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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.

Priest River flows due south out of Priest Lake to its confluence with the Pend Oreille River at the town of Priest River. The river includes a pair of Class III whitewater sections – the short Dickensheet run just below the outlet, and the Eight Mile section along the lower Priest River into town. In between, the river meanders along offering excellent canoeing or kayaking as well as fine swimming, fishing and just lazing on the river bank.

This 280-mile Selkirk Loop is a grand scenic drive through the Selkirk Mountains that takes travelers across the border into Canada, a route used by native tribes, explorers, gold-seekers on the Wild Horse Trail, and early settlers. Today the scenic Loop’s lakes, rivers, and trails are a vast uncrowded playground with myriad opportunities for year-round recreation, scenic beauty, and unique cultures in charming and authentic small towns. The main Loop includes a ferry ride across Kootenay Lake – the longest free ferry ride on the continent.

The Priest Lake Museum is housed in the Luby Bay cabin, constructed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corp to house Forest Service personnel. Visitors can learn about the unique history of the Priest Lake region through viewing photos, artifacts from the past, and even a video or two.

The grandeur of 800- to 2,000-year-old living cedar trees awaits you at the Roosevelt Grove of Ancient Cedars. Other outdoor recreation opportunities include snow sports activities, fishing, golfing, rafting and kayaking, and hiking. Priest River makes the perfect base for all of these activities and more.

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