|LAKE PEND OREILLE
You might visit the area for another reason, but
you'll find this amazing lake becoming the focal
point of your vacation. The lake offers
tremendous natural beauty, abundant outdoor
recreational opportunities, and great historical
LAKE TOUR ON THE SHAWNODESE
We toured the lake on the Shawnodese charter
boat from the marina at Sandpoint's City Beach
Park. We enjoyed the views of the water, nearby
boats, the surrounding mountains, fancy lakeside
houses, and even a passing freight train on the
railroad bridge. What's amazing about the tour is
that you are only seeing a small part of the lake:
its northwestern arm. The lake snakes around
for 65 miles with many branches.
Lake Pend Oreille Cruises
FARRAGUT STATE PARK
This park at the southern tip of the lake was
named for Admiral Farragut. During WWII it was
the site of a major naval base for training
submariners. The southern end of the lake is
nearly 1,200 feet deep, allowing for training in
safety from enemy action. Repeated ice age
floods would burst through a glacial dam at the
eastern edge of the lake, digging this great
trench and sweeping over eastern Washington,
creating Dry Falls and other geologic features.
Of the 400 buildings that once stood on the base,
only the former brig remains: now a museum and
worth a visit. Our favorite feature of the park is
the Beaver Bay swimming area - a narrow
enclosed bay safe for kids to swim about in.
More about Farragut State Park
CITY BEACH PARK
This is the focal point of the waterfront of the
town of Sandpoint. It's a wonderful park on a
peninsula jutting out into the lake with a sandy
beach, swimming area with life guards,
playground, tennis courts, and marina.
Official Website: City Beach Park
City Beach Park Photo Album
BIKING ON THE LONG BRIDGE
Idaho in general has put great effort into
developing bike trails that take in the state's
natural beauty. We enjoyed the trail leading
south from Sandpoint along highway 95 to Sagle -
5 miles away. The northern end of this trail
crosses Lake Pend Oreille on the Long Bridge.
The southern end passes by pretty farmland
backed by wooded hills. North Idaho Bikeways is
a community organization working to expand the
bike trail network emanating from Sandpoint.
North Idaho Bikeways with Trail Map
Photo Album of Sagle to Sandpoint Bike Ride
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