The unlimited recreational opportunities include water sports of every kind, big game hunting, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.
Priest Lake, called “Idaho’s Crown Jewel” because of the clarity and purity of its waters, offers the visitor 23,000 acres of fun in the center of the Selkirk Mountains. In the summer season the visitor can explore 72 miles of shoreline, seven islands, and miles of public sandy beach by powerboat, sailboat, canoe, kayak, float boats or personal watercraft. If fishing is your forte, the trophy sized lake trout (Mackinaw) will overflow your creel.
Priest Lake’s winter activities include X-Country skiing at six different locations, venues and 400 miles of groomed snowmobile trails. A new connection to Sandpoint lets you have breakfast at Priest Lake, lunch at Schweitzer Ski Resort, and dinner back at the lake.
Upper Priest Lake lies north of Priest Lake and offers visitors 1,300 acres of serenity in a federally designated Scenic Area. It is an ideal playground for kayakers and canoeists being accessible by a 2-mile, no-wake waterway called the Thoroughfare or by trail biking or hiking. For the golf enthusiast, Priest Lake Golf Course offers a challenging 18-hole experience with greens weaving through ponds and streams.
From the little town of Nordman at the north end of the lake to the little town of Coolin at the southeast end of the lake, destination resorts, RV parks, B&B’s, Inns and numerous state campgrounds provide an abundance of guest accommodations. Full service marinas, grocery stores, gift shops and art galleries, and a wide variety of restaurants are conveniently located around the lake.