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Lakes and Rivers

North Idaho is truly blessed with water - with three major lakes and scores of smaller low-land lakes and high alpine lakes, along with rivers and streams big and small, the region offers a superabundance of waterways. The trio of major lakes are Lake Pend Oreille, Coeur'dAlene and Priest lakes, each with miles of shoreline, beaches, parks and recreational activities. Mighty rivers gird the region too, including the St. Joe, Coeur d'Alene, Kootenai, Clark Fork and Priest. With so much water, our summers are splendid - and even winters offered unexpected recreational opportunities, from ice fishing to ice skating.


Coeur d’Alene River

Hayden Lake, Idaho

Hayden Lake

Kootenai River

St. Joe River, idaho

St. Joe River

Priest River

Priest Lake, Idaho

Priest Lake

a blue lake with tree-covered mountains in the background

Lake Pend Oreille

Albeni Falls Dam Visitor Center

green pine trees surround a lakeside wooden cabin

Farragut State Park

Lake Pend Oreille Cruises

Lake Pend Oreille cruises

Bicycling and kayaking in Wallace

Thorofare to Upper Priest Lake

Lake Coeur d’Alene

a woman sunbathes on a lakeside beach

Sandpoint City Beach

Activities Map