Top Lakes To Visit In Idaho

Redfish lake

Summer weather is finally here, and it’s time to enjoy nature and everything it offers! Idaho is best known for its scenic outdoors, so what’s better than going out and appreciating the scenery. These views are insanely perfect and almost don’t seem real because they are jaw-droppingly beautiful. These might be a bit of a drive from the Treasure Valley, but the scenery makes it worth it! Here are some of the top Lakes Idaho has to offer. 

Lake Cascade at sunset with duck swimming through water

Lake Cascade

Lake Cascade is famous for fishing, boating, and camping. There are activities available all year long. Even in the winter, you can ice fish, cross country ski, and snowshoe. Lake Cascade State Park offers hundreds of campsites and 86 miles of shoreline. Although, at the moment, they have a safety warning of Algae Bloom, and while it’s not harmful, they still recommend you take safety precautions. But don’t let this stop you from going. It is a beautiful place and has a lot more to offer. Everyone can find something to enjoy at this lake.

Stanley Lake with logs dipping into water from the shore with a mountain behind it on a sunny day

Stanley Lake

Stanley lake is one of the most scenic places in Idaho. There are 19 campsites plus a double-site located above Stanley Lake at the foot of the Sawtooth Mountains. This lake offers boating, waterskiing, and other outdoor activities. There are specific locations where you can overlook the scenery. So we recommend checking this lake out if you haven’t already. Bring a camera, but don’t forget to take it all in once you see it yourself!

Redfish Lake where mountains are reflecting on the water while boats are in the water and parked at dock

Redfish Lake

Redfish Lake is the largest lake in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. This Lake also offers recreational activities like fishing, boating, kayaking, and more! Redfish Lake is the headwaters of the Salmon River, which flows north to meet the Snake River and the Pacific Ocean. There are authentic warm lodging options with different travel packages so you can plan a trip there soon!

Picture of Priest lake from the shoreline with a life preserver handing on post

Priest Lake

Priest Lake is an adventurous place to visit at any time. Of course, fishing is the most popular activity, but there are many other activities to do hiking, biking, and swimming. In addition, there are winter activities like cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and more! Lodging is also available for the year to enjoy a weekend or longer. This lake has even been referred to as “Idaho’s Crown Jewel.” We know that Idahoans wouldn’t claim that title unless the scenery there wasn’t anything but spectacular.

A view of bear lake from the top of a hill

Bear Lake

Bear Lake is special because half of the lake is in Idaho, and the other half is in Utah.  The lake is known as the “Caribbean of the Rockies”  for its turquoise waters that catch your eye immediately. The Bear Lake area is a perfect place for relaxing and getting away from all your troubles. There is swimming, hiking, boating, paddle sport, and so much more. You can even find yourself golfing near the pristine lake. We can almost guarantee that anyone in the family can find something to do!


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