Idaho June 15, 2016
10 Incredible Beaches in Idaho You Have To Check Out This Summer
So far on
IdahoOnly, we’ve talked about island getaways. We’ve talked about waterfront dining. We’ve even covered the best inns and campgrounds to stay on your next family outing. But we’ve yet to talk BEACHES.
Warm sand and pebbles to bury your toes in, gently lapping lake tides, and the relaxing sounds of a light breeze ruffling the treetops are some of the best things one can experience come summer. Fortunately, for an inland state, Idaho has a surprising number of beaches that offer the same luxurious beach experience that coastal states offer, but without the crowds. So grab a lounge chair and beach towel, and maybe an umbrella for some shade, and check out these restful Idaho beaches.
1. Cascade Lake
In addition to stunning waterfront beaches and perfect temperatures, Cascade offers a number of camping opportunities.
2. Lake Coeur d'Alene
Treat yourself to a five-star experience in Coeur d'Alene with some sunny beach time.
3. Lake Lowell
Just outside Boise on the Boise River, this reservoir is an ideal getaway from the heart of Idaho.
4. Redfish Lake
One of Idaho's most beloved lakes offers both sandy beaches and rocky shorelines. Take your pick!
5. Payette Lake
Rent kayaks, canoes and more at the Mile High Marina, enjoy a scenic cruise, or simply drink in the sunshine from one of Payette Lake's many beaches, like Davis Beach.
6. Priest Lake
The jewel of Northern Idaho is home to dozens of sandy beaches, including Huckleberry Bay, Reeder Bay, and many more.
7. Lake Pend Oreille
Scenic Lake Pend Oreille is renowned for its unique history and incredible sunsets. But this gem is also marked with dozens of beaches, from the heart of Sandpoint at City Beach to Green Bay,
8. Bear Lake
This massive caribbean-blue lake is shared with Utah, but its miles of sandy beaches to the north are all for Idaho's enjoyment. Rent a watercraft, build a sandcastle, or take in the expansive scenery - you won't ever forget it!
9. Salmon River
Legend Beach is just one spot along the scenic Salmon River that offers warm sand, cool water, and the best private beachfront views you can get in the state. This particular beach is in the middle of the Clearwater National Forest near Legend Creek.
10. Pettit Lake
Located just south of Stanley in the Sawtooth Valley, Pettit Lake is a large alpine lake with smooth beaches and pristine aquamarine water, perfect for floating and lounging by.
Sun, sand, and surf are surprisingly easy to find in the Gem State! Tell us which Idaho beaches are on your personal favorites list.