9 Beautiful Idaho Lakes With A Magical Aura About Them
As fantastic as river floating, rafting, and fly fishing are, sometimes the best lakes in Idaho are where all of the best things happen. Boating, beach-lounging, sunset-watching, just listening to the ripples lap against the shore… it sounds pretty dreamy! But while our major lakes – beautiful as they may be – are well worth a visit, Idaho is home to dozens more that don’t get the accolades that they should. In fact, Idaho has over 3,000 named lakes to choose from! Today, we’re highlighting just a few of these pretty, but overlooked, hidden gem lakes throughout the state.
The Gem State has more waterfront views than most people realize! In fact, awhile back we asked readers to nominate their top picks for the most beautiful lakes in Idaho, and we LOVED hearing your stories and memories.
We know we Idahoans like to keep the best of the best to ourselves when it comes to the great outdoors…but don’t be shy about your favorite places to eat and go out! If you know of a fantastic small town business that could use some love, let us know.
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Best Lakes in Idaho
What are some of the most beautiful places in Idaho to visit?
Some of the most beautiful places in Idaho include:
- Shoshone Falls
- Lake Coeur d'Alene
- Idaho Falls
- Sun Valley
Every mile of the Gem State is breathtaking! However, we do have a few favorite areas that we believe are some of the most beautiful places in Idaho such as the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. Located in central Idaho, this area is an outdoor lover's paradise with gorgeous lakes, hikes, mountains, and more to explore. In total, the Sawtooth National Recreation Area is 756,000 acres of pure beauty.
The Palouse Region is also at the top of our list of the most beautiful places in Idaho. This entire region is one of the best natural wonders in Idaho as it features more than 18,000 square miles of small rolling hills. However, what is interesting about these small hills is that they are actually made from dust and silt called loess. It is believed these hills were formed by dust storms thousands of years ago. If you want to explore the Palouse, we suggest a visit to Moscow, home of the University of Idaho. This small town is nestled in the heart of the Palouse and is gorgeous in every way.
What are some other hidden lakes in Idaho?
If you want to enjoy some peace and quiet near one of the best Idaho alpine lakes, Bloomington Lake in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest is an absolute must. You will have a 1.6-mile out-and-back trail to conquer but the trail is rated easy and the lake is absolutely magical. Bring your entire family along to visit this Idaho hidden gem.