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Idaho Has An Underwater Area 51 And It’s Fascinating

The Gem State is just full of surprises!

Few would expect the U.S.’s top submarine outpost to be tucked away in the panhandle of landlocked Idaho, but this advanced facility has quite a unique history. And it’s at the bottom of a lake, no less! In fact, before these underwater military vessels can be added to the naval fleet, each piece of state-of-the-art technology on board must be tested under open water conditions without venturing into the dangerous ocean territory. It’s a small-scale Area 51 that few people know about, but is an incredibly fascinating part of Idaho that serves a national purpose. How awesome is that?

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For a landlocked state like Idaho to have such a high-tech military research facility is absolutely incredible – and the fact that it’s so top-secret just adds to the unique curiosity factor, doesn’t it?

For another hidden gem here in Northern Idaho, check out the spooky story behind this haunted Idaho campground.

Jennifer
Super-rad musician, scholar, and cat enthusiast who digs Idaho sunsets and spontaneous nature walks. When not basking in Idaho's awesomeness for Only In Your State, you can find me lovingly concocting environmental goodness at TheBlueReview.org.