For those that enjoy water hobbies such as boating, kayaking, and paddleboarding, there are several destinations to choose from in southern Idaho that are a short drive from Twin Falls. One, in particular, is located less than 70 miles east and offers a unique experience out on the water.

I've written about kayaking in and around the Magic Valley for nearly six years now. A couple of my favorite area parks to kayak at include Thousand Springs State Park, Balanced Rock Park, and Bruneau Dunes State Park. They all offer amazing scenery and fairly calm waters, although I would describe Thousand Springs in Hagerman as being better suited for a more advanced kayaker. The currents around Ritter Island out there are stronger than most I've experienced; it's a bit of a workout.

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I first explored Lake Walcott State Park in the summer of 2019. I had heard the park was very dog-friendly and offered some great kayaking. We packed up the truck and strapped our English Bulldog in for a drive that took a little more than 90 minutes. The thing that impressed me the most about the park was the kayaking. There are so many cool areas to explore and experience some alone time away from people.

Lake Walcott State Park is a stone's throw from Rupert. The lake's water runs right up to Minidoka Dam, and it's a fantastic spot to boat, jet ski, and kayak. Dogs are welcome as well, but they need to be leashed or tied up. The park also offers terrific bike trails, disc golf, volleyball, and has sprawling, lush lawns throughout the property that are ideal for picnics and games.

I truly believe Lake Walcott State Park is one of the most underrated places to visit less than 70 miles from Twin Falls.

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