Outdoors

Moose Lake Fishing Pond

The Moose Lake Fishing Pond has become a great place for the kids to experience fishing success - and a few parents and grandparents have been known to drop a line in Moose Lake too. The lake is privately owned, but open to the public.

An attractive feature of the pond is the two pathways that lead most of the way around the north and south shorelines - however, they do not connect. Approach the pond carefully as moose are known to frequent the lake. You may also be able to spot an elusive wood duck on the pond or an occasional osprey circling above.

Duck - Photography by Lori Barnes Moose Lake's location within the beautiful forest of Huckleberry Bay creates the perfect environment for a day of fast-action fishing for young and old alike. The pond is liberally stocked with trout twice yearly by Idaho Fish & Game. Benches and a picnic table are also available - so bring a lunch and enjoy. Please remember, this is private property and access rights can be withdrawn if the pond is abused with litter, etc. - PACK-IT-IN PACK-IT-OUT. Idaho fishing regulations apply at the pond.

 Moose Lake Fishing Pond is located just off the Eastshore Road approximately ½ mile north of milepost 16. A road sign clearly marks the turn-off to the parking area, which is located a few yards off the main roadway. The pond is approximately 1/4 mile south of the parking area via a marked trail.






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Lookout Mountain

The view from the summit of Lookout Mountain is stunning. The Lions Head, Lion Head Ridge, Abandon Mountain and numerous other striking Selkirk Crest land features lay before those who make the 2 ½ mile hike to the lofty vista point. In 1929, a cupola cabin was built to house lookout personnel. Along with the lookout tower (rebuilt in 1977) the cabin still stands as a sentinel overlooking the magnificent Selkirk Mountain Range. The unique building is listed on the National Historic Lookout Register and is, in itself, well worth the hiking effort.

Directions:

Drive north from Coolin on Cavanaugh Bay/Eastshore Road/State Forest Road # 1 toward the Lionhead Unit of Priest Lake State Park (23 miles). Continue about 4 miles past the Lionhead Campground and bear right onto State Forest Road #44. Continue on Road #44 for 2 ½ miles to the junction with State Forest Road #43, turn right onto Road #43.  Go ¼ mile to the junction with State Forest Road #432 turn left onto State Forest Road #432 and climb steadily for 3.0 miles to the trailhead on the left. Follow the trail to Lookout Lake. Beyond the lake, the trail ascends to a small saddle and trail junction. Stay on the trail to the left. This trail segment will terminate at Lookout Mountain Road. Follow this road to the lookout site.

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Indian Rock Pictographs

Indian Rock is the site of pictographs that are believed to have originated with the presence of Native Americans in the Priest Lake area. The pictographs belong to what is classified as Eastern Plateau Style of prehistoric rock art. The presence of this pictographic style in the Priest Lake region is an indication of the influence of Plains Indians on local tribes.

This influence occurred after the introduction of the horse among the local tribes in the 1730s. The horse facilitated contact and intercultural exchanges with Plains Indians through annual bison hunting trips into the plains region.

Indian Rock is located within the rocky point at the north end of Kalispell Bay.

Although research is ongoing, it is likely the pictographs are the artwork of the Kalispel tribe. Throughout the early history of Priest Lake, the Kalispels made frequent journeys to the area to hunt game, fish, gather berries, etc.

The pictographs can best be viewed via boat. It is requested that visitors to Indian Rock remain in their vessel, as the area in the immediate vicinity of the pictographs is a sensitive anthropological and historical site.

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Priest Lake Ranger District

Ranger DistrictThe Priest Lake Ranger District headquarters is the USFS operational element chartered with the responsibility to manage all multiple-use activities within the district. The district is part of the Idaho Panhandle National Forest system. The southern border of the district is four miles north of the town of Priest River and extends north to the Canadian border. One-third of the district lies within Pend Oreille County in Washington with the other two-thirds split between Bonner and Boundary Counties in Idaho. Priest Lake forms the geographic center of the district. The vast majority of land that adjoins the west side of Priest Lake is federal land managed by the Priest Lake Ranger District. The district headquarters is located just beyond milepost 32 on Highway 57.

A major part of the Priest Lake Ranger District's mission is to provide recreational activities and facilities. These activities include establishing and maintaining a recreational trail system, oversight of historical sites, providing boat launch ramps and, of course, managing the numerous and varied camping/picnic/day-use facilities on federal lands within the district. Over 160 RV/camping sites are maintained within developed campgrounds on the shores of the lake. In addition, numerous dispersed campsites are available as well as several island campgrounds.

The Priest Lake Ranger District headquarters welcomes visitors and can provide up-to-date information on all recreational activities and programs within the district. In addition, a large selection of recreational pamphlets, guides, maps, etc is available at the headquarters from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday.

(208) 443-2512
https://www.fs.usda.gov/ipnf

 

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