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Stanley Lake, Stanley

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Stanley Lake is an alpine lake in Custer County, Idaho, United States, located at the base of the Sawtooth Mountains in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. The lake is approximately 7mi west of Stanley, readily accessed via a 3mi spur road from State Highway 21. The surface elevation of the lake is 6513ft above sea level.Stanley Lake is northeast of the base of the 9860ft McGown Peak, and just south of the considerably smaller Elk Peak. The lake is 2mi downstream of Lady Face Falls on Stanley Lake Creek; it drains into the main Salmon River via Stanley Lake Creek and Valley Creek.Recreational facilities at the lake include three campgrounds with nightly fees, a day use area, a boat launch, and hiking trails.
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  • This place is a quick little drive from Stanley and is on your way too and from Boise. They have several places to park and that senic overlook offers incredible views of the lake. Do yourself a favor...  more »
  • When we are in Stanley..we ALWAYS visit the lake. usually with a bottle of wine and food. Love to sit at the north end of the lake and take in the beauty..Such an awesome way to wind down...  more »
  • The pics just don't do it justice as the saying goes! Standing in the ice cold water and looking up at the mountains and the reflection on the water before the masses awoke or arrived was well worth t...  more »

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