Little Redfish Lake

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Little Redfish Lake
Little Redfish Lake.jpg
Little Redfish Lake
LocationCuster County, Idaho
Coordinates44°9′31″N 114°54′30″W / 44.15861°N 114.90833°W / 44.15861; -114.90833Coordinates: 44°9′31″N 114°54′30″W / 44.15861°N 114.90833°W / 44.15861; -114.90833
Primary inflowsRedfish Lake Creek
Primary outflowsRedfish Lake Creek to Salmon River
Basin countriesUnited States
Max. length0.34 miles (0.55 km)
Max. width0.46 miles (0.74 km)
Surface elevation6,489 feet (1,978 m)

Little Redfish Lake is a name given to two different alpine lakes in central Idaho, both in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and Custer County. This article refers to the lake on Redfish Lake Creek downstream of Redfish Lake and south of Stanley. For the article on the other Little Redfish Lake see Little Redfish Lake (White Cloud Mountains).

Little Redfish Lake is a picturesque mountain lake (photo) on the northeast edge of the Sawtooth mountain range in central Idaho, five miles south of Stanley in and less than mile from State Highway 75.[1]

Its surface elevation is 6,489 feet (1,978 m) above sea level, and is about a mile (1.6 km) downstream from the significantly larger Redfish Lake (6,547 feet (1,996 m)). Both were named for the red-scaled sockeye salmon that returned every year to spawn via the Salmon River. The lakes flow into the river via Redfish Lake Creek.

Besides the red-scaled salmon that come to this lake, Little Redfish Lake also has a clay pit, located at the bottom of the lake.

In 1961, Richard Brautigan wrote portions of his novella Trout Fishing in America while camping near the lake, which is featured in several chapters of the book.[2]


  1. ^ Sawtooth National Forest. "Sawtooth National Forest" [map].1:126,720, 1"=2 miles. Twin Falls, Idaho: Sawtooth National Forest, United States Forest Service, 1998.
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