The Best Swimming in Idaho

Looking for the best swimming in Idaho? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Idaho. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

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Top swimming spots in and near Idaho

  • Lowman, Idaho

    Soak in Kirkham Hot Springs

    4.6
    Soaking in Kirkham is like soaking in a dream. Numerous geothermal springs of varying temperature await at the bottom of a small wooden staircase. Hot water pours over the cliff into pools below and literally feels like a natural shower. If that's not enough, enjoy the rush and beauty of the Paye...
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  • Stanley, Idaho

    Paddle on Stanley Lake

    5.0
    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 cap...
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  • Marsing, Idaho

    Explore Jump Creek Falls

    4.3
    Jump Creek Falls is an easy-to-access waterfall situated south of Marsing, Idaho. When you arrive to the parking lot right near the trailhead, you'll be starting at around 2600' elevation. Don't expect much change from 2600', unless you are to go exploring the canyon further. From the trailhead, ...
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  • Saint Charles, Idaho

    Hike to Bloomington Lake

    4.8
    0.5 mi
    Bloomington Lake is deep in the mountains West of a small town called Bloomington. The road from the town to Bloomington Lake is a narrow dirt road. It takes about 35 minutes to take this road and most cars should be able to handle it. There's plenty of parking at the trailhead and some bathrooms...
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  • Lowman, Idaho

    Backpack to Marten and Kelly Lakes

    5.0
    10 mi
    The Sawtooth mountain range consists of hundreds, maybe thousands, of small, crystal clear lakes. Because of the sheer number of lakes, there are many destinations where the foot traffic is considerably low. Most weekend packers will stick to the familiar: they find themselves hiking to Sawtooth ...
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  • Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

    Hike Coeur d'Alene's Tubbs Hill

    4.2
    2 mi
    Looking for a short adventure hike on a road trip or a beach to hang out at for a weekend? Tubbs Hill features a 2 mile loop trail that winds along the shoreline of Lake Coeur d'Alene and through an Inland Northwest pine forest. You will see wildlife such as deer, squirrel, and many wildflowers...
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  • McCall, Idaho

    Soak in Burgdorf Hot Springs

    3.0
    Burgdorf, Idaho's backcountry oasis, features several rentable cabins located about 30 miles north of McCall. Each season provides its own outdoor opportunity, and Burgdorf provides an epic hub in which to enjoy them.To get there from Boise, drive through McCall and hang a right after the Shore L...
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  • Ketchum, Idaho

    Backpack the Alice Toxaway Loop

    5.0
    25.17 mi / 2300 ft gain
    The Alice/Toxaway Loop is a standard loop in the Sawtooth Mountains, ID.  The basic route is around 20 miles and takes 2-3 days.  This trip report will outline our Aug 2016 trip and also give multiple options for you to use your own imagination when coming up with your own route.  Below is my tak...
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  • Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

    Hike Tubb's Hill

    4.8
    The trail begins at the base of Tubb's Hill, located just on the outskirts of the Coeur d'Alene Resort. There is usually a fair amount of people on the trail come good weather, though the hike is secluded, quiet, and relaxing for the most part.It begins with a gradual climb, and depending on whic...
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  • Naples, Idaho

    Hike to Roman Nose High Mountain Lakes

    1 mi / 520 ft gain
    Your journey will start with a rural drive about 60 minutes from Sandpoint, ID. Once you hit the dirt road, hold on because its quite the bumpy drive (AWD vehicle is recommended). You will continue on a dirt road for nearly 20 miles, however, don't let this halt your journey, the drive is incredi...
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  • Irwin, Idaho

    Hike along Palisades Creek

    5.0
    2 mi / 1827 ft gain
    The Palisades Creek Nature Trail is a fun little hike with many photographic opportunities. You can make the hike as short or long as you want, so once you're done taking photos, turn back around and head to your vehicle. The trail does eventually lead to Lower and Upper Palisades Lake, but this ...
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  • Bonners Ferry, Idaho

    Backpack Two Mouth Lakes

    4.5
    10 mi / 3000 ft gain
    Start at Two Mouth Trail #268 as it goes north along an old logging road. The trail then heads west following Peak Creek before bending back to the south. The trail narrows, alternating between dirt and boardwalk, while meandering west toward a viewpoint of the giant granite slabs of the Selkirk ...
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  • Ketchum, Idaho

    Hike to Titus Lake

    This 3-mile round trip hike starts at above 8,000 feet, just shy of Galena Summit. If you have not yet adjusted to the mile-high altitude of Ketchum, prepare to be fairly winded throughout this walk. Though only 1.5 miles to the lake, the trail is at times quite steep, so be prepared to climb. Th...
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  • Wendell, Idaho

    Hike and Swim at Box Canyon Springs

    5.0
    4.3 mi / 351 ft gain
    Tucked away, almost hidden in a vast expanse of farmland, lies a secluded canyon filled with natural springs, crystal clear water, waterfalls and wildlife. There’s a good chance you may miss the turn off to the trailhead, so keep a keen eye peeled for the small park signage. There are two parking...
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  • Cascade, Idaho

    Raft the Middle Fork of the Salmon River

    5.0
    100 mi / -3294 ft gain
    If you're looking for an all-around start-to-finish epic adventure, rafting the Middle Fork of the Salmon River arguably checks off more boxes than any other trip in the world. This adventure of a lifetime can be enjoyed two different ways: privately and commercially. We've been lucky enough to d...
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  • Bellevue, Idaho

    Hike Along Silver Creek

    3 mi
    From the intersection of Highways 75 and 20 drive east on Highway 20 for 7.3 miles. Turn right onto Kilpatrick Bridge Road and drive another 1.5 miles to the Silver Creek Preserve Visitor Center.Stop at the Visitor's Center to take in the desert landscape and snap a few pictures. Exit on the far ...
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