. Should be good for trout and fair for perch and bluegill. One mile north of Preston off SH 34 onto East Glendale Road.
  • Johnson Reservoir: Rainbow trout, bluegill, largemouth bass. Good fishing for rainbow trout; fair for bluegill. Located 3 miles east of Preston on Oneida Road, just past Lamont Reservoir.
  • Lamont Reservoir: Rainbow trout, bluegill, perch, largemouth bass. Fair fishing for bluegill, perch and rainbow trout. Located 3 miles east of Preston on Oneida Road.
  • Oneida Reservoir: is used to generate electricity, it is open to the public for boating, fishing, swimming etc. There are 2 boat ramps, and camping available as well as a day use picnic area. Fish who call the reservoir home include smallmouth bass, walleye, and occasional trout. Below the dam another 6 miles of Bear River provide great trout fishing in the beautiful Oneida Narrows. Drive from Grace or Preston on Highway 34 to the intersection with Highway 36, 5 miles north of Preston. Turn onto Highway 36 and drive east 3 miles (almost to the Bear River), turn north on the Oneida Narrows Road and drive 6 miles to Oneida Reservoir.
  • Treasureton Reservoir: Rainbow trout: This reservoir is managed for quality size trout. Located near SH34, 11 miles north of Preston.
  • Condie Reservoir: Bluegill, perch and largemouth bass. Access from SH 34, 8 miles north of Preston.
  • Twin Lakes Reservoir: hosts largemouth bass, perch, rainbow trout and bluegills; Popular for water skiing and camping as well as fishing. Day use of this reservoir is only $5 per vehicle and an additional $3 fee to stay overnight. Access from Twin Lakes Road off SH91 north of Preston. Call 208-852-3731 for more info.

Hot Springs

    We have 2 hot springs open to the public in our area.

  • Maple Grove Hot Springs: provides natural hot spring therapy pools, patron kitchen, gift shop and camping fronting the Oneida Narrows Reservoir.
  • Riverdale Resort: Swimming pools, therapy pools and water slides as well as snack bar, bed and breakfast hotel rooms and RV sites are among the amenities here.

Entertainment

  • Pop N Pins Lanes: as seen in the movie Napoleon Dynamite. Phone: (208) 852-2111
  • Worm Creek Opera House: 70 S State St, Preston, ID 83263. Phone: (208) 852-0088
  • Preston Golf and Country Club: 1215 N 800 E, Preston, ID 83263. Phone:(208) 852-2408
  • Cache Valley MX Park: 5 miles south of Preston on State Street. Phone:(801) 593-1858

 Southeast Idaho Lodging and Recreation Guide More area recreation and Businesses

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