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The Ultimate Guide to Boating on Upper Priest Lake

Welcome to the unspoiled haven of Upper Priest Lake! This hidden gem offers a pristine boating experience that’s second to none. Picture crystal-clear waters reflecting lush forests and dramatic mountain landscapes, creating a breathtaking backdrop for your boating adventure. Let’s dive into what makes boating on Upper Priest Lake a must-do when vacationing in the Selkirk Mountains!

Why Upper Priest Lake?

Upper Priest Lake is the ultimate escape for those seeking tranquility in a remote, natural setting. Tucked away just north of its larger counterpart, Lower Priest Lake, this pristine haven is accessible only by foot or boat. Unlike the bustling Lower Priest Lake, Upper Priest offers a quiet retreat surrounded by dense forests and towering mountains. Its clear waters and secluded shores are perfect for those who crave solitude and a deeper immersion into Idaho’s wilderness.

Embark on Your Journey

Before you set sail, you’ll need the perfect vessel, and that’s where Elkins Resort comes into play. Renowned for their charming cabins and comprehensive amenities, they offer a fleet of boats tailored to enhance your lake experience.

What You Can Expect:

Diverse Fleet: Choose from Deluxe Pontoon Boats, Classic Pontoon Boats, and Fishing Boats. Each is designed for different needs—be it a leisurely family outing, a fishing expedition, or a tranquil day of sunbathing and swimming.

Well-Equipped: Each boat comes fully equipped with life vests, fuel, and all the necessary safety gear. The pontoon boats even feature sun shades and swim ladders, perfect for those lazy afternoons on the water.

Fishing Ready: If you’re a fishing aficionado, the fishing boats come equipped with seats and rod holders, so you can cast your line for trout or bass while soaking in the majestic scenery.  Order your fishing license from home or stop by on your way to the resort.

Highlights of Your Boating Adventure

Wildlife Encounters: Keep your binoculars handy! The shores are teeming with wildlife, from the flight of an eagle overhead to the graceful movements of deer along the shoreline.

Picnic by the Shore: Pack a picnic and pull up to one of the many beaches. Enjoy a meal surrounded by the stunning natural vistas that make Upper Priest Lake so enchanting.

Photography Opportunities: Don’t forget your camera! The lake’s tranquil waters and scenic backdrop offer countless opportunities for stunning photography.

Final Tips for an Epic Day on the Water

Reserve Early: Especially in the peak summer months, boat rentals can fill up fast. Book ahead to secure your spot.

Pack Smart: Bring along sunscreen, snacks, and plenty of water. The sun can be intense on the lake, and you’ll want to stay hydrated and protected.

Respect the Environment: Upper Priest Lake is a natural treasure. Ensure you leave no trace by cleaning up after yourself and following all local regulations.

Book Your Summer Cabin at Elkins Resort

Enjoy boating on Upper 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. Picture-worthy spots in Priest Lake will be right outside your door! So, what are you waiting for? Book your summer vacation with Elkins Resort today!