The Best Things to Do at Redfish Lake

From leisure to adventure, the things to do at Redfish Lake are endless. Explore the beauty of Redfish Lake by paddleboat or go even further and take out a kayak or canoe. If you’re up for relaxation, sunbathe on our white sandy beaches or read on the front porch of the lodge. Take in the picturesque scenery of the Sawtooth National Forest and Redfish Lake and be a photographer for a day. Hike the trails or get even more scenic views by climbing to new heights. You can even go whitewater rafting on the nearby Salmon River. The opportunities are endless; give us a call to learn more about the exciting things to do here. You’ll never want to leave our outdoor paradise.


The Stanley Basin boasts some of the finest mountain biking trails in the nation. Challenge yourself on one of the popular loops – Fisher/Williams, Potato Mountain, or Elk Mountain. Or stay closer to the lake on the Fishhook Creek trail, a great ride for all ages. If a mountain trail is not your thing, cruise around the lake on one of our comfort cruisers or tandem cruisers. The bike rental shop sits right next to the Lodge in front of our General Store. We have bikes for all interests and ages.

Redfish Bike Rentals Full Day Half Day Two Hour
Kids w/gears $25.00 $20.00 $15.00
Bike Path Comfort Cruiser $30.00 $25.00 $20.00
Mountain with Front Suspension $40.00 $35.00 $25.00
Fat Tire Bikes $45.00 $35.00 $30.00
Kid’s trailers $20.00 $15.00 $10.00

Redfish Lake Marina

Water sports abound at Redfish Lake. The Marina offers boat rentals, scenic lake tours, and a lake shuttle. Take a look at our Marina information for pricing and shuttle schedule.

Redfish Lake Marina


Redfish Lake offers opportunities for fly fishing and spin casting. Rainbow and Dolley Varden trout are found with Landlocked salmon and Kokanee in the lake. Fishing licenses and rental equipment are available in Stanley, just 6 miles from the Lodge. We have basic fishing supplies in our General Store. Other good fishing areas include the Salmon River, Stanley Lake, or any of the hiking lakes. High mountain lakes produce Brookies and Cutthroat trout.

Guided fly-fishing trips:

Sawtooth Fishing Guides
The River Company
Sawtooth Adventure Company

Horseback Riding

The Redfish Corrals offer 1 1/2 hour, half day, and full day scenic rides. Ask about the “Alpine Ride” where you climb 3000 feet to the Sawtooth Divide. Pack lunches, route planning, and guides are available.

Mystic Saddle Ranch


The sandy beaches along the lake are perfect for swimming, wading, and sun bathing.

Bocce Ball

Ask the Front Desk to borrow some games.

On rainy days, the Rustic Lounge has board and card games that maybe borrowed and played in the lodge or back at your cabin.


Mountain Climbing

The rugged Sawtooth Mountains provide some of the most challenging and unoccupied granite walls in the Western U.S.

The Marina offers a boat shuttle to the other side of the lake where many mountain climbers start their trek.

Itineraries, maps, and guides are available at the General Store and in Stanley.

The Sawtooth Mountain Guides offer climbing instruction in the Sawtooth Mountains.


Hundreds of miles of trail in the Sawtooth and White Cloud Wilderness areas, including several interesting day hikes right from Redfish Lake Lodge. Maps and guides are available.
Sawtooth Mountain Guides

Photography & Painting

Unsurpassed photographic and painting opportunities: alpine glow on the peaks, wildflower meadows, and wildlife. Redfish Lake is arguably the most photographed spot in all of Idaho.

Visitor’s Center

The Redfish Lake Visitors Center offers exhibits and tours, as well as campfire programs at its outdoor amphitheater. They also have a beautiful nature walk. The Visitor’s Center is open 9:30-5:30pm everyday beginning the second Saturday of June until Labor Day weekend. The center is operated by the Sawtooth Interpretive and Historical Association.

Fishhook Creek Nature Trail

This short and fascinating self-guided tour begins at the Visitor Center and criss-crosses the Fishhook Creek boardwalk. Relaxing and fun for the kids.


If you’re looking for more things to do near Redfish Lake, there are even more activities to choose from outside of Redfish Lake Lodge. This includes Ghost Town touring, white water rafting and hot springs. Although Stanley, Idaho is a small town, it offers big fun for outdoor enthusiasts and those looking for a relaxing vacation.

For more to do in the Sawtooth area, please download our free Vacation Guide!