Some Of The Cleanest And Clearest Water Can Be Found At Idaho's Redfish Lake
Long hot days spent at the local pool are always a summer staple, but every Idahoan knows we would MUCH rather splash around in a clear water lake or river instead. Luckily, there are plenty of great bodies of water in Idaho where you can cool off as the temperatures start to heat up. Redfish Lake is one of the most beloved, and for good reason. Boasting crystal clear water and an inspiring backdrop of Sawtooth Mountains, visiting this mountain lake is always a treat.
Located at the base of central Idaho's rugged Sawtooth Mountains is the crystal clear and endlessly beautiful Redfish Lake. Surrounded by total wilderness, the lake is definitely a beauty, but it's the recreational opportunities that make every visit here an experience to remember.
You'll find this gorgeous alpine lake just south of the town of Stanley. Over four miles long and nearly a mile wide, the lake's massive presence definitely makes an impression on the surrounding scenery.
The lake is named for the iconic sockeye salmon that once was so abundant at the lake—so much so that the lake would appear bright red during spawning season. These days, only a small fraction of wild sockeye successfully make their way through a maze of hydroelectric dams to spawn at the lake.
Still, fishing is an immensely popular pastime at Redfish Lake. In an effort to save the wild sockeye, a local hatchery was established along the Salmon River which is the lake's primary outflow. The lake is regularly stocked with sockeye, and is also known to contain bull trout, steelhead, and Chinook salmon.
Other recreational activities at Redfish Lake include boating, kayaking and swimming. The alpine lake's waters are nice and cold—perfect for cooling off on a hot summer day.
Conveniently located on the north shore of the lake, Redfish Lake Lodge is an excellent basecamp for your Sawtooth adventure. The cozy mountain resort provides instant access to the lake along with a plethora of amenities including equipment rentals, dining options, and luxurious accommodations.
Alternatively, you can rough it at one of the various campgrounds situated around the lake's shoreline. However you decide to experience Redfish Lake's idyllic beauty, it's bound to be an adventure you'll be talking about for years to come.
What’s your favorite clear water lake in Idaho? Tell us in the comments below. We simply cannot wait to visit this stunning lake this summer!
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