Paddle on Stanley Lake

Idaho Stanley Lake Inlet Campground

Added by George Manlove

Stanley Lake is an amazing recreation site for a weekend or a week. The lake is located in the heart of Idaho's Sawtooth National Forest and is an awesome for photography, SUP, camping, hiking, boating, and fishing.

Stanley Lake is an Idaho alpine lake located at the base of the magnificent Sawtooth Mountains in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. The lake is about 7 miles from the historic town of Stanley, Idaho and just over an hour from popular Sun Valley, Idaho.

Our photography and hiking adventure captured spectacular imagery while hiking the scenic Sawtooth wilderness area. Popular lake activities include fishing for rainbow and lake trout, stand up paddle boarding, boating, hiking and swimming. The Idaho Centennial Trail begins at the campground and traverses a lake-filled region of the Sawtooth Wilderness.

Most lake campsites are reservation only and many are booked months in advance. For reservations visit

Pack List

  • Tent or camper
  • Camera gear
  • Hiking gear
  • SUP
  • Canoe or small boat
  • Lake fishing gear
  • Fresh drinking water or water filter.
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Camping, Chillin, Fishing, Kayaking, Photography, Stand Up Paddle, Swimming

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Spring, Summer, Autumn



Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Picnic Area
Swimming Hole

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3 months ago

Breathtaking clear mtn lake

Stanley Lake was amazing. We kayaked and SUP'd. The water was a lot less choppy than Red Fish Lake and a lot less busier. Truly wonderful experience.

3 months ago

8 months ago

Favorite Summer Family Activity

We got to redfish & Stanley every summer for our family reunion and it always gives me a much needed gift of nature. Especially on a canoe in the middle of the lake. 💛

8 months ago

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