Kayaking has been a passion of mine for more than 20 years. I've launched mine from dozens of incredible lake and ocean shorelines throughout the Pacific Northwest, and I've come to realize that Idaho is as great a state to kayak in as any other.

Kayaking season is just about upon us in Idaho. It's time to make sure you've ordered your 2023 invasive species tags to be in compliance on Idaho waterways and lakes.

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If you enjoy kayaking and live in southern Idaho, you're spoiled. You can head in any direction and find awesome kayaking spots in mere minutes instead of hours. Of course, if you want to visit the best spot in the region to enjoy the hobby, then taking a drive 150 miles north of Twin Falls would be my recommendation. Nothing beats the trio of Stanley Lake, Alturas Lake, and Redfish Lake.

For those that want to stay closer to the Magic Valley, Balanced Rock Park, "The Pond" at Bruneau Dunes, Blue Heart Springs, Twin Falls Power Plant Day Use Park, Thousand Springs in Hagerman, Lake Walcott, and Centennial Park in Twin Falls are all great choices. Blue Heart Springs and Thousand Springs are two of the most beautiful kayaking outings a person could take, and not just in Idaho but in the western United States, in my opinion.

It's dumbfounding to me that visittheusa.com's website completely dissed Idaho and left the state off its U.S. top destinations to kayak list. California and Washington State landed in the top 10 (and for good reason), but there was no mention of the Gem State.

Oh well. I'm sure most Idahoans are totally fine with less national exposure driving more people into the state resulting in overcrowding at our favorite leisure sites.

Best Places To Kayak Withing 150 Miles Of Twin Falls

Stanley Lake Idaho

Lake Walcott A Short Drive From Twin Falls

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