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5 Reasons to Spend Your Summer at Priest Lake

Summer at Priest Lake is the most popular time to visit. With temperatures in the 80s and 90s, the lake bustles with activity. Known as Idaho’s crown jewel, Priest Lake is big enough for everyone to enjoy with over 25 miles of water space. During the summer, the lake is a haven for most water sports, from wakeboarding and water skiing to kayaking and paddleboarding. Or bring the fun on to dry land with a game of beach volleyball, or simply sunbath at the beach.

Here are our five reasons to spend your summer at Priest Lake. Start planning your summer getaway today!

Priest Lake boat rentals

When you stay at Elkins Resort on Priest Lake, you will have access to our on-site boat rentals. Conveniently located in the middle of Priest Lake on Reeder Bay, Elkins Resort is the perfect jumping-off point for your Priest Lake adventures. We offer Priest Lake boat rentals that include luxury cobalt boats, Harris pontoons, and Boston Whaler Sport boats, plus tracker fishing boats.

If you already have a boat to enjoy, be sure to ask the staff at Elkins Resort about our boat slip rentals.

Kayak and paddleboard rentals

If motorized boats aren’t your thing, Elkins Resort also offers canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards for rent.

Fishing on Priest Lake

Fishing on Priest Lake is popular activity year-round, but particularly in the summer. Priest Lake contains 40 square miles of fishing spots for both the novice and expert anglers. Whether you are looking for the perfect family activity or have come to catch your “trophy trout,” Elkins Resort has you covered.


Enjoy the outdoors and get some exercise with one of the many hiking trails that surround Priest Lake. Challenge yourself with a hike through the terrain of the Selkirk Mountains or take a relaxing stroll around the lake. Read here for our top hiking trails near Priest Lake.

Mountain biking

Summer at Priest Lake is the perfect time for mountain biking. Enjoy a variety of routes that accommodate all distance and difficulty levels. Mountain biking trails are easily accessed from the resort and offer the perfect blend of fun and exercise.

Stay at Elkins Resort

Spend your summer at Priest Lake with a stay at Elkins Resort. Whether you are looking for a romantic couple’s retreat or space for a large family vacation, our Priest Lake cabins are just what you’ve been looking for. Choose from 30 cedar cabins, ranging in size from studios to six bedrooms, each featuring the comforts of modern amenities and beautiful views of Northern Idaho. So, what are you waiting for? Book your summer vacation with Elkins Resort today!