Risks of Cliff Jumping


By KMVT News

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) From base jumping to cliff jumping...
If you're an adrenaline junkie, Idaho is the place to be.
But with the rush comes some risks.

Cliff jumping at Dierkes Lake is common, but more locals are heading to a lesser known spot...
Vineyards Lake sits just south of Hansen.

"I started with the little ones because I was kind of scared. Then moved up to the bigger ones. I just enjoy it. It's nice and refreshing, kind of exciting. It feels good to jump off." said Jason Bemis.

Excitement... that can be dangerous- even deadly- if you aren't careful.
It’s something Lieutenant Daron Brown knows all too well.

"Occasionally we will get calls where individuals have jumped off and have injured themselves or haven't surfaced after the jump. And, we'll deal with one or two of those calls each summer." said Lieutenant Daron Brown.

Lieutenant Brown says there are a few things you should know before you take the plunge.

"My advice would be don't jump from high altitudes. Jump feet first, don't dive. There are a lot of injuries due to landing wrong or hitting rocks. We know we're not going to stop people from jumping off the cliffs, but there is a safer way to do it."

Vineyards Lake is on bureau of land management property.
If you're going there, you need to be familiar with the agency's rules.

"There is a day use only restriction at Vineyard Lake. It closes at 10 pm and reopens again at 5 so from 5am to 10 it’s open to the public but after that it's closed. You can be cited for being in the area after that time, and the same is true for most of the BLM land on that part of the north rim." said outdoor recreation specialist David Freiberg.

But, the main access to the lake runs through private property.

The land owners didn't want to speak on camera.
But they say as long as people are respectful, and understand the risks, they don't mind them using their path.

There is a back public access to Vineyard Lake, but it requires a four-wheel-drive, some rock climbing, and a much longer trek.

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