The Best Redfish Lake Activities

From leisure to adventure, there is an endless list of Redfish Lake activities. Explore the beauty of Redfish Lake by paddleboat or take out a kayak or canoe. If you’re up for some relaxation, sunbathe on our white sandy beaches or read your favorite book on the front porch of the lodge. Let your inn photographer out as you take in the picturesque scenery of the Sawtooth National Forest and Redfish Lake. Take a hike on one of the many trails in the area where you can climb to new heights or gaze at a cascading waterfall. You can even go whitewater rafting on the nearby Salmon River. Learn all about serene Redfish Lake and more in our free Vacation Guide! With so many things new adventures around every corner, you’ll never want to leave our outdoor paradise.


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Redfish Bike RentalsFull DayThree Hour Hour
Kids w/gears$35.00$25.00$15.00
Bike Path Comfort Cruiser$40.00$40.00$20.00
Mountain with Front Suspension$45.00$35.00$25.00
Fat Tire Bikes$50.00$40.00$30.00
Kid’s trailers$25.00
Full Suspension Mountain Bikes$110.00$85.00

Redfish Bike Rentals

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 mountain trails aren’t your thing, you can ride around the lake on one of our comfort cruisers. The bike rental shop is right next to the Lodge in front of our General Store. We have bikes for all interests and ages, so everyone in your family can enjoy this fun Redfish Lake activity!

Redfish Lake Marina

We love hitting the water here at in Stanley, and boating on Redfish Lake is one of our favorite activities. The Marina offers boat rentals, scenic lake tours, and a lake shuttle. Take a look at our Marina information for pricing and shuttle schedule.

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Redfish Lake offers opportunities for fly fishing and spin casting. You will find Rainbow and Dolley Varden trout as well as 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.


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

Horeseback 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.

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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. Sawtooth Mountain Guides offers instruction and guided rock and alpine climbing for all ability levels on the Super Slabs, Elephant’s Perch, Finger of Fate, Mt. Heyburn, Warbonnet Peak, and many other Sawtooth summits.


Hundreds of miles of trail in the Sawtooth and White Cloud Wilderness areas, including several interesting day hikes right from Redfish Lake Lodge. Check out our favorite hiking trails in Idaho and why this is one of the best ways to explore the Sawtooth Mountains.

Photography & Painting

Alpine peaks, wildflower meadows, and wildlife make Redfish Lake a fantastic place for painting and photography. If your idea of a vacation involves letting your creative juices flow into a well thought out work of art, you’re in for a treat. This Redfish Lake activity is perfect for amateurs and professionals, especially since the area is arguably the most photographed spot in all of Idaho.

Fun & Games

On rainy days, the Rustic Lounge has plenty of games that you can take back to your cabin or play in the Lodge. Just ask the front desk what’s available if you want to take a break from adventure and have some relaxing fun with the family!

Visitor’s Center

The Sawtooth Interpretive and Historical Association operates Redfish Lake Visitors Center and Gallery. The center offers exhibits and tours, as well as free programming such as guided walks and campfire evening programs. The Center opens in the beginning of June and closes mid September. The Visitor’s Center is open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, and has everything you need to enjoy all of the fantastic activities around Redfish Lake. Don’t forget to walk the amazing boardwalk through Fishhook Creek!

Stay at Redfish Lake Lodge During Your Idaho Adventure!

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. Whether you want to hike through the mountains, explore the tremendous Sawtooth wilderness, or relax on the water, there is something for everyone here in beautiful Stanley, Idaho.

Take a look at our many accommodations and book your next big trip with us! Are we all booked up? Take a look at our other Redfish properties that are all right around the corner from us!

Stanley High Country InnTriangle C Cabins, and Redfish Riverside Inn all provide a unique stay! Whether you want to fall asleep to the peaceful sound of rushing water, relax in a cozy country inn, or base your adventure in a rustic cabin, we offer a variety of ways to explore Central Idaho! All of these properties also have access to all of the Redfish Lake Lodge activities and amenities! Start planning your trip today! We look forward to meeting you!