Legendary lake country

Plan an escape to northern Idaho, where the lakes are deep and blue, and each one has a story

Visiting Idaho's lake country
Photo: Brown Cannon III

Daytime temperatures warm to the mid-80s, but keep a sweater handy, as temperatures can drop to the 60s at nighttime. For more area information, contact the chambers of commerce in Coeur d'Alene (877/782-9232), Sandpoint (800/800-2106), and at Priest Lake (888/774-3785).


Coeur d'Alene Lake

Brooks Seaplane. 20-minute, 40-mile flight over Coeur d'Alene Lake. $50, $25 ages 11 and under. City dock at Independence Point, City Park, Coeur d'Alene; 208/664-2842.

Coeur d'Alene Lake cruises. 90-minute to 6-hour tours. Depart from Coeur d'Alene Resort (for guests) or Independence Point (see above). From $18. 800/688-5253.

North Idaho Centennial Trail. A 24-mile, multiuse recreational trail along the Spokane River. 208/699-2224.

Pedal Pushers Bike Shop. Bike rentals $12 for two hours. 101 N. Coeur d'Alene Ave., Harrison; 208/689-3436.

Lake Pend Oreille

Coldwater Creek. The flagship store of the women's clothing retailer is right near Sand Creek. First and Cedar Streets, Sandpoint; 208/263-2265.

Full Spectrum Tours. Kayak rentals and tours of Lake Pend Oreille and Priest Lake. From $25 for two hours. 321 N. Second Ave., Sandpoint; 208/263-5975.

Lake Pend Oreille Cruises. The 9-mile daily lake cruise covers area geology and history. From $17 for a 90-minute tour. Departs from Sandpoint City Beach dock; 208/255-5253.

Panida Theater. Film festivals and live performances. Thu-Sun. 300 N. First Ave., Sandpoint; 208/255-7801.



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