Winter weather, harsh winds, and road conditions can lead to multiple day shutdowns. It doesn’t happen often, but it does happen. Plan ahead and make sure you have extra food and water on the off chance that you are stuck either in your rental or vehicle until the weather subsides and plowing has made their rounds. Use caution when standing near a pitched roof, as roof slides do happen! Don’t knock icicles from roof, as it may also cause a slide. We don’t want you or any of your guests to be hurt!
Road Conditions & Closures
4-wheel or all-wheel drive, snow tires, and high ground clearance recommended in snowy conditions. We highly recommend bringing a shovel for emergencies. Here are great websites to check when traveling through Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming.
Fire Bans, Air Quality, Weather Advisories
Please do not cut trees down on the property. You will need to bring/buy your own firewood if there is an exterior fire pit or wood burning fireplace at your rental. There is a burn ordinance, and it’s your responsibility to check local reports for any fire bans issued in the area. Please be aware that if for some reason anything happens regarding an open fire, you will be responsible for any costs or damages.
Idaho DEQ Outdoor Open Burning Restrictions By County (click Fremont County on the map for more info)
Check out these webcams before and during your travels!
Henry’s Fork Snake River Live Video Webcam near Mack’s Inn (North of Yale-Kilgore Rd off Hwy 20)
Henry’s Fork Snake River Live Video Webcam at Trouthunter (South of Yale-Kilgore Rd off Hwy 20)
Hwy-87 Raynolds Pass Regular Webcam Screenshots (Montana/Idaho border NorthWest of Henrys Lake)
High Mountain Adventures Live Webcam near Golf Course (North of Yale-Kilgore Rd off Hwy 20)
Teton Pass Live Webcams (driving from Driggs, ID to Jackson, WY)
Grand Teton Live Webcams (mountain range between Driggs, ID and Jackson, WY)
Teton Valley Live Webcams (the Jackson, WY side of the Grand Tetons)
Should you require additional parking, there are two large parking lots available year round for your oversize trucks and trailers. The county keeps them plowed during winter as well. We recommend you lockup anything left there. We will not be held liable for any damages or theft. This information is given as a courtesy only. We encourage you to check these out on your way TO your rental property.
One is on Yale-Kilgore Rd. Simply go West on Yale-Kilgore Rd from Hwy 20 and continue 3.7 miles. The parking lot will be on your right (north side of road). It is just East of Old Shotgun Rd, and just West of Stamp Meadows Rd. Click the following map for exact location pinpointed.
One is at the corner of Sawtelle Peak Rd and Stamp Meadows Rd. Simply go West on Sawtelle Peak Rd from Hwy 20 and continue 1.9 miles. The parking lot will be on your right (north side of road). Click the following map for exact location pinpointed.
Winter Driving & Plowing
- We cannot be held liable for the weather, driving conditions, snow plowing, or anything outside of our complete control.
- We know you’re probably a pro, but we do not recommend arriving at night, as vision and maneuverability is greatly impaired when it’s dark.
- We do recommend you send a vehicle ahead of the trailer to scout out the roads, turns, driveway, etc.
- Plan ahead and always have a backup plan for your trailer. There may be times when the roads aren’t plowed, the roads are very narrow because of snow banks, the driveway is not plowed, and/or you are unable to turn around easily with your trailer.
- If your vehicle has minimal ground clearance or highway tires, even if it’s an all-wheel drive vehicle, you MAY get stuck. Heck, you may get stuck even if you DO have high ground clearance, snow tires, and 4-wheel drive! We don’t mean to scare you. We just want you to be as prepared as possible.
- Use caution at all times. We are not liable for driving conditions or guests getting stuck, especially if you are not driving appropriate vehicles with appropriate tires and/or do not follow our driving directions.
- We can certainly refer you to a tow or plow company at your cost and tow/plow company’s schedule/availability, should you need it.
- Plan ahead in case of emergency by making sure you have a sturdy snow shovel, fully charged flashlights, extra flashlight batteries, fully charged battery packs for phone charging, car battery jump cables, ample gas to use for heating your vehicle, blankets, water, snacks, medications, etc.
