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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 rented a pontoon boat and motored across the lake. From 9-12pm you have the lake to your self. After 12pm the lake gets busy and beaches (white sand and amazing) are crowed. If you like busy and pe...  more »
  • It can get crowded here on the weekend, but I challenge you to find a more beautiful setting in the lower 48. Just go. You'll love it.  more »

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