Meadow Lake

Salmon River Drainage

  • Recommended Fishing Water
  • Family Fishing Water

Meadow Lake in Lemhi County is 35.0 acres.

At over 9100 feet in elevation, Meadow Lake is the highest mountain lake you can drive to in this region. The snow-melt lake is a beautiful setting for a fishing and camping weekend with unique wildlife viewing opportunities. A Forest Service campground next to the lake offers a stunning view of the surrounding Lemhi Mountains.

Facilities

Motor Restriction
Yes
Boat Ramp
No
Dock
No
Toilet
Handicap Accessible
Campground
Yes
ADA Access
Yes

Directions

From Leadore, drive 17 miles southeast on State Hwy 28 and turn right (west) onto Forest Service Road 002. From the south, turn left onto FS 002 about 1.8 miles north of Gilmore summit. Follow the gravel road approximately 6 miles as it climbs 2,080 feet to the lake.

Recommended Game Fish

Species Observed in Surveys

Fish Stocking Records

Date Species Quantity General Size
8/13/2019 Rainbow Trout 1,971 Greater than 6 inches
8/13/2019 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 6,001 Less than 6 inches
7/24/2019 Rainbow Trout 2,106 Greater than 6 inches
8/8/2018 Rainbow Trout 2,007 Greater than 6 inches
8/8/2018 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 4,139 Less than 6 inches
6/28/2018 Rainbow Trout 1,999 Greater than 6 inches
8/7/2017 Rainbow Trout 1,840 Greater than 6 inches
8/7/2017 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 4,209 Less than 6 inches
7/12/2017 Rainbow Trout 2,160 Greater than 6 inches
8/8/2016 Rainbow Trout 1,998 Greater than 6 inches
8/8/2016 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 4,199 Less than 6 inches
6/27/2016 Rainbow Trout 1,999 Greater than 6 inches
8/17/2015 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
8/17/2015 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 5,985 Less than 6 inches
6/23/2015 Rainbow Trout 2,040 Greater than 6 inches
8/19/2014 Rainbow Trout 1,931 Greater than 6 inches
8/19/2014 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 5,994 Less than 6 inches
7/1/2014 Rainbow Trout 2,190 Greater than 6 inches
8/12/2013 Rainbow Trout 2,001 Greater than 6 inches
8/12/2013 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 4,256 Less than 6 inches
6/28/2013 Rainbow Trout 1,999 Greater than 6 inches
8/9/2012 Rainbow Trout 2,008 Greater than 6 inches
8/9/2012 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 4,208 Less than 6 inches
6/29/2012 Rainbow Trout 2,031 Greater than 6 inches
8/23/2011 Rainbow Trout 2,005 Greater than 6 inches
8/23/2011 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 4,210 Less than 6 inches
7/21/2011 Rainbow Trout 2,002 Greater than 6 inches
8/18/2010 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
8/18/2010 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 4,198 Less than 6 inches
7/13/2010 Rainbow Trout 2,002 Greater than 6 inches
8/10/2009 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
7/6/2009 Rainbow Trout 2,224 Greater than 6 inches
8/21/2008 Rainbow Trout 2,024 Greater than 6 inches
7/8/2008 Rainbow Trout 1,997 Greater than 6 inches
8/13/2007 Rainbow Trout 1,999 Greater than 6 inches
6/28/2007 Rainbow Trout 2,002 Greater than 6 inches
8/15/2006 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
6/29/2006 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
8/12/2005 Rainbow Trout 2,030 Greater than 6 inches
8/12/2005 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 1,365 Less than 6 inches
6/30/2005 Rainbow Trout 2,250 Greater than 6 inches
8/17/2004 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
6/30/2004 Rainbow Trout 2,048 Greater than 6 inches
8/20/2002 Rainbow Trout 2,015 Greater than 6 inches
8/7/2002 Rainbow Trout 2,070 Less than 6 inches
7/1/2002 Rainbow Trout 1,998 Greater than 6 inches
8/14/2001 Rainbow Trout 2,002 Greater than 6 inches
7/2/2001 Rainbow Trout 2,024 Greater than 6 inches
8/21/2000 Cutthroat Trout 1,350 Less than 6 inches
8/21/2000 Rainbow Trout 1,500 Greater than 6 inches
8/16/1999 Rainbow Trout 1,568 Greater than 6 inches
7/16/1999 Rainbow Trout 1,645 Greater than 6 inches
8/11/1998 Cutthroat Trout 1,350 Less than 6 inches
8/11/1998 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
7/20/1998 Rainbow Trout 2,040 Greater than 6 inches
8/19/1997 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
7/15/1997 Rainbow Trout 1,668 Greater than 6 inches
7/3/1997 Rainbow Trout 390 Greater than 6 inches
8/23/1996 Rainbow Trout 1,520 Greater than 6 inches
8/22/1996 Cutthroat Trout 1,352 Less than 6 inches
7/15/1996 Rainbow Trout 2,030 Greater than 6 inches
8/10/1995 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
7/27/1995 Rainbow Trout 2,104 Greater than 6 inches
7/19/1994 Rainbow Trout 2,205 Greater than 6 inches
6/28/1994 Rainbow Trout 1,840 Greater than 6 inches
8/5/1993 Rainbow Trout 2,015 Greater than 6 inches
7/12/1993 Rainbow Trout 2,080 Greater than 6 inches
7/29/1992 Rainbow Trout 2,025 Greater than 6 inches
6/29/1992 Rainbow Trout 2,014 Greater than 6 inches
8/5/1991 Rainbow Trout 2,125 Greater than 6 inches
7/10/1991 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
8/6/1990 Rainbow Trout 2,016 Greater than 6 inches
7/12/1990 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
7/26/1989 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
6/29/1989 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
7/26/1988 Rainbow Trout 2,025 Greater than 6 inches
6/29/1988 Rainbow Trout 1,680 Greater than 6 inches
7/28/1987 Rainbow Trout 1,540 Greater than 6 inches
7/2/1987 Rainbow Trout 1,452 Greater than 6 inches
8/6/1986 Rainbow Trout 1,500 Greater than 6 inches
7/17/1986 Rainbow Trout 1,575 Greater than 6 inches
7/16/1985 Rainbow Trout 3,360 Greater than 6 inches
6/26/1985 Rainbow Trout 1,500 Greater than 6 inches
8/8/1984 Rainbow Trout 2,032 Greater than 6 inches
7/12/1984 Rainbow Trout 840 Greater than 6 inches
7/21/1983 Rainbow Trout 985 Greater than 6 inches
8/13/1982 Rainbow Trout 2,565 Greater than 6 inches
7/16/1982 Rainbow Trout 3,375 Greater than 6 inches
7/7/1981 Rainbow Trout 6,120 Greater than 6 inches
7/17/1980 Rainbow Trout 5,100 Greater than 6 inches
7/17/1979 Rainbow Trout 4,000 Greater than 6 inches
7/27/1978 Rainbow Trout 3,680 Greater than 6 inches
6/29/1977 Rainbow Trout 7,040 Greater than 6 inches
7/7/1976 Rainbow Trout 4,200 Greater than 6 inches
7/25/1975 Rainbow Trout 4,290 Greater than 6 inches
7/29/1974 Rainbow Trout 2,720 Greater than 6 inches
9/18/1973 Rainbow Trout 4,800 Less than 6 inches
7/5/1973 Rainbow Trout 3,000 Greater than 6 inches
9/30/1972 Rainbow Trout 750 Less than 6 inches
7/20/1972 Rainbow Trout 3,060 Greater than 6 inches
7/30/1971 Rainbow Trout 2,970 Greater than 6 inches
9/11/1970 Cutthroat Trout 504 Less than 6 inches
7/8/1970 Rainbow Trout 1,740 Greater than 6 inches
7/11/1969 Rainbow Trout 2,600 Greater than 6 inches
7/2/1968 Rainbow Trout 1,680 Greater than 6 inches
10/16/1967 Rainbow Trout 480 Less than 6 inches
Source: IDFG Fish Stocking Database.

