Redfish Lake Recreation Complex

Area Status: 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

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: Sawtooth NRA Camping Fees and Information
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Keep all pets on a leash. Camping stay limits: All occupancy (includes developed/dispersed camping, boats, boat trailers, travel trailers, tents, etc): Occupancy limit is 10 days in a 30 day period within a 30 mile radius for all of SNRA. 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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6550 ft.