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"Ahead and to the west was our ranger station - and the mountains of Idaho, poems of geology stretching beyond any boundaries and seemingly even beyond the world."


~Norman Maclean

A River Runs Through It


Amid snow-capped peaks under azure skies sits the tranquil "panhandle" of Northern Idaho - widely known for its fresh mountain air and natural beauty. Located within a half-hour of an international airport, and perched perfectly at the crossroads of Interstate 90 and Highway 95, it's the ideal jumping off point from which to explore the wild west.  But with an unlimited supply of year-round recreation opportunities, including hiking, biking, boating, and skiing, and with 5 ski mountains, 25 golf courses and 50 lakes all within a 50 mile radius of downtown Coeur d'Alene, you may never want to leave.


Nestled on the north Shore of the Lake, Coeur d'Alene is one of the most beautiful resort communities in the West.  Its spectacular setting and abundant activities make it a popular destination for all ages.


  • Population: 44,000

  • Coeur d'Alene Lake shoreline: 109 miles

  • 25 miles long, ranges from 1-3 miles wide

  • Depth: 220 feet

  • Elevation: 2,128 feet

  • Fed primarily by the Coeur d'Alene and St. Joe Rivers



Hayden Lake's unique beauty has attracted wealthy people to the area for generations.  The quaint town, sandy beaches, sparkling water and timbered shores are what set Hayden Lake apart.


  • Population: 14,000

  • Hayden Lake shoreline: 40 miles

  • Surface Area: 3,800 acres

  • Depth: 178 ft

  • Elevation: 2,239 feet

  • Annual Average Highest Water Temperature:  82.1º F

  • Fed by seasonal streams and natural springs


Tucked between the Selkirk and Cabinet Mountains lays beautiful Sandpoint, Idaho.  Just minutes from Schweitzer Mountain Lodge and resting on the Lake Pend Oreille shoreline, making it an attraction for outdoor enthusiasts from the world-over.  A thriving art community and theater, local restaurants, hotels, and unique shopping make this town a rare gem indeed.


  • Population: 7,400

  • Lake Pend Oreille shoreline: 111 miles

  • Suface Area: 148 sq miles

  • Depth: 1,150 ft  (5th deepest Lake in the U.S.)

  • Elevation: 2,096 ft  (Schweitzer Mtn summit: 6,400 ft)

  • Average Summer Temperature: 72º F

  • Fed by Clark Fork and Pack Rivers


Located in the northernmost portion of the Idaho Panhandle with the tip of the lake just 15 miles from the Canadian Border, its the least developed of the local lakes.  With the shoreline and water the most pristine in the area, you can see why the population increases so much during the summer months in this quaint North Idaho destination.


  • Population: 500 increasing to 2,500 in the summer months

  • Lake Pend Oreille shoreline: 80 miles

  • Suface Area: 40 sq miles

  • Depth: 369 ft  

  • Elevation: 2,439 ft  

  • Average Summer Temperature: 80º F

  • Fed by Priest River and several creeks

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