Anderson Ranch Reservoir is big enough to crank up your 20-foot, 450-horsepower wakeboard boat on the open water, or paddle a quiet cove in your canoe.
It's got miles of fishing, boating, water skiing and camping.
The 4,730-acre reservoir backs up in sage and pine country behind Anderson Ranch Dam on the South Fork of the Boise River, and offers lots of scenery and recreation in the summer.
It's narrow, but it's 14 miles long and has 50 miles of shoreline. And, just in case you're wondering where those kokanee are hiding when they are looking for cool water in mid-summer, it's also 315 feet deep.
But the heck with the geography lesson. Think fishing.
Although the reservoir is well known for its kokanee fishing, it also has bass and rainbow trout.
Bass anglers also know there are some lunkers in the reservoir's coves or off its rocky ledge shoreline.
Trollers also can dial in on the trout.
The reservoir is open to year-around fishing and is accessible by boat most of the year.
"There's a lot of diversity in recreation," says Wintauna Belt, who oversees recreational facilities in the Mountain Home Ranger District of the Boise National Forest.
The reservoir offers a variety of boating, from canoeing to water skiing, she said.
Besides fishing the reservoir, anglers can go upstream or downstream on the South Fork of the Boise River for trout fishing.
The Pine and Featherville areas have services from food to gas and other supplies, making it convenient for campers.
One of the main conveniences of Anderson Ranch Reservoir is the paved road from U.S. 20 to the Pine area.
The Pine Featherville Road hasn't always been paved. It was known decades ago as one of the dustiest and washboardiest gravel roads around. Not anymore.
"It's pretty comfortable to get to on a paved road," said Belt.
If you're planning an outdoors adventure at Anderson Ranch Reservoir, the U.S. Forest Service says fees at developed campsites will be effective by May 15 with all services such as drinking water and trash pickup.
Other areas will be cleaned up and ready by Memorial Day weekend.
The undeveloped or non-fee areas can be used as soon as they are accessible.
So, plan your outing. Here are campgrounds and boat ramps around the reservoir:
What: It's in an open area on the upper, northeast side of the reservoir with no designated campsites.
However, by the size of the area, it is estimated to handle 15 campers.
It has restrooms, a concrete boat ramp (no docks) but no drinking water.
It's popular for RVs and accessible by paved road.
What: The campground is located on the upper northeast side of the reservoir and has nine overnight sites.
It offers picnic tables, vault toilet, grills, trash service, concrete boat ramp, docks and drinking water.
It is popular with waterskiers and anglers. Access is off a paved road for RVs.
Fee: $5 day use; $5, camping.
What: It's a small area with three campsites near the spillway of the dam.
The camping area has tables, grills and restroom but no drinking water.
Access is available by a steep, windy road from U.S. 20. It has steep dropoffs into the canyon. It's not the best access for RVs.
It is close to the popular fly fishing stretch of the South Fork of the Boise River downstream from the dam.
What: A day use-only area with a high- and low-water boat ramp, docks and restrooms. It is reached on the gravel road from the dam, Forest Road 113.
LITTLE WILSON CREEK
What: A small, two campsite spot in a cove on the southwest side of the reservoir. It has no services or facilities. It is a short distance up from the dam. Accessible by a windy gravel road, Forest Road 113, on the steep banks of the reservoir. If you're pulling a camp trailer, it would be considered a "white-knuckled" drive.
What: Ten campsites located in a cove on the northwest side of the reservoir between the dam and Fall Creek.
There's a vault toilet but no drinking water. Each site has picnic tables and fire grills.
Accessible by Forest Road 113 and not the best for RVs.
What: Located in a cove on the northwest side of the reservoir between the dam and Fall Creek, it has two campsites with tables and grills; a vault toilet, and low-water boat ramp.
No drinking water.
Accessible by Forest Road 113 on the banks of the reservoir.
You need to be careful towing a boat or trailer.
What: A day-use area only with a boat ramp and docks. It has a restroom.
It is accessible on Forest Road 113 up from the dam on the northwest side of the reservoir.
What: This campground has sun shelters over the picnic tables and that's pretty important on Anderson Ranch Reservoir during the summer.
It includes seven campsites large enough for RVs and has tables, grills, restrooms, trash service, a concrete boat ramp and docks. There is no drinking water.
There are 10 day-use parking areas.
It is on the north side of the reservoir and best reached from Pine on a paved road.
Fee: $10 a night; $5 day-use fee.
What: You'll find a lot of undeveloped camping around the reservoir and if you can get to them (depending on sand and steepness) you can have the perfect beach spot.
Pete Zimowsky: 377-6445, Twitter: @Zimosoutdoors