Bayview/Athol/ Oregon/ Farragut State Park
We stayed here twice on our recent October trip to Portland, Or. to visit family.
We found the World War II history and the setting fascinating. We biked some of the trails, and visited several "loops", the beach, and the boat launch ramp. The Museum, one of very few remaining original structures was closed for the season. During the years of operation it was the Brig, i.e. jail. Therefore, it was made of concrete, not locally harvested timber.
This was a navy basic training site from 1942 until 1945. More than 290,00
sailors "joined" the navy" at Farragut. It is located on Lake Pont Aurielle, the largest lake in Idaho. It is also far from the west coast and the threat of invasion or bombardment.
The geology of the park is also fascinating. It is apparently close to the starting point of the Glacial Lake Missoula floods that shaped large areas in Washington and Oregon.
The staff was great, the sites were perfectly maintained and large. We will be going back to see and learn more on future treks west from Michigan.
Andy and Mary D.