A perfect summer day in Idaho could be spent along Redfish Lake, located approximately 6.5 miles from the town of Stanley, Idaho. The Redfish Lake Lodge has made visiting the lake a “must do” activity for those in the area. The lodge features cabins and rooms for guests, a marina with boats for rent, and a fine dining experience with views of the lake that cannot be beat. The lodge is open April 1st through October, with the busiest time of year mid-June through August.
There are numerous trails that run along the lake and, although rarely done, it is possible to hike the entire circumference of the lake. Redfish Lake is 11 miles around, but the trail is a total of 17.5 miles in length. That’s a long day of hiking, but possible to do in one day for the seasoned hiker. A more relaxing way of hiking the lake is by bringing your tent and spending a night to make the journey a two-day backpacking trip.
If hiking isn’t up your alley, there are lots of other activities to participate in at Redfish. Scenic boating tours are offered daily and, if you rent a boat, you can try your hand at catching some fish. Redfish Lake takes its name from the thousands of spawning salmon that used to spawn in such quantities that the lake would glisten with red. Alas, the fish is now an endangered species and the name merely reflects a time before dams along the Columbia and Snake Rivers blocked the fish from moving upstream.
Horseback riding is also a fun activity near the lake. The Redfish Corrals offer a variety of tour options, ranging from 1.5 hours to a full day of riding. The rides are a great way to see some of the amazing trails in the area without breaking a sweat.
Of course, the favorite activity of many visitors is grabbing a drink from the lodge and relaxing along the beautiful shoreline in the hot Idaho sun. With an occasional dip in the lake’s waters and sand on your feet will make you realize that, yes, paradise does exist in Idaho.