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The sun has just barely begun to peep above the mountains, as wetsuit-clad windsurfers, kitesailors and wing-foilers finish rigging and begin to launch onto the chilly early-morning waters of Lucky Peak Reservoir.

The lake, just eight miles east of Boise, will be busy later in the day with boaters, waterskiers, jet-skiers, swimmers and picknickers. But for now, as an early-morning thermal effect funnels a strong, cold southeast wind from the mountains across the water toward the dam, it’s the spot for windsports enthusiasts, along with a few shivering but hardy fishermen.

Betsy Russell  sailing at Lucky Peak

Betsy Russell windsurfs at Lucky Peak Reservoir

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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