12 Stunning Lakes in Idaho

Lakes, S. Sudan

Visit Idaho

Get into the mountains and relax lakeside.

We hate to bring it up, but the beginning of the end of summer adventures in Idaho is here. With just a few weeks left, it's time to take a close look at your summer bucket list and make sure you roll into fall feeling content with your summer of exploring. Don’t worry, we’ve taken care of the first step for you with these 12 lakes across Idaho. While these lakes are beautiful all year long, now is the time to get up into the mountains and take a dip. Whether you’re craving a lakeside camping trip or a day trip sailing with the family, we’ve got something for everyone.

1. Backpack to Cramer Lakes


Photo: Amanda Solomon

2. Hike to Redfish Lake and Alpine Lake


Photo: Dusty Klein

3. Hike to Upper Hazard Lake via Hard Creek


Photo: Garren Moore

4. Backpack to Alice Lake


Photo: Dusty Klein

5. Camp at Blue Lake


Photo: Mike Sanders

6. Backpack to Imogene Lake


Photo: Mike Sanders

7. Hike to Jennie Lake


Photo: Garren Moore

8. Backpack to Saddleback Lakes


Photo: Fudo Jahic

9. Backpack to Born Lakes


Photo: Garren Moore

10. Paddle on Stanley Lake


Photo: George Manlove

11. Explore Bear Lake


Photo: Visit Idaho

12. Backpack to Trail Creek Lakes


Photo: Garren Moore

For more information on adventures in the Gem State head to Visit Idaho.

Cover photo: Amanda Solomon

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Published: August 11, 2016

Visit Idaho

Idaho is home to thousands of miles of biking and hiking trails, rugged mountains, pristine lakes, 18 ski areas, and more recreational whitewater than any state in the lower 48. Find spectacular scenery and endless re...

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph.

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