Only a ten minute drive from Downtown Boise is Lucky Peak State Park. This is a perfect place for swimming, fishing, boating, etc. You can also get to Lucky Peak by a 30 minute bike ride on the greenbelt from downtown.
You have the Spring Shores marina for boats and Sandy Point beach for a fun place to go swimming. There are great shady spots for a nice picnic and ample places to park so you can bring the whole family!
Spring shores provides two boat ramps, a marina, watercraft rentals, and a convince store. There is a volleyball area, horseshoe pits, disc golf, hiking and fishing. On a warm summer day you can expect to see the beach and marina packed. Even during the fall/winter, there are some great hikes and look out points, a great place to get fresh air or even bundle up and go for a a little kayak ride.
The entrance fee to all of Idaho’s state park is $5 per car. You can rent the sheltered picnic pavilions for weddings or family reunions. Pets are allowed on a leash at Discovery Park and Spring Shores, but not allowed at Sandy Point Beach.
The lake is created by the Lucky Peak Dam. It was completed in 1955 and its primary purpose was good control being located on the Boise River (now it is also used for power). The dam has the iconic phrase “Keep Our Forests Green” which you can see as you drive up through the beautiful mountains.
Whether you are coming to boat, swim, or hike, this is one of the best locations near Boise for any outdoor lover!