Sage Hen Reservoir Idaho Fishing, Camping, Boating

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Sage Hen Reservoir

For an out of the way spot to enjoy the beauty of west central Idaho, head down to Sage Hen Reservoir, about 46 miles south of McCall. Read More

  • A variety of scenic trails perfect for ATV riding, mountain biking, horseback riding, and hiking.
  • Rainbow trout are plentiful for the avid angler.
  • Mountains and forest surround the reservoir, making it a paradise for outdoor lovers.


Nestled in the forested mountains of Idaho, Sage Hen Reservoir is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Surrounded by mountain ridges and ponderosa pine, its clear sparkling alpine waters cover over 270 acres. Local wildlife includes osprey, elk, and moose. With a lake stocked full of trout and plenty of trails to explore, this is the perfect place to bring your family for fun and relaxation.

Location & Information

Sage Hen Reservoir, Idaho is about 46 miles south of McCall near Smith’s Ferry. You can access the reservoir between May and September.

Contact information: Emmett Ranger District (208) 365-7000. Visit the website here


Camping – You set up camp at one of four campgrounds with easy lake access, including Antelope and Sagehen Creek.

Hiking, biking, horseback riding, and ATV riding - There are several scenic trails near the reservoir perfect for exploring the area and viewing the native wildlife. The Sagehen ATV trail system includes over 20 miles of old logging roads that have an elevation gain of 1200 feet.

Boating and Fishing - The reservoir has two boat ramps from which to launch. Enjoy a relaxing day as you fish from the shore or your boat for rainbow trout and other fish.

Fun Facts

  • The Sagehen dam was built in the 1930s to provide irrigation. During irrigation season, the reservoir’s water level can get quite low.
  • Native wildflowers include the soft white clustered blooms of mountain death camas and the common chokecherry.
  • The reservoir’s elevation is just over 4,900 feet.
  • The reservoir is periodically stocked with several thousand rainbow trout.