usbackroads destination-Idaho Highway 78 and CJ Strike Reservoir, Idaho
Just out of Mountain Home there was also CJ Strike Reservoir. In 1973 I got to know a United States Air Force couple stationed in Mountain Home. They were the ones that introduced me to Bruneau Sand Dunes and also this spot CJ Strike Reservoir. In 1973, Boise had a population of about 30,000 people. Today, the metro Boise area is 616,561 people. Places in southwest Idaho that were at the ends of the earth in 1970 have now more in common with Seattle and San Francisco than Idaho!
There are signs, signs, signs, everywhere saying mostly don't do this! It is still a special spot. One just has to realize that you are sharing it with LOTS of people.
The CJ Strike is a wildlife management area. You will be sharing it lots of duck and upland bird hunters in the fall. And if you like hiking and walking without a gun there is a short window when the area is open to human entry and prior to the hunters arriving. Of course, you can always get a dog, blaze orange vest, and a shotgun and go for a walk that way. Trust me, I have done lots of great walks with a shotgun. At the end of those days, Bugaboo's eyes always ask "tell me again, why you thought this would be a good area for a bird hunt?". Notice that the area is closed for human entry until July 31st.