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ALTURAS LAKE PICNIC AREA (ID), ID

part ofSawtooth National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: ALTURAS AREA PICNIC B
Status: Open through Sun Sep 07 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Alturas Area Picnic B is located along the sandy shoreline of scenic Alturas Lake, at the foot of the Sawtooth Mountain Range.

Natural Features:

Summer wildflowers are plentiful, and a mixed-growth conifer forest provides partial shade. Temperatures are cool with an average summer high of 78 degrees and a low of 40 degrees.

Recreation:

The site is part of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, where outdoor activities abound. Alturas Lake offers excellent boating, water skiing, canoeing, kayaking and fishing for bull trout and Kokanee salmon. Alturas Creek runs through the adjacent campground.

The 10-mile round trip Alpine Meadows Trail begins nearby, with spectacular canyon, meadow and alpine lake views. The trail is also a popular area for bird watching.

Facilities:

The picnic site is a day-use area only. It offers one accessible group site that can accommodate up to 50 people. Vault toilets, drinking water and garbage service are provided. Smokey Bear Boat Ramp is less than 1/4-mile away.

Nearby Attractions:

The Sawtooth National Recreation Area offers a myriad of excellent hiking and biking opportunities, and an estimated 750 miles of trails crisscross the valley and surrounding mountains.

Perkins Lake is less than 2 miles away, with excellent fishing and canoeing. Pettit and Yellowbelly Lakes are nearby with more fishing, canoeing and hiking. The Salmon River offers fishing for rainbow trout, Westslope cutthroat trout and occasional hybrid cutbows and bull trout.

Popular area events include an Arts and Crafts Fair in July, and Wagon Days, Salmon Festival, Quilt Fair and Fireman's Ball in September.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Boating
  • Drinking Water
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Lake Access
  • Picnic Area
  • Swimming
  • Trails
  • Trash Collection
  • Water Skiing
Know Before You Go
  • Electric hookups are not provided
  • Idaho Off-road Vehicle Safety Message
  • No overnight camping; day use only
  • Picnic area, when not reserved, is available on a first come, first served basis
  • Bring your confirmation letter to the picnic area
  • Live music and amplified sound systems must be approved by the Sawtooth NRA; please call 208-774-3006
  • The camp fee $50.00 includes one vehicle for a single site and two vehicles for a double site. A fee will be charged at the campground for extra vehicles over these limits
  • Click here for more info about the Sawtooth National Forest
  • Don't Move Firewood: Help prevent the spread of tree-killing pests in our national forests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
43.92572, -114.85078
43°55'33"N, 114°51'3"W

From Stanley, Idaho, take State Highway 75 south for about 22 miles. Turn right on Alturas Creek Road/Forest Road 205 and continue west for about 2.6 miles to the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

ALTURAS LAKE PICNIC AREA (ID)
SAWTOOTH NRA
STANLEY  ID 

Phone Number:

Information:  (208)774-3000
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