Lake Redfish is a massive and clean mountain lake in Idaho's Challis National Forest and a great place to spend a summer weekend. Idaho is obviously a looong ways from the beach, so what's the local summertime solution when you need to cool off? Head to Lake Redish! While the water is a bit chilly even in August, the lake has several soft, sandy beaches where you can set up the deck chairs, break out the picnic cooler, and take a swim or simply relax in the shade.
There are two main bases of operation for those visiting Lake Redfish. The first is the Redfish Lake Lodge, a private restaurant/boat rental area which, while a bit pricey, is probably your best option if you're just visiting and don't have your own gear. They have reasonable rental prices on canoes and kayaks which will let you explore the lake and find your own little sandy corner away from the crowds that sometimes gather around the lodge. Other other main starting point is the state campgrounds, but it's more appropriate if you have your own camping gear, boats, fishing gear, etc.