Redfish Lake Recreation Complex

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Boats docked at Redfish Lake marina

Redfish Lake is at the headwaters of the Salmon River, whose waters flow north to meet the Snake River and continue to the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean. As late as the 1950's, more than 4,000 sockeye salmon made the annual 900-mile (1,440-km) pilgrimage from the ocean to their spawning grounds in the Sawtooth Valley. However, in recent years only between 2-20 have returned each year. In an effort to save the endangered fish, whose bright red color gave Redfish Lake its name, the National Marine Fisheries Service established a local hatchery. Since 1999, the lake has been stocked with sockeye salmon. Bull trout, steelhead and Chinook salmon can also be spotted in the area. There is a visitor center and Redfish Lake Lodge. Between Little Redfish Lake and Redfish Lake there are commercially operated showers, a gas station with propane, a dump station and horse rentals. Little Redfish Lake does not allow motorboats. Redfish lake campsites that accept reservations include: Sunny Gulch campsite, Glacier View, Outlet campsite, Point, North Shore picnic area and Sunny Gulch Pavillion picnic area. Reservations can be made by going to or by calling (877)444-6777. First-come, first-serve campsites include: Chinook Bay, Mountain View, Mt. Heyburn, Sockeye, Red Fish Inlet, Outlet Day Use Area, and Sunny Gulch campsite offers some as well. Double-sites are available at Sunny Gulch campsite, Sockeye, Glacier View and Outlet. Picnic and day use areas include North Shore picnic area, Sunny Gulch Pavillion and picnic area, and Outlet day use area. 

At a Glance

Operational Hours: All campgrounds at Redfish Lake will be open for Memorial Day weekend 2017.
Reservations: Sites that accept reservations include: Sunny Gulch campsite, Glacier View, Outlet, Point, Sunny Gulch Pavillion picnic area and North Shore Picnic Area. Reservations can be made by visiting or by calling (877)444-6777. 
Rentals & Guides: Rentals are available at Redfish Lodge. 
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Boat ramp,Tent camping,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees $18 per day for single-sites and $32 per day for double-sites at Sunny Gulch campsite, Sockeye, Glacier View and Outlet. $18 per day for Chinook Bay and Point. $16 per day for Mountain View and Mt. Heyburn. $12 per day for Redfish Lake Inlet. North Shore picinic area is $60 per day for 1-50 people, $120 per day for 51-100 people, and $150 per day for 101-150 people. Sunny Gulch pavillion picnic area is $60 per day for 1-50 people, and $85 per day for 51-75 people. Outlet Day Use Area $6 per day.  
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Keep all pets on a leash. Camping stay limits: 10 day stay limit for developed campgrounds and you may not return to the same campground for the next 14 days. Dispersed camping stay limits: Salmon River Corridor there is a 10 day camping limit then you must relocate more than 10 miles from your original site for 14 days. North of Galena Summit there is a 16 day camping limit then you must relocate 10 miles from your original site for 14 days. Motorized vehicles and bicycles are not allowed in any of the designated wilderness areas. 
Closest Towns: Stanely, Idaho. 
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Vault
Information Center: For information contact Recreation Resource Management of America at (928) 537-8888.

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Picnic tables
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6550 ft.