Horseshoe Lake - Camp, Canoe, Dive, and Swim near Ashton, Idaho
44.1616421677251, -111.101453304291
18.3 miles E of Ashton, Idaho
GPS: 44°9'41.9"N 111°6'5.2"W
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State: Idaho

Camp, Canoe, Dive, and Swim

Horseshoe Lake is hidden back in the Targhee National Forest. It's a beautiful lake with plenty of lily pads. The road to get there is well maintained and there are many options for pull-outs and parking once you get there. The lake has a gradual decline great for wading but has plenty deep enough for swimming and canoeing. A youth camp has a floating dock out towards the middle that is often free to use for jumping in. The lake is also a great place to go fishing. No motorized boats are allowed.

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  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  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 Ashton, Idaho

  1. Head east on ID-47 N/Main St toward S 6th St
    Continue to follow ID-47 N
    (5.7 mi)
  2. Turn right onto E 1400 N/Cave Falls Rd
    Continue to follow Cave Falls Rd
    (10.4 mi)
  3. Turn left onto Horseshoe Lake Rd (4.6 mi)
  4. Turn right onto I Y T C Camp Rd (0.5 mi)
  5. Turn right onto Forest Rd 374 (0.2 mi)
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4/13/17 3:57 pm
Fun place to camp! No reservations, though, so get there early.


4/11/17 11:09 am 8/6/16
I've been here before but it's not one of my favorite swim spots off the shore. Its a pretty good spot for little kids and it's a fun place for kayaks, canoes, and innertubes though. This time we went out to the docks which is quite a swim. I'd recommend a kayak or something to get there if you're not a very strong swimmer. Despite the wind, we had a blast jumping off the dock in the middle of the lake.


7/22/15 5:24 pm
Ugh, Mosquitos drove us home early. Do not recommend without massive amounts of repellent. We were swarmed with about a hundred each time we exited our tent. Nothing we did made it any better. Campground was nice though with bear boxes on site
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