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Redfish Lake, Stanley

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Redfish Lake is an alpine lake in the western United States in central Idaho. It is located in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, at the base of the Sawtooth Mountains in Custer County, south of Stanley.It is named for the brilliant sockeye salmon that once returned from the Pacific Ocean in such massive quantities that the lake shimmered red during spawning season. Currently, only a small percentage of the wild sockeye succeed in making through the several hydroelectric dams along their route back to the lake to spawn. Sockeye must not be targeted while fishing and must immediately be released if they are caught.The surface elevation of Redfish Lake is above sea level. The lake is long and 0.72mi wide, with a maximum depth of, and of shoreline. The actual trail around the lake is 17.5mi in length. The average temperature of the lake ranges from freezing to a high of around in late July & early August. The lake freezes over in winter, with ice thickness of 30–.The peaks which frame the lake at its south end are Mount Heyburn at 10229ft to the west Grand Mogul at. Redfish Lake is approximately 5mi south of Stanley; a paved access road from State Highway 75 delivers motorists to the visitor area at the north shore of the lake.
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  • We always stop at the Red Fish Lake and the lodge, before and after our hikes. The outdoor snack bar area is great and relatively inexpensive.. There are very nice restrooms and a small store to buy s...  more »
  • We stopped at Redfish Lake in July while driving the Sawtooth Scenic Byway. We were hoping for some relaxing, restorative mountain scenery, but the atmosphere was chaotic. There were throngs of people...  more »
  • This a beautiful gem in the Idaho Sawtooths. The lodge on the lake had closed down, but a visit and walk in the area was crisp and colorful  more »
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  • Amazing lake! Great customer service. The boat rentals are a little pricey but still ok. The food was amazing we had a party of 20 and it was great we brought our own wine but why had a great wine list
  • Great place to enjoy some down time.
  • Pristine lake with a deck where you can rent kayaks and motor boats. Red is named after a red-colored salmon.
  • The place was packed, but we found an empty picnic table and good spot to enjoy the water for a bit! It's so beautiful up there!
  • This is my favorite place in the USA. Stunning, clean and beautiful.
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