Balance Rock – Buhl, Idaho

Balance Rock – Buhl, Idaho

Sometimes you are aware of something but don’t really think it is worth taking the time to go see.  Balance Rock is probably one of these places, you’ve heard of it, seen it on a postcard or on TV but never thought it was such a big deal that you would want to take the time to drive out and see it.  You would be amazed at how beautiful the whole experience will be.

The light is south of Buhl in the Salmon Falls Creek Canyon and is over 48 feet tall and 40 tons, wind-carved rock which balances precariously on a pedestal only 3 feet by 17 inches.  Just think of that, all that weight sitting on something so small for so many years!

The canyon is little, as is the campground in it, but the sights are fabulous.  The hike up to the Balanced Rock is not difficult and gives you a whole new appreciation for this rock.  It is huge and beautiful, nature did a great job creating this wonder for you to enjoy.

While there you may want to visit Salmon Falls Creek reservoir which was built in 1919 to provide water for irrigation to farms.  It has formed a lake which is filled with fish including brown trout, Chinook and kokanee salmon, yellow perch, black crappe channel catfish, small mouth bass, and walleye.  Not only can you fish during the summer but ice fishing is great here too.  This is the premier walleye fishery in Idaho.

If you want to hunt the area you can hunt for antelope and upland game birds.

If you are an outdoors person then you want to visit the Burley area where boating, fishing, hunting and hiking are favorite activities.  There are developed and primitive recreation sites along more than four miles of Snake River shoreline int he canyon.

Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir


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