Hyatt Hidden Lakes Reserve
5301 N Maple Grove Rd
Hyatt Hidden Lakes Reserve is a 44-acre haven for birds, animals, and people located on the edge of Boise's West Bench featuring trailheads, pathways, and overlook areas.
Former Boise City Council President, Maryanne Jordan, and officials from the Ada County Highway District (ACHD) were joined by members of the Hyatt family for a ribbon cutting ceremony Sept 18, 2012. A generous donation of the 22-acre wetland by the Hyatt family made it possible for the city to purchase another 22 acres in the late 1990s with the goal of preserving open space and providing key habitat for wildlife in West Boise. An adjacent 10-acre parcel was also aquired completing the 54-acre site.
Rules intended to protect prime wildlife habitat in the reserve are:
Pets not permitted except service animals.
Fishing, boating, swimming, wading, bicycles and glass beverages are prohibited.
The rules are outlined in a management plan created in 2000 with input from hundreds of neighbors, officials and agencies.
The Reserve is a perfect venue for environmental educational opportunities. Educational lessons and tours can be scheduled for groups large or small. Groups of 10 or more people must make a reservation. Reservations are available on first come - first served basis. Contact the Boise WaterShed for more information.
In December 2008, the city of Boise's Public Works Department received a $1.3 million EPA grant to create an innovative stormwater treatment pilot project at the site. Since then, Public Works staff members have been gathering water quality data and developing a plan for treating urban stormwater runoff and re-using the treated stormwater in the existing wetland and wildlife sanctuary.
The project demonstrates appropriate methods for decentralized stormwater treatment using sand filtration technology in addition to construction of vehicle parking with porous materials that mimic natural hydrologic conditions.
For more information about the project, please contact Jim Wyllie, Boise Public Works, via email or phone at 208-384-3925.
This location provides opportunities to see birds and other wildlife.
The Idaho Birding Trail (IBT) is a network of sites and side-trips that provides the best viewing opportunities to see birds in Idaho. With 175 sites and about 2,000 miles of trail separated into four distinct regions the IBT represents a collection of bird watching hotspots, diverse habitats, and a glimpse of Idaho's rich natural heritage.
If you are interested in learning more about birding in Idaho and the Idaho Birding Trail, see http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/ibt/
Conservation Stations are a discovery based environmental education program designed to educate the community about a variety of conservation related topics. Park visitors can come across a station and learn about our natural environment while recreating in Boise parks.
As their name suggests, cavity nesters are not able to creat their own nests, and instead rely on abandoned nests or empty cavities to raise their young. Each cavity nester has different requirements for their nests. The nesting boxes at this conservation station show some similarities and differences in cavity structure. Check out this station and learn who lives in each box!
Park is open from sunrise to sunset.
Park Ambassadors serve as liaisons between park users and the Boise Parks & Recreation Department (BPR). They report maintenance needs, promote proper use of the park, and share information with park users. In addition, they may share their unique hobbies and skills through special tours and programs. Park Ambassadors commit to visiting their park regularly for one year. All Ambassadors must pass a criminal history background check and attend an orientation prior to being accepted into the program.
Interested in becoming a Park Ambassador, please complete an application.
Places to Walk
Download a map of the walking paths and distances in this park.
The walking map sign located in the park was created through a partnership with SelectHealth and Let's Move Boise.
Restrooms at this park are open year around.
Smoking is prohibited in all public parks, including within 20 feet of the Boise Greenbelt, except in designated areas within Ann Morrison and Julia Davis parks and city-owned golf courses.
NOTE: E-cigarettes are not prohibited under the ordinances.
Unauthorized vehicles will be towed at owner's risk and expense. Boise Valley Towing at (208) 389-9707.
A Master Plan is a concept drawing illustrating recreation facilities and landscape features planned for a park site. It does not necessarily represent what amenities are currently in a park.