Best Sea Kayaking in Idaho

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Idaho, Kootenai County

09 :12 hrs
23 mi
4.8639526 ft

This outing starts off Coeur d'Alene Lake Drive near Interstate 90 on the northern shore. Adventures await at the magnificent water body of Coeur d'Alene Lake, which is primarily fed by the Saint Joe, Saint Maries, and the Coeur d'Alene Rivers. Once out onto the main part of the lake, be aware of the winds and other boat traffic. High winds can cause large waves, especially when its coming from the south. If the winds are light, paddling and exploring can be done with more ease. The views are unbelievable too, you can really enjoy the scenery of the surrounding Coeur d'Alene Mountains, islands, bays, and the town of Coeur d'Alene. You may also have a chance to spot some wildlife including waterfowl, shorebirds, songbirds, frogs, beavers, and fish.


Montana, Lake County

03 :42 hrs
4.6 mi
5.2092285 ft

Flathead Lake is the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi. Paddling to Wildhorse Island is scenic and well worth the visit. This area is popular for fishing and the opportunity to see wild horses, big-horn sheep, deer and many species of birds. Wild Horse Island is for day use only but Cedar Island which is just north offers good camping. Best time to travel is early morning because of the winds and waves that can be nasty in the and launch ramps. Fishing is popular and towards the south end are a few beautiful islands to paddle to.


Montana, Bigfork

04 :16 hrs
5.3 mi
3.797058 ft

Wayferers is located on the northeast shore of Flathead Lake near the charming town of Bigfork. This part of the lake features a scenic rocky shoreline with cliffs and excellent views of Flathead Lake. Camping, picnic sites and full services are available.


Montana, Lake County

04 :40 hrs
5.8 mi
4.956787 ft

Yellow Bay is located on the east side Flathead Lake. There are restrooms, picnic, camping areas and fishing opportunities. This is the deepest part of the lake so the water is a little colder. There are Canoes and Kayaks available to rent locally.


Idaho, Caribou County

03 :46 hrs
9.4 mi
1.0996094 ft

Alexander Reservoir is located in Caribou County just west of Soda Springs near Highway 30. To access the reservoir from Soda Springs, cross the Bear River and go west on 2nd Bridge Road until it ends. There are views of the Bear River range to the southwest, and the Chesterfield Range to the north. Facilities include parking, boat ramps, and restrooms.


Montana, Lewis and Clark County

01 :35 hrs
2 mi
3.6921387 ft

Canyon Ferry Lake is a reservoir on the Missouri River. It provides power, irrigation and flood control to the area. This large reservoir stretching 25 miles is home to excellent fishing and bird watching.


Washington, Asotin County

16 :09 hrs
40.4 mi
8.121826 ft

Lower Granite Lake on the Snake River passes through steep hills with step-like sides of basalt in a desert environment. There are a number of boat launches along the road that parallels the lake's east shore. The west shore is largely undeveloped and home to deer, birds, and beavers. Watch for rattlesnakes if going ashore.


Montana, Anaconda-Deer Lodge County

02 :45 hrs
3.1 mi
2.4742432 ft

This high mountain lake is surrounded by the Flint Creek Range to the north and the Pintlers to the south. Campsites are available around the lake. Good opportunities to see moose, birds and other wildlife while paddling along the shores.


Montana, Flathead County

02 :22 hrs
2.6 mi
2.4907227 ft

Ashley Lake glimmers with an emerald colored hue that is stunning. Its color is due to unique sediment from the incoming creek. There is a swimming area, picnic tables, fire rings and restrooms available. Paddlings along these west shores are quiet as you enjoy the unique beauty of this lake.


Idaho, Caribou County

06 :20 hrs
14.1 mi
0.99938965 ft

Blackfoot Reservoir is located east of Pocatello and north of Soda Springs off of Highway 34. When full, the reservoir has 18,000 surface acres, making it the second largest reservoir in southeastern Idaho. Boating facilities, campsites, handicap access, parking, restrooms, and wildlife viewing opportunities are available in the area. Rainbow, cutthroat trout, and common carp are stocked. Islands are home to pelicans, cormorants, and gulls, while the waters are used for waterfowl, waterbirds and shorebirds. Recreation use fees are required May 15 – September 30, no fees Oct 1 – May 14. There is no water and electricity between Oct. 1 – May 14. Campgrounds may be closed due to snow during winter months. The Fees include; dispersed site: $5.00 per vehicle per night. Developed site: $10.00 per vehicle per night. Electric Hookup: $5.00 per day

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