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Arrowrock Dam and Reservoir

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Address: Idaho Highway 21, Boise, ID 83712
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+1 208-373-4007

was once the tallest dam in the world

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Water in the desert

Not far from the east end of Boise, this dam is easily reached in 20 minutes. Lovely desert environment and a great place for photographers.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 16, 2016
Seattle, Washington
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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

Not far from the east end of Boise, this dam is easily reached in 20 minutes. Lovely desert environment and a great place for photographers.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2016

The reservoir is little more than a place to store water for Boise. Without a boat this lake has little to offer. If your visiting and looking for scenic view, do yourself a favor and just drive to McCall

1 Thank Rich B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2016

What a beautiful place to visit....everything is so clean around there. Great seeing so much water pouring through it! Found out that this dam was built prior to the Hoover Dam which was "supposedly" designed after this one.

Thank janet583
Boise, Idaho
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2016

Don't know that I'll ever get used to narrow, winding dirt roads but man is it pretty out there. Super short drive from downtown. People camp and fish on the beach/shore of the reservoir. Great for an afternoon picnic, fishing, or camping. I'm a fan.

Thank jmbudihas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2016

One of the best times to visit is in the spring and fall when the water level starts to go done a little.

Thank David R
Nampa, Idaho, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2016

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 

Thank Kurt W
Boise, ID.
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank IdahoFlyer
Boise, Idaho
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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.

1 Thank mini
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4 of 5 bubbles 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..

5 Thank BPD501

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