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8 Things to Know about Priest Lake, Idaho

Known as the “crown jewel” of Idaho, Priest Lake has been luring in visitors and locals alike for years with its pristine lake, beautiful mountains, and endless outdoor activities. Whether you have visited before or are visiting for the first time, here a few things to know about Priest Lake, Idaho.

Where is Priest Lake, Idaho?

Priest Lake is found in Idaho’s northernmost portion of the panhandle, with the northern end of the lake reaching 15 miles of the Canadian border.

How big is Priest Lake?

The primary lake, Lower Priest, is 19 miles long and extends over 300 feet deep. Upper Priest Lake is connected via a 2.5-mile thoroughfare to Lower Priest. The entire lake offers over 80 miles of shoreline, surrounded by state and national forests.

What is there to do at Priest Lake?

Priest Lake is home to some of the most beautiful and diverse landscapes in the country. And because of its diversity, it offers plenty of outdoor activities including hiking, biking, fishing, boating, swimming, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and more.

What mountains surround Priest Lake?

The glacially carved mountains that surround Priest Lake are called the Selkirk Mountains. The Selkirk Range begins at Mica Peak in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and extends roughly 326 miles north into Canada.

Can you fish at Priest Lake?

Fishing is one of the most popular activities at Priest Lake. Mackinaw or lake trout grow to trophy-size with the state record being 57.5 pounds. From cutthroat fishing in the alpine lakes to brook trout in the many streams in the Priest Basin, fishing opportunities are plentiful at Priest Lake.

Is there boating at Priest Lake?

Yes, boating at Priest Lake is allowed, from motorized and non-motorized boats. Bring your own or take advantage of the many boat rental opportunities available at Elkins Resort boat rentals. Our resort sits right on the shores of Priest Lake in Reeder Bay and offers a variety of boat rentals, from pontoon boats and fishing boats to stand-up paddleboards and kayaks.

Can you visit year-round?

Yes, no matter what time of year you want to visit, there is always something fun and exciting that awaits. From hiking and fishing in the summer to snowmobiling and cross-country skiing in the winter, you will always find an adventure at Priest Lake.

And at Elkins Resort on Priest Lake, you will always have a place to stay. Open year-round, our cozy cabins make for the perfect summer or winter getaway at Priest Lake.

Is there lodging at Priest Lake?

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Yes, there is lodging available at Priest Lake and for year-round accommodations browse our cabins at Elkins Resort. Whether you want a cabin on the lake or a creek-side cabin, we offer the comfort and tranquility you are looking for, no matter the season. Each accommodation provides a full kitchen, bathroom, and living area, with some equipped with a fireplace and views of the lake.

So, what are you waiting for? Come see what Priest Lake is all about with a stay at Elkins Resort!