- The county is in charge of plowing the roads. Please look at updated weather and road conditions, as sometimes the Hwy is closed temporarily while the county catches up on plowing. Sometimes the Hwy is open but not all roads in the area have been plowed yet.
- They have a whole county to plow. Your patience and understanding is appreciated and necessary.
- We’ve hired a plow company, and they’ve been instructed to plow this home after every 6+ inches of snowfall. They start plowing after the storm is done, not during one.
- They start with the roads and then come back and do driveways generally. They have a whole county to plow. Your patience and understanding is appreciated and necessary.
- Please note that we are at the mercy of the snow plow company’s schedule and cannot promise what time of day it will be completed. They aim to have it done by 4pm, but it is not guaranteed. It’s rare, but there have been occasions when a property does not get plowed prior to a guest arrival, or even the same day as arrival.
- We will certainly do our very best to update you as we ourselves receive updates. Because they are out in treacherous conditions, plowing hundreds of homes, they are busy and don’t update us very often, if at all.
- If the driveway is plowed earlier in the day, and you arrive late in the evening and there is fresh snow on the ground, we are unable to send the plow company back out. They service homes a maximum of once per day.
- Unfortunately we do not have the resources to do that. However, we make every attempt to shovel the property the day of your arrival, and to leave a shovel on site for you to use as necessary.
- If the property has been shoveled earlier in the day, and you arrive late in the evening and there is fresh snow on the ground, we are unable to send someone out to shovel again.
- Shovel gone missing or broken? Let us know and we’ll do our best to bring you a replacement as quickly as we can.
- We will certainly do our best to shovel from the driveway to the entrance of the home, however, we cannot guarantee that decks, patios, or balconies will be shoveled. We do NOT shovel a path to fire pits. Based on the location of the grill and the amount of snowfall, you may not be able to use the grill during your stay.
General Info — Our Homes in Island Park
WATER IN THE WINTER
MANY HOMES HAVE A SEPTIC SYSTEM
- Guests are required to use single-ply toilet paper only. We know, we know. We like the super thick and soft stuff too. Unfortunately septic systems do not.
- Don’t want to buy the home a whole new septic system? Then don’t flush feminine products, wipes, or anything other than toilet paper. Wrap ’em or bag ’em, and put them in the trash. Easy breezy. Crisis averted and money saved.
WATER FOR BATHING
- Most homes are equipped with a standard hot water tank. Once you use all the hot water, you will need to wait for it to heat back up.
- Our suggestion is to space out your showers (some in morning, some in evening, etc), and to not run the dishwasher or clothing washing machine immediately prior to showering.
- Some simple planning on your end will help ensure everyone gets a warm shower.
FRIDGE WATER & ICE
- For homes that have refrigerator water and ice dispensers, it’s best to presume the dispensers are not operational at this time for health and sanitation reasons.
- Please plan on bringing your own drinking water and ice.
KITCHEN SINK GARBAGE DISPOSAL
- If your home has a garbage disposal, please do not use it as a trash can. Dispose of all food, vegetables, fruit, etc in the trash can.
- Use the disposal for minor amounts of food remnants left on dishes, and turn on the disposal often to avoid it backing up and overfilling.
- Please keep silverware and any non-food items out of the disposal.
HEATING & COOLING
- Most home listing descriptions and amenities outline if it has air conditioning or not, and what kind of heat sources it has. Please read carefully and choose the right home for your needs. If a property is not listed with air conditioning, you can’t really expect it to have one, can you?
- If there is anything special you need to know about how to operate these, it should be included in your access instruction email. Please read carefully.
- Most thermostats have heat and cool settings. Don’t let those fool you. If there’s no air conditioning installed in the home, the cool setting will not work.
- Because we are in or near the mountains, most homes have heating module(s) only (regardless of what that pesky thermostat leads you to believe). In fact, 99% of the homes in the area do not have a/c.
- It can get warm in the summer. Our suggestion is to keep as many blinds/curtains closed as possible during the heat of the day, and open the windows in the cool of the evening to cool the home down. It usually doesn’t take too long to cool down in the eve once you open all windows. Utilizing any fans available may also help create a nice cross-breeze. (These are generally stored in closets and out of the way.)
