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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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  • I was excited to visit Stanley Lake because I had seen photos that made it look so beautiful and serene, but when we visited on a Wednesday in July it was anything but peaceful. It was very crowded, a...  more »
  • Stanley lake is a great place to simply enjoy a picnic table and watch the local bald eagle or go for a long hike. We took a path back to Ladyface Falls and while we couldn't see the Falls directly, t...  more »
  • The lake was lovely and there are several trails for biking and hiking around the lake. There is also a small sandy beach next to one of the campgrounds that was very nice.  more »
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  • One of my favorite places to go camping at. I go at least once a year to do astrophotography and go to one of the unpaid spots. It's also a great place to fly and do areal photography
  • Beautiful area to camp
  • so many memories made here. It's one of the most beautiful places in the world
  • Beautiful place nice sites
  • What a gorgeous spot! There is nothing like camping here!
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