As a resident of Idaho since 1984, I’ve been able to enjoy many places in the area. I will be featuring different areas over the next couple of posts. This time I will focus on Priest Lake. Priest lake has many trails to hike. One we hiked to a couple of times last year, was the Wigwams. The first time in many places there was over 4′ of snow in June. The second time was in August and both times was amazed with the stunning views. Several trails have water falls or big Cedar trees that are beautiful.
Priest Lake has many places to camp, even a whole island with camp spots all around it. Many times we have boated to the island camping for a couple of days. Great place to water ski, knee boarding or tubing. If you love fishing, or hunting there is plenty of areas to do both and many times both in the same day. Fishing opportunities range from trophy size Mackinaw in Priest Lake, to cutthroat fishing in the nearby alpine lakes, to brook trout angling in the numerous streams in the Priest basin, to catch-and-release fishing for west slope cutthroat in Upper Priest Lake, to great ice fishing on Cavanaugh Bay.
Another way to explore the Priest Lake area is on snowmobiles. There are several trails that are groomed or if you prefer you can find fresh powder in the many bowls. Snowmobile trails totaling over 400 miles are mostly on either state or federal forest service roads ranging in elevation from 2,500 to over 7,000-feet.
After having fun all day long whether that is hiking, boating or snowmobiling. There are many places to eat in the Priest Lake area but my favorite place to eat is Moose Knuckles located in Coolin. They have the best BBQ in North Idaho.
As a Home Inspector, I enjoy working for people who are buying a home in a place that has so many fun things to do. So make sure you get up to Priest Lake and enjoy some of God’s most beautiful creation.