Idaho Nature July 08, 2017
10 Gorgeous Lakes In Idaho That You Must Check Out This Summer
Idaho may be a landlocked state but who needs an ocean when you have a plethora of beautiful lakes? Is there anything better than spending a summer day at one of Idaho’s amazing lakes? Not really. With so many to choose from, it’s hard to pick just 10 lakes that stand out as some of Idaho’s most breathtaking bodies of water. But we did. Your summer will not be complete unless you see at least one of these beauties with your own eyes!
1. Bear Lake
Bear Lake is 20 miles long and is shared between both Idaho and Utah. It is often referred to as "the Caribbean of the Rockies" for its turquoise water. If you're looking for a day on a sandy beach, Bear Lake is the lake for you.
2. Lake Pend Oreille
Lake Pend Oreille is located in Idaho's panhandle is actually the largest lake in the state. Completely surrounded by forest, this is a popular spot for summer fun, including sailing, fishing, or just splashing around.
3. Alturas Lake
Alturas Lake is an alpine lake located within the Sawtooth valley. Surrounded by mountains, this lake is absolutely breathtaking! Alturas is the second largest lake in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and has several campgrounds located around its shores.
4. Alice Lake
Alice Lake is one of the most popular spots in the Sawtooth Mountains, and it's easy to understand why. This place is one of the most scenic areas in all of Idaho! It is most easily accessed by the trailhead starting at Pettit Lake.
5. Alpine Lake
Alpine Lake is, you guessed it, an alpine lake located in Custer County. It has a surface elevation of 8,337 feet above sea level, so it's known to remain frozen all the way into early summer. A popular Sawtooth hike takes you to this lake from Redfish Lake.
6. Henry's Lake
Henry's Lake is a shallow lake located just 15 miles west of Yellowstone National park. It is pretty small with only about 8 square miles in area. Located high in the mountains, this lake is known to be a fisher's haven with the most common fish species being the Yellowstone cutthroat and rainbow-cutthroat hybrids.
7. Toxaway Lake
Toxaway Lake is an alpine lake located high in the Sawtooths and approximately 17 miles south of Stanley. The loop trail between Toxaway and Alice Lake are a popular hiking trail for Idahoans.
8. Pettit Lake
Pettit Lake is also located in the Sawtooths (man, those mountains contain come pretty amazing lakes!), and is located about 16 miles south of Stanley. Pettit is the third largest lake in the Sawtooths and has many campgrounds and trailheads situated around it.
9. Baron Lake
Baron Lake is located in a remote canyon with jaw-dropping views of the surrounding mountains and forestry. Located in Boise County, this is also a popular fishing spot with lots of rainbow and cutthroat trout.
10. Stanley Lake
Stanley Lake is the ultimate camping spot for a lot of Idahoans and provides plenty of opportunity for pretty much any water activity you can think of (boating, kayaking, water skiing, canoeing, etc.). Its location is pretty easily accessible and the surrounding scenery is absolutely to die for.
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