Water Sports

Priest Lake is often termed Idaho's "Crown Jewel" lake because of its exceptionally clean, clear and deep water. As the sun's rays warm the water after the snow season, the lake begins its annual transformation into the premier water sports playground in the region. Priest Lake has 23,000 surface acres and nearly 80 miles of shoreline to meet the needs of even the most demanding water sports activities. Be you a power boater with skier or wake boarder in tow, paddle boater, personal watercraft zealot, kayaker, canoeist or sailboat enthusiast, Priest Lake has ample area to easily accommodate all boating activities without conflict. You simply won't find crowded launch ramps, congested boat traffic or long waits to obtain marina services at Priest Lake.


North of the main lake, boaters can travel the 2-mile Thorofare that links Priest Lake to Upper Priest Lake. The 1,300-acre Upper Lake is nestled in a magnificent pristine setting with mountains surrounding the entire lake. Sightseeing, camping, picnicking on a sandy beach, and simply enjoying the beauty of Mother Nature's wonderland are some of the popular Upper Lake activities. All water sport activities that involve towing (skiing, wake boarding, tubing etc) are prohibited on the Upper Lake and on the Thorofare. Additionally, all watercraft are required to traverse the Thorofare at "no wake" speed. These restrictions make the Thorofare and Upper Priest Lake an ideal playground for canoeing and kayaking.


More than a dozen boat launches are located around the lake. Most resorts and marinas have gas available as well as boat rentals and other boating services. The northernmost marina with gas available is at Elkins Resort. Kayak, canoe and pontoon boat rentals are also available through recreation, guide and rental services. The guide services also offer a variety of canoeing, kayaking and fishing packages. Check the web links below for specifics or request a Priest Lake Visitor's Guide from the Chamber of Commerce office at (888) 774-3785.