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Most famous lakes in North Idaho

North Idaho is home to some of the most beautiful lakes in the country, and it can be hard to

choose just one to visit. But here are our top three recommendations for lakes that offer

something unique and special for everyone:


Lake Pend Oreille: Pronounced as "Lake Ponderey" - With a surface area of over 83 square miles, Lake Pend Oreille is the largest lake

Lake Ponderey, Idaho

in Idaho and offers a wide variety of activities for visitors. The lake is known for its crystal-clear waters, which are perfect for swimming, boating, and fishing. There are also several public beaches and campgrounds along the shore, making it a great option for families.





Priest Lake: This stunning alpine lake is located in North Idaho. The lake is nestled in

the heart of the Selkirk Mountains, providing a refreshing and serene environment during the

summer months. Visitors can take a boat tour around the lake, rent a kayak or a paddleboard to explore the many bays, or just lay on one of the several sandy beaches. The lake also offers excellent opportunities for fishing, with different species such as rainbow trout, kokanee and lake trout. There’s a wide variety of lodging options in the area, from rustic cabins to luxury resorts, that can suit all budgets and preferences. A perfect place to make memories with family and friends!

Priest Lake, Idaho










Cocolalla Lake is a serene and peaceful lake located in North Idaho, right next to Highway 95. Visitors can also rent boats or kayaks to explore the lake in the summer, and participate in ice fishing during the colder months. Different fish species such as rainbow trout, bass, and perch are also present. Located only minutes from Sandpoint and a leisurely drive to Coeur d'Alene.


The Cocolalla Lake area offers a variety of outdoor activities, from hiking and biking to bird watching and wildlife viewing. The area is also home to many parks and nature preserves, where visitors can explore and learn about the local flora and fauna.


The lake is surrounded by beautiful forests and mountains, providing a peaceful and secluded environment for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Cocolalla Lake is a great destination for a weekend getaway or a summer vacation.

Cocoalla Lake, Idaho










Coeur d'Alene Lake: Coeur d'Alene Lake is a large lake located in the panhandle of Idaho, near the city of Coeur d'Alene. The lake is known for its clean and clear waters, and its many bays, beaches, and islands. There are also several public parks and campgrounds located along the shore. The lake also offers many recreational activities like water skiing, wakeboarding, stand-up paddle boarding or even a scenic cruise on one of the several tour boats that operate on the lake. The Coeur d'Alene area also is home to several golf courses, some of them considered to be among the best in the northwest.

Coeur d'Alene Lake










No matter which lake you choose to visit, you're sure to have a great time and make memories that will last a lifetime. Be sure to check the regulations and rules of the area you are visiting, pack your sunscreen, and be aware of the weather. Remember to always respect nature and leave no trace behind.


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