Licenses and Tags

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Although the campground has water facilities, the supply may be seasonal. Plan accordingly for drinking and cooking. Pack in-pack out trash.

Fishing Rules

All Waters Open All Year

Except as modified in Special Rules
Fishing is not allowed within the posted upstream and downstream boundary of any fish weir or trap.

Daily Bag Limits

The following daily bag limits apply to all waters within each region except as modified in the Special Rules. The possession limit is 3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season.

Special Rules

No Special Rules for Meadow Lake.
Salmon Region Bag Limits
Bass (Largemouth and Smallmouth)
  • No bag, size or possession limits
Brook Trout
  • Brook Trout limit is 25
  • Harvest allowed during any open season unless otherwise noted under Special Rules - if gear or bait restrictions are listed, they must be followed when fishing for Brook Trout
Bull Trout
  • Bull trout limit is 0, catch-and-release
Kokanee
  • Kokanee limit is 25
Salmon (ocean-going)
  • Salmon seasons and limits are set annually by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission and rules are issued in a separate brochure
  • Fishing for or targeting salmon is prohibited unless a salmon season is specifically opened for that water
Steelhead (ocean-going)
  • Defined as Rainbow Trout longer than twenty (20) inches in length in the Salmon River drainage (excluding the Lemhi and Pahsimeroi rivers, lakes and reservoirs, and ponds)
  • Fishing for or targeting steelhead is prohibited unless a steelhead season is specifically opened for that water (see fishing regulations for details)
Sturgeon
  • Sturgeon limit is 0, catch-and-release
  • Sturgeon must not be removed from the water and must be released upon landing
  • Barbless hooks and sliding sinkers are required, see fishing regulations for details
Tiger Muskie
  • Tiger Muskie limit is 2, none under 40 inches
Trout includes Lake Trout, Golden Trout, Arctic Grayling, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Sunapee Trout and trout hybrids (e.g. Tiger Trout)
  • Trout limit is 6, all species combined
  • Chinook Salmon placed in ponds are considered in the trout bag limit
  • Does not include Bull Trout and Brook Trout which are listed separately
Whitefish
  • Whitefish limit is 25
  • Harvest allowed during any open season unless otherwise noted under Special Rules - if gear or bait restrictions are listed, they must be followed when fishing for whitefish
Protected Nongame Fish including Pacific Lamprey
  • May not be harvested or possessed
All Other Fish Species includes bullfrogs and crayfish
  • No bag, size or possession limit
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