Egin Lakes - Sled and Swim near Saint Anthony, Idaho
Saint Anthony,Idaho
43.9645270092, -111.86011099661
8.9 miles W of Saint Anthony, Idaho
GPS: 43°57'52.3"N 111°51'36.4"W
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State: Idaho

Sled and Swim

Egin Lakes is one of the favorite gateways to the St. Anthony Sand Dunes. The lakes themselves are unusually shallow and where you'll actually find a lake depends greatly on what time of the summer you go. The earlier in the year, the larger the lake. If you do find a lake, you'll find plenty of shallow areas for water games. The 2-3 feet deep areas are great for tackle football, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, or any other running game you want to take to the water. If you come early in the summer you'll find the lake extended pretty far east into the sandiest parts. It's the closest you'll find to a real beach in Southeast Idaho.

There is a $5 per vehicle access fee which gets you into a great parking lot, parts store, showers. The Egin Lakes Campground also offers a potable water system, RV dump station and 48 improved camp units, including electrical service. If you do ride ATVs at the dunes, be sure to take all proper precautions, including a flag for visibility.

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  2. Travel & camp on durable surfaces
  3. Dispose of waste properly
  4. Leave what you find
  5. Minimize campfire impacts
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors


From Saint Anthony, Idaho

  1. Head west on E Main St toward S Bridge St (0.7 mi)
  2. Slight left toward S 12th W (190 ft)
  3. Continue onto S 12th W (0.3 mi)
  4. Turn right onto E 500 N/S Parker Rd (2.7 mi)
  5. Continue onto E Parker Main St (0.9 mi)
  6. Continue onto E 500 N/S Parker Rd (1.3 mi)
  7. Keep right to continue on E 500 N (2.9 mi)
  8. Turn right (0.4 mi)
  9. Turn right (0.2 mi)

Take the North Rexburg exit off US Highway 20. If northbound turn left, if southbound turn right onto 1900 E.(Parker-Salem Highway and the Red Road). Travel 6.3 miles north to the second flashing light. Turn left and travel .85 miles to the split in the road. Travel right over the railroad tracks and continue on 500 N. for 2.9 miles. At the Egin Lakes access sign turn right. (Courtesy of

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7/13/17 1:29 pm


4/24/17 10:50 am 4/24/16
This place is awesome! Warm, shallow water and fun sand to play in. Don't expect any real swimming (it only gets to like 2 feet deep), but it's fun to play contact sports or paddle around on kayaks/inner tubes. I'd wear sandals though, sometimes there are prickly things lurking under the water


4/24/17 10:21 am 4/6/17
I went out there to take pictures for a project. Around sunset it was really beautiful out there and pretty peaceful. I would imagine though that come summer time a lot of people will be out there driving around the dunes. The scenery was very nice, and it definitely makes you feel small standing by all the huge dunes.


4/11/17 11:22 am 7/4/14
If you've got a fun group of people and some warm weather, this place can be a blast. We like to play games in the shallow water. Tackle football is pretty great. This time we played innertube basketball.


9/10/16 2:14 pm
One time when we came here the ants were so bad we couldn't even make it to the water, but when we tried again a couple of years later we had a blast! The shallow water was great for all of us to play in. And we were practically the only people there. We loved having the kayak and playedo a lot of water football. Great family day!
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