Best Canoeing in Idaho

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Idaho, Bonneville County

06 :03 hrs
13.5 mi
4.7993164 ft

Palisades Reservoir is located off Highway 26 near the Idaho & Wyoming border. It is a high altitude reservoir and part of the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem. This outing starts on the western side of the Palisades Dam Boat Landing which offers restrooms, boat ramps, campgrounds, and wildlife viewing. Fishing is also great here with kokanee, rainbow, cutthroat, brown and lake trout stocked. There are also beautiful views of the surrounding Caribou Range to enjoy while paddling.


Idaho, Fremont County

06 :53 hrs
15.3 mi
6.3637695 ft

Henry's Lake is located in Fremont County off Highway 87 and near Highway 20. The lake is situated on the Yellowstone plateau ecregion of Idaho, and the area offers beautiful vistas of the surrounding Henry's Lake Mountains. A dam built in 1923 for irrigation purposes enlarged Henry's Lake, and it is now a common stop for visitors. The lake averages about 12 feet in depth, has 14 miles of shoreline, and is 6,500 surface acres when full. Cutthroat, rainbow and brook trout are known to be stocked in the water. There is also a $5.00 day use fee required. Facilities & services in the area include boat ramps/docks, parking, drinking water, grocery stores, lodging, hotels, trails, dining, restrooms, and campsites.


Idaho, Elmore County

06 :26 hrs
14.3 mi
3.685791 ft

Located east of Boise, the reservoir is formed by the Arrowrock Dam and is managed by the Boise National Forest. Water is filled within a 18 mile narrow canyon of 3,150 acres, and there is limited access to 60 miles of shoreline. Boating, canoeing, windsurfing, and fishing are the major recreation activities at the reservoir. There are amazing vistas of the Boise Mountains to the north and the Danskin Mountains to the south. Rainbow trout, kokanee, yellow perch, whitefish, bull trout, and bridgelip sucker are stocked in the reservoir. The reservoir is open all year with no fees. There are boat ramps, docks, vault toilets, parking, and dispersed camping in the area. Parking is located off of Highway 21 down Spring Shores Road and Arrow Rock Road.


Idaho, Valley County

06 :56 hrs
15.4 mi
3.9995117 ft

Shoreline access is excellent and numerous docks and ramps are available in the area. The trip passes by many campgrounds including Poison Creek CG, Amanita CG, and Rainbow Point CG as it maneuvers around the northern end of the lake. Take a quiet trip by the shoreline and you’ll likely see bald eagles, sandhill cranes, white pelicans or swans. There are also breathtaking views of the West Mountains towards the west. The resort offers plenty of amenities and it’s a great area for summer excursions.


Idaho, Cascade

12 :27 hrs
27.7 mi
2.5969238 ft

Lake Cascade is the fourth largest lake in Idaho, creating a large and diverse recreation site. It's nearly 30,000 surface acres and is part of the US Bureau of Reclamation's Boise Project. This outing takes course on the larger portion of the lake with exposure to wind and small waves. Take a quiet trip by the shoreline and you’ll likely see bald eagles, sandhill cranes, white pelicans or swans. Shoreline access is excellent and numerous docks and ramps are available in the area. Boating facilities, campsites, dump station, fuel, handicap access, motor coach parking, parking, restrooms, vault toilets, and a visitor center are all available at the lake. Pass by Sugarloaf Island and enjoy the views of the West Mountains to the west. Fishing is excellent with populations of rainbow, salmon, small mouth bass, and perch.


Idaho, Kootenai County

04 :29 hrs
10 mi
5.1984253 ft

Located off State Highway 41, Spirit Lake is home to amazing lakefront views with the Selkirk Mountains and the surrounding forests. The local Indians call it the “Lake of the Spirit” and it offers 12 miles of shoreline. Access to the lake is free and it is open during the daylight hours. Boating facilities, fuel, food service, gift shops, and restrooms are located near the lake.


Idaho, Custer County

00 :57 hrs
2.1 mi
0.8220215 ft

Stanley Lake is located in the beautiful Sawtooth Mountains near Highway 21 off Stanley Lake Road. It is a small but picturesque 170-acre lake that it situated below Mt. McGown. The area offers excellent recreation and numerous campgrounds including Inlet Campground, Lake View Campground, and Stanley Lake Campground. There is also a scenic overlook located next to Stanley Lake Campground, but you can also capture breathtaking views while paddling. Within the area there are boat ramps, hiking, free lake access, picnic areas, swimming, parking, vault toilets, and wildlife viewing.


Idaho, Twin Falls County

08 :06 hrs
18 mi
1.6914062 ft

This 14 mile long reservoir is located in Twin Falls County near Rogerson off Three Mile Road. There are many different species of game fish including bown trout, chinook and kokanee salmon, yellow perch, black crappie, channel catfish, smallmouth bass, and premier walleye. The dam was Built in 1910 to provide irrigation water for farms but now it is an important recreation spot with a total of 5 sites at the reservoir. The recreation site at Salmon Dam is fully developed with designated camping units, driknking water, picnic sites, a dump station, and a boat ramp. Also, there is a $5 fee per vehicle if you decide to camp.


Idaho, Bear Lake County

10 :33 hrs
23.4 mi
1.3503418 ft

Bear Lake is a beautiful rural and recreational paradise shared by Idaho and Utah. It is one of the largest natural lakes in the Western United States with an abundance of public beach access and visitors enjoy a number of activities. Because of its turquoise blue water, the lake is often referred to as the Caribbean of the Rockies. The water is stocked with Bear Lake cutthroat trout, and there are also many different species of birds that inhabit the area.


Idaho, Custer County

04 :04 hrs
9.1 mi
4.0874023 ft

Redfish Lake is located south of Stanley, Idaho off State Route 75 in Custer County. This picturesque lake is placed in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area in a high glacial drift-filled valley with superb recreation. Facilities include Boat ramps, campsites, food service, gift shop, instruction, parking, rental equipment, restrooms, vault toilets, a visitor center, and day use areas for swimming. Steelhead, cutthroat, bull trout, and sockeye salmon are stocked in the water. Redfish Lake is the largest lake in the Upper Salmon Basin and gives an important migration spot for waterbirds. Conifer forests and the Sawtooth Range surround the lake, making for spectacular scenery and a relaxing place to visit.

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