Redfish Lake

Location: Sawtooth National Recreation Area, Idaho
Dates: summer 2008, 2011

Redfish Lake on August 20, 2008

Redfish Lake is the largest lake in Sawtooth National Recreation Area: it is 4.5 miles long, 0.8 mi wide, and up to 387 feet deep. The western/southern end of the lake is framed by the Grand Mogul and Mount Heyburn, two peaks in the Sawtooth Mountains. There is a lodge, restaurant, several campgrounds, and other recreational facilities at the northern/eastern end, which can be easily accessed from Idaho state highway 75.

The southern/western end of Redfish Lake with the Grand Mogul at left on August 20, 2008

There is a 17.5-mile long trail around the lake. This trail travels along the top of the two moraines on each side of the lake. On the north side this trail connects to trails that go to the Bench Lakes and Fishhook Creek (connecting to the Alpine Way Trail). While on the south side the trail connects to one that goes south towards Hell Roaring Lake. There is a boat (fee) during the summer that you can take between the two ends of the lake. The far end of the lake has a small campground and is at the border of the Sawtooth Wilderness.

A smoky morning over Redfish Lake on August 19, 2008

A trail from the southern/western end of the lake goes up the valley along Redfish Lake Creek and connects to other trails. Just downstream of Redfish Lake is Little Redfish Lake just above where Redfish Lake Creek flows into the Salmon River.

Little Redfish Lake on July 16, 2011

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