Redfish Lake is a natural, glacier carved lake with thick pine forest on the east side and the jagged Sawtooth Mountain range on the west side. It’s named after the thousands of sockeye salmon that made the yearly journey from the ocean up the Columbia River, the Snake River, and the Salmon River to spawn in the gravel of the streams flowing out of the lake. Today very few sockeye make the 900 mile trip to the lake because their passage is blocked by four dams on the lower Snake River.
Sunday, August 9, 2020
The overlook has ramps to both levels of the viewing platform but the accessibility stops there. The walls are all too high to see over. The signs are too high to read. Visitors in wheelchairs will get a better view from their vehicles or from the sidewalk.
Friday, August 7, 2020
This very scenic and popular boondocking area starts about five miles north of Ketchum, Idaho and continues for three miles. Look for the dirt roads on the west side of Trail Creek Road. The first road parallels Trail Creek Road and has three possible entrances/exits. The dirt roads farther north dead end so if the spaces are occupied you may have to back out. The road where we camped has two site, one on a bend in the road and another on a small loop at the end.
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
There are only four sites in this campground. Two have been updated with gravel parking areas, picnic tables with shade shelters, and vault toilets. The other two are primitive parking spots.
The first site traveling east and north along the campground road is a large grassy area which I don’t recommend because it’s a favorite spot of free range cattle. A cattle guard and barb wire fencing keeps the cattle (except for a couple of them who have figured a way around the barriers) out of the first improved site where we camped. It’s a shared site with two shelters on the bank of the pretty Silver Creek. The next site is a small pull off with wooden steps to get over the fence. The last site sits high above the river and has a picnic table without a shelter and a vault toilet. (no photo).
The first improved site is accessible with concrete under the table, fire ring, and grill stand. Large rocks block close parking to the concrete pad leaving a section of gravel to push through. The second improved site has a concrete parking pad next to the toilet but the table on a downhill grade with uneven ground.
Turn off of US 26 onto Cutoff Road and travel north for about a mile to access to the campground road which parallels Cutoff. Cutoff is washboard gravel but fine for any RV. The first improved site is large enough for all RVs. The second improved site is very long but is back-in only. Campground 43.2445, -113.9958
Monday, August 3, 2020
The campground is south of US 26. It’s has seven sites nicely spaced around a loop road. There are a few scattered tables, a shelter with more tables, and one trash can but no restroom. Camping is free and limited to seven days. A few of the local rocks have been arranged in a circle at the edge of the park to form Unhenge. :-D
A BLM sign identifies the site as Richfield Pumphouse. There’s a fee collection container that hasn’t been used for a while. Cross the Little Wood River if you wish to camp on BLM land but check for ownership because this land is a patchwork of owners. Campground 43.04255, -114.15442
Monday, July 27, 2020
sediment dam and rushed into streams flowing to the Snake River. The weaker basalt layer downstream of the falls was carved away by the immense amount of water, forming a 212 foot drop.
A small park with a paved trail and overlooks is located on the south side of the canyon. A longer paved trail climbs about a mile uphill and continues for another mile to the site of Evel Knievel’s attempt to jump over the Snake River canyon in a specially designed rocket-powered cycle.
The paved trail makes the park accessible but full views of the waterfall are blocked by vegetation and railings. We did not realize that the longer trail is paved and could not find an easy way to access it.
Falls 42.59567, -114.39826
Friday, July 24, 2020
We camped in site 9 and although we didn’t check out all of the sites we liked this one more than any of the others that we did see. The wide-open view to the west is of lake, sagebrush, and farm fields. Trees on the east side block noise from the other sites and add a lot of privacy. I really enjoyed the parade of birds that came every morning, one after another, to sit on the top of the pyramid-shaped rock and survey their world before beginning their day. Besides all of the rather common birds, we also were visited by a great horned owl that landed in the tree just feet away from our RV.
Campground 42.52966, -113.99279
Monday, July 20, 2020
Most of the sites are large enough for motorhomes. Campground 42.21001, -114.73003