Redfish Lake, Idaho
On the last page, I mentioned that Redfish Lake is larger than many of the neighboring lakes, along the foothills of the Sawtooth Mountains. It's also the easiest to access, with a paved road, campsites, a lodge, and even a visitor's center.
Redfish Lake is just south of Stanley, off of Idaho Rte. 75. Look for Redfish Lake Road -- it's well marked.
As you arrive at the lake, you'll enjoy this view of 10,299 foot Mt. Heyburn, directly in front of you.
By the time of my visit, most of the activity at Redfish Lake had ended for the season. I found one solitary sailboat on the choppy water, and almost no people on the shores.
Since the weather was lousy, and everything nearby had closed for the season, I didn't spend much time here. Since I can't offer you much in the way of personal experience, I'll tell you what I've read elsewhere. Redfish Lake is great for scuba diving, because its water is amazingly clear -- you can reportedly see the bottom of the lake, even at points 20 feet deep. It's also great for boating, wakeboarding, and water skiing -- boats are available for rent. The lodge receives rave reviews from most visitors, and the campgrounds fill up quickly with city-folk.
Redfish Lake derived its name from the sockeye salmon that returned here every year to spawn. So many would gather here, according to one account, the water appeared red. In recent decades, their numbers dwindled. Efforts are underway to restore the population, and you'll probably see some salmon-management facilities during your visit.
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