Idaho's Water Access Homes

The sun is just peaking over the horizon. The early morning air is crisp. It’s quiet, the only sound is crickets, bugs, and birds singing to the morning. The water is up past your knees, but your waders keep you dry, and you get ready for that first cast of the day. This is your ideal morning. Fishing in the river, just you and nature, and that catch of a lifetime. You don’t have to just enjoy fishing, though. Hit the lake on a boat, go for swim, or have a blast with whitewater sports.

Idaho is full of outdoor activities, and plenty of water related ones. When you’re looking for Idaho real estate, you want awesome water access. You love the outdoors, and you love being around water. Idaho boasts some world famous fishing spots, but fishing isn’t all that Idaho has to offer. If you love water, you’ll find plenty of chances for you to enjoy getting wet in Idaho. Many real estate options have easy water access nearby.

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1389 Ford Drive, Mccall $3,900,000

  • 5 Beds
  • 5.5 Baths
  • 5,464 SqFt
  • 0.79 Acres

Rare Find On Payette Lake, Built In 2008, This Home Is Stunning And Beautifully Built With Entertaining And Recreating In Mind. Desirable East Side Of The Lake For Extra Sun In The Evenings On Your Patio, Private Beach And Boat Dock. 100 Feet Of Deeded Lake...

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219 W Lake Street, Mccall $3,900,000

  • 6 Beds
  • 6.0 Baths
  • 5,597 SqFt
  • 0.49 Acres

Gorgeous And Spacious Custom Home On Payette Lake With 90 Feet Of Private Beach And A Private Dock. All High-end Finishes Throughout And Beautifully Landscaped. 6-bed, 6-bath, 2 Fireplaces And A 3-car Attached Garage. Fully Functional Kitchen With All The E...

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1357 S Heron Pointe Lane, Eagle $3,500,000

  • 7 Beds
  • 10.0 Baths
  • 12,063 SqFt
  • 3.82 Acres

Exquisite Luxury At The Pointe In Two Rivers. Private Oasis Awaits The Most Distinguished Buyer. Home Boasts 12063 Sq. Ft. Of Comfortable Living Space. Backyard Paradise With Infinity Pool, Outdoor Kitchen, Hot Tub, Fire Pit And Surround Sound, All With A...

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2130 Payette Drive, Mccall $2,900,000

  • 4 Beds
  • 4.5 Baths
  • 8,502 SqFt
  • 0.36 Acres

Stunning Turn Key Residence (includes The Surf Boat; Boat Lift And 2 Jet Skis) On The West Shore Of Payette Lake. This 4251 Square Foot Home Features 4 Bedrooms; 4.5 Baths; Open Floor Plan; Vaulted Ceilings; High End Finishes; Gourmet Kitchen; Upstairs Ap...

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12829 Dawn Dr, Donnelly $2,795,000

  • 6 Beds
  • 6.0 Baths
  • 8,390 SqFt
  • 0.59 Acres

Pc6705 Masterful Design & Modern Luxury Are Uniquely Embodied In This 6 Bd 6 Ba Lakefront Home. Unobstructed Views Of Lake Cascade & Tamarack Resort. 7,463 Sf Occupy The Main House, W/an Additional 927 Sf Of Living Space In The Detached Guest House. The 2 C...

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2195 Lakeview Ave, Mccall $2,400,000

  • 6 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 2,260 SqFt
  • 1.24 Acres

Deeded Payette Lakefront Home In Harris Cove With 162 Ft. Of Lake Frontage On 1.24 Acres. Plenty Of Room To Build A Second Home. Classic 2 Story Home With Sandy Beach, Private Dock, Cabana, Nicely Wooded Lot And Your Own Private Huckleberry Patch. Start ...

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2242 Payette Drive, Mccall $2,395,000

  • 4 Beds
  • 3.0 Baths
  • 3,728 SqFt
  • 0.71 Acres

Lakefront Home Completely Remodeled In 2010. Includes Guest Quarters Above Detached Four Car Garage. Home Features Large Lakeside Deck, Private Beach And Dock. Incredible Views Of The Lake And Eastern Mountain Range. Large Level Lot Supplies Abundant Parkin...

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305 W Lake Street, Mccall $1,999,000

  • 5 Beds
  • 3.0 Baths
  • 2,628 SqFt
  • 0.45 Acres

South Shore Payette Lake Front Home And Cottage W/spectacular Views To The North, Walking Distance To Town, .449 Acres, 90’ Frontage Across Two Parcels. The ’small Cottage Is Close To The Water, Main Street Side Home Has 4 Bdrms, 3 Baths On 2 Levels, Grea...

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1041 E Rivers End Drive, Eagle $1,995,000

  • 4 Beds
  • 5.0 Baths
  • 4,934 SqFt
  • 2.52 Acres

Nestled Along The South Fork Of The Boise River, This Modern Masterpiece Was Created By Visionary Architect Trey Hoff And Built By Tradewinds. This 2013 Award-winning Parade Home Is The Ultimate In Luxury Living! Spectacular Indoor-outdoor Design With A 3...

