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4 of the Best Stanley Lake Activities

While you have complimentary access to our Redfish Lake property and the collection of fantastic outdoor activities and adventures, there are so many incredible adventures that await you beyond our properties. Stanley Lake is less than a 15-minute drive from the heart of Stanley and is an adventurers paradise. This 170-acre body of water offers excellent fishing, wildlife viewing, and miles of hiking trails that feature the gorgeous Sawtooth Mountains. 

Discover more things to do and places to see in Central Idaho with our complimentary Adventure Guide! It has everything you need to plan the ultimate trip to Triangle C Cabins.

The Top Stanley Lake Activites


One of the best activities to take part during a day visit to Stanley Lake is fishing. The cool, clear waters of the lake are perfect for reeling in a variety of trout species, including rainbow, bull, cutthroat, and brook. Most of the north and west shores are accessible to those casting a line in, and there is a boat ramp near the campground for those bringing their vessel. You can also find a series of streams branching off from the lake that are great spots to fish as well.

Tip: Remember to get a required Fishing License before heading to Stanley Lake with your rod and reel!


Stanley Lake Trailhead offers an incredible hiking experience. This 7.3-mile out-and-back trail takes you past Lady Face Falls and features stunning views of McGowan Peak as you gradually ascend towards one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Sawtooths: Bridal Veil Falls. This showcase of cascading water is a sight to behold. It marks the halfway point of the hike, so it’s an excellent place to stop and soak in the views. Then, head back to Stanley Lake to cool off and take a dip!


While there are plenty of lake activities to enjoy at our sister property, the Redfish Lake Lodge, swimming is a possibility in several bodies of water in the Sawtooths. In the summer, you can swim in Stanley Lake. Several beaches that stretch along the shore where you can wade into the lake. Expect the water to be chilly but manageable with the warm Idaho sun shining on you. 

Wildlife Viewing

Whether you’re standing on the shores of Stanley Lake or hiking to Bridal Veil Falls, you’ll find plenty of wildlife in the area. Birdwatching is especially popular here given an array of shorebirds, raptors, songbirds, and waterfowl call the Sawtooths home. In fact, there are over 219 different bird species in the area.

Triangle C Cabins Is Your Ultimate Mountain Destination

If you want to enjoy an authentic stay in a rustic log cabin, then Triangle C Cabins is the place to be! Our cabins sit in the heart of Stanley and feature modern amenities, so you don’t have to sacrifice comfort. You also get access to all of the activities and entertainment at the Redfish Lake Lodge with our free shuttle system. Don’t forget to check out our list of Adventure Bundles while planning your trip!

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Book your Sawtooth Mountain stay today and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime. We look forward to welcoming you to Triangle C Cabins!