To drive to Priest Lake you must eventually travel on US Highway 2 to the city of Priest River. At the one and only traffic light in Priest River, turn north off US Hwy 2 onto ID State Highway 57. A scenic journey of approximately 25 miles will lead you into the Priest Lake area. The Priest Lake Chamber of Commerce maintains a visitors center kiosk at Mile Post #22 Rest Stop for those who desire additional information on the area. Spokane is the major metropolitan city that serves the region and it is about 80 miles south of Priest Lake.
The nearest commercial airport is Spokane International Airport located approximately 90 miles from the Priest Lake area.
Two airstrips suitable for small aircraft and one seaplane base are located in the immediate vicinity of Priest Lake. On the west side, the USFS Priest Lake Ranger District maintains the Priest Lake USFS Airport which is a 4,600-foot grass airstrip located across Highway 57 from their headquarters at MP 32. On the east side, Cavanaugh Bay Airport, a 3,100-foot grass airstrip, is located at the south end of Cavanaugh Bay adjacent to the ID Department of Lands office. These airstrips do not have air traffic control facilities and they are not maintained during the winter season. Both airfields do have ample parking space and nearby resorts offer free transportation.
With 23,000 acres of water surface on Priest Lake, there is more than ample room for float plane arrivals / departures. Some of the major resorts also have docking and securing capabilities. Be sure to coordinate with the resort if you plan on docking your float plane during the duration of your stay. In addition, the Tanglefoot Seaplane Base located on the west shore of Cavanaugh Bay provides an excellent base of operations for float plane visits.
The nearest asphalt surfaced runways are in the cities of Priest River (2,950' runway - no fuel) and Sandpoint (5,500' runway - fuel available).
BY TRAIN & BOAT
Sorry, missed this one by only a few decades. In yesteryear, a major rail transportation link from metropolitan areas to Priest River was popular; then you could experience a humbling, all-day stage coach ride to Coolin for an overnight stay; then to your resort the next day via row boat! OH MY, THE GOOD OL' DAYS!!
When we say "Way Up North in Idaho", it is an accurate description of the location of Priest Lake.
Approximately 25 miles "as the crow flies" from the Canadian border, Priest Lake is on the way to NOWHERE!! - you go 'TO' Priest Lake, but never 'THROUGH' Priest Lake enroute to other destinations. Therein lies one of the geographic characteristics that make the area a premier vacation destination. You will be immersed in a magnificent combination of mountains, forests, and lakes, but you won't be inundated by crowds and casual sightseers 'just passing through'! Priest Lake is just remote enough to afford ample space to pursue any recreational endeavor without infringing on others -- or being infringed upon by others, but not too remote to make your visit a primitive experience - unless that is your goal. Priest Lake is a unique blend of nature and space with enough modern conveniences to make a visit most enjoyable. Your vacation can be at an award winning luxury resort or at a primitive camping site in a wilderness area -- or anything between.
With fewer than 160 total resort/motel rooms, less than 450 developed RV/camping sites, and few multi-family housing units in the area, Priest Lake ensures the solitude, space and peace to enjoy one of Mother Nature's masterpieces. On the other hand, if a slightly faster pace is on your agenda, the recreation businesses in the area, (all of which are family owned and operated) will provide opportunities for those high energy activities tailored to all age groups.
CORNERSTONE DESIGN, INC
Cornerstone has been serving the electronic needs of North Idaho since 1995. We offer computer hardware and software service at your location for:
Upgrades, networking, website design and hosting, virus and malware repair/prevention, data retrieval, etc
BLUE DIAMOND MARINA'S PRIEST LAKE FLORAL DESIGN
Exceptional fresh floral design specializing in weddings, parties & special events. Economical event rental equipment and catering from The Waterfront Restaurant Beautifully landscaped outdoor wedding site at the Blue Diamond Marina for up to 125 persons.
208.443.2240 or Toll Free 1.800.337.4537
www.bluediamondmarina.com and www.priestlakefloraldesign.com
CHAPEL IN THE WOODS
Small intimate weddings with Nature, for couples who desire a Christian Ceremony
Elkins on Priest Lake is the perfect location for any special occasion. Weddings, conferences, retreats or family events such as anniversaries and birthdays. Our staff can assist you in organizing any event.
The perfect setting for beach side weddings and family reunions. Award winning resort that offers conference facilities for 15 - 90 people October thru May.
PRIEST LAKE BREWING COMPANY
We have 2 5 BBL systems, and will be able to produce up to 40 kegs / month. PLB won't have a typical taproom, but will incorporate tasting hours, so the public can come in and taste the beer, fill a growler, buy a T-shirt and talk about ale. We are more of a brewing operation, and will supply all the local resorts / restaurants with our own local beer. Wedding and Event packages will be available as well. We are excited to be part of the Priest Lake community.
