Directions to Priest Lake
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.
The nearest asphalt surfaced runways are in the cities of Priest River (2,950' runway - no fuel) and Sandpoint (5,500' runway - fuel available).