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Address: Idaho Highway 21, Boise, ID 83712
Phone Number: +1 208-373-4007
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was once the tallest dam in the world

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Water in the desert

Not far from the east end of Boise, this dam is easily reached in 20 minutes. Lovely desert environment and a great place for photographers.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 September 2016
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Seattle, Washington
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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Not far from the east end of Boise, this dam is easily reached in 20 minutes. Lovely desert environment and a great place for photographers.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

The reservoir is little more than a place to store water for Boise. Without a boat this lake has little to offer. If your visiting and looking for scenic view, do yourself a favor and just drive to McCall

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016

What a beautiful place to visit....everything is so clean around there. Great seeing so much water pouring through it! Found out that this dam was built prior to the Hoover Dam which was "supposedly" designed after this one.

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Boise, Idaho
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

Don't know that I'll ever get used to narrow, winding dirt roads but man is it pretty out there. Super short drive from downtown. People camp and fish on the beach/shore of the reservoir. Great for an afternoon picnic, fishing, or camping. I'm a fan.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2016

One of the best times to visit is in the spring and fall when the water level starts to go done a little.

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Nampa, Idaho, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2016

I really like to visit Arrowrock reservoir. There are generally a lot less people using Arrowrock than Lucky Peak, due to the dirt road and lack of facilities at Arrowrock. The old historic dam is really great to see and take photos on. The fishing is very good for both kokanee and trout, if you know where to go and... More 

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Boise, ID.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015

I have been fishing above Arrowrock dam in the reservoir for close to 40 years, camping here and there also. It's a semi rough but drivable dirt road, it's better going after it is graded. The old dam is cool to look at and in the spring when water levels are high watching the water being let out is interesting.

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Boise, Idaho
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2015

If you want warm water and very little crowd, Arrowrock is the place to go. The camping is free, but facilities are limited. Vault toilets at the ramp and at Irish point. I've been coming here for a few years and I like it better than Lucky Peak. The road is rough and narrow, so it's not for the faint... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2015

We visited Arrowrock Dam and Reservoir as we drove into Boise. Its a good area to explore with fishing and boating opportunities. We saw several boats on the lake even though it was close to sunset. We liked the scenic views as well as we drove along Idaho 21.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2013

The ramp is paved, but the docks are not always in the water. So not a great place on a windy day with a larger boat. The fishing can be excellent. Check out the Kokanee Forum for up to date tips. Locations, color, depth, etc..

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