The “lucky” visitors boating on Lucky Peak Lake have the opportunity to take advantage of one the lake’s best opportunities: our boat-in areas. Through a longstanding partnership with Ada County Parks and Waterways, who provides all of the docks, a unique opportunity exists that offers boaters unprecedented access to more than 45 miles of shoreline and public lands surrounding the lake. These boat-in areas truly set Lucky Peak apart from many other lakes around the country.
Over 80 picnic/camping sites comprise Lucky Peak Lake’s boat-in areas. Whether you are looking to dock for a brief midday picnic, camp larger groups, or seek an isolated spot beneath the stars, you are likely to find a site that fits your needs. Boat-in sites are primitive areas, generally consisting of a picnic table, fire grill, and shelter (in most cases). Boat-in sites are very popular during the “100 Days of Summer” and fill quickly. Please remember docks are shared with all lake users and cannot be “claimed” while adjacent campsites are “first come first served.” Lucky Peak's boat-in sites, docks, and camping are unmatched for several hundred miles around.
Please consider the following when planning a trip to the Lucky Peak Boat-In Areas:
- Use of boat-in areas is free; however, depending on where you launch there may be applicable launch or entrance fees (Lucky Peak Dam Recreation Area and Idaho State Parks Spring Shores Marina).
- Self-contained sanitation devices are strongly recommended. Four restrooms collectively serve about one quarter of these sites – please plan accordingly. For those with on-board marine toilets, a pump-out station is available at Idaho State Park’s Spring Shores Marina free of charge.
- Lucky Peak remains in Stage 1 fire restrictions year-round. Ground fires (wood and charcoal) must be kept in Agency-provided grills and attended at all times. Rock rings are prohibited. LPG and other liquid fuel cooking stoves are allowed. Charcoal fires in portable grills are not allowed.
- Sites are “first come first served” and are not reservable.
- There is a 3-consecutive day limit at boat-in sites.
- Quiet hours are in effect from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m.
- These areas, as all of Lucky Peak Lake, are “Pack It In – Pack It Out” areas. In summer months there are dumpsters available at the larger boat ramps to drop off waste: Barclay Bay, Turner Gulch and Idaho State Park’s Spring Shores Marina.
- Cellular phone service is limited or nonexistent. An emergency phone is located near the Macks Creek Park Host Site, and payphones are available near the restroom at the Barclay Bay Host Site and at Idaho State Park’s Spring Shores Marina.
- Dogs are to be leashed in these areas unless accompanied at the shoreline to swim and fetch.