Island Park Reservoir

Sandhill Crane at Snake River

Just half an hour southwest of west Yellowstone, MT, Island Park Reservoir hosts a recreational paradise all its own. The roughly 7000-ace reservoir is formed by the dam built across Henry’s Fork, a Snake River tributary. The dam, completed in…

Independence Lakes

Independence Lakes from Cache Peak

Independence Lakes in Idaho’s Sawtooth National Forest are at the end of one of south central Idaho’s most popular hiking trails in the Albion Mountains. The four tiny alpine lakes require a three-mile hike to reach, but the trail is…

Magic Reservoir

Craters of the Moon National Monument

There is magic to be found in central Idaho: Magic Reservoir! This expanse of water was created in 1909 when the Big Wood River was dammed to provide irrigation water for local farming. With 3,700 acres of water (some claim…

Lucky Peak Lake

Sandy Point at Lucky Peak State Park

Home of Idaho’s most visited state park, Lucky Peak Lake (sometimes called Lucky Peak Reservoir) covers over 3,000 acres just outside of the capital city of Boise in southwestern Idaho. The last reservoir built in a series of three reservoirs…

Arrowrock Reservoir

Arrowrock Dam Circa 1915

One in a string of three major reservoirs built to irrigate the parched Boise Valley, Arrowrock Reservoir has contributed to water recreation in southwestern Idaho for nearly a hundred years. Arrowrock Dam was the tallest concrete arch structure in the…

Hells Canyon Reservoirs

Hells Canyon Gorge

The three Hells Canyon Reservoirs are one of southwest Idaho’s most scenic locations. Idaho can’t claim this national treasure alone, however as it shares this Snake River canyon with eastern Oregon; in fact, it marks the border between the two…

Anderson Ranch Reservoir

Anderson Ranch Dam & Reservoir

One of the true gems of the Idaho reservoir system is Anderson Ranch Reservoir. Completed along the South Fork of the Boise River in 1950, this project provides irrigation water for local Southwest Idaho farms, with hydroelectric power generation a…

C. J. Strike Reservoir

Sand Dune-Bruneau Dunes State Park

The C. J. Strike Reservoir in Southwestern Idaho offers a wealth of opportunities to enjoy nature. Formed in 1952 when a hydroelectric dam was built across the Snake and Bruneau Rivers, the impoundment grew along both rivers to a considerable…

Henrys Lake

Henrys Lake Vista from Sawtell Peak

Hidden in the far north corner of Eastern Idaho, just over the border from both Montana and Wyoming, Henrys Lake attracts thousands of visitors every year. At approximately 6500 acres, Henrys Lake is a natural lake formed by glaciers and…

Twin Lakes ID

Scenic View of Twin Lakes

The scenery at northern Idaho’s Twin Lakes is nothing to scoff at. With lush mountains looming on either side of this 850-acre crystalline lake, bald eagles soaring high above and wildlife teeming at the shoreline, this is one unforgettable body…

Williams Lake ID

The swish and pop of a fly rod breaks the early morning silence on Williams Lake in the central region of Idaho. A heron wades in the reeds along the shore, eyes intent on the water and dagger-like beak at…

Cocolalla Lake

Cocolalla Lake, located in Idaho’s Northern Region, is an example of the recreational opportunities the Panhandle has to offer. The 805-acre lake is little-known outside of the Sandpoint, Idaho area; 86,000-acre Pend Oreille Lake is only six miles away and…

Payette Lake

Lakeside Dinning at Payette Lake

One hundred miles north of Boise, nearly surrounded by Payette National Forest, lies breathtaking Payette Lake. Nestled beneath the peaks of the West Mountains in the Southwestern Region of Idaho, the area around Payette Lake has the well-deserved reputation of…

Hauser Lake

Sunrise at Hauser Lake

Hauser Lake is located at the southernmost edge of the Selkirk Mountains in northern Idaho. Like many lakes in the Panhandle area, Hauser Lake was formed by ancient floods that deposited massive amounts of glacial debris in and around the…

Hayden Lake

Hayden Lake from English Point Trail

Hayden Lake is located in the scenic panhandle of North Idaho in Kootenai County. With its sparkling water, pristine sandy beaches and timbered shoreline, 3800-acre Hayden Lake is one of the most popular recreational lakes in the region. The first…