Known by a variety of names, the Hyatt Hidden Lakes Reserve or Hyatt Wetlands, is a 44-acre haven for birds, animals, and people located on the edge of Boise's West Bench (5301 N. Maple Grove Road). It is also the site of an innovative stormwater treatment project featuring sand filters, stormwater piping, a porous pavement parking lot, restroom, an access bridge, pathways, public art, and educational kiosks.
A generous donation of the 22-acre wetland by local businessman Larry Hyatt and his family made it possible for Boise Parks and Recreation to purchase the remaining property in the early 1990's. In December 2008, the Boise City Public Works Department received a $1.3 million Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant to create an innovative stormwater treatment demonstration project at the site.
A Reserve for All to Enjoy
The area will remain a prime wildlife habitat and feature some trailheads, pathways, and overlook areas. Enhancements also include water control structures, creation of protected habitat islands, enlarged open water areas, and supplemental plantings to encourage diverse wildlife habitat and improve riparian areas.
The site features interactive educational elements and interpretive signs to inform the public about water resource impacts and water re-use opportunities within urban developments. The Boise Parks and Recreation Department administers the site as a passive park where people can enjoy the natural amenities the reserve has to offer.
Boise WaterShed educators provide lessons to a variety of age groups about wetlands and their importance in our environment. Lessons are offered spring - fall. Contact the Boise WaterShed for more information.
Hyatt Hidden Lakes Reserve is also host to a summer Boise WaterShed WaterShed Weekend event. Visitors get upclose and personal with wetland wildlife, stormwater treatment, and wetland-themed arts and crafts all in Boise's backyard!