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Panhandle Historic Rivers Passage

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The Panhandle Historic Rivers Passage begins at the Washington state line and follows the northern shore of the Pend Oreille River through Oldtown, Priest River, and ends in Sandpoint. This byway is the southern leg of the International Selkirk Loop, which extends into Washington on the west and heads into British Columbia on the Wild Horse Trail Scenic Byway from Sandpoint on the east.

Enjoy driving along miles of soothing river scenery that reflects the pastoral beauty of surrounding forests and farms. Pull over and be entertained by varying seasonal wildlife, birds of prey, and waterfowl; or stop and absorb the history of northern Idaho in three different museums along the byway. This history extends back to the ice age and the Great Missoula Floods. Convenient access to the Pend Oreille River at four recreation areas provides opportunities to swim or boat along spacious, gently flowing waters. Winter recreation includes snow sports on state and federal lands, ice fishing when it is cold enough, and downhill skiing at Schweitzer.

Details: Length is 28.5 miles, allow 40 minutes

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Panhandle Historic Rivers Passage (Visit Idaho)

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Priest River, Idaho

Priest River is one of Idaho’s best-kept secrets. Centrally located in a recreation paradise, nestled in the Selkirk Mountain Range, it is bordered by the Priest River on the east and the Pend Oreille River on the south.

RV parks and campgrounds, recreational rentals, skiing, golfing, fishing, boating, hunting and many other attractions and activities are within easy reach. World-class fishing can be had at many area lakes, both large and small. Hikers enjoy taking the trail up Gisborne Mountain for views and possible wildlife spotting from the lookout at the Priest River Experimental Forest. Huckleberry and mushroom pickers can have their choice of bounty depending on the season. Priest River is a stop on the Panhandle Historic Rivers Passage Scenic Byway, and part of the International Selkirk Loop.

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Priest River Chamber of Commerce website