A Risky River Crossing
Upon reaching the Three Island ford, the emigrants had a difficult
decision to make. Should they risk the dangerous crossing of the
Snake, or endure the dry, rocky route along the south bank of the
river? About half of the emigrants chose to attempt the crossing
by using the gravel bars that extended across the river. Not all
were successful; many casualties are recounted in pioneer diaries.
The rewards of a successful crossing were a shorter route, more
potable water and better feed for the stock.
The Three Island ford was used by pioneer travelers until 1869,
when Gus Glenn constructed a ferry about two miles upstream.
The Park Today
Modern travelers will find a stay at Three Island Crossing much
more hospitable than did the pioneers. Located just off Interstate
84 at the Glenns Ferry exit, the park offers a full-service campground,
picnic areas, historical interpretive programs and a fascinating
interpretive center. You can take the self-guided tour, see the
replica wagons and dangle your feet in the Snake River where emigrants
made their historic crossings.
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(Source: The Idaho Department of Parks and