Cooling Off in the Sawtooth Mountains


By DeSiree Fawn

Redfish Lake, Idaho - ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) - The Sawtooth Mountains host some of Idaho’s most beautiful scenery and historic buildings. The Sawtooth Interpretive and Historical Association is a local non-profit that organizes numerous educational events in the area.

One of the most popular is the talk on birds of prey. Of course, when you go to these things, you never know what you’re going to learn… like about historic refrigerators, for instance.

"Electricity didn’t come to the Stanley Basin until 1954, and so up until that time, the only way to keep things cold was to build these big huge log refrigerators, that had really thick, two foot thick walls that were filled with sawdust. And then they would cut ice off of Little Stanley Lake and bring the ice up here to cool it off,” said Terry Clark, Executive Director of the Sawtooth Interpretive and Historical Association.

Ice from lakes such as Redfish kept old freezers cold all year long. A few months out of the year, these chilly lakes thaw out enough for visitors to jump in and feel the chill.

Redfish is a great place to do all sorts of fun water sports. While you’re up here, you can also indulge your artistic side and learn about the area.

“We like people to come up and have fun and hike and play in the water. But it’s also nice if we can bring a deeper connection and maybe make people start to think even more about their surroundings and hopefully the arts we’ve chosen help get that across,” said Tori Madsen, Board Member of the Sawtooth Interpretive and Historical Association.

Whether you come up to relax on the beach, enjoy live music, or just hang out in the water, many days Redfish feels so magicaI, it’s a bit like Idaho’s own private Disneyland.

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