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Stanley Lake, Stanley

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Stanley Lake is an alpine lake in the western United States, located in Custer County, Idaho, at the base of the Sawtooth Mountains in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area.

The lake is approximately seven miles (11 km) west of Stanley, readily accessed via a three-mile (5 km) spur road from State Highway 21. The surface elevation of the lake is 6,513 feet (1,985 m) above sea level.

Stanley Lake is northeast of the base of the 9,860-foot (3,005 m) McGown Peak, and just south of the considerably smaller Elk Peak. The lake is two miles (3 km) 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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  • Very beautiful and hardly anyone there because we visited in October. Gorgeous scenery and a special place to visit!!  more »
  • Great from the parking lot, you can extend the beautiful views by doing the lakeshore hike, though a recent (2020) earthquake made the boardwalk bridge go to nowhere, you can side-step through the...  more »
  • Beautiful town, gorgeous mountain views and lots of rafters.
  • Beautiful place to go camping and fishing..have camped and fished there many , many times and I still think it is an awesome camp ground area..when you can stand and look up at the beautiful mountains staring at you it gives you a magical feeling and lifts your spirit..😊

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