- We understand that not all windows may have blinds/curtains for one reason or another. The listing pictures at the time of booking show which windows do or do not have them. We apologize if you show up and there aren’t as many as you would like. However, we did our best to accurately reflect this home via tons of pictures (and picture captains where possible) and a detailed description so that you could choose the best home for your needs.
Some windows may not have screens. We understand this may be inconvenient. There could be a myriad of reasons. Maybe a standard screen isn’t available for the size/shape of window. Maybe the guest that just checked out put a big hole in it and we are unable to get it repaired on such short notice prior to your arrival. We certainly do our best, with the owner’s permission, to make sure all windows that can have screens, do have screens.
OUTDOOR FIRE PIT
- Do not cut trees down on the property. Do not make your own fire pit. Do not move or modify any existing fire pits.
- If your home has a fire pit, it should be outlined in the listing description, amenities, and image captions. You will need to bring/buy your own firewood. Can be purchased at most gas stations or grocery stores.
- May not be accessible in the winter, as may be covered in snow. We do not shovel a path to fire pits because guess what… it’s going to be covered in snow again and it’s a never ending battle!
- There is a burn ordinance, and it’s your responsibility to check local reports for any fire bans issued in the area. If anything happens regarding an open fire, you will be responsible for any costs or damages. (see “Local Info” section for more details)
- Most of our homes have exterior seating. Please refer to the home’s listing pictures.
- We encourage you to bring additional camping chairs for your enjoyment outside, as there may not be enough on site for your group. Accidents do happen, and the last renter may have broken some and we may not have had the ability to replace them prior to your arrival.
- Please note that all exterior camping/Adirondack type chairs that would normally be in the yard, are put away during winter months. If you want to sit outside and sip on your favorite warm drink in the snow, you most definitely need to bring your own chairs.
- Most of our homes have a grill for you to cook your favorite meals on. This will be noted in the home’s listing description and amenities, as well as your access instructions.
- Some homeowners put away the grill for the winter, making it inaccessible for guests. Usually because there is not a safe place to use it or have it not get buried in snow. Please review the home’s listing description, as well as your access instructions, for this information.
- Grills with portable and refillable propane tanks:
- You are responsible for filling the propane tank, should it be needed.
- “Robin’s Roost” convenience store aka “Sam Patch Grocer” & Chevron gas station is a nearby option to get it refilled (at the corner of Hwy-20 and N Big Springs Loop Rd).
- Do not use charcoal in gas grills.
- We recommend you check the propane tank levels on your way out for your daily adventures. This will help eliminate the frustration of coming back and expecting to grill without having the necessary tools to do so. We do our best to check and refill propane tanks often, but we cannot guarantee adequate propane levels at all times.
- Charcoal grills:
- We do not provide charcoal. You are responsible to purchase what you need.
- Grills connected to the home propane tank:
- It is connected directly to the home’s propane tank, so no need to refill it.
- Make sure you turn it off after each use.
- We also recommend you check the grease trap before using grills. Although it is checked frequently, it is not cleaned between each guest.
- Some of our homes have hot tubs. This will be noted in the home’s listing description, amenities (and usually pictures), as well as your access instructions.
- Keep in mind it takes time for hot tubs to get to temperature. If you think you might use it at all during your stay, please plan ahead and check the current temperature early in the day and well before you want to use it.
- Guests must shower before each use to thoroughly wash off lotions, makeup, etc. Failure to do so will cause the hot tub PH to be put out of balance and may turn the water a murky green. Should this happen, guests are accepting responsibility for the cost of additional maintenance/servicing needed to restore hot tub PH. A minimum charge of 3 hrs at $55/hr labor, plus cost of new filter and chemicals.
- Please adhere to the following:
- Make sure the temperature is set to 104* upon departure.
- Designated towels are provided (1 per person based on max occupancy of home).
- Keep cover on, and locked (if applicable), when not in use.
- Report any problems with operations immediately to management.
- Absolutely no glass allowed.
- Children must be accompanied by an adult.
- Please use with care and caution.
- Call 911 for emergencies.
- Having a great time using the hot tub and want a mid-stay service?
- The hot tub is serviced on a normal schedule.
- There is a $75 fee per additional service requested.
- Please let us know as early in the day as possible, and we will schedule someone to come out as quickly as their schedule allows.