BONNER COUNTY SHERIFF (Non-Emergency) - Sandpoint 208.263.8417
BONNER GENERAL HOSPITAL BonnerGeneral.org Sandpoint 208.263.1441
"Providing Quality Compassionate Care since 1949, Helping You Heal Close to Home."
24-Hour Emergency Department
Bonner General Behavioral Health
Bonner General Ear, Nose and Throat
Bonner General Orthopedics
Infusions & Procedures Clinic
Family Centered Maternity Unit
Home Health Services
Immediate Care Clinic
Infusions and Procedures Clinic
Intensive Critical Care Unit
Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy
Sandpoint Women’s Health
Wound Care Center
COOLIN CIVIC ORGANIZATION
The Coolin Civic Organization (CCO) provides resources for the maintenance of the historic school building and community park/playground in Coolin, ID. The building is available year-round for community service, social and recreation events for a nominal fee. It also serves as the Priest Lake's disaster relief support center should the need arise. Our main fund-raiser is the annual Priest Lake Spring Festival in Coolin over Memorial Day Weekend.
COOLIN CAVANAUGH BAY FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT - 208.443.3118
IDAHO STATE SENATOR
ID DEPT OF TRANS. MAINT. OFFICE - Priest River 208. 448.1215
ID DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION ROAD REPORTS - Toll Free 888. 432.7623
IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF LANDS - 208.443.2516
ID FISH & GAME CONSERVATION OFFICER - Priest River 208-769-1414
INLAND EMPIRE SLED DOG ASSOCIATION
Dedicated to the promotion of sleddog sports, the humane and knowledgable treatment of working dogs, and the perpetuation of good sportsmanship.
KANIKSU/COOLIN LIONS CLUB
Serving the needs of our local community since 1980 - can be reached at PO Box 453, Nordman ID 83848
LAMB OF GOD LUTHERAN CHURCH - 208.443.1403
NEWPORT HOSPITAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
Serving our community 24 hours each day, 7 days a week.
We're here when you need us!
We are fully equipped to meet your 24 hour health care needs.
714 W. Pine Street
Newport WA 99156
NORTH OF THE NARROWS FIRE DISTRICT
Local electric co-operative. Sandpoint 208.263.5141 or Toll Free 800.326.9594
PRIEST LAKE EMT'S
PRIEST COMMUNITY FOREST CONNECTION
Priest Community Forest Connection recognizes and implements community-based solutions to interdependent social, ecological and economic issues. The PCFC has three action goals: 1) promote community education and collaborative processes concerning local forest issues; 2) to ensure forest and ecosystem health through private and agency based forest restoration opportunities; 3) to help provide for a sustainable forest resource-based economy within the local region.
223 Main Street, Priest River
PRIEST LAKE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE - 208.443.3191
PRIEST LAKE COMMUNITY CHURCH - 208.443.2288
PRIEST LAKE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - 208. 443.2555
PRIEST LAKE LIBRARY
Historical library. Free WI-FI access and over 10,000+ volumes available for check-out.
PRIEST LAKE MUSEUM
Located on Luby Bay, between the Luby Bay Campground and Hill's Resort, the Priest Lake Museum is a wonderful attraction and a good place for visitors to learn more about Priest Lake and the surrounding area. The museum contains many exhibits and videos on Priest Lake history, books, CD's and tourist information. Museum hours are from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Tuesday through Sunday, from mid-June through Labor Day weekend; then weekends after Labor Day for the rest of September. The museum is closed Mondays, except holiday Mondays.
PRIEST LAKE NORDIC CLUB
PRIEST LAKE STATE PARK - 208.443.2200
PRIEST LAKE TRAILS & OUTDOOR RECREATION ASSOCIATION
Association focuses on all season trails development & maintenance, and retaining recreational access to public lands. Includes trails projects involving hiking, horseback riding, snowmobiling, mountain biking, hunting, etc. New members welcome.
Coolin Sewer District 443-2034
Granite Reeder Water & Sewer District 443-2173
Huckleberry Bay Sewer District 443-2361
Kalispel Bay Sewer District 443-2338
Outlet Bay Sewer District 443-3831
ST BLANCHE'S CATHOLIC CHURCH
THE LIGHTHOUSE CHURCH
Sr. Pastor Deborah Johnson
Pastor Yvonne Phelps - 208.610.3871
Pastor and Church Administrator Marsha Courteau - 509.954.4907
USFS PRIEST LAKE RANGER DISTRICT - 208.443.2512
US POST OFFICE, COOLIN - 208.443.2066
US POST OFFICE, NORDMAN - 208.443.2093
VINTAGE SNOWMOBILE RACING PRIEST LAKE
Priest Lake Vintage Snowmobile Racing is committed to promoting safe and fun events. We are not affiliated with any Vintage Snowmobile Racing Sanctioning Body.
WEST PRIEST LAKE FIRE DEPARTMENT-208-443-0340