Redfish Lake Lodge

Written by guest blogger Emily Engelhardt.

A place in Idaho, a place in the Sawtooth Mountains, a place in my heart, Redfish Lake Lodge. As I sit here and write this I am reminded of what summer at Redfish Lake is.   Its sandy beaches, crystal clear water, families, boating, ice cream, live music on the lawn, laughing, Bloody Mary on a Sunday afternoon, campfires, star gazing, sightseeing….and the list goes on and on.

If you are familiar with the area you probably have your very own favorite activities but if you not, here are some suggested Redfish Lake ‘Bucket Lists:’

If you had one day to spend at Redfish Lake here are some ideas:

  1. Take a Lady of Lake Tour to learn all about the lake
  2. Jump off ‘Jump Rock’ with 10,000’’ peaks looming above you
  3. Enjoy a lunch at the Outdoor Gazebo with ‘Livin’ the Dream’ Soft Serve Ice Cream
  4. Chase and possibly catch minnows in the warmer, shallow water
  5. Soak up the fresh mountain air and sun
  6. Do a back flip off the docks
  7. Take a stroll on the board walk at the Redfish Visitor’s Center
  8. Listen to live music on the lawn, lakeside
  9. Relax on the beach with a good book
  10. Test your balance on a paddle board

If you had two or more days to spend:

  1. Take a boat shuttle across the lake for a hike to Lilly Ponds, Alpine Lake, Bench Lake, Saddleback lakes, or the Baron Divide. Relax on the beach
  2. Listen to live music on the lawn, lakeside
  3. Rent a paddle board, fishing boat, kayak, canoe, or a paddle boat and feed your adventuress soul.
  4. Fish the clear waters of the inlet
  5. Lay under the stars during a meteor shower
  6. Experience Happy Hour at the Rustic Lounge
  7. Go whitewater rafting on the Salmon River
  8. Dive off ‘Jump Rock’ into the clear water at the far end of the lake
  9. Relax on the beach with a Bloody Mary or a Margarita
  10. Enjoy a horseback ride to a mountain lake

These Redfish ‘bucket lists’ don’t even come close for experiencing one of the greatest playgrounds!  Redfish Lake is very special to many people.  It’s a place where families and friends build lasting memories; it’s a place where traditions are created, and most of all it feels like home.

This summer there are many amazing and memorable events happening at the lake.  We hope you can make one or all of them.

Here’s to a wonderful summer season!

  • Austin Rogerson

    Emily, what a great article! I had the opportunity to visit while heading back from Sun Valley but I would have needed a “2-hour” bucket list of things to do :-) I’m sincerely hoping that I can get over before summers end, these all sound like amazing activities at a beautiful location in Red Fish Lake!