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Best Place to Kayak - Magone Lake in Oregon. Several kayaks sit along the shore of Magone Lake, a natural lake created by a landslide in the early 1800s.

Best Place to Kayak – Magone Lake in Oregon

If you’re looking for the best lake to kayak in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, check out Magone Lake, near Mount Vernon and John Day, Oregon. This roughly 50-acre lake offers calm water, beautiful natural features, and miles of shoreline to explore. Keep reading for kayak access points, directions to Magone Lake, and more. Read More

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Explore the Best Baron Lakes Idaho Hikes

Explore the best Baron Lakes Idaho hikes with our backpacking guide. Our favorite 25 mile route begins at the Grandjean Campground Trailhead before winding up along Baron Creek to the three Baron Lakes. Camp along a dramatic ridge or push through to the lakes for your first night. And enjoy unobstructed views of the stars from these 8,000 foot alpine lakes. Read More

Explore the Best Hiking in Castle Rocks State Park Idaho. A young girl stands atop massive boulders inside the Castle Rocks State Park Idaho complex.

Explore the Best Hiking in Castle Rocks State Park Idaho

The best hiking in Castle Rocks State Park Idaho starts at the Castle Rocks Ranch Unit and the Stines Creek Picnic Area. Within the Ranch Unit, you can explore the 2-mile Backyard Boulders Loop. Or venture further into the geological complex toward Eagle Rock Grove, Shark’s Fin, and Brackenbury Gulch. Keep reading for trail maps and our pick for the best easy day hike, the Backyard Boulders Trail. Read More

City of Rocks - Climbing Hiking Camping. Sunset over Idaho's Castle Rocks State Park and City of Rocks National Reserve.

Enjoy the Best City of Rocks Idaho Camping

Enjoy the best City of Rocks Idaho Camping at Castle Rocks State Park. Located just outside of the National Reserve, the state campground offers a full range of amenities and quick access to the Reserve and nearby Almo, the visitor’s center, and Durfee Hot Springs. Read More

City of Rocks - Climbing Hiking Camping. Sunset over Idaho's Castle Rocks State Park and City of Rocks National Reserve.

City of Rocks Climbing, Hiking, and Camping

City of Rocks Climbing. Hiking. Camping. The City of Rocks and Castle Rocks State Park offer some of the most diverse and interesting climbing areas in the Pacific Northwest.  Climb moderate to advanced single- and multi-pitch routes; no special permits needed.  If you want to place permanent anchors, you can find the permit forms on Read More

Active Recreation - Lake Cascade State Park & Tamarack Resort. A ski lift in summer carries mountain bikes to the top of the mountain at Tamarack Resort.

Active Recreation – Lake Cascade State Park and Tamarack Resort

One of the best recreational lakes in Idaho, Lake Cascade provides ample boating, fishing, and water sport opportunities, with access on all sides of the lake. Boat ramps at multiple campgrounds and access points make it easy to get out on the lake. Read More

Fluffy white clouds form over layered mountains at the edge of Idaho's Cascade Lake, at Idaho's Cascade Lake State Park near Tamarack Resort and Donnelly, Idaho. The clouds reflect on the lake's surface, and marshy grasses are visible in the foreground.

Lakes in Idaho – Lake Cascade State Park

Lake Cascade provides ample boating, fishing, and water sport opportunities, with access on all sides of the lake. Boat ramps at multiple campgrounds and access points make it easy to get out on the lake. And fishing spots all around Lake Cascade offer access to Rainbow Trout, Coho Salmon, Smallmouth Bass, Perch, and more. This Idaho lake provides year-round recreation. Keep reading below for more information about our top picks for outdoor activities at Lake Cascade. Read More

Red and yellow flames lick the charred black end of a burned log. The bright colors of the flame contrast against a dark black background and the blackened coals of a campfire at Cascade Lake State Park in Central Idaho.

Best Camping in Idaho – Lake Cascade State Park

Lake Cascade offers some of the very best camping in Idaho. Centrally located, Lake Cascade State Park is one of Idaho’s largest state park complexes. It offers year-round activities and 10 different campgrounds around the lake. Whether you come to boat, fish, and water ski or relax along the shore, Lake Cascade has amenities for all types of outdoor recreation and activities. Read More

A view of alpine trees along the shore of upper Baron Lake in Idaho's Sawtooth National Recreation Area.

P Idaho – Words That Start with P

P Idaho – Idaho is known for Potatoes. But that’s just scratching the proverbial surface of Idaho’s possibilities and potential when it comes to the letter P. Idaho offers peaks and powder. And pints. And pubs. And don’t forget pioneers, Pinot Noir, and Ponderosa Pine. Join us on our photographic portal to P Idaho. Read More

Idaho's Snake River as seen from Massacre Rocks State Park. Sagebrush and a rocky ridge are visible on either bank of the river. The high desert region is home to many desert species and a thriving ecosystem.

Idaho Campgrounds – Massacre Rocks State Park and the Oregon Trail

While camping at Massacre Rocks State Park, hike along the Snake River canyon and sections of the Oregon and California Trails. Experience the rich history of the Po’hogwe Trail and learn about the Shoshone people who first inhabited this area of Idaho. Visit nearby attractions in American Falls and fish near the historic American Falls hydroelectric dam, now managed by Idaho Power. Read More

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