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7 Top Water Spots in Idaho

Idaho is growing quickly, and while we’re always happy to make new friends and spread the love of our amazing state, it can cause crowding- issues in our favorite spots. Idahoans are known for our love of the outdoors and most of us try to be outside as much as possible, especially during the summer. We’ve put together a list of our favorite bodies of water in Idaho, both well-known and not.


Spring Shores: We’d be remiss if we didn’t at least mention our second home- Spring Shores Marina at Lucky Peak Reservoir. If you’re in Boise, it’s one of the closest bodies of water to get to, and an amazing example of the state parks in Idaho. It’s also worth mentioning that Redline runs the marina at Spring Shores, complete with watercraft rentals, a full menu, and other necessities for a day on the lake.


McCall & Cascade: McCall and Payette Lake are probably one of the most well- known places for Idahoans to spend their free time, and it’s easy to see why. McCall has outdoor recreational options for all year-round. Summer is definitely a fan favorite, as the lake offers so many fun options for the whole family. If Payette Lake is too crowded for your liking, Lake Cascade offers an alternative that’s close by.


Black Canyon: Black Canyon Park is a great choice for a family day in some water. On the shore, there’s plenty of trees and picnic tables for your off-water activities. This is a great option for days you don’t want to travel too far, but still want to be in the water. There’s also a campground not too far away for anyone interested in camping out for a night or two.


Anderson Ranch Reservoir: Anderson Ranch is a popular spot for outdoor enthusiasts who want all the options of recreation in one spot. Located roughly 20 miles from Mountain Home, Anderson Ranch offers space for hiking, boating, waterskiing, fishing, and camping, all within the confines of the reservoir. It’s an amazing space to take the family for a fun-filled outdoor adventure.


Warm Lake: Another option not too far from Boise is Warm Lake. It’s a popular destination, but doesn’t get the same notoriety as Cascade or Payette Lake. This 640 acre lake is the largest natural lake in Boise National Forest and is very popular for camping, fishing, and hunting, with two lodges close by and campgrounds available for camping options.


Deadwood Reservoir: One more option close to Cascade is Deadwood reservoir. Only about 25 miles southeast of Cascade, the 3,000 acre reservoir is created by the Deadwood Dam. It’s used for camping, water skiing, fishing, canoeing, and other outdoor recreational activities.


Coeur d'Alene: Last but certainly not least, we have Hayden Lake and Lake Coeur d’Alene. Both options are amazingly beautiful and perfect for a fun trip. If you’re already in the northern part of Idaho, CDA isn’t a too-far option; but from Boise, it’s quite the trek. The surrounding areas sport amazing camping areas for long term trips, with other phenomenal outdoor activities.