The Department of Economics and the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation conducted a study of the economic impact of snowmobiles, power boating and state parks. Faculty that worked on this study are Geoffrey Black, Michail Fragkias, Zeynep Hansen, Don Holley and Scott Lowe.
The study found that Idaho’s state parks are a big source of income for the Gem State. Five and a half million people visited an Idaho state park in 2016 and pumped $184 million into the state’s economy. The 30 parks in the system comprise some 60,000 acres of the Gem State.
See a story on the Idaho State Parks study on the Boise State Public Radio website.