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Three Yellowstone-Teton Territory Boating Spots

Posted On
May 24, 2017
Activities near Yellowstone



Yellowstone-Teton Territory is a natural gem that people from around the world flock to visit. Whether you are on vacation or are one of the lucky souls that calls Southeast Idaho home, one of the greatest ways to enjoy the area is on a boat.

In 2014, the writers at Idaho Falls Magazine created a list of the top boating spots in Southeast Idaho. Though three years have passed, the lakes are amazing as ever. Here are three of the places they recommend:

Gem Lake

Just south of Idaho Falls, many water enthusiasts might consider a visit to Gem Lake, a dammed section of the Snake River. During the Summer months, this small lake is perfect for a quick trip out on the water.


If you are looking for a serene, post card-like view, a trip to Palisades is what you need. The Palisades Dam, which was completed in 1957, is surrounded by lush forests and stunning mountain views.

Palisades is a little more than an hour away from Idaho Falls but trust us. It is worth it.

Ririe Reservoir

Ririe Reservoir, also called Blacktail Reservoir, is a 1,500 acre reservoir featuring 32 miles of shoreline. This area features canyons, much like you might see at Lake Powell. If you are looking for a world-class trip without the long drive, check out Ririe Reservoir today.

This body of water is also large enough for some epic water skiing, wakeboarding and tubing.