Kevin and Carol Bennett
Kevin and Carol Bennett

Priest Lake State Park

Hunt for huckleberries, troll for fish, hike or snowshoe to an upper lake under a dense cedar hemlock canopy or relax on a sandy beach. Priest Lake State Park has everything.

Just 30 miles from the Canadian Border, nestled deep below the crest of the Selkirk Mountains lies Priest Lake State Park.

Surrounded by the natural beauty of Northern Idaho and mile-high mountains, Priest Lake State Park sits along the eastern shores of Priest Lake, a 19-mile, 300+ foot deep lake.

Visitors to the park will enjoy the dense forests of cedar, fir and tamarack and will be able to observe the parks year round inhabitants such as the whitetail deer, black bear, moose and osprey.

Noted for its extremely clear water, fed by streams cascading from the high Selkirk peaks, the main body of Priest Lake extends north-south 19 miles and is connected by a 2 mile thoroughfare “The Thoroughfare.”to the remote Upper Priest Lake, accessible only by foot or boat., an ideal playground for kayakers and canoeist. There are numerous camping facilities available through the USFS and Idaho State Parks.

Since the time of the original Indian settlers and the Jesuit Priests of the 1800s, Priest Lake has offered a diversity of activities, and todays park visitors can enjoy many interests ranging from boating and fishing to snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.

Contact the Priest Lake Ranger Station at (208) 443-2562 for reservations.

 

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