We had the good fortune to drive to the Upper Bayhorse Lake for fishing and camping fun. There are two lakes located 8 miles from the highway, Upper Bayhorse And Lower Bayhorse lakes. Bring your canoes, kayaks, float tubes, pontoon boats and any other small non motorized boats. The fly fishing is fantastic and you are sure to catch a limit of good pan-sized rainbow trout. Also, the country side has numerous trails to ride motorcycles and ATV’s. Some of which will take you to some of the old mine sites and buildings. Some may be interested in the historic Bayhorse Ghost Town that can now be accessed through the Idaho Parks and Recreation Services. The town has several old buildings including a mill, hotels, and the stone Wells Fargo Building. This town site is located about 4 miles from the highway. The campgrounds at the Upper Lake are free, but only have 7!sites. There is a picnic area at the upper lake too. You can access this area with a camper or fifth wheel trailer, but be advised, the upper four miles of road are steep and will put a tow vehicle through its paces to get you there. The lower lake is accessable to 4x4 vehicles but not recommended for trailers. It is a rugged road. But the camping there is ideal for the more outdoorsy types who prefer to “tent” it. We have spent many days in this area over the years. The views are breath-taking and worth the effort. (Hint: be sure to bring insect repellant...the mosquitoes will carry you off earlier in the year). Evenings can be a bit chilly as you are at an elevation of about 8,600 feet.
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