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Located about 60 miles southeast of Rexburg, the Palisades Upper and Lower Lakes are very scenic and are accessible by hiking trails for horse or foot traffic only. The six-mile trail is in good condition and can be used for hikers, backpackers or horses. Some moose frequent the area. The Lower Palisades Lake is much smaller than the Upper Palisades, which is about two miles further up the trail. The Upper Palisades Lake is in a beautiful valley surrounded by forest and is a favorite spot for camping. Both lakes and Palisades Creek are stocked with native cutthroat trout and provide good fishing. Wildlife viewing along the trails is a good possibility. The Palisades Reservoir is ideal for water skiing in the summer and features many picnic spots and boat docks. In winter many people enjoy ice fishing.
Experienced guides in the area offer fishing and scenic tours on the Palisades Reservoir which extends from Palisades Dam 22 miles east to Alpine, Wyoming. The reservoir is nestled in the Snake River Range of the Rocky Mountains and is a most beautiful setting where wildlife thrives in abundance. The Palisades Dam backs the water up for approximately 18 miles creating picturesque Palisades Reservoir. Its body of water is 16,000 acres. It is located on Highway 26. Vacationers will find 9 campgrounds containing 181 family units. Boat launching ramps are located at convenient points along the reservoir at Blowout, Calamity, Indian Creek, Little Elk Creek, McCoy and Upper Bear Creek. All have boat docks and campgrounds except Upper Bear Creek. In the fall the foliage on the trees and bushes is especially beautiful when the leaves change their colors to brilliant orange, gold and red. A trip to Palisades during the fall can be a memorable occasion.