Best Places to go Boating Near Boise

Boise summers are quite extreme. Average temperatures for July and August are in the 90s. Perfect temperature… if you’re on the water. Living in the Boise metro area puts you smack dab in the middle of some really great places to go boating. And if you don’t have a boat, they’re still great places for other types of recreation including swimming, fishing and sun bathing. Here’s our top three suggestions:

1. Lucky Peak Reservoir – Just fifteen minutes east of Boise sits a canyon lake over 10 miles in length and 200 feet deep at its deepest point. Lucky Peak Reservoir has a long ramp at Turner Gulch to put in boats and a nice swimming area with picnic tables for day use. The water stays clear all year round and makes for a desired location for many.

2. Lake Lowell Reservoir – Take I-84 40 minutes west out of Boise to the southwest side of Nampa and there sits Lake Lowell Reservoir. At 40 feet deep at its deepest point, this lake is shallower and therefore has warmer water. Lake Lowell is part of the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge so it’s only open for boating from April 15 – September 30. It’s not as highly trafficked so it can be a sneaky steal of a summer day get-away.

3. Payette Lake – This spot is the furthest from Boise and the clearest out of all the three lakes. It’s comprised of 5,330 acres of pure glacier water. To visit, drive 2.15 hours north from Boise to the state’s best un-kept secret– McCall, ID. Payette Lake boarders Ponderosa State Park which offers over 1,000 acres of recreational heaven with hiking trails, camp sites and untouched wilderness. There are several spots to put in your boat or lounge on the sandy beaches with snow-capped peaks in the distance.

Boating is a very popular activity in the summertime. Be sure to plan ahead. Avoid going in the afternoons on weekends and aim for mid-week evenings for less traffic. Summers get quite intense here but they don’t last long. Be safe and enjoy the sunshine while it lasts!

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