Sunday, September 9, 2012

Cap off summer at Idaho’s Redfish Lake

Photo by Art Hale.

Sitting pretty at 6,547 feet in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, glacier-carved Redfish Lake makes for a perfect September getaway—think cobalt skies during the day, and a starry canopy in the evenings. 

The lake was named for the thousands of sockeye salmon that once came to spawn here. Dozens of hikes, including easy loops such as the Fishhook Creek Trail, offer stunning alpine views and possible glimpses of some of the local wildlife, such as elk, moose, pine martin, and osprey. You can also rent a bike for a trail ride, or experience the natural splendor on horseback. And, for anglers, nearby Salmon River is known for the “big ones” that don’t get away! 

Situated right on the lake is the 1920s Redfish Lodge (open until early October), which offers a rustic dining room and locally famous breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. If you want a break from cooking in the RV and a chance to enjoy Idaho wild game, salmon, and trout, this is a wonderful “on-location” treat. 

Redfish Lake is just five miles south of the friendly town of Stanley. About 15 miles north is the ghost town of Custer, complete with Boot Hill Cemetery. There are several campgrounds close to the lake, run by the Forest Service, which can accommodate RVs. For information and reservations, call: 877-444-6777.

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