5 Exhilarating Jet Skiing Spots in Idaho

By Ian-Spiegel Blum

5 Exhilarating Jet Skiing Spots in Idaho

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Idaho is known for its love of thrilling outdoor recreation, and jet skiing is no exception! From lakes situated in the stunning Sawtooth Mountain Range to secluded oases, Idaho offers some of the most awe-inspiring natural scenery for a jet ski ride. So what are you waiting for? Suit up and hit the waters at these five exhilarating jet skiing spots in the state! 

1. Redfish Lake

Redfish Lake near Stanley, Idaho, features crystal clear water and sandy beaches near the Sawtooth Mountain Range. The lake is gorgeous, so much so that it is recommended you make a reservation before stopping by for your water activities, including jet skiing. But if you do your research, rent your spot, and bring your jet ski, you’re in for a glorious time zipping across the lake with the most incredible scenery imaginable. 

2. Snake River

Lakes are usually the go-to location for jet skiing, but the Snake River near Burley, Idaho, is not to be overlooked. Formed by ancient basalt lava flows, the river canyon extends for 50 miles, so finding a spot that isn’t windy is crucial before getting on the water. According to the website Magic Valley, “the two miles below the Minidoka Dam is the best” spot. Wear a full wetsuit and take it easy on your first go-round, as the water has varying levels of depth and the river can get busy with other boaters. But if you come at the right time and know what you’re doing, you’re in for a treat.

3. Lake Coeur d’Alene

Lake Coeur d’Alene boasts over 25 miles of water, with paths that lead to the much larger Spokane River and past the world famous Floating Green, one of the “Top 100 Golf Courses in the United States.” You can get out in the nearby town of Harrison to stretch your legs and take in the sites. Keep exploring to find a chain of additional lakes along the main stretch. Jet ski rentals are available from many different outlets, along with tours from Fun Unlimited and more. 

4. Bear Lake

Bear Lake straddles the state line dividing Idaho and Utah, with half of its 20 miles in Idaho and the other half across the border. Its mesmerizing turquoise colored water has earned Bear Lake the nickname, the “Caribbean of the Rockies.” Jet skiing on Bear Lake provides one of the best opportunities you’re likely to have to get up close to this beauty. Rent a jet ski at any number of fine retailers in the area, or bring your own for an incredible afternoon.  

5. Lake Pend Oreille

Through Action Water Sports, you’ll find some of the “safest and highest performance” boats on Lake Pend Oreille. To truly experience the beauty of this immaculate 65-mile lake, rent a jet ski! Sea Doos go at just $80 per hour and can sit up to three passengers.   

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