Looking out on the lake in fall with leaves in the foreground changing colors
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Year-Round Idaho Vacation Destination

Elkins Resort on Priest Lake is tucked away in the panhandle of Northern Idaho. The geographic location brings very distinct seasons. Priest Lake is fortunate to have a true Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. If you’re looking for Idaho vacation ideas, it’s hard to go wrong with Priest Lake at any time of the year.

Summer brings temperatures into the 80s and 90s and the lake bustles with activity. Elkins Resort offers rentals such as kayaks and paddleboards to get you out on the water. If you already have a boat to enjoy, just ask our Front Desk about our boat slip rentals. With over 25 miles of water space, Priest Lake is large enough for everyone to enjoy. There are quiet bays tucked away that are perfect for dropping a fishing line. Wakeboarders can find glass-smooth waters, while water skiers and tubers can round about the wide lake. Elkins Resort has plenty of beachfront for folks to enjoy the view and watch the activity while sunbathing. Start a game of beach volleyball, build sand castles with the kids, or simply sit back and relax. Picking huckleberries in the summer is a great family activity as well. Summer is the prime season to visit Priest Lake and there are plenty of outdoor activities and secluded places to enjoy the natural surroundings.

Autumn tamaracks and mountain trees blaze bright gold, and temperatures are still pleasant outdoors. No wonder autumn is a favorite time to visit Elkins Resort for so many of our visitors. Kayak the quiet lake with a loved one or the whole family, hike or bike the many trails at Elkins, take in the beauty of the mountains and reflective water, and finish off an adventurous day with storytelling and s’mores over the fire.

Winter turns our lively resort into a peaceful and breathtaking wonderland. Explore the beautiful area after snowfall by cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. Elkins Resort on Priest Lake offers a distinctive winter retreat to escape everyday hustle and bustle whether you want to stay cozy in your cabin or venture into the outdoors. Priest Lake is beautiful in the winter with glassy water surrounded by breathtaking snow-capped mountains. Build a snowman under white-topped trees and breathe in the fresh mountain air. Elkins Resort offers fast access to many trails for snowshoeing or snowmobiling. You may even spot some wildlife on your outings! After fun in the snow, you can stop into our award-winning restaurant, share drinks and laughs with friends in our lounge or have pizza delivered to your cabin. Finish a long and fun-filled day at Elkins Resort with a cup of cocoa, Christmas music, and holiday cheer in one of our cozy log cabins.

Plan this season’s holiday office party or family Christmas gathering at Elkins Resort! Ring in the New Year curled up next to a loved one and share a bottle of wine next to a roaring fireplace.

Spring at Priest Lake is a time of awakening with the rebirth of thousands of varieties of tree and plant life. The forest around Elkins Resort is loaded with many different types of mushrooms (some of which are picked for use in our resort restaurant). Spring is the prime time for fishermen to cast for the big one. Because Priest Lake is filled with a variety of fish species, fishermen are guaranteed a good time. And don’t forget about the nearby 18-hole golf course.

Elkins Resort on Priest Lake is open all year. Each of the seasons brings something different to this wonderful vacation paradise. As one of the premier family vacation and business retreat destinations in Idaho, we offer cabin rentals in all seasons, lodging, and travel accommodations with awe-inspiring views and unique recreational opportunities.

Be sure to view our Seasons Gallery of Elkins Resort on Priest Lake for a visual journey through the year-round beauty!