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Castle Rocks State Park

Castle Rocks State Park in November, 2017.

TWIN FALLS — Idaho’s state parks created more than 3,000 jobs and contributed $184 million to the economy in 2016.

Those are just some of the findings from an economic impact study released this year by Idaho State Parks & Recreation and Boise State University. The study also found that state parks hosted 5.5 million visitors and generated roughly $54 in economic activity for every $1 taxpayers invested.

The complete study is available here.

Below is a recap of how five parks in southern Idaho contributed to the state’s economy:

Bruneau Dunes

Visitor days: 87,011

Visitor spending: $2.4 million

Spending induced local employment: 39

Spending induced statewide employment: 60

Castle Rocks & City of Rocks

Visitor days: 153,561

Visitor spending: $11.2 million

Spending induced local employment: 150

Spending induced statewide employment: 261

Lake Walcott

Visitor days: 73,473

Visitor spending: $1 million

Spending induced local employment: 22

Spending induced statewide employment: 27

Thousand Springs

Visitor days: 155,414

Visitor spending: $1.5 million

Spending induced local employment: 29

Spending induced statewide employment: 39

Three Island Crossing

Visitor days: 134,150

Visitor spending: $4.2 million

Spending induced local employment: 51

Spending induced statewide employment: 98

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