This past weekend, I had the ultimate pleasure of spending a day in one of the most serene, transcendent, and delectable places on this earth: Redfish Lake. Now I am no huge outdoors person, never have been, probably never will be. So the fact that I was stunned by this place should say something to you. At first I was relatively skeptical, yet the first sight of the place changed my mind. Once we pulled in, we realized we weren’t the only ones who had the idea to come that day. There were a lot of parking spaces, yet the ones farthest away were a little bit of a trek. I recommend getting there early in order to get a good spot, or be prepared to take a walk with all of your things. After that, the day was in fact pretty great. The beach was a little small and the sand was a little rocky, but if you bring chairs or towels you should be fine. There are a number of boats and fun activities you can do while there. These include:

  • Renting paddleboats
  • Kayaks
  • Paddleboards
  • Motorboats

My favorite activity of all is renting a pontoon boat and driving it across the lake to the little known Redfish Rock. It is super fun to hang around it and even jump off of it (it’s about twenty feet tall). We then sat down on the lawn and ate a so-so lunch at their food stand. You can get burgers, hotdogs, philly cheesesteaks, and ice cream, and more! If you are looking for a higher quality option, you can get amazing food within the actual lodge. At the end of a wonderful day on the water and beach, on Sundays you can sit on the lawn and listen to some great live music. The sun setting behind the picturesque Sawtooth mountains is just the dessert to a fantastic day in the mountains.

A couple of observations about Redfish:

  • There is an amazing vibe
  • The parking is a relatively limited and far away from the lodge
  • Food is great if you go inside the lodge
  • For an awesome day rent a boat of some sort, or bring your own
  • Also, I would bring a football/Frisbee/ baseball/ something to play on the lawn when not in the water.
  • Have an amazing day!

Sun Valley Lake