Ben Ross Reservoir Idaho Fishing, Camping, Boating

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Ben Ross Reservoir

Grab your fishing pole and head to Ben Ross Reservoir - an excellent fishing spot in western Idaho that never gets crowded and is accessible all year round. Read More

  • The perfect fishing spot to enjoy the peace and solitude of western Idaho.
  • Just a 50 mile drive from McCall.
  • Open year round with no entrance fee.
  • An excellent area for birdwatching.


If you love boating and fishing, you will definitely enjoy a trip to Ben Ross Reservoir. Named after one of Idaho’s former governors, this remote reservoir is southwest of McCall just outside the tiny community of Indian Valley. The perfect place to get away from it all, you can enjoy the peace and quiet of the surrounding western Idaho countryside.

Location & Information

Ben Ross Reservoir is a 50 mile drive from McCall. Head northwest on Hwy 55 to New Meadows, then continue on Hwy 95 for about 34 miles to Indian Valley Rd. Turn left and the reservoir is about 6 miles ahead. You can access the reservoir free of charge all year round.

For more information contact the Idaho Fish and Game Department at (208) 465-8465, or visit their website.


Boating & Fishing – You’ll find some great fishing at this reservoir. Excellent for catching largemouth bass, you might also catch black crappie, bluegill, smallmouth bass, and Kokanee salmon. Bring your camping gear and pitch your tent in one of the nearby campgrounds as you relax and enjoy the fresh air and spectacular starry skies at night.

Birdwatching – Bring your binoculars to view splendid birds native to this area. Some of the birds you might spot include long-billed curlew, burrowing owl, Ferruginous hawks, Swainson’s hawks, and sage-grouse. While spring time is the best for birdwatching, you may also see swan, snow goose, and Goldeneye during migration season.

Fun Facts

  • Ben Ross Reservoir is 350 acres.
  • The reservoir’s elevation is 3,163 feet.
  • It was named after C. Ben Ross, who was first elected Governor of Idaho in 1932.
  • The reservoir has one boat ramp.