With the spring weather beginning to warm southern Idaho from its frosty doldrums, now is a great time to lock in those reservations at area parks and campsites. One lake just 67 miles east of Twin Falls where we spent a weekend at in 2021 offers just about every amenity one can think of.

If you've never taken the easy drive from Twin Falls to Lake Walcott State Park for an afternoon or weekend campout, make sure to bring your family's bicycles, kayaks, disc golf sets, fishing poles, jet skis, and camping supplies, because this underrated destination northeast of Burley can accommodate it all. Dogs are welcome at the park too, so long as they are chained up or on a leash.

Having stayed at Lake Walcott before, I can attest to what a unique and fun road trip it makes. The bathrooms are clean, the bike paths offer beautiful views of the lake, and there's no shortage of well-manicured grass to get some bocce ball, badminton, or lawn darts in. The sunset over Lake Walcott is one of the best sites in southern Idaho to enjoy from a boat.

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Lake Walcott State Park; Greg Jannetta

As far as kayaking is concerned, you can hug the banks of the lake or paddle all the way out to Minidoka Dam. There are also numerous wooden piers to pull up to and enjoy lunch from inside your kayak. There is a local store not too far from the park's entrance if you need to fill up on supplies as well.

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