DON’T MISS THE REDFISH VISITOR CENTER & GALLERY!
Open daily through September 12 from 9:30am – 5pm.
If you have any questions, please stop by or call us at 208-774-3376.
The focus of the Redfish Visitor Center & Gallery is interpretive and educational programs. Our team of Naturalists offers a variety of educational programs every day. Come and learn about local flora, fauna, ecology, and geology.
Free educational programs at the Redfish Visitor Center & Gallery:
- Junior Ranger Programs: These are 45 to 60 minute programs for kids ages 5 – 12 (parents are welcome too!). You and your kids will learn about the environment and ecological processes. Find these programs at the Redfish Visitor Center.
- Discovery Stations: No time commitment here! Come and go from these quick stations. Find us outside near the Redfish Lodge or Stanley Lake boat ramp or at area trailheads or at your campsite. We discuss a variety of topics including scat and tracks and macroinvertebrates.
- Guided Walks: Our guided walks aren’t focused on the destination, but the journey. Learn about the nature you observe from our naturalists as you walk for 60 to 90 minutes. Meet at the Redfish Visitor Center before traveling to the trailhead.
- Patio Talk: This 15 minute program gives visitors a quick overview of something special in the area. We might have a short discussion on the glacial geology or the Kokanee spawning in Fishhook Creek. These programs happen daily on our front porch.
- Ranger Talk: Want to dive a little deeper into a subject, but busy in the evening? Join us for a 30-minute ranger talk in the Redfish Amphitheater. These programs are similar to an evening program but a bit shorter and held in the afternoon.
- Evening Programs: Join us for engaging evening talks about wildlife, climbing, geology, history or another Sawtooth National Recreation Area topic. Talks are held at the Redfish Amphitheater at 7pm and last up to an hour. They are typically held on Thursdays and Saturdays in July and August and Fridays and Saturdays in June, but check in at the Visitor Center for details.
- Lady of the Lake Boat Tours: CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE In conjunction with Redfish Lake Lodge, we offer boat tours of Redfish Lake. A Naturalist will reveal the wonders of Sawtooth region history, geology, and ecology while you enjoy the beauty of the Lake. What better way to learn about the “red” fish of Redfish Lake?Lady of the Lake Boat Tours leave from the Redfish Lodge Marina on Saturdays at 3:30pm and Sundays at 1pm. Sign up at the Marina early! Pontoons take a 60-minute loop around the lake. Cost: $15 per adult and $5 per child (ages 6 – 12). Kids 5 and under are free. There is a $60 minimum for the boat to leave so bring your friends and family.
If you want to schedule large group educational programming, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, our knowledgeable naturalists will help you plan backcountry trips with current maps, guidebooks, and backcountry condition reports, and provide current information about camping, trail status, fishing, and backcountry conditions. Information on Middle Fork Salmon and Main Salmon River floating and conditions can be found along with a complete listing and contact information for all of the region’s outfitters and guides for rafting, fishing, horseback, mountain biking, or hiking adventures.
Experience another side of Redfish Lake at the Redfish Gallery. Idaho artists use their talent to interpret the region. Some of the artists include:
Andrea Beaudreau – Crochet
Thad Gerheim – Photography
Dana Higby – Ceramics
Brian Jackson – Photography
Nadene Kranz – Oil painting
Karen Lesser – Oil painting
Dan Looney – Various painting medium
Terry MacNichol – Ceramics
Scott Marchant – Photography
Evelyn Phillips – Map Prints
Deanna Schrell – Oil Painting
Andy Sewell – Various painting medium
Anne Watson Sorenson – Watercolor/Giclee
Kim Thompson – Ceramics
Susan Winget – Ceramics
The Redfish Visitor Center & Gallery has the following amenities:
- 24 hour Wi-Fi “hotspot”, with free Internet service in a comfortable lounge with a view of the lake.
- CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: Theater with a large flat screen TV to watch the interesting videos about the wonders of the Sawtooth NRA. Come and learn about our resident wolverines, and the ecologic and economic importance of annual salmon runs.
- A large multi-use room has replaced the old diorama exhibit space. It serves as a gallery highlighting photography and art from local artists; for viewing or purchase. (A portion of proceeds are retained to support the Center’s interpretative mission). This room seats up to 140 people, and may be rented for events and meetings.
If you have ideas, suggestions or recommendations about what you would like to see or experience at the Redfish Visitor Center & Gallery, please drop us a note through the website or in our suggestion box at the Redfish Visitor Center & Gallery.
SIHA Photo Contest!
Do you have an amazing photo taken in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area? Enter it in our photo contest by September 1, 2021 and be eligible for a prize! Entry is free and the contest is open to any nonprofessional photographers. There are three categories: Scenery, Wildlife and People in Nature. Individuals can submit up to three photos to email@example.com. Call 208-774-3376 with any questions. We can’t wait to see your photographs!
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