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946 Shearwater Dr, Eagle $1,725,000

  • 4 Beds
  • 4.5 Baths
  • 5,566 SqFt
  • 0.86 Acres

Tuscan Beauty At The Pointe /two Rivers. You Won't Find Another Home Like This! Private Pond, Waterfall, Gorgeous Saltwater Swimming Pool, 5-car Garage, Graceful Porte Cochere, Vaulted Ceilings & Rustic Beams, Custom Built-ins, Wide-planked Birch Hardwood &...

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2779 Big Salmon Rd, Riggins $1,700,000

  • 3 Beds
  • 1.0 Baths
  • 1,248 SqFt
  • 159.53 Acres

159 Acre Wilderness Ranch On The Salmon River, 3/4 Mile Of River Frontage With White Sand Beaches. Surrounded By Thousands Of Acres Of National Forest & Wilderness Areas. No Other Private Property Close By. Hydro, Solar Power With A Back-up 5 Kw Generator. ...

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26 Freedom Ranch Road / 20 Charters Mountain Ranch Rd, Garden Valley $1,699,999

  • 4 Beds
  • 4.0 Baths
  • 5,415 SqFt
  • 26.50 Acres

Mountain Retreat On The South Fork Of The Payette River In Garden Valley! Legacy Family, Church, Or Corporate Property On 26.5 Acres With Over 2,050 Feet Of River Frontage And Amazing Mountain Views. Package Deal: 3 Homes Included, 5,415 Sqft. Handcrafted ...

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Fishing for Fun

When you buy real estate in Idaho, you’ll notice shops all around that are stocked full of fishing gear. There are even gas stations and convenience stores that sell lures and live bait. It’s pretty clear that fishing is huge in Idaho, and with world famous destinations like Henry’s Fork and the South Fork of the Snake River, it’s easy to see why.

Henry’s Fork is a spring-fed river. It meanders for miles, and features some of the best trout fishing in Idaho. It’s a diverse river, flowing from the Island Park Caldera to grasslands, cutting through Box Canyon, and slithering through farmland before meeting up with the Snake River. Henry’s Fork features excellent fishing, because it provides plenty of spawning points for the trout, and it’s popular because it’s not heavily regulated by Fish and Game.

Every single mile of the South Fork could be called the best trout fishing in the world. It travels over 60 miles in its journey to meet up with Henry’s Fork. It’s divided into three sections, with the upper starting at the Palisades Dam. The next section is the canyon, and once you float into the canyon, you’re in it for the next 15 miles. The lower section is great for brown trout, and offers great spots to fish.

For water access closer to Boise, there are several options, and they are far more accessible. Lake Cascade is large reservoir that covers about 30,000 acres. It’s 70 miles north of Treasure Valley at its namesake town. It has easy access, and provides plenty of fun water activities. There are boat ramps and beaches, so you can take the lake, do some swimming, or just lounge on the beach. And you can fish right from the shore.

South of Mountain Home is the C.J. Strike Reservoir. It covers about 7,500 acres, and you can head out on a boat, or relax on the shore. It’s popular for its variety of fish, and you can also camp out along the shoreline. Enjoy the water, and relax.

Whitewater Excitement

You can up the excitement level, and ease of access by staying right in Boise. In fact, if you have your heart set on Boise real estate, you’ve got something special in store. You need to check out the Boise River Park. It’s a recent addition to the river, and features artificial waves that create white water. Practice kayaking in white water, or just enjoy the river.

The park also offers a unique experience you most likely won’t find anywhere else in Idaho. You can surf the river. The current created by the whitewater, and the other systems to adjust the water level, create conditions that allow you to surf the river.

Whitewater sports and river surfing aren’t all that’s offered at the Boise River Park. There’s also an area where you can enjoy stand up paddle boarding. You still use a surfboard, but you just stand up and use a paddle instead. This lets you enjoy the calmer parts of the river, and take part in fun exercises on the water. If fishing is still on your mind, you can do that here as well. The park is a great addition to Boise, and it makes the city a perfect place to buy a home and check out real estate. You love the water, and it’s right here. It’s a match made in heaven.

Living by the Water

Water access is important to you, and you are looking at homes for sale that provide the water access you’re looking for. Fortunately for you, Idaho real estate is practically swimming with water. Rivers and lakes cut all across Idaho, and most cities have rivers flowing right through them, or at least close by. If it has to do with water, Idaho has it.

You can even check out the many hot pools around Idaho, like Lava Hot Springs or the Springs Resort. For a two-hour drive or less, there are around 10 different hot springs near Boise. Of course, you don’t have to leave Boise. There are plenty of swimming pools within the city, and you can always check out the Barber Pool. It’s a conservation area, and a perfect example of the blend of nature that Idaho offers. 

It all comes down to choice. Would you rather check out real estate in a bigger city, like Boise? There’s plenty of water access and activities in an around the city, so you won’t be missing out simply because you live in the capitol of Idaho. Or do you want to check out real estate around smaller cities and towns? The fact of the matter is no matter where you decide to live, there’s water everywhere in Idaho. It’s easy enough to take a weekend and head out to a lake for camping, swimming, boating, and fishing.

So, what kind of real estate do you want? All you have to do is decide if you want to live in a big city like Boise, a smaller town like Island Park, or somewhere in between. No matter where you end up, you’ll be happy living in Idaho, because living in Idaho is a lifestyle built around the outdoors and easy access to water.

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Listing information last updated on February 19th, 2017 at 10:37pm MST.