- Same day requests, especially later in the day, may not be able to be accommodated.
- The hot tub is all foamy, why?
- Generally this is because of the laundry detergent in clothes / swimsuits.
- Why won’t the hot tub get hotter than 90-something degrees?
- This is usually because you accidentally pushed the wrong buttons in the wrong order, and now it’s in Economy mode.
- If we have instructions on how to get the hot tub out of economy mode, they will be provided in the access instructions email.
- If they are not, please let us know when this happens, and we will do our best to either walk you through how to get it out of Economy mode, or send someone over to help as our calendar allows.
- A simple Google search with the make/model of the hot tub will show you how to do it yourselves if you’re in a hurry.
- We’re sorry, but we do not have these instructions for each and every property with a hot tub yet. We’re working on it though!
- In winter months, we will make every attempt to shovel a path from the nearest door to the hot tub prior to arrival. You may need to use the shovel provided to keep the path clear during your stay.
- Shovel gone missing? Let us know and we’ll do our best to bring you one as quickly as we can.
Burn Ordinance Definition
OPEN BURNING: Igniting or maintaining a fire outside of an enclosed building, dwelling structure, or completely enclosed heating or cooking appliance, which shall be defined as, but not limited to, any open burning, including but not limited to campfires, warming fires, bonfires, charcoal grill fires, fused explosives, out-of-season ground fireworks (i.e. “firecrackers” or “roman candles”), as defined by Idaho Code Chapter 39, Chapter 26 – Fireworks (current or amended); any special or aerial fireworks (i.e. “bottle rockets”, as defined by I.C. § 39.2602 (current or amended), firing of model rockets; exposure to flame of any flammable, inflammable, combustible, or explosive material or container (i.e. propane tanks, batteries, tires, of homemade explosives), wild lands, or trash and debris; or shall not apply to commercial fireworks permitted by I.C. § 39-2605, in season fireworks as permitted by I.C. § 39 2606.
UNCONTROLLED: Any open burning that is out of control; any open burning which is not burning within the confines of cleared firebreaks; any open burning that cannot be suppressed or extinguished with the resources or ordinary tools commonly available to the responsible party or where the uncontrolled state of an open burning may result from any intentional, negligent, or accidental circumstances.
UNATTENDED: Any open burning with a lack of supervision, abandonment, or failure to use reasonable and proper fire management precautions and any failure to completely and fully extinguish all flames, embers, coals, sparks, or hot spots such that they cannot reignite.
FIRE PIT: An excavation of approximately sixteen (16 inches in depth in the ground, surrounded with rocks, stones, bricks, or other non-flammable objects, that protrude at least six (6) inches above the undisturbed ground level. Any fire pit must also have a ten (10) foot diameter of cleared space around said fire pit that is free of all combustible materials (typically graveled or bare dirt), along with shovel, for the purpose of fire suppression or extinguishing said fire.
Any expenses incurred by the County, and fire district or other governmental entity, while combating, suppressing, and/or extinguishing any fire resulting from a violation of this chapter, shall be assessed to, and borne by any responsible person(s). Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to limit any expense, penalty, or liability assessed by any other local, state, or federal agency, nor will it prevent any civil or legal remedy.
This chapter shall not apply to other permitted agricultural purposes, burns permitted or licensed by other local, state, or federal governmental agencies of competent jurisdiction, and when engaged in by any employee, contractor, or agent of any local, state, or federal governmental agency in the course of performance of their official duties or employment Nothing in this chapter or any permit lawfully obtained shall exempt any person from acting in compliance with and any other local, state, or federal law, regulation, or ordinance.
The provisions of this chapter may be enforced by the Sheriff’ Office of Fremont County, well other peace officers whose jurisdiction lies within Fremont County, Idaho. In addition, the Sheriffs Office, and/or other peace officer stated above, is authorized to extinguish, or cause to be extinguished, any fire in violation of this chapter. Nothing in this chapter limits or prevents restitution, or any civil or legal action to recover the costs of extinguishing said fire.
The penalty for a violation of this chapter shall be classified as a misdemeanor, with a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000), or by imprisonment not to exceed six (6) months, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
For more information on the permit process, citizens are encouraged to contact the Fremont County Fire Marshal.