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Boating At Island Park Reservoir In Idaho

By AA-Boats & Boating Staff Writers

Island Park Reservoir, Idaho

Free Public Boating & Watersport Activities

Island Park Reservoir is a picturesque gem located in eastern Idaho, surrounded by the stunning landscapes of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest and the famous Yellowstone National Park. Its remote and pristine setting makes it a sought-after destination for nature enthusiasts seeking a tranquil retreat amidst the wilderness.

The reservoir's proximity to Yellowstone National Park offers visitors a unique opportunity to explore the park's iconic attractions, including geysers, hot springs, and abundant wildlife. The nearby Henrys Lake State Park also provides hiking trails, picnic areas, and opportunities for birdwatching, making it a perfect complement to the reservoir's allure.

Boating is a popular activity at Island Park Reservoir, and its expansive waters invite boaters to embark on leisurely cruises and exploration. The reservoir features well-maintained boat launch ramps, ensuring easy access for boat owners to launch their vessels and enjoy a day on the water. The vastness of the reservoir allows ample space for water sports enthusiasts to revel in the freedom of open waters and create cherished memories on the waves.

Rental boats are available by the hour or the day, allowing everyone to experience the joy of boating without the need for boat ownership. Renting a boat at Island Park Reservoir provides an opportunity to explore the lake's scenic beauty and appreciate the serenity of the surroundings from a different perspective.

The nearby city of Island Park offers additional amenities and services for visitors exploring the area. With its rustic charm, the city provides a cozy base for travelers to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the reservoir and its surroundings.

The boating season at Island Park Reservoir typically extends from late spring to early fall, providing ample time for boaters and water sports enthusiasts to indulge in their favorite activities. As the weather warms up, the reservoir becomes a hub for outdoor fun, attracting families, friends, and solo adventurers seeking memorable experiences on the water.

Fishing is another beloved activity at Island Park Reservoir, drawing anglers with its variety of fish species, including trout, kokanee salmon, and whitefish. The reservoir's fertile waters offer a rewarding fishing experience for anglers of all skill levels, making it a popular spot for fishing enthusiasts.

Camping is available at nearby campgrounds, offering visitors the chance to fully immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the region and enjoy peaceful nights under the stars by the reservoir's tranquil shores.

Boating, camping and fishing.

Come boating this summer at Island Park Reservoir, a 7,300-acre lake in the lower part of Idaho, at Island Park. The elevation is 6,300 feet above sea level. Boat launch ramp usage can vary with lake levels, but there are primitive places around the lake to launch when the lake level is low. There are no motor HP restrictions for pleasure boats or fishing boats, and many locations for easy portage of canoes and kayaks. Trout and salmon are the prize here. Explore 64 miles of shoreline from a boat or fish from the bank during the spring and fall. Winter offers ice fishing for rainbow trout and kokanee near the dam.

Area Amenities

Marina: NO
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: NEARBY
Bait & Tackle: NEARBY
Restaurant: YES


McCrea Bridge Campground - 877 444-6777

Buffalo Campground - 208 558-7658

Upper Coffeepot Campground - 208 524-7500

Flat Rock (Idaho) Campground - 208 558-7658

Island Park Ranger Station Campground - 208 558-7301

Box Canyon Campground - 208 524-7500

Island Park Reservoir Map


Fish species found in Island Park Reservoir include rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, brook trout, coho salmon and kokanee salmon.

Rainbow trout Cutthroat trout Brook trout Coho salmon Kokanee salmon

Idaho Fishing License

Local Contact Information

Lakeside Lodge and Resort
3857 Lake Side Lodge Ln
Island Park, ID 83429
208 558-9770

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