Priest Lake Museum

Priest Lake Museum

The Priest Lake Museum is a great place to begin any visit to the lake and a fitting showplace to remind us of the numerous influences that created the special character of Priest Lake. The museum building was constructed in 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). It is a prime example of handcrafted oil-treated tamarack (larch) log construction. The building initially served as a residence and office for the first Ranger on what was then Kaniksu National Forest. The museum houses numerous articles and displays that depict the colorful history of the lake and the surrounding area.

The early history of the Priest Lake area was forged by Native Americans, trappers, missionaries, miners, homesteaders, loggers and businessmen. Each of these groups is represented in the museum through various exhibits and dioramas. The museum also contains a living room and kitchen that are furnished as they might have been in the 1930’s.

The museum is housed on the west shore, 1/2-mile south of the Luby Bay Campground and just north of Hill's Resort.

HOURS: 10am-4pm Daily except Monday (June-Labor Day)
ADMISSION: Free (Donations gratefully accepted)

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Priest Lake Library

Priest Lake LibraryThe building that presently houses the Priest Lake Public Library was originally constructed as a one-room schoolhouse known as Lamb Creek School. The school served the educational needs of Priest Lake children for a quarter of a century and remains as a testament to the lake's pioneering heritage.

Lamb Creek School was built in 1934 and is one of the last log school houses still standing. It was funded by the WPA and the $60 budget was used to purchase the logs for the building. The entire construction project, to include cutting, transporting and peeling the logs was accomplished by local residents. The school opened its doors on September 9, 1935 and operated continuously until June 1961.

In a 1974 dedication ceremony, Lamb Creek School was reopened as Priest Lake Library, a volunteer library "to assist in the education of our children and provide enjoyment for the community and its visitors". That status continued until 1999 when local residents voted to place the library within the Bonner county public library system. At that time, the library was redesignated as the Priest Lake Public Library.

Priest Lake Library Today the library houses over 10,000 volumes of books, movies, audio books and other resources that includes a large selection of regional information and an historical collection of Nell Shipman videos and scripts. In 2011 the library received a BTOP grant for the purchase of seven new patron computers. The library has 24/7 wi-fi available for public use. The library also has a large collection of downloadable e-books through Overdrive so if you have a Kindle, Nook, Smartphone or MP3 player you can download directly to your device. The library has a copy machine and fax machine available for public use as well. The library hosts a number of programs throughout the year and during summer there will be activities happening at the library for children of all ages to enjoy. There is a picnic table and some seating available outside the library as well for your enjoyment. Book donations are gratefully accepted.

Lapsit for toddlers and infants on ThursdaysYou are invited to take the opportunity to visit the library, chat with the friendly staff and marvel at early log cabin construction techniques which reinforce the old adage that "they don't build them like that anymore".

The Priest Lake Library is located at 28769 State Highway 57 (Past Mile Post 28) just north of the turn-off to Luby Bay. The building was placed on the National Historic Register in 1999.

Library Mission Statement:
It is the mission of the Priest Lake Public Library to provide, within financial constraints, a totality of library and information services to the patrons of Bonner County, Precincts 20 and 28, to support lifelong learning and intellectual pursuits and enhance a quality of life.

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Priest Lake Golf Course

Set amidst the splendor of natural ponds, wetlands and lush forest is The Priest Lake Golf Course.  This par 72, 6500 yard, 18 hole championship course caters to the most accomplished, as well as the most well intentioned, golfer and outdoor enthusiast.  The course offers four different levels of tee boxes, pro, men’s, women’s, and seniors, thus accommodating all levels of play. The fairways and slanting greens are groomed to enhance the natural beauty of the landscape and as you move on to the back nine, you will feel as though you are playing your own private course.  A putting green and driving range are also available to sharpen your skills.

In the Clubhouse you will find the restaurant and bar, a great place to unwind with friends after your golf game.  The pro shop is fully stocked
with golf wear and accessories.  The pro is on hand to answer your golf questions, give lessons and assist with the set-up of a group or tournament event.

Check our web page for current rates, golf specials, the calendar of events and the tournament schedule.  The Huckleberry Festival is held at the golf course every July. The festival provides a day of shopping for handcrafted items and local art, enjoying live music, sampling great food, and, of course, golf.  Most tournaments are open to the public.

Priest Lake Golf Course is located on Fairway Drive, off Highway 57 at mile 28.


152 Fairway Dr.
Priest Lake, Idaho 83856

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Priest Lake Recreation


It's all about the view! Priest Lake is an ideal location for cyclists of all skill levels. Climb to the peaks on the east side of the Lake - or enjoy a leisurely ride on the Lakeshore Trail complete with a picnic.


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 westslope cutthroat.


Set amidst the splendor of awe-inspiring mountains and forests, the beautifully manicured 18 hole Priest Lake Golf Club caters to the most accomplished, as well as the most well-intentioned, golfer and outdoor enthusiast.
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Priest Lake is a hiker's paradise where one can easily escape to the solitude and beauty of Mother Nature. Deep, virgin cedar forests, panoramic vistas to easy access to magnificent sandy beaches.
Hiking Trails

Nordic Sports have recently emerged as one of the fastest growing winter recreation activities at Priest Lake. Excellent facilities are provided at little or no cost, add the beauty of Priest Lake and this adventure can't be beat.
Nordic Sports


Priest River meanders along a 44-mile course from Priest Lake to Priest River and the Pend d' Orielle River. Experience the power and beauty of a river flowing through incredible scenery.
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If rock climbing is the name of your game, Priest Lake offers a wide range of climbing sites to challenge the novice as well as seasoned veteran climbers.
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Rock Climbing



Come to Priest Lake, Idaho to enjoy the best in North Idaho snowmobiling. We offer 400 miles of groomed snowmobile trails and unlimited powder bowls, great for families and the avid riders. . Rental machines available.
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Priest Lake offers 70 miles of shoreline and a wide variety of water activities. Resorts and marinas offer boat rentals, kayak, canoe, pontoon rentals and gas.
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With over 70 miles of shoreline, much of which is public lands, Priest Lake offers a wide variety of swimming and beach recreation opportunities.


Priest Lake is home to numerous species of coveted game animals. Whitetail and mule deer share our forests with an increasing herd of magnificent elk, monster moose and a large population of black bear.
Hunting & Big Game


The home to numerous animals from small weasel family to the mighty grizzly bear, the majestic elk, and the bald eagle. Act as a good guest and you'll often be rewarded with the opportunity to view these creatures.
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