My original plan was to take a kayak across Redfish Lake, rather than the boat shuttle, to reach the trailhead. I was told this may be too ambitious for one day. So, I had to test my theory. The following Tuesday I brought up the kayak to see how long and exhausting the paddle would be. The verdict, under perfect conditions with little wind and in September with few boats on the water, I think it’s indeed possible. Not to mention, with those crystal clear waters, beautiful.
Did you know: In 1911 they tried to make the Sawtooth Recreation Area a national park.
In 1996 only one sockeye salmon returned to Redfish Lake known as Lonesome Larry.
In 2010 1,355 sockeye salmon returned to Redfish, but in 2013 only 131 salmon returned.