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Address: Idaho Highway 21, Boise, ID 83712
Phone Number: 208 373 4007
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was once the tallest dam in the world

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Lots to see and do at the reservoir!

I really like to visit Arrowrock reservoir. There are generally a lot less people using Arrowrock than Lucky Peak, due to the dirt road and lack of facilities at Arrowrock. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Kurt W
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Nampa, Idaho, United States
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Nampa, Idaho, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I really like to visit Arrowrock reservoir. There are generally a lot less people using Arrowrock than Lucky Peak, due to the dirt road and lack of facilities at Arrowrock. The old historic dam is really great to see and take photos on. The fishing is very good for both kokanee and trout, if you know where to go and... More 

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Boise, ID.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

I have been fishing above Arrowrock dam in the reservoir for close to 40 years, camping here and there also. It's a semi rough but drivable dirt road, it's better going after it is graded. The old dam is cool to look at and in the spring when water levels are high watching the water being let out is interesting.

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Boise, Idaho
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

If you want warm water and very little crowd, Arrowrock is the place to go. The camping is free, but facilities are limited. Vault toilets at the ramp and at Irish point. I've been coming here for a few years and I like it better than Lucky Peak. The road is rough and narrow, so it's not for the faint... More 

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

We visited Arrowrock Dam and Reservoir as we drove into Boise. Its a good area to explore with fishing and boating opportunities. We saw several boats on the lake even though it was close to sunset. We liked the scenic views as well as we drove along Idaho 21.

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1 Thank mini
Idaho
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

The ramp is paved, but the docks are not always in the water. So not a great place on a windy day with a larger boat. The fishing can be excellent. Check out the Kokanee Forum for up to date tips. Locations, color, depth, etc..

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5 Thank BPD501
Boise, Idaho
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

It's tricky to get here. A steep incline in to the reservoir on a one lane dirt road is a little nerve racking. Picnic areas are rocky and limited. It's supposedly good for Kokanee trolling from a boat and under the dam is one of the best fly fishing areas in the state.

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3 Thank TheBoisean
Emmett, Idaho
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

If you want to get out of town for a day of fishing and not have to drive too far, this is a good place to go. Whether trolling from a boat or fishing from shore, the fishing is usually pretty decent. It's open year round, but make sure you have a fishing license if you're 14 or older.

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4 Thank FrankandTresa
Boise, Idaho
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

Great camping and fishing. Take your drift boat (strone motor) and catch your limit with a variety of fish. Hot in the summer. Fall and spring months are great.

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Boise, Idaho
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

Most people go to Lucky Peak reservoir for their summer relaxation. But, go 20 miles toward Atlanta and the area is desolate, quiet, peaceful and best of all - free from people. Be careful on the road, one wrong move and you could go off a cliff or into the water.

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Meridian, Idaho, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012

Was the highest dam in the world prior to Hoover. Impressive structure and spillway (which rarely runs), but access is limited due to higher security since 9/11.

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