Jimmy Smith Lake Trailhead

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Jimmy Smith Lake Trailhead

Idaho

(208) 879-6200

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Overview

This popular year-round fishing hole features a trailhead along Jimmy Smith Lake in the spectacular White Cloud Peaks of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. The area offers wonderful rainbow trout fishing opportunities. As of 2008, there is no motorized access around or beyond the lake.

The Challis Field Office offers a diversity of recreational sites and facilities for central Idaho visitors including five developed fee sites and ten non-fee, less developed sites. Developed fee sites include: Cottonwood Campground, East Fork Campground, Little Boulder Creek Campground, Mackay Reservoir Recreation Site and Bayhorse Campground. The newly renovated Mackay Reservoir Recreation Area/Joe T. Fallini Campground provides the most amenities to visitors.

An abundance of recreational activities are available in the Challis Field Office for people of all interests and age levels. Most recreation activity is concentrated in three areas: the East Fork Salmon River, the Main Salmon River and the Big Lost River System. The Salmon River Canyon offers outstanding recreational opportunities such as Class I and II water floating, fishing for steelhead and trout, big game hunting and nature viewing. Other popular activities in the area include: camping, hiking, nature study, photography, picnicking, wildlife viewing, backpacking, rockhounding, mountain biking, cross-country skiing and OHV use.

Once proper precautions are taken, visitors can explore the expansive Idaho scenery without borders or restrictions. Visitors are also encouraged to explore off the beaten path and camping is allowed in non-designated areas on BLM land. But if you choose to do this, please remember to stay on established roads and trails, "leave no trace," and "pack out, what you pack in." Also, be prepared for wide temperature changes and dry conditions in this arid, high desert climate, and be alert for fire/fuels conditions and seasonal restrictions.

Map of Jimmy Smith Lake Trailhead

Latitude, Longitude: 44.148156, -114.372225

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Activities

  • Camping

    Dispersed camping. One vault toilet. Open May through October. No fees.

  • Fishing

    This popular year-round fishing hole features a trailhead along Jimmy Smith Lake in the spectacular White Cloud Peaks of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. The area offers wonderful rainbow trout fishing opportunities.

  • Hiking

    Along with other wonderful hiking opportunities, this area offers the trailhead along Jimmy Smith Lake.

  • Horseback Riding

    Explore the area on horseback.

  • Hunting

    Wonderful big game hunting in the area.

  • Picnicking

    Jimmy Smith Lake is a beautiful site for a small picnic.

Directions

Driving

About 33 miles southwest of Challis, Idaho; 2 miles off of the East Fork Road on Big Lake Creek. From Challis, go 18 miles southwest on US 93 and ID 75, then 15 miles south on East Fork Road (Forest Road 120).

Phone Numbers

Primary

(208) 879-6200

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