Pettit Lake and Dreamy Day Use Area

Total Miles


2,140.89 ft



Technical Rating



Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

Beautiful clear blue lake with mountains rising up behind. The best view is from the official Day Use area. It has a little beach with picnic tables and some fire pits, as well as some trees for shade. Bring your lunch and stay awhile. The drive in is a gravel washboard road and can be pretty dusty but is accessible by all vehicles. There are some dispersed campsites along the way to the lake once you cross the creek and get into the pines. There is also a campground at the lake, take the road that leads around to the right at the lake. The campsites are away from the water in the trees and it's $18 a night. Each site has a picnic table and a fire pit and there are pit toilets. The lake has a boat launch but please look up any rules before your trip if you are planning on boating, the signs at the launch were a bit confusing and indicating no personal craft use. The road that goes around the left side of the lake is just access for private cabins, there were no other day use spots or better views of the lake.

Photos of Pettit Lake and Dreamy Day Use Area

Pettit Lake and Dreamy Day Use Area
Pettit Lake and Dreamy Day Use Area
Pettit Lake and Dreamy Day Use Area


Dusty washboard gravel road accessible by passenger car and for hauling in camping trailers and boat trailers, best traveled in spring, summer, and fall.

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Status Reports

Derek Thomas
Jun 17, 2023

Access Description

From Stanley head south on State Hwy 74 for 21.4 miles the turn-off for Pettit Lake will be on the right and there will be signs. From Ketchum take State Hwy 74 north for 45.9 miles and the road for Pettit Lake will be on the left. You will have to cross traffic there is no designated turn lane.

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