As you enter Southeast Idaho from the south on I-15 you miss one important fact, reservoirs abound. Oneida County alone has eight, so make it a point to stop at the Cherry Creek Visitor Center six miles south of Malad for full information. The reservoirs are all within 5 to 45 minutes of I-15. Devils Creek Reservoir, near the top of Malad Pass, is stocked annually with rainbow and Cutthroat trout. Deep Creek Reservoir is fed by runoff so Kokanee are added to the trout mix. Daniels Reservoir might challenge you because it’s managed as a trophy lake for rainbow and cutthroat trout which can give a real fight. Crowthers Reservoir usually has a stock of rainbow trout, but largemouth bass and bluegill are part of the population as well. Several stores in Malad offer short term licenses, equipment, and information to visitors.
Malad City is a popular stop for tourists. There are several major fueling stations and nice cafes. Two markets, a pharmacy, and some nice craft boutiques surround the legendary Evans Co-op Store, which is Idaho’s very first department store. The business is proof, when Idahoans build things they build them to last. The museum, the Iron Door Playhouse and Malad City storefront swimming pool make this a lively and intriguing downtown.
Reproduced from a post card mailed in 1902 the Evans Co-op has been a landmark of this community from the beginning.
Fall, Winter and Spring shift attention to some of Idaho’s best hunting, off road four wheeling, camping and snowmobiling. County, BLM, and Forest Service offices in Malad City gladly provide maps and information.
Provides some of the best trout fishing in this region. This typical southeast Idaho reservoir is stocked heavily with catchable-size rainbow trout. Most anglers fish from boats or on the bank around the dam. 7 mi. N. of Malad City with a concrete boat launch and a developed campground.
In 1878, Ben Waldron lost his leg in a threshing accident. The leg was buried on the east side of the cemetery and was given a headstone with a leg carved on it, along with the initials “B.W.” and the date. Ben himself did not die until 1914, and he was buried on the west side of the cemetery, far from his lost leg
Built in 1892 by Isaac Evans, the Blue Goose was originally a furniture store and Post Office. Clarence Hughes runs this charming store, which was moved to the town park in Samaria to keep it from being torn down. He sells local crafts, cookbooks, candy and sodas, and has video rentals.
This Building was built in 1914 by R.B. Davis and used as a Drug Store for many years. Miles Slater was the pharmacist. The original pressed-tin ceiling and the original safe are still in good condition and are interesting features of the Oneida Pioneer Museum.
Daniels Reservoir, 375-acres on the Little Malad River, is about 15 miles northwest of Malad City on West Daniels Road (also known to locals as Little Malad River Road). The fishery is for rainbow and cutthroat trout.
Celebrate Welsh Culture and History in Samaria Idaho. Malad Valley Heritage Square is a wonderful collection of Pioneer era cabins, an old fashioned Ice Cream store, covered wagons and farm machinery. It includes the Osmond Family Homestead. Visit their Facebook page for news and events. View a poster of Malad Valley…
The first department store in Idaho, the Evans Co-op, which was part of the Mormon cooperative movement, ZCMI, of the 1860s, in which local production and purchasing was encouraged through cooperatives. The co-op is now a True Value Hardware Store, carrying house wares and appliances, sporting goods and hardware.