Sandy beaches, paddle boarding, and water fun are available within Boise city limits at Quinn’s Pond at Esther Simplot Park. Lucky Peak State Park is another popular recreation area just a few miles southeast of Boise where water enthusiasts enjoy water-skiing, fishing, boating, swimming, picnicking and more.
Sailing and jet skiing and all the other lake recreation already mentioned are enjoyed on popular Cascade and Payette lakes located just about an hour or more north of Boise. Relish in the beauty of the Payette River Scenic Byway along the way. Black Canyon Reservoir, Arrow Rock Reservoir, and Anderson Ranch Reservoir are within 50 miles of Boise, making it easy for a day of fun lake recreation in Idaho!
Many Idaho lakes offer camping sites or lakeside cabins or cottages to rent. Summers are all about making family memories, so pack up the cooler, load up the water toys, grab the kids, and head out for your own family adventure.
Whether for the day, the weekend, or an entire week, lake recreation in Idaho is sure to become a family favorite.
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