Alturas Lake Picnic Area (Id)

Sawtooth National Forest

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Alturas Area Picnic B is a day-use area located along the scenic shoreline of Alturas Lake and at the foot of the Sawtooth Mountain Range. Outdoor activities abound in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, with excellent boating, fishing, and hiking opportunities. Additionally, there are 750 miles of trails crisscross the valley and surrounding mountains, as well as nearby lakes for canoeing and fishing.


Alturas Area Picnic B is located along the sandy shoreline of scenic Alturas Lake, at the foot of the Sawtooth Mountain Range.


The site is part of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, where outdoor activities abound. Alturas Lake offers excellent boating, water skiing, canoeing, kayaking and fishing for bull trout and Kokanee salmon. Alturas Creek runs through the adjacent campground.

The 10-mile round trip Alpine Meadows Trail begins nearby, with spectacular canyon, meadow and alpine lake views. The trail is also a popular area for bird watching.


The picnic site is a day-use area only. It offers one accessible group site that can accommodate up to 50 people. Vault toilets, drinking water and garbage service are provided. Smokey Bear Boat Ramp is less than 1/4-mile away.

Natural Features

Summer wildflowers are plentiful, and a mixed-growth conifer forest provides partial shade. Temperatures are cool with an average summer high of 78 degrees and a low of 40 degrees.

Nearby Attractions

The Sawtooth National Recreation Area offers a myriad of excellent hiking and biking opportunities, and an estimated 750 miles of trails crisscross the valley and surrounding mountains.

Perkins Lake is less than 2 miles away, with excellent fishing and canoeing. Pettit and Yellowbelly Lakes are nearby with more fishing, canoeing and hiking. The Salmon River offers fishing for rainbow trout, Westslope cutthroat trout and occasional hybrid cutbows and bull trout.

Popular area events include an Arts and Crafts Fair in July, and Wagon Days, Salmon Festival, Quilt Fair and Fireman's Ball in September.
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Nearby Campgrounds Distance Notification Rate
Smokey Bear
Sawtooth National Forest
North Shore
Sawtooth National Forest
0.9mi 70%
Alturas Lake Inlet
Sawtooth National Forest
2.4mi 82%
Pettit Lake
Sawtooth National Forest
4.2mi 77%
Sawtooth National Forest
7.2mi 74%
Sawtooth National Forest
14.6mi